Third Street South Guide: Explore Downtown Naples, Florida
Situated near Naples Pier, Third Street South in downtown Naples welcomes guests to explore centuries of art, culture and history. The district – located next to the Gulf of Mexico and listed on the National Register of Historic Places – features boutiques, dining, antique fountains and beautiful landscaping for all to enjoy. At Third Street South, visit more than 100 small businesses that have helped provide a classy, fun atmosphere since the 1930s. To make the most of your trip, here are some things to do at Third Street South.
Third Street South Guide to the Top Things to Do
Find the Perfect Gift
From antiques to fashion trends, shoppers find it at Third Street South. Several art galleries and antique shops offer pieces from the 18th through 21st centuries. In galleries, find all media – including oil paintings and blown glass – as well as prints and sculptures. Browse antique stores for vintage fashion, furniture and handmade crafts.
More than a dozen shops at Third Street South feature fashion for the family. Shoppers find clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry, custom suits and more. From name-brand designers to Naples gift and surf shops, guests can easily spend a full day exploring stores.
Chow on Local Cuisine
Start the day off at one of Naples’ coffee shops, which serve fresh pastries and gourmet coffee and tea. For lunch and dinner, choose between several restaurants with different menus and atmospheres. No matter if craving American favorites or upscale French fusion, guests have options. For a quick break – or drinks with friends – the district also has bars and pubs.
For fresh foods and flavors, don’t miss the Third Street Farmers Market every Saturday. Nearly 50 vendors sell everything from fresh beef and produce to baked goods with European flavors. If looking for wine in Naples, the farmers market also has a variety of bottles and tastes. Wine aficionados should also visit Tony’s, a shop that sells a diverse selection.
Attend a Third Street South Event
Something is always happening at Third Street South. History buffs should check out guided historical tours at Historic Palm Cottage and Norris Gardens. The Historic Palm Cottage is Naples’ oldest house and serves as a 3,500-square-foot museum. Norris Gardens and Historic Naples tours showcase Naples’ history and suit all ages.
Other events include seasonal and holiday events, gallery openings, fashion and jewelry shows, and cooking classes, to name a few. View the full calendar of events.
Those who prefer to relax should plan a day of pampering at Gloss Salon Naples. The salon/spa offers several services including haircuts, facials, manicures and pedicures, all by trained professionals.
After a little pampering, stroll the Gardens of Third Street South, designed and tended by horticulturalist Jim Bixler. The gardens, known for their container plantings, showcase vibrant colors and architecture. Changing seasons also bring different flowers and plants to the area, while mature oak and fichus trees anchor the courtyards.