Things to Do in Marco Island with Kids

marco island crabbing

Florida is a place where many people visit for its natural beauty, the activities it holds, and of course, the beaches. Marco Island rentals on the beach offer a plethora of what Florida offers. From sandy beaches to boat and air tours, you are sure to find something for everyone. Of course, what kind of vacation would it be if you didn't also enjoy all the wonderful things to do in Marco Island with kids?

Visit Briggs Nature Center

There's more to the outdoors than the beach. Kids will love the Briggs Nature Center, featuring a boardwalk, a variety of native plants, and a Butterfly Garden! Located in the the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve , it is also surrounded by other local wildlife.


Marco Island and the surrounding areas are famous for their crab. What better type of fun could be had than letting your kids catch their own crabs? Kids are able to bait nets and throw them in the water, as well as pull out the catch of the day - just as a real fisherman would. This exciting activity allows kids to get up close and personal with some of the most popular wildlife Florida has to offer, as well as possibly catching their dinner. If your child is not a seafood fan, simply throw the crab back into the water - turns out the crab gets a free meal!

Many places along the shoreline offer crabbing for tourists, however, crabbing is similar to fishing. It is something that the family can enjoy without an instructor as long as you have the correct provisions. This is an activity that can even be done from the backyard of Marco Island rentals on the beach. If you are going to go crabbing with the family, make sure to have the correct licensing. Even if it is a weekend license, it is important to have in case someone is curious about why you are catching crabs.


Shelling is also one of the great and inexpensive things to do in Marco Island with kids. Imagine walking up and down the beautiful beaches looking for shiny treasures that the ocean sweeps from the beach floor every morning. Children will rush out with their buckets and shovels and laugh while they scoop up Marco Island's gorgeous treasures.

Shelling is an activity best done during the early morning. Take a stroll from your Marco Island rental on the beach down the shoreline and grab a few shells before the tide and other tourists sweep them away. While you are out enjoying the sandy beaches, you can divert your children into building a sand castle or wading in the water as the tide goes out, all while letting little toes sink into the soft sand of Florida.

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin watching is something that people of all ages enjoy and can be done from your beach vacation rental. Imagine watching the dolphins dive around in the water after fish, or doing tricks to impress the locals. Dolphin watching is one of the best things to do in Marco Island with kids because it is a versatile activity. You can take a tour specifically geared to find, watch and maybe even swim with dolphins, or you can watch the dolphins right from the beach side of your Marco Island rental! An ideal spot for catching a glimpse is at Caxambas Pass Park.

Kid-friendly Marco Island Rentals

Rent any available week in April or May for $2090 base rent!!

Gorgeous single family home on beautiful Marco Island with all the amenities! Inviting private pool and spa in spacious covered lanai with southwest exposure, separate sun deck, also with southwest exposure. Interior of house has unbelievable li...

Rent any remaining week in May or April for $1590 base rent!!!!

Gorgeous single family home on beautiful Marco Island with all the amenities! Inviting private pool in spacious covered lanai. Interior of house has comfortable, elegant furnishings in the Florida style, with a Tommy Bahama entertainment center ...

Paradise on Marco Island - 3 Minute Walk to Tigertail Beach!

Heaven on Hernando! This beautiful custom waterfront home was built in 2003 and is located only 1 block to Tigertail Beach! The open floor plan greets you when you arrive and no detail was missed in its construction. Elegantly furnished throughout...


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