Enjoy the Arts This Fall on Marco Island

Fall is a time when many areas are painted with the colors of changing leaves and pumpkins, while Marco Island is still sparkling blue and alive with colors all its own. While staying with Marco Escapes in one of their Marco Island rentals, you will be able to have a world of relaxation and wonder with various art exhibits and nearby art events. If you have an eye for art or enjoy live music and performing arts, you will undoubtedly have a blast in Marco in the fall.

Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition

Take delight in various artist’s’ works and techniques by visiting the Marco Island Historical Museum from November 11th to the 23rd. The juried art exhibit is free for all to view Southern Florida culture through the eyes of local artists. With a number of different artists displaying their best pieces for the public to enjoy, you will be sure to find something to peak your interest. From acrylic and oil paintings to sculptures and ceramics, the variety of fine art will leave you in awe.

Malenda Trick Art Gallery

Many people purchase art for their homes and order custom designs to fit exactly what they want for their living space. Malenda Trick is a well-known artist that works with various interior designers to customize pieces for art enthusiasts to tie their home’s decor together. You can see her 19th-century style works at the Malenda Trick Art Gallery where her works are displayed. There are often art classes, special art events, and the occasional art show as well. These events are most abundant around the holiday season, so it is the perfect spot for you to check out on your fall trip to Marco Island.

Cape Romano, Marco Island

Though it may not be considered an official art exhibit, Cape Romano is home to a cluster of buildings offshore. These buildings are often referred to as looking like structures from outer-space or something you would see in an alien flick. Anyone with an eye for art or designs will find these unique buildings an exhibit all their own. They were built in 1980 but have since been abandoned and are now only accessible by boat. They are definitely a stop you want to make while on your artistic Marco excursion.

Season of the Arts

In nearby Naples, November is Celebrate the Arts Month. From November 1st to November 30th you can enjoy this annual celebration of art hosted by the United Arts Council of Collier County. From art galleries to live performances open to the public, there is no shortage of exhibits to enjoy. No matter the preference of the viewer in media or technique, everyone will be able to take delight in the collective displays of artistic minds alike.

If you have a taste for art and are planning a fall vacation to Marco Island, check out these art hubs. There are plenty of live events and galleries to get a dose of true Florida culture while enjoying a relaxing beach vacation. With all of these exhibits close by to many of Marco Escapes Marco Island rentals, it will be easy to access the best entertainment close to your vacation home. Give Marco Escapes a call today to plan your Marco Island vacation and book your artistic adventure this fall season.

 

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3 Things to do in Marco Island FL this Autumn

With autumn in full swing and winter just a month or so away for much of the country, fall makes for a great time to head to Florida. Hurricane season will be over in November and snowbird season hasn’t started quite yet, so you’ll experience a quieter time on Florida’s Gulf Coast. There is much to do and see around the island, and you’ll love spending your days exploring, then coming home to the perfect Marco Island rentals by Marco Escapes. Take a look at three awesome things to do in Marco Island FL this harvest season, then get ready for a fantastic getaway!

Get Spooky

With the eeriest time of the year fast approaching you’ll want to enjoy a fun fright on your stay with Marco Escapes. This year, we recommend going on the Marco Murder and Mayhem Tour which will get you up close to some of the island’s most haunted sites! Let Martha Horror guide you on this two-hour excursion through old haunted hotels, a cemetery, and an Indian Burial site. Plus, you’ll get a complimentary cocktail to start the night off on a spirited note.

Fall Colored Shells

Finding the perfect shell to bring home sounds a bit easier said than done, but there are quite a few sightseeing companies in Marco Island that will help you find the best Sand Dollar or seashell you’ve been searching for! Sand Dollar Shelling is a boat tour company that will help you find unique shells as part of a tour. You’ll get to hunt for some of the most colorful seashells, in yellow, orange, reds, and purples. It’s sure to bring the incredible fall colors you might see up north, to your trip down south! Plus, many of these types of boat tours will also allow you to see the famous dolphins that swim in the gulf.

