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10 Things to Do in Naples, Florida

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With my parents now splitting their time between Seattle and Naples, I’m lucky to have a home in two uniquely beautiful places. Last year, I spent endless days lounging on Naples’ stunning beaches and taking full advantage of the town’s fantastic shopping, but hadn’t explored much beyond that. During my visit this past month, I set out on a mission to document the best things to do in Naples, Florida.

Here are the top eight that I found:

KAYAK THROUGH THE MANGROVES

Most visitors to Naples do themselves a huge disservice by never venturing to the mangroves. It’s a side of Florida that is less well-known but, in my opinion, should be your #1 priority when visiting.

Check out Up a Creek Kayak Tours for a guided excursion through pristine Rookery Bay ( located about 30 minutes away from Naples ). Owned by the nicest married couple, Susan and George lead a small group kayaking through the waters of the bay, stopping to check out small animals native to the area and educating guests on the mangroves. It’s the most incredible escape from the mainland, a chance to be out in open air AND a great core workout πŸ™‚

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VISIT NAPLES PIER

Naples Pier is by far Naples’ most popular tourist attraction, but you shouldn’t let that deter you from visiting it. To get the 1,000 ft. pier to yourself, I recommend visiting it at sunrise. Though it’s not easy waking up that early, you will be rewarded with a beautiful, serene view of the sun rising over the Gulf of Mexico πŸ™‚

Not too far from the Naples Pier is the Naples Historical Society’s famous Historic Palm Cottage. This cottage is Naples’ oldest home and was built in 1895. The home itself is filled with antiques and the architectural style is an incredibly rare example of tabby mortar. If you’d like to add a little more to your visit to the Naples Pier, consider visiting the Historic Palm Cottage, where the Naples Historical Society hosts guided tours.

RELAX ON THE BEACH

You are in Florida after all! And luckily for you, there is no shortage of beautiful, white-sand beaches in Naples.

If you’re staying at a world class resort like The Ritz Carlton Naples, you’ll have your own private beach!

If your accommodations don’t include beach access, I recommend checking out Lowdermilk Park for a fun, family-friendly option or Barefoot Beach Preserve for something more low-key.

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TREAT YOURSELF TO A SHOPPING EXCURSION

Another activity I couldn’t not include because Naples does have some spectacular shopping.

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If boutique stores are what you love, check out 5th Avenue and 3rd Street in downtown Naples. They are both stretches of small stores and open-air restaurants that you could easily spend hours exploring.

About 10 minutes North of downtown Naples is Venetian Village, an open-air shopping center located right on Venetian Bay. The photo above was taken right outside the Village. It’s a gorgeous, scenic area as you can see!

Last, but definitely least, is Waterside Shops. An open-air shopping center with stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci, Waterside offers a more high-end experience. That said, they do have a variety of more affordable retail stores like J.Crew and Anthropologie, so don’t let the valeted Lamborghini and Tesla in front deter you.

EAT FRESH SEAFOOD

You cannnnnot visit Naples without eating Stone Crab claws. And oysters. And clams. And really all seafood.

I recommend The Dock at Crayton Cove. It’s a very casual restaurant right on the bay and you are guaranteed to have some of the most delicious and fresh seafood of your life.

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GO ON AN EVERGLADES AIRBOAT TOUR

Read about my experience on Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours here.

In addition to a tour of the Everglades, Naples offers outdoors and nature-loving enthusiasts a slew of activities to participate in. Head north of Naples to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Travelers visiting the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary will find themselves at the gateway of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Lucky visitors might spot the endangered wood stork, limpkin, and barred owl.

And if you’re traveling with a family and are in search of kid-friendly activities, the Naples Zoo and Naples Botanical Garden are great outdoor choices.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

In addition to a tour of the Everglades, Naples offers outdoors and nature-loving enthusiasts a slew of activities to participate in. Head north of Naples to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Travelers visiting the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary will find themselves at the gateway of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Lucky visitors might spot the endangered wood stork, limpkin, and barred owl.

And if you’re traveling with a family and are in search of kid-friendly activities, the Naples Zoo and Naples Botanical Garden are great outdoor choices.

DEVOUR ORGANIC GELATO

Adelheidi’s Organics on 5th Avenue is my favorite place in Naples to go for a sweet treat. With flavors like lavender, rose, peanut butter and strawberry basil, everyyyyone can find the perfect scoop. AND, no preservatives or artificial ingredients are used, so you can feel doubly great about your choice πŸ™‚

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Hit Up Tin City

Tin City is an eclectic collection of local shops and restaurants. You can spend a whole day exploring Tin City’s food, shopping, and tourist attractions right on the waterfront. You’ll find local wines, soaps, and handcrafted jewelry — making perfect souvenirs for your friends and family. And when you need to refuel after a long day of shopping, check out Pincher’s Crab Shack or Riverwalk for a great dinner and sunset view. This brings me to my next point…

WATCH THE SUNSET

My favorite late afternoon activity is heading down to the beach an hour before sunset with friends & family, a blanket, a bottle of wine and some light food ( cheese and crackers anyone??? ). Watching the sun disappear behind the Gulf of Mexico is the most perfect and breathtaking way to end a wonderful day in sunny Naples.

