Named for its breathtaking Italian counterpart, the city of Naples, Florida, as well as many other stunning towns in the area, have a rich past and vibrant culture that is clear to anyone to visits.
Bordered by the sprawling, lush Everglades to the East and the fabulous beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to the West, the locales of Southwest Florida have earned a reputation for being some of the premier vacation hot spots in the United States. But there’s more to these cities than the warmth and flavor of its natural surroundings – a rich history permeated the winding roads, and it’s a history you can personally experience:
- Olde Naples Waterfront
This small-town setting is famous for its quiet consignment shops and quaint eateries, as well as a long and rich history. At the Waterfront, you’ll find many informative displays and photographs chronicling the founding of Olde Naples, as well as more intriguing information to be found under the pedestrian walkway of the Gordon River Bridge.
- Historic Smallwood Store
Put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, this small, waterfront locale was originally a general store opened by one of the area’s earliest pioneers, Ted Smallwood. Now, it’s been transformed into a fascinating museum without losing any of its nearly-century-old charm. Located in the far West Everglades and right in the heart of the 10,000 Islands, the Historic Smallwood Store is the perfect place for any history lover looking for a wealth of knowledge about Southwest Florida.
- Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch
This lovely site is one of the biggest and oldest historic cattle ranches in the entire state. You’ll get to experience the life of a daily worker on a typical homestead in Southwest Florida – an area built by the cattle industry – as well as gain a new appreciation of the workings of a citrus grove in the early 1900s. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, this beautiful locale is a must-see for anyone living or visiting the area.
- Marco Island Historical Museum
A beautiful property filled with a rich past, this museum brings to life the vanished civilization of the Calusa Indians with stunning displays and intricately built models. No small detail has been brushed over here, and you’ll feel as if you’re back in time experiencing the rise of Marco Island as it actually happened. Plus, you can learn about the famous Key Marco Cat – widely regarded as one of the most incredible and influential archeological discoveries in North America.