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Best Things To Do in Naples

Naples is the Florida destination for golf and relaxation. Golfers particularly like the Tiburón Golf Club — located on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort  but other popular resort activities include yoga classes, tennis and sailing. Most resorts will also have in-house spas, which guests and other visitors may use. Should you want more than just R & R, try shopping, gallery hopping or visiting the zoo. In the evenings, stroll past the lavish beachfront homes on Millionaires' Row. For critter-watching or communing with nature, take a daytrip to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Oh, and did we mention the spectacular beaches and warm Gulf water?

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#1 in Naples

About 12 miles north of Old Naples is the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, one of the best beaches in the city. Covering 166 acres of land, the beach here has great facilities, including plenty of parking, bathrooms, beach rental equipment, food stands and picnic spots. The water is clear and serene while the sand, according to many visitors, is covered with shells but has plenty of soft spots to sit on. The park also offers quality spots to snorkel (you can rent gear here too) at a reef offshore.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
About 12 miles north of Old Naples is the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, one of the best beaches in the city. Covering 166 acres of land, the beach here has great facilities, including plenty of parking, bathrooms, beach rental equipment, food stands and picnic spots. The water is clear and serene while the sand, according to many visitors, is covered with shells but has plenty of soft spots to sit on. The park also offers quality spots to snorkel (you can rent gear here too) at a reef offshore.
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#2 in Naples

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Located at the west end of 12th Avenue South at Naples Beach, Naples Pier is an expansive boardwalk that's hard to miss. Stretching 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, Naples Pier is known for its stunning panoramic views, especially at sunset. For those visiting during July, it also acts as an ideal location to view the city's 4th of July fireworks show.
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Beaches Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Naples Pier
Located at the west end of 12th Avenue South at Naples Beach, Naples Pier is an expansive boardwalk that's hard to miss. Stretching 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, Naples Pier is known for its stunning panoramic views, especially at sunset. For those visiting during July, it also acts as an ideal location to view the city's 4th of July fireworks show.
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#3 in Naples

Located just 4 miles southeast of downtown Naples, Naples Botanical Garden offers nature-loving visitors access to a wide variety of flora (and even some fauna). The 170-acre nature sanctuary showcases more than 1,000 species of plants throughout its nine tropical themed gardens and untouched 90-acre preserve. For those looking to learn more about the expansive plant collection, the garden offers daily tours at 11 a.m. from November to April, as well as different educational children's activities monthly in the Smith Children's Garden. When visiting be sure to budget ample time to peruse the grounds; recent visitors recommend at least a few hours.
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Parks and Gardens Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Naples Botanical Garden
Located just 4 miles southeast of downtown Naples, Naples Botanical Garden offers nature-loving visitors access to a wide variety of flora (and even some fauna). The 170-acre nature sanctuary showcases more than 1,000 species of plants throughout its nine tropical themed gardens and untouched 90-acre preserve. For those looking to learn more about the expansive plant collection, the garden offers daily tours at 11 a.m. from November to April, as well as different educational children's activities monthly in the Smith Children's Garden. When visiting be sure to budget ample time to peruse the grounds; recent visitors recommend at least a few hours.
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#4 in Naples

If you want to be surrounded by natural wonder, head about 6 miles north of Naples to Clam Pass County Park. As you walk the length of the park's 3,000-foot boardwalk or take a free tram, you'll pass beautiful mangrove forests (with three species of mangrove trees), plenty of birds and even some alligators. The boardwalk terminates at a serene white-sand beach, where you'll find bathrooms, beach rental spots, picnicking areas and a snack bar.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Clam Pass Beach Park
If you want to be surrounded by natural wonder, head about 6 miles north of Naples to Clam Pass County Park. As you walk the length of the park's 3,000-foot boardwalk or take a free tram, you'll pass beautiful mangrove forests (with three species of mangrove trees), plenty of birds and even some alligators. The boardwalk terminates at a serene white-sand beach, where you'll find bathrooms, beach rental spots, picnicking areas and a snack bar.
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#5 in Naples

Nature lovers will find plenty to like at this preserve. Located 30 miles northeast of Naples (and about 47 miles south of Fort Myers), the 11,000 acres of marshland is home to 600-year-old trees, otters, alligators and a beautiful collection of endangered birds. A boardwalk cuts through the sanctuary on which you can take a self-guided tour and get a feel for what Florida was like before it was developed. Naturalists are stationed throughout the boardwalk to answer questions. Recent visitors say it takes about three hours to walk the sanctuary's nearly 3 miles.
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Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Nature lovers will find plenty to like at this preserve. Located 30 miles northeast of Naples (and about 47 miles south of Fort Myers), the 11,000 acres of marshland is home to 600-year-old trees, otters, alligators and a beautiful collection of endangered birds. A boardwalk cuts through the sanctuary on which you can take a self-guided tour and get a feel for what Florida was like before it was developed. Naturalists are stationed throughout the boardwalk to answer questions. Recent visitors say it takes about three hours to walk the sanctuary's nearly 3 miles.
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#6 in Naples

The 15 galleries here make up one of the best art collections in the southwest Florida region. The 14-foot-tall art-covered entrance gates provide a dramatic entrance to the museum's fantastic pieces. The permanent collection includes some impressive modern American works, including spectacular glass installations by Dale Chihuly — you'll find yourself marveling at his amazing colorful chandelier and ocean-themed ceiling decor. Recent visitors said seeing Chihuly's pieces more than justify the admission price.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The Baker Museum
The 15 galleries here make up one of the best art collections in the southwest Florida region. The 14-foot-tall art-covered entrance gates provide a dramatic entrance to the museum's fantastic pieces. The permanent collection includes some impressive modern American works, including spectacular glass installations by Dale Chihuly — you'll find yourself marveling at his amazing colorful chandelier and ocean-themed ceiling decor. Recent visitors said seeing Chihuly's pieces more than justify the admission price.
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#7 in Naples

Fans of the movie "Madagascar" will surely recognize one of the Naples Zoo's inhabitants, the fosa, in Petrof's Primate Pavilion exhibit. The exhibit is also home to another Madagascar native, the lemur. As you walk around the grounds, stop and check out the rare Indochinese tigers and a collection of other interesting mammals like hyenas and leopards. Although recent visitors said it only takes a couple hours to see the zoo from top to bottom, it is unequivocably worth visiting.
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Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Naples Zoo
Fans of the movie "Madagascar" will surely recognize one of the Naples Zoo's inhabitants, the fosa, in Petrof's Primate Pavilion exhibit. The exhibit is also home to another Madagascar native, the lemur. As you walk around the grounds, stop and check out the rare Indochinese tigers and a collection of other interesting mammals like hyenas and leopards. Although recent visitors said it only takes a couple hours to see the zoo from top to bottom, it is unequivocably worth visiting.
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