Anytime you visit Naples it is an absolute must to take a slow walk along the renowned and iconic Naples Pier. Constructed in 1888 as a dock for passengers and freight, the Naples Pier featured narrow-gauge train rails across its length that enabled the train to transport freight and baggage during the 1900’s.
The old pier was wrecked by a number of hurricanes and destroyed by fire, but it continues to be rebuilt which symbolizes the resilience and history of Naples. The pier stretches out from the end point of 12th Avenue and is a very popular place for dolphin and sunset watching, fishing, and enjoying the view of the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. One of the leading Naples attractions is definitely the Naples Pier. If you get hungry it has a concession stand and covered eating area.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is your passage into the Western Everglades. It is comprised of approximately 13,000 acres of beautiful wetlands, wet prairie, a marsh, pine flat woods, and the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. You’ll definitely want to take pics of these majestic giants with their 25-foot thick trunks soaring 130 up in the air into Florida’s clear sky.
Stroll along the 2.25-mile winding boardwalk and watch for all the various inhabitants of the sanctuary, including raptors, songbirds, different types of wading birds, red-bellied turtles, otters, white-tailed deer and alligators. There are also guided tours available where you can learn more about the rare habitat. Or there is a natural photography course you can take to learn how to take better photos.
Lowdermilk Beach Park
Lowdermilk Beach Park features 1,000 feet of amazing fine white sand, a volleyball court, a kids’ playground and picturesque pond. It is one of most popular of all the beachfront parks in Naples. There are many benches and picnic tables to enjoy a family picnic, and the park offers shower facilities where you can rinse off the salt following a swim or just to cool off.
There are even two beautiful gazebos at the parks that you can rent for celebrations and special occasions. The beach is another popular destination where you can watch the renowned Florida sunsets. Many people also gather here in hopes of spotting the magical “green flash.” All of the great shopping in the area along with the beach are located close to Fifth Avenue South. It is also an excellent place to visit in Naples if you have children.
Clam Pass Park
This gorgeous park has beach access and is situated in the North Naples area. It features a three-quarter-mile boardwalk and 35 acres of well-preserved coastal habitat. The boardwalk leads directly to the sandy beach but does not affect the fluttering butterflies, blooming flowers or plants. It continues winding its way through a very dense mangrove forest comprised of salt-tolerant white, red and black mangroves, which are home to osprey, hawks, wading shorebirds and eagles.
The park has a tidal bay area as well which is an ideal breeding ground and nursery for many birds, marine life, and different other wildlife species. The boardwalk is used by both beachgoers to access the white sands, as well as by nature lovers who use it as a peaceful walking path for enjoying all that nature has to offer them.
If you are looking for a truly distinct shopping experience, Tin City definitely offers it. There are over 40 eclectic stores for visitors to ship in, along with plenty of fine dining and casual eating establishments. The Waterfront Marketplace offers a trip back in time, where you can wander down the quaint boardwalks running next to the ocean.
Tin City features tin-topped buildings, casual restaurants, Bayfront shops and picturesque sidewalks, offering something for absolutely everyone. Waterfront Marketplace is located in the center of Tin City. It is a former oyster and clam shelling processing plant that echoes the nautical past of Naples within a gorgeous maritime setting.
There are several excellent restaurants and creative boutiques in Waterfront Marketplace. After a long day of shopping, it is the ideal place to relax with a nice cup of coffee. Several tour and charter boats also embark from Tin City for those wanting to explore the waterways of Naples. Tin City is open year-round from Monday through Saturday and is completely air-conditioned.
The first boat landing took place at Crayton Cove. It is where the original supplies arrived in the new town of Naples. Naples City Dock is also located in this small seaside suburb, which to this day reflects the pioneering spirit and bustling atmosphere of the seafaring life that for centuries has characterized the waterfront town.
This quaint village-style destination now attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the wonderful ambiance of fashionable galleries, boutiques and shops, excellent restaurants and historic hotels and buildings. Stroll around Naples Baby and Naples City Dock, enjoy a delicious meal at the award-winning Dock Restaurant, which is situated right on the shore and offers gorgeous views of the bay, or explore the numerous galleries showcasing the art of many local artists who have been drawn to this creative seaside haven.
Naples Beach Brewery
As the first microbrewery in southwest Florida, Naples Beach Brewery is hard at work promoting the cultural of superior artisanal beer making in the Naples area. The brewery uses only the highest quality ingredients, brewing its handmade beers using a three-vessel and 15-barrel steam-heated brew machine that was made by Michigan-based CraftWerk Brewing Systems.
The brewery, along with its adjacent tasting room, is situated within the trade area, south of the Golden Gate Parkway. If you visit the brewery, you can watch the process used for making great beers, and also have the ability to taste 19 of their finest and purchase a couple to enjoy at a later date.
Naples Chocolate Stroll
Go on an Art, Wine and Chocolate Tour or Chocolate Stroll to taste Naples’ sweeter side. The guided walking tasting tour called the Chocolate Stroll Tour goes down 5th Avenue South, where you will pop into seven or eight small cafes, delis and food boutiques to try out and taste various forms of chocolate.
The guided walking tour called the Art, Wine and Chocolate Tour is a delightful tour of five very unique art galleries located along 5th Avenue South. An informative tour is provided by gallery directors, where unusual art pieces in the galleries are highlighted. Relax over a chocolate and wine tasting at each of the galleries. Both groups and single visitors can be accommodated. You need to book a tour in advance.