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There's no place in Florida like Naples. No other city offers such an opulent getaway full of tropical beaches, championship golf courses, and award-winning restaurants, without any feelings of snobbery or exclusiveness. Though Naples may have all the amenities of Beverly Hills or Palm Beach, it still manages to have a friendly, welcoming, and down-to-earth atmosphere that the latter two destinations certainly do not. Here are some of the best things to do in Naples, Florida.
Every Kind of Beach Imaginable
Naples offers a wide variety of beaches for any traveler's taste preference. The closest one to the city center may be the beach at Olde Naples. Barefoot Beach is more secluded and has more beach wildlife, since the beach borders a nature preserve. While Clam Pass County Park is tougher to get to than any other beach, it also offers the most seclusion and untouched shorelines.
Finally, Delnor-Wiggins State Park offers a beach packed with seaside activities. The park is the most visited state park in this part of Florida, offering snorkeling, boat access, boardwalks, fishing spots, and pet-designated portions of the beach. From party beaches to secluded shorelines, hitting the beach is one of everyone's favorite things to do in Naples, Florida.
Get Your Culture Fix
Naples has a thriving culture scene that starts with the Philharmonic Center of the Arts. The center hosts a full orchestra as well as traveling shows and exclusive performances. The Philharmonic Center is also the home of the acclaimed Naples Museum of Art, a gigantic art museum with fifteen galleries full of masterpieces.
Looking for something more kid-friendly? Visit the Galisano Children's Museum of Naples, one of the best family-friendly attractions. This museum offers a wide selection of completely interactive and immersive kid-friendly exhibits. Watch your little ones learn about fresh food and practice math skills at the child-sized produce market, or see them frolic at the imagination-friendly "At the Beach" exhibit. The Museum's crown exhibit is a gigantic two-story Banyan Tree that children can explore to their heart's content.
Naples is truly a golfer's paradise. Lely Fleming and the Lely Mustang, two of the best known clubs in the area, are among the best things to do in Naples, Florida. For more affordable options, check out either the Eagle Lakes Golf Club or the Tiburpn Golf Club. In addition to its par 71 championship course, Eagle Lakes Golf Club is home to plenty of Florida wildlife, including two bald eagles and a (reported) 16 foot alligator.
World-Class Shopping and Dining
Shopaholics should begin at the ultimate shopping destination in Naples: 3rd Street South. Travelers may also wish to visit Tin City, a shopping-and-dining complex located in a converted historic waterfront warehouse.
If you're looking for the best steakhouse in town, head to Chop's City Grill. Chop's specializes in mouth-watering, grilled dry-aged steaks and lamb chops. The restaurant also boasts a 400-bottle wine list and an impressive liquor selection.
If you're looking for a local watering hole, head to the affordable and delicious Old Naples Pub. The restaurant's pub fare and prices are the best in town, and this local favorite regularly hosts live music.
Explore in the Florida Sunshine
This meager list of "Naples Things to Do" is just the tip of the town's iceberg. There's also the Naples Pier, the Naples Zoo, and the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, just to name a few. Better yet, there's a ton of nearby towns and islands to explore within easy day-trip distance. Experience a rare sense of down-to-earth luxury in the tropical setting of Naples, Florida.
If you're visiting Naples, why not make room for a day trip to Disney World?