Things To Do In Naples

What is there to do in Naples? Just about everything you can imagine. With year round tours, museums, parks, preserves and events, it would take a while to run out of things to do in Naples. Some of the attractions in Naples are geared towards adults and older kids, yet there are quite a few family friendly and pet friendly attractions as well. One of the main attractions in Naples is the golfing. With the most golf holes per capita, there is a great variety for golfers of all experience. For those who like a bit of history, Naples Museums and museums in the surrounding area are a great place to learn and enjoy. Here you will learn a lot about the rich culture and history of the people and places in town. There are also plenty of Naples tours and cruises to give you valuable information and history, provide relaxation and entertainment, and also to learn about current events and view the natural habitats and nature of Southwest Florida.

Theaters and Movies

Gulfshore Playhouse at the Norris Center

755 8thAvenue South Box Office: 866-811-4111 Administration: 239-231-PLAY (7529)

The Gulfshore Playhouse was founded to bring professional theatre to Southwest Florida at a more affordable price, making it more accessible to everyone. All productions are produced in house yet instead of touring, the shows are performed exclusively here in town. There will be four shows during the 2011-2012 year beginning in October of 2011. Gulfshore Playhouse also has summer programs for kids and teens, after school programs, and adult series classes as well.

There are many museums that highlight the rich history of Naples, Collier County and the surrounding areas.

Naples Museums

C'MON - Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

Address: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples at the North Collier Regional Park - 239-514-0084 Cost: Call for current pricing The Children’s Museum is designed to help children learn while they play. In this green and child friendly environment children will learn to think through problems, increase language skills and interaction with other children. There will be exhibits to help with their ABC’s , learn about the beach and the everglades, venture into space, create works of art or just be a curious kid. Visit the official siteand keep informed of the news and updates as this new museum progresses.

Collier County Historical Museum

Address: 3331 East Tamiami Trail, Naples - 239-252-8476 Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm Cost: Free - Donations Welcome The Collier County Historical Museum is a five-acre historical park with a permanent Exhibition Hall as well as a traveling exhibition room, lecture hall, and gift shop. Learn about the native Calusa and Seminole Indians and the resettlement of European explorers. Find out about the wars that happened in the area and see artifacts, tools, and pieces of history preserved here. Explore the history of Collier County and learn what has made it into the thriving vacation spot it is today. Walk in the steps of a family's life during the early 1900's and see what their home life was like at the Discovery Cottage.

Naples Depot Museum

Address: 1051 Fifth Ave South, Naples - 239-262-6525 Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm Cost: Free - Donations Welcome Located close to Naples Dowtown shops, dining and beaches is the Naples Depot Museum. Often known as the train museum, the depot is set in the Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station bringing visitors back to the railroading days of the early 1900's. Not only are there restored rail cars there are also Seminole canoes, mule wagons, and swamp buggies. This 1920's train station is also a nationally registered historic site.

Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida

Location: 4760 Tamiami Trail N, Naples - 239-263-9200 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 1pm-4pm Cost: $8 adults, $3 students age 12-18, under 12 is free; group tours available at $10 per person and $70 for a survivor to speak Through generous grants from the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Jewish Federation of Collier County, and the State of Florida, the museum has been able to record the stories of more than 50 peopl living in Southwest Florida who have first-hand experience with the Holocaust in some way or another. The museum began as a middle school project yet was tranformed into the non-profit museum in 2001. Housing over 1,000 artifacts and photographs, the museum makes for a great teaching tool

Naples Museum of Art

Location: 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples (At the Philharmonic Center for the Arts) - 239-597-1900 or 800-597-1900 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm (complimentary guided tours 11am and 2pm); Sunday 12pm-4pm (complimentary guided tours 1pm). Closed July-September Cost: General Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students - Memberships are available as well. Located at the Naples Philharmonic Center of Arts, the Naples Museum of Art is a three-story world-class collection of art exhibits. The Naples Museum of Art prides itself in being the first full-scale art museum in all of Southwest Florida. There are 15 galleries as well as a glass-dome conservatory. The entry gates were made by artist Albert Paley while the blown glass Persian Ceiling was made by reknown artist Dale Chihuly. There are paintings, sculptures, drawings and more as well as educational programs and lectures. Learn more about the Naples Museum of Art at the official website.

Palm Cottage

Location: 137 12th Avenue South, Naples - 239-261-8164 Hours: November-April: Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-4pm; May-October: Wednesday and Saturday 1pm-4pm Cost: $10 per person, free for children 10 and under. Free for members. The Palm Cottage house museum is listen on the National Register of Historica Places giving exciting tales of the early pioneers of Naples. The Palm Cottage is the oldest house in Naples, built in 1895 by Walter N Haldeman. It is one of the last remaining Tabbie homes, unique in it's foundation and building being made of local sand and shells. The Collier County Historical Society is headquartered here at this historic site.

Museums Near Naples

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

Address: 1215 Roberts Avenue, Immokalee - 239-658-2466 Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm - Call for appointment Cost: Free - Donations Welcome Just northeast of Naples is the farm worker community of Immokalee where you will find Roberts Ranch and the Immokalee Pioneer Museum. The drive to Immokalee ranges from 30 minutes from North Naples to to an hour from downtown, yet the drive is a sight-seeing opportunity of scenic orange groves and natural Florida wildlife. Robert Roberts and his family were the original owners of the fifteen acre ranch which is now the living museum today. Roberts Ranch prides itself on being the longest running ranch in South Florida. Experience the working life in the citrus grove since the early 1900's. See the original buildings as well as living history and exhibits.

Marco Island Historical Museum

Address: 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island - 239-642-1440 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm Cost: Free - Donations Welcome When talking about Marco Island History and great discoveries in North American archeology, the Marco Island Cat is at the top of the list. The Marco Island Cat can be found here along with other exciting displays of the Calusa Indians and other historical influences. The Rose History Auditorium is also available for public use and can be rented for special events and occasions. This 2600 square foot room with it's wooden floors and thatched celieng makes it a unique place to host a party or a meeting.

Museum of the Everglades

Address: 105 West Broadway, Everglades City - 239-695-0008 Open: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm Cost: Free - Donations Welcome The Everglades Museum is dedicated to portraying local history starting back in the times of the Native Americans. Had you traveled there when it was first settled, you would have to take a boat to arrive in this area, yet now you can travel by car on Tamiami Trail, thirty five miles east of Naples' downtown. There is a permanent exhibit as well as traveling exhibits. Not only does it teach about the history in the area, it is a piece of history as the museum itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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