Top Naples Attractions Provide Fun for the Whole Family
Located on the Gulf of Mexico coast and near Florida’s famous Everglades, Naples offers family attractions for all ages. From fishing and up-close encounters to shopping, visitors will find lots to do in this seaside town. However, narrowing it down can seem like a challenge. For those who need some tips, here are the top Naples attractions for families.
Top Naples Attractions: 7 Fun Things to Do
Explore the Everglades
Whether by airboat, canoe or kayak, the Everglades are a natural area landmark. These marsh waters provide homes to many species like dolphins, manatees and alligators. Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides rank high as a place to start an adventure. Guides take riders through 200 acres of wildlife and native plants. For those who prefer to explore on their own, kayaking and canoeing rentals are available through several businesses, including Naples Outfitters, Naples Kayak Company and Up a Creek Kayak Tours.
Go Wild With Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Spend a day at this top among our favorite Naples attractions, which also offers shows and cruises. The zoo’s exhibits include cheetahs, honey badgers, giraffes, and one of the world’s rarest animals, the fosa of Madagascar. Attend shows to learn more about the animal kingdom, and even watch the staff hand feed alligators. Kids love feeding the giraffes and fish as well. An all-day pass includes the cruise, Alligator Bay, theater shows and more, providing an affordable day of fun and learning.
Catch a Big One
Naples ranks as one of the country’s premier destinations for fishing trips. The temperate Gulf of Mexico waters provide a year-round environment for anglers of all levels. Several top charters host fishing trips in the area. Ms. B Haven Fishing Charters offers in- and off-shore fishing, wildlife trips, and The Naples Sampler, a combination of light fishing and wildlife watching. Naples Saltwater Fishing offers back-country, nearshore and tarpon fishing adventures. Both charters are locally owned and managed by experts who have decades of experience.
Paddle Through the Waters
Paddleboarding offers water lovers a great way to spend the day. Naples Paddleboard – a family-owned and -operated business – offers rentals with free delivery to any beach in Naples. They also offer stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons and tours for groups up to six people. Locally owned and operated Gnarly Harley also has a strong reputation for providing paddleboard adventures, ranging from relaxing sunset packages or ultimate tours where guests can see dolphins and manatees.
Ride All Day
Renting a bike provides cyclers exercise and allows them to explore the area at their own pace. Big Momma’s Bicycles rents and sells bikes for all ages and interests. This bicycle shop also offers private and group tours, and is known for an alligator tour in the Everglades. Naples Cyclery also offers a large selection of rentals, including tandem, speed cruisers, and single and double jog strollers.
Watch a Movie in Style
Silverspot, an upscale movie theater, seats audiences in plush, comfy chairs inside intimate theaters. A prime place for a date or taking the family, grab a fresh meal and head to see recently released flicks. With a focus on no-hassle movies, there are no lines or waiting, and each location is different. Reviewers love the leather seats, cleanliness and food. The Naples location features a lounge with a full bar, and an on-site restaurant guests can either dine in or take their entree into the theater.
Find Something Special
Love shopping and fashion? If so, visit Waterside Shops for upscale shopping and events. This outdoor mall features more than 60 stores and restaurants and hosts events throughout the year – many of which benefit charities. Stores include popular retailers such as GapKids, Barnes and Noble, Ralph Lauren, and more. If looking for local items or that perfect souvenir, visit Tin City Waterfront Shops. This historic plaza houses more than 30 boutiques and two waterfront restaurants. Families love exploring the little shops, and can also book sightseeing cruises and fishing excursions.
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