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Bonus: Visit the Baker Museum

This fine art museum hosts several traveling exhibits. One of the most popular being Dale Chihuly’s infamous glasswork. If you’ve been to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, you’ve probably gazed upon Dale Chihuly’s work in the form of a $10 million blown glass ceiling. A visit to the Baker Museum will allow you to get up close to some of Chihuly’s best work.

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Tell me – What’s your favorite place in Florida? Are you headed to Naples soon and want more recommendations? Comment below or contact me here!

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  1. Tereza says:

    Posts like these always make me want to travel so much! What a beautiful place as well!
    By the way – I love your little ‘products I’m loving’ widget on a side, it goes so well with your layout! Really happy I’ve discovered your blog:)x

    • Christina says:

      Making women want to travel is my goal πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for the compliments on my blog! Means a lot πŸ™‚

  2. Stephanie says:

    I’ve never been to Naples but I have family there now. I would love to go. I hear west coast Florida has amazing sunsets!

  3. Isabel N. says:

    I love, love Naples! Thanks for the tip on the kayak tour. We need to do that.

  4. Susana says:

    I’ve never been to Florida but hope to one day. This is a gorgeous post, well written and informative and gorgeous photos.

  5. Missy Burson says:

    This is one of the most stylish travel posts I’ve ever seen! I love the white Jetset Diaries dress and that sun hat is the bomb!

  6. Candy says:

    I have driven past Naples several times, but now regretting never making a stop. Next time I am in Florida, I need to visit some of the places on your list πŸ™‚

  7. shweta shah says:

    wow thank you for such a detailed post. I have never even been to the USA but this makes me want to and relaxing on the beach sounds perfect to me. The seafood look so fresh!

    • Christina says:

      Naples should definitely be on your list if you make it to the USA soon πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading, Shweta!

  8. Bianca says:

    Omg for a second there I thought the alligator photo was still when you were kayaking! Whew! Beach looks so nice!

  9. Candace says:

    One of my friend’s parents live in Naples and I’ve always wanted to go. You gave some great ideas of where to start…thank you!

  10. Aubrie says:

    I’ve only ever been to Orlando, but this has definitely given me reason to go to other places outside of Florida! I loved all of the pictures and the gelato looks delicious!

  11. AMANDA says:

    Naples looks like such a relaxing place to be! I will have to visit!!

  12. Glenny says:

    I have never been this part of Florida before! it all looks so beautiful, i cant wait to see more of florida

  13. Shasha says:

    Wow! Naples looks gorgeous. I’d love to plan a visit. What is the closest airport to fly into when visiting?

  14. Anna nuttall says:

    Wow beautiful photos – especially the one on the beach. I would love to visit Naples one day. xx

  15. Sharon Wu says:

    These are such beautiful photos! I need to go visit soon πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing babe xo, sharon

  16. Florida looks amazing! I am going to have to visit soon. I like the beach area and the kayak experience looks fun.

  17. Jenny says:

    Love this post and the photos! I live in Naples and wrote a post similar to this if your looking for more in the area next time you’re here!

    BTW, I freaking love your photo editing style and how you make the turquoise blues pop! Tell me your secrets!

    xx Jenny

  18. Jon says:

    Lovely photos and post! Thanks for sharing!

  19. MG says:

    I just came back from a trip to Florida, but unfortunately didn’t get a chance to visit Naples! Having read this, I’m definitely missing out and will need to make another trip there! Thank you for sharing, loved your photos, it looked beautiful!

  20. Rebeca says:

    I love Naples ! thank you for this wonderful blog<3

  21. Andrey says:

    Stroll through the gardens, which have miles of winding walking trails, and soak up the beautiful surroundings in which these magnificent birds live. The Bird Gardens of Naples is one of the best things to do in Naples , Florida .

  22. Andrey says:

    There’s lots of kid-friendly activities and fun family things to do in Naples Florida . Water fun, theme parks, mini-golf, museums, tours and adventures and tons of really cool stuff for kids in Naples !

  23. Courtney says:

    Great post! I love Naples and I think that you highlighted some of its best qualities. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Mary says:

    Love your blog! I have been coming to Naples since 1987 my sister and I looked on a map and decided to come down from Ohio. I’ve been vacationing in Naples ever since. With my husband and children and anyone else I could talk into coming down!( with a million stories and great times) I feel really connected to this place because, I experienced all the changes and growth and I was here somewhat in the beginning. it’s a calming and happy place and now I look forward to someday retiring to Naples

    • Christina says:

      So glad to hear you love Naples as much as I do! It’s such a beautiful place with so much to do πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading xx

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