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Where in the world: USA  /  Florida  /  Southwest Gulf Coast  /  Naples
Travelers wishing to visit a sophisticated city on the Gulf of Mexico coastline find plenty of things to do in Naples. Strolling down Fifth Avenue South leads past scores of high-end shops, cafes, ice cream parlors, and antique stores. The city's top vantage point is a 120-year-old pier that juts into the gulf--concession stands line the wooden walkway, catering to the hungry and the thirsty. Don't forget to take advantage of the coast by going waterskiing or jet skiing on nearby Marco Island.

Naples is best known for its Piers & Boardwalks, Wildlife Areas, and Gardens.

Top 15 things to do in Naples

1. Naples Pier

Constructed over 120 years ago, Naples Pier serves as one of the city’s main locations for sightseeing and fishing, complete with a concession stand and public restrooms. During the day, the pier is a buzzing hangout for beachgoers and fishermen, while at night people flock to witness the sunset melting into the blue horizon or to take a stroll later under the moonlight. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins while enjoying the view.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Naples Pier

2. Naples Botanical Garden

Seven natural habitats and ecosystems and more than 1,000 different species are featured at Naples Botanical Garden. Cultivated tropical gardens and restored natural habitats spread across 70 hectares (170 acres). The plant life includes treats like a Thailand riverside scene and a Balinese temple garden. You can learn how the indigenous people of Brazil live in harmony with nature, and later watch performances at the Water Garden. A children's garden is filled with butterflies, treehouses, caves, climbing platforms, and more.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Corkscrew Swamp

was created to protect two species of cypress trees that were at risk of being wiped out in the 1940s and 50s. Today it is a National Audubon Society sanctuary. Wet prairie, pond and bald cypress, and marshlands attract regional reptiles and birds. Keep your eyes open for cottonmouth snakes and alligators that prowl the shallow waters. Stroll along the boardwalk, added in 1955, to view the varied ecosystem.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $736 › Learn more about Corkscrew Swamp

4. Mangrove Tunnels Kayak and Paddle Board Eco Tour

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Mangroves exist in special locations where saltwater and freshwater meet and invite all sorts of wildlife to live and roam between the deep and complex root systems. Experience the magic of untouched nature as you weave your kayak through and under the branches, find coves of natural habitats and learn about the bird and fauna from your experienced guide. Guaranteed to make memories you won’t forget!- After you complete your booking, you will be able to choose between the kayak experience or the paddle board experience -
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $60 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $60 › Learn more about Stand-Up Paddleboarding

6. Dolphin & Whale Watching, Marco Island

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Once a private garden for botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens opened as a zoo in 1969. Most of the original garden plan remains, and the zoo's pathways meander through thick Caribbean foliage. The main pathway is about 1.6 km (1 mi) with exhibits lining either side. Consider purchasing a ticket for the primate cruise on the man-made lake in the center of the park. The zoo's primate inhabitants populate the islands in the middle of the lake, and a ride on the catamaran is the only way to view them. Alligator Bay is home to the American alligator species. Check presentation times at the reception area to see the beasts during their feeding time.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $92 › Learn more about Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

8. Guided Island Eco Tour - CLEAR or Standard Kayak or Board

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Experience the natural beauty and marine life of Southwest Florida up-close with a CLEAR kayak or Paddleboard! Don't just take our word on what an awesome tour this is... see our TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for 2022! We are in the top 10% of all worldwide tours!Our Five-Star guided eco-tours and rentals take you through Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico’s most incredible paddling routes... including mangrove tunnels, secluded beaches, and prime shelling areas! Our area is prime habitat for dolphins (year round) and manatees (more abundant in warm water months). We use top quality standard kayaks and paddleboards that are comfortable and easy to paddle. We now have CLEAR kayaks & paddleboards too! Complementary photos included!
Suggested duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $60 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Fishing Charters & Tours

Experience Florida's diverse wildlife on a guided fishing trip in the pristine and protected waters of Ten Thousand Islands. Cruise around mangrove islets while keeping an eye out for alligators, manatees, and many species of tropical birds that make this area a bird-watchers heaven. In search of the best fishing spot, your experienced captain will take your small party across a watery landscape that's as exciting as it is scenic. Alternatively, you can choose to sail the waters of Lake Trafford, rich in bass and redear sunfish, or the headwaters of the historic Everglades. The duration of the trip is variable, but most take at least four hours.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $126 › Learn more about Fishing Charters & Tours

10. Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Marco Island

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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11. Fishing Charters & Tours, Punta Gorda

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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12. Kayak Tour Barefoot Beach Preserve Magical Mangrove Estuary Adventure

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This 2 hour small group tour departs from the Cocohatchee River Marina in Naples.You may see marine wildlife such as manatees, dolphins and shorebirds paddling through the protected back bays and mangrove estuaries surrounding Delnor Wiggins State Park and Barefoot Beach Preserve in Naples.The second half of the tour is spent in one of the majestic mangrove tunnels within the state park where you will learn about the mangrove ecosystem.Your guide will ensure each guest is given personalized attention narrating about the various plant and animal life.Tour routes are in the wind and wave protected backwaters along the beautiful mangrove shorelines and shallow water estuaries of the preserve.All ages and skill levels welcome.NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $75 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Spend a relaxing day on the beach in the unspoiled nature of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. The park is on a barrier island that's rich with wildlife. You can choose from a variety of activities, such as snorkeling, hiking, or scuba diving. You'll also find designated fishing spots, picnic areas, and a boat ramp for access to Water Turkey Bay, the Cocohatchee River, or the Gulf of Mexico. The park's beach is known for its pristine sand and abundance of shells. The park also has showers, restrooms, a concession stand, and beach and water gear rentals, which you can reserve via telephone. Rangers and volunteers provide guided tours once or twice a week, depending on the season.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

14. Revs Institute

The Revs Institute is an automotive museum located in Naples, Florida. The Revs Institute is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history, research and related educational programs. The Revs Institute houses the Miles Collier Collections of over 100 significant automobiles built between 1896 and 1995, including some of the rarest cars and race cars in the world. It also has one of the largest specialized automotive libraries in the world. A 12,000-square-foot workshop is also dedicated to auto restoration and the development of innovate ways to care for antique machinery.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. 3 Hour Naples Kayak Rental with Single & Tandem Options

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Your self-guided adventure will take you through the protected estuaries, bays,mangrove tunnels and seashell filled beaches of the surrounding Delnor-Wiggins State Park and Barefoot Beach Preserve where various types of shorebirds,manatees and dolphins may be spotted.A map of the preserve with a recommended paddling trail showing you how to get to these points of interest is handed out to you before your departure.Paddling routes are easy to navigate and are on the wind and wave protected backwaters of the mangrove estuary. A quick and easy 15 minute paddle to the beach from the launch area.Paddling routes geared for all ages and easy to navigate.NOT A GUIDED TOUR-GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FINSEEKER WEBSITE.**2 Hour Single & Tandem Rentals Available booking directly through the Finseeker Website**
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $35 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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