Autumn Golfing

We know that golf can come to a close in the fall, depending on where you’re located. Warm climates mean that you’ll be able to experience the green for much longer than you might in your hometown! That means more time to perfect your swing or learn how to golf down here in the Gulf of Mexico. There are two golf courses right on the island, with plenty more in Naples and the surrounding cities. The Island Country Club which is an 18-hole course, and the Hideaway Beach Golf Course, a 9-hole course, will get you on the green. If you’re looking something fun to do with the family that involves golf, head to Marco Golf and Garden for some excellent Mini Golfing!

 

However, you choose to enjoy your autumn days beachside. Make one last trip to Marco Island before the new year, you won’t be disappointed, especially when you pick your Marco Island rentals which will have everything you need for the perfect fall getaway. Book your vacation with Marco Escapes and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea this harvest season!

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Fall is Festive on Marco Island

 

 

            

Fall has arrived in Florida, and there are a number of fun family festivities to celebrate this beautiful season on Marco Island.  Now that we are getting a break from the summer heat, residents and visitors wanting to make the most of the Florida sun should check out these autumn activities in the local area.

About Local Color Art Gallery

This art gallery features the finest Marco Island artisans!  Oils, multi-media, watercolors, sculpture, photography, jewelry and textile creations for the discriminating taste.  They have art featuring the sights of Marco Island and the world.  Cards, prints and gifts all created locally by Marco Island artists.

When: Every Friday 5pm-7pm

Where: 258 Royal Palm Drive

Time: 4:30pm

Admission: Free

Island Theater Company

Enjoy an evening of laughter and smiles with the local Marco Island theater company as they showcase a production of Annie Jr.  Harold Gray’s timeless story of “Little Orphan Annie” was turned into a musical comedy by lyricist-director Martin Charnin, in collaboration with Charles Strouse and librettist Thomas Meehan.  The show, which places Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Annie’s mutt, Sandy in New York City in the midst of the Depression opened on Broadway on April 21, 2977.

When: October 13th-15th

Where: Marco Lutheran Church 525 N. Barfield

Time: 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Admission: Adults $15 Children $5

Marco Island Boat Show

The Marco Boat Show is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is one of the largest premier recreational shows in the Naples-Marco Island area.  The show will feature displays by marinas, boat dealers and other marine related businesses.

When: October 13th-15th

Where: Rose Marina 951 Bald Eagle

Time: 10am-5pm

Admission: $5 kids under 5 for free

Marco Island Rescue Foundation Chili Cook Off

Tasters can expect secret ingredients and top-shelf chili as local cooks face off for the 5th Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook Off.  This year’s chef line-up is impressive.  People’s choice will determine the winners from 17 entrants.

Southwest Home Brew Club will offer beers for tasting and judging.  Live music will be performed by the Ben Allen Band, including “Small Town Cowboy”.  CJ’s on the Bay will provide a number of side dishes to complement chili entries, and happy hour priced drinks will be available throughout the competition.

When: October 21

Where: CJ’s on the Bay

Time: 12pm – 4pm

Admission: Free

Marco Island’s Halloween Spooktacular

Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting their much anticipated annual Halloween Spooktacular!  Bring the little ones and dress them up for a day of fun.  There will be games, prizes, Halloween music, arts and crafts, food, treats and a costume contest for ages 10 and under!  Great prizes will be awarded to the winners.

When: October 28th

Where: Mackle Park

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Admission: Free

 

                                

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Hurricane Irma Update: We’re Open for Business!

When searching for updates on Hurricane Irma, you’ll find that many news stations seem to report still that Marco Island FL was destroyed, decimated, and wiped out. While there was some damage done to the island, we can tell you that is further from the truth! At Marco Escapes, we’re open for business, and we’re ready for tourism to resume!

What to do?

There are plenty of things to do around Marco Island FL, and you’ll want to spend time on the beach. With beautiful, bright skies, and gorgeous weather, it’s the perfect time to spend a few hours on the soft, sandy beaches. Whether it’s with some little ones, a loved one, or a group of friends, you’re sure to enjoy a day relaxing in the warm Florida sun. Plus, as we head into fall, it makes a pleasant time of the year to enjoy a break from hectic and busy schedules to rejuvenate with a day playing in the sand, splashing in the coastal waters, and spending time with the ones you love most.

