Naples

Experience the Big Cypress swamp

EVERGLADES CITY – Join the Big Cypress National Preserve staff for FREE outings and activities that explore the wonders of the Big Cypress Swamp A variety of regularly scheduled ranger-guided boardwalk hikes, wet swamp walks, canoe trips and interactive talks occur in the preserve throughout the Florida dry season through April 11, 2018. Even though activities are free you must reserve your spot in advance. Example: Gator Gossip (20 minute talk, 10 a.m.) Learn about the science and secrets of alligators. Meet at the Oasis Visitor Center boardwalk. All ages, junior rangers welcome >MORE

Encounter a Florida Panther

NAPLES ZOO – Through May 31. On this tour offered every Tuesday from 9 – 10 a.m., you’ll meet an animal care team member who cares for one of the Zoo’s most famous and beloved residents, Uno. Uno is a Florida panther that was found severely injured after being shot and blinded while still a kitten. He was nursed back to health but can’t be returned to the wild. During your encounter you will tour the state-of-the-art enclosure that, in addition to being Uno’s home, is also a rehabilitation facility for orphaned or injured Florida panthers. You’ll then get to see Uno up-close as he participates in a training session with a member of his animal care team. Finally, learn how Naples Zoo supports Florida panther conservation in the wild and how you can help, too. Minimum age: 5 years old Capacity: 6 people.

Stroll the Pier

Built in 1888 to serve as a dock for freight and passengers, the Naples Pier had a narrow-gauge train rails along its length that served the train that transported baggage and freight in the 1900s. Stretching from the end of 12th Avenue, the pier is a popular spot for fishing, sunset watching, dolphin spotting, and enjoying the view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Naples Pier is one of the top Naples attractions. It has a covered eating area and a concession stand if you get hungry.

Picnic at LOWDERMILK BEACH PARK

With 1000 feet of incredibly fine white sand, a picturesque pond, a kids’ playground, and a volleyball court, Lowdermilk Beach Park is one of Naples’ most popular beachfront parks. Many picnic tables and benches provide space for a family picnic, and you can cool off or rinse off the salt after a swim at the park’s shower facilities. The park even has two lovely gazebos you can rent for special occasions and celebrations. The beach is also a popular destination for watching the famous Florida sunsets, and many go here hoping to see the magical “green flash.” The beach is located near Fifth Avenue South and all the area’s great shopping. If you are wondering what to do in Naples with kids, this is a great place to visit.