Hurricane Ian updates included

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The Best Things to Do in Naples, Florida

The best things to do in Naples, Florida including tours and attractions, beaches, restaurants, free activities and fun entertainment for the whole family.

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Scott Carr, Kelly Carr & Kristen Anderson
Last updated: December 5, 2022

Stunning sunset at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park.

Hurricane Ian update: Hurricane Ian made landfall on September 28th and left devastation across Southwest Florida. The Naples community has been hard at work cleaning and rebuilding to get ready for the upcoming busy tourist season. While some places along the coast have further to go, most of Naples is back open and ready for business so there are plenty of fun things to do.

For beach reopening information, please visit Collier County Parks & Recreation beach updates and City of Naples beach access updates for the latest updates.

Tours & Activities

With its beautiful beaches and warm Gulf waters, Naples is well known for its water-based activities: boating, fishing, and water sports, but there are also plenty of things to do with land-based activities and tours to enjoy.

Here is a round-up of our top picks:

Scenary at Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden

Attractions

From the wonders of the Naples Botanical Garden and the biodiversity of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to the conservation focus of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, many of the attractions in Naples provide an ecological experience amongst the natural beauty of Southwest Florida.

The beaches and nature-based attractions aren't the only thing Naples has to offer. Families with younger kids will enjoy the Naples Zoo and the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples.

Fine art and culture is deeply rooted in the Naples community and that is on full display at The Baker Museum and the Revs Institute. Other notable cultural attractions include the performing arts juggernaut Artis - Naples and community theatre organization, The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre.

One of the most popular beaches in Naples, Lowdermilk Park
Lowdermilk Park, one of the most popular beaches in Naples.

The 10 Best Beaches

Naples is home to some of the best beaches in Florida with soft, almost powdery sand, mostly calm Gulf of Mexico waters, shelling, the occasional dolphin or manatee sighting, and endless sunbathing.

If you're looking for beach amenities and more parking, plan for Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Lowdermilk Park, Clam Pass, Barefoot Beach or Vanderbilt Beach Park.

Insider Tip: During the busiest months, either plan to go early for parking or get creative and bike to your favorite beach. Naples Electric Bikes offers e-bike rentals with free delivery.

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Beach at Clam Pass Park
Collier County Beach
Midtown

Clam Pass Park is a beautiful beach access point in one of the most highly populated areas of Collier County, Florida. Clam Pass Park has 171 public parking spaces since it is also one of the most popular beach access points, rivaling Vanderbilt Beach.

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Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, FL
Collier County Beach
North Naples

Vanderbilt Beach Park is one of the most popular beach accesses, because of it's prime location and dedicated parking. During the busy season, parking is best secured prior to 10 a.m. January through March.

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Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach in Naples, FL
Florida State Park
North Naples

The park experiences frequent closures between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends due to high visitation. Alternatively, visitors can park across the bridge at Collier County's Conner Park and walk into the park.

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Lowdermilk Park Beach in Naples, FL
City of Naples Beach
Downtown

Lowdermilk Park is one of Naples' premier beachfront parks. Our park has parking spaces, a concession stand, sand volleyball courts, two children's playgrounds, picnic tables, benches, restroom and shower facilities, two gazebos for rent, and ADA beach access mats.

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14th Ave. S Beach Access in Naples, FL
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Barefoot Beach in North Naples, FL
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8th Ave. S Beach Access in Naples, FL
North Gulfshore Beach Access in Naples, FL
Collier County Beach
Midtown

Hidden gem of a beach access point in Naples with a parking lot at the end of Seagate Drive. Beach access is available from both Seagate Drive and Gulf Shore Blvd N. in the Park Shore area.

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Vedado Way Beach in Naples, FL
City of Naples Beach
Park Shore

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8th Ave. N Beach Access in Naples, FL
5th Avenue South
5th Avenue South

Places to Explore

Naples has six, unique multi-purpose areas/shopping centers that offer great shopping, dining and entertainment. In the Downtown Naples area, there is 5th Avenue South, Third Street South and Tin City. Midtown Naples is home to Waterside Shops, Naples' preeminent shopping area, and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay in the Park Shore area affectionately known as Venetian Village. In North Naples, Mercato is the place to go with its modern scene, culinary and shopping delights, and ample parking!

5th Avenue South Naples
Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Naples, 5th Avenue South is the 'main street' of Naples with fashionable boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, bars and more.

Third Street South Concierge desk
Downtown

Just blocks from the beach, Third Street South exudes charm and sophistication with its chic boutiques and trendy restaurants set in a historic neighborhood.

Boutique shops at The Village Shops in Venetian Village
Park Shore

The Village Shops offer indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, a variety of boutique shopping, and fun gastropubs in a picturesque Mediterranean inspired setting along Venetian Bay.

Waterside Shops entrance sign on US 41
Midtown

Waterside Shops is the premier luxury shopping destination in Naples with the finest names in high-end designer fashion, jewelry and home goods.

Mercato entrance off Vanderbilt Beach Road
North Naples

Mercato is a large and upscale (but approachable) outdoor shopping and dining complex anchored with a Whole Foods and Silverspot cinema. Plenty of parking.