A Day on the Gulf

If you desire to spend some time on the water, the Dolphin Explorer, Sunshine Tours, and the amazing Marco Island Princess are up and running again, giving local sightseeing tours for guests. If you’re really into wanting to capture some photos of dolphins, you’ll love the Dolphin Explorer. Hop aboard their 30-foot catamaran which attracts dolphins to its’ wake. You’ll also get to walk the beautiful beaches and collect seashells with a master naturalist. Sunshine Tours will get you out and explore, by offshore fishing and backcountry fishing charters, shelling and sightseeing tours you won’t want to miss. If you want to dine along your cruise, enjoy a trip on the Marco Island Princess, which hosts unique sightseeing cruises, history and nature lunch cruises, sunset dinners, cocktail cruises, and more! These three tours are perfect for all ages and an excellent way to get to know the Marco Island FL while you’re here vacationing!

 

If you want to spend some more time inland, all shops and business have resumed hours and are functioning at normal capacity. Along with that, our fabulous restaurants are open for business along with using our full menu service. Beyond that the JW Marriott has reopened to the public and is also ready for restaurant service, so we’re sure there is no shortage of food and dining options for you to enjoy while on your fantastic trip.

 

Don’t let the news get you down, Marco Island FL is as beautiful as ever. All you have to do is pack your bags and head south for a relaxing getaway at Marco Escapes. Take a look at our vacation homes and start planning your trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida. We hope to see you here soon!

 

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Post Irma Update – 9/25/2017

Marco Escapes is relieved to report minimal disruption of operations due to hurricane Irma.  Despite the fact that Marco Island took a direct hit from the eye of a Category 4 hurricane, we only had three vacation rental properties that warranted an insurance claim. We attribute this due to the integrity and modern construction of our high end property line.

The restoration of paradise is well underway here on Marco Island and we are grateful to report only minor infrastructure and vegetation damage were caused by this massive storm.

As of today (9/25/2017) 2 weeks after the hurricane’s eye passed over our island, roadways are cleared and power and communications lines have all been restored. Restaurants and shopping facilities are back online and our beaches are as beautiful as ever!

We feel fortunate to have been spared from the worst, and look forward to hosting you on Marco Island this season!

Photo taken Wednesday 9/20/2017

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Our Favorites: 10 Fun Family Activities

  1. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens – Amid exotic animals in an historic tropical garden, your family will experience what it’s like to be a true adventurer. A full day ticket to include to view the animals includes a ride on the primate expedition cruise!
  1. Naples Botanical Garden – A specially designed children’s garden within the lush botanical garden setting offers programs, events and activities to delight the senses. The Wild Florida Loop Trail takes you on a journey through a cypress swamp, hardwood hammock and shell mound.
  1. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’Mon) – Kids love to learn by doing what they do best – play! At this museum, hands-on galleries allow children to go to new places – the Everglades or an igloo- and try new experiences.
  1. Collier County Museum – Travel back in time to witness prehistoric mastodons and colossal sharks, and meet some of the native Americans, cattlemen, clam diggers and railroaders who make up Collier County’s rich history. There are five shaded acres of treasures to unlock, from native gardens and an archaeology lab, to a Seminole village and Calusa Indian camp.
  1. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center – This nature center truly offers something great for everyone, from the smallest visitors to parents who thought they’d seen it all. Highlights include the nursery viewing window and the wildlife hospital that allows kids to put on a white lab coat, scrub in and wind their way through the interactive exhibits.
  1. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon – Take a dip in one of the waterpark’s four crystal blue pools, float along the lazy river, hit the splash playground or interactive water features and enjoy a thrilling ride on the five exciting water slides. A full day of entertainment can be had with amenities like a snack shack to grab a bite, showers and lockers.
  1. The Dolphin Explorer – Join the Ten Thousand Islands research team on a sightseeing and shelling eco-cruise aboard q 30-foot catamaran. You get to team up with a scientist guide and participate in an active marine research project to track and catalog bottlenose dolphins.
  1. Pure Naples – Whether you and the gang are ready for a high-speed day on the water or a leisurely sightseeing cruise, the folks at Pure Naples will get you geared up and ready to go. From cruising and fishing to jet skis and jet boats, the rental options run the rampant, and are conveniently located at historic Tin City.
  1. Wooten’s Everglades Airboat and Swamp Buggy Tours – Get the full Everglades experience with a grassland airboat tour, a