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Tin City Naples FL
Downtown

Tin City is as rustic as Naples gets with 'Old Florida' style restaurants along the waterfront and locally-owned, eclectic souvenir and antique shops.

Seafood dish at Sails on 5th Ave
Sails

Restaurants

Naples has a diverse culinary scene with great options across the entire cuisine and price point spectrum. Although many of Naples’ best restaurants are concentrated in the downtown area of 5th Avenue and Third Street South, you’ll also find great options in The Village Shops at Venetian Village and in Mercato in North Naples.

If you're into the food truck scene, be sure to check out Celebration Park in the Bayshore area for a funky, food truck vibe with a lively waterfront bar.

Waterfront Dining - Hurricane Ian has devastated many of the popular waterfront restaurants that would be featured here, like BALEEN at LaPlaya, Rhodes End, Gumbo Limbo at The Ritz-Carlton, and The Turtle Club.

Bar Tulia on 5th Avenue
Bar Tulia on 5th Avenue S

Bars & Nightlife

With plenty of things to do in the evening hours, Naples isn't as sleepy as some make it out to be. From the trendy bars lining 5th Avenue S and Third Street South to the lounge hotspots in Mercato, Naples offers something for everyone whether you're looking for a crafted cocktail or to dance the night away.

Paragon Theaters - Pavilion in North Naples
Paragon Theaters - Pavilion in North Naples

Entertainment

If you're looking to be entertained, Naples will deliver quality entertainment experiences! Enjoy some laugh out loud fun at Off The Hook Comedy Club, the first venue in Southwest Florida to incorporate a full service restaurant into a comedy club featuring some of the biggest names in comedy every week.

Elevate your movie going experience with a one of a kind dinner and a movie at CMX CinéBistro Coastland or Silverspot Cinema in Mercato featuring amenities such as reserved seating in cozy, oversized reclining leather seats, full menu for in-theatre dining, and the finest audiovisual technology. Even the more traditional style movie experience at Paragon Theaters located in Pavilion Plaza offers upgrades such as reserved electric recliners with footrests in all auditoriums and plenty of concessions including beer and wine.

Shopping at Mercato in Naples, FL
Shopping at Mercato

Shopping

Shoppers will delight with the variety of shopping available in Naples, from charming boutiques to unique art galleries and luxury goods to everyday affordable items. 5th Avenue South and Third Street South are lined with boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Also located in downtown Naples is Tin City, the place to go for souvenirs and other collectables.

The Village Shops is another upscale shopping area with fun, local boutiques like Mondo Uomo and Pratt's Shoe Salon.

If you’re looking for a traditional mall experience, there is the Coastland Mall with department stores and national retailers. The Waterside Shops is an upscale shopping center in midtown Naples with a Louis Vuittion, Gucci, Hermes and home goods stores Pottery Barn and Williams & Sonoma.

In North Naples, you’ll find Mercato with a mix of small boutiques and larger retailers like J.Crew and Norstrom Rack.

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon waterpark Naples, FL
Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

Kid-Friendly

Looking for things to do in Naples with kids? Naples is well known as a family-friendly destination for its amazing beaches, variety of water-based activities, and fun attractions. Toddlers and preschoolers will marvel at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is great for all age ranges. The Naples Botanical Garden is a great outdoor family activity where the kids can discover and learn about nature.

For family-friendly dining, our top picks include Brooks Burgers, Pinchers and Tacos & Tequila. While many of the resorts and hotels in Naples are family-friendly, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is on another level with it's water park and Ritz Kids programs.

If you're lucky enough to be in Naples during the late spring and summer months, you’ll want to check out Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, the premiere water park in Collier County. Perfect for kids of all ages with five water slides, the shallow Turtle Cove play area, lazy river, Tadpole Pool for toddlers, and diving boards.

Entrance to Cocohatchee River Park in North Naples
Entrance to Cocohatchee River Park in North Naples

Parks & Playgrounds

If you're looking for free things to do, Naples has a wide range of park options offered by the City of Naples and Collier County Parks & Recreation where residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational facilities. Baker Park is the crown jewel of parks with its kid-friendly playground entrance and vast green space for nature and leisure activities. Connected to Baker Park is the Gordon River Greenway, a 2.5 mile trail in the heart of Naples, perfect for walking, jogging, and biking in one of the most serene settings in SW Florida. Just south of 5th Avenue in Downtown Naples, you’ll find Cambier Park, a 12-acre park with an award-winning tennis facility, large playground and open green space.

North Naples is home to some of Naples best parks, including North Collier Regional Park, a sprawling recreation facility with a 2.5 mile walking trail, waterpark, playground with fossil dig area, and athletic fields. You’ll also find Pelican Bay Community Park, Veterans Community Park and Cocohatchee River Park in North Naples.

Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples, FL
Valencia Golf & Country Club

Golf

It is often said that Naples has more golf courses per capital than anywhere else in the U.S.; however, many of these courses are private country clubs and not available to the public.

Below is a list of golf courses in Naples that are accessible to the public, although a few (Naples Grande, LaPlaya, Tiburón) are only available to book tee times if you are staying at the resort property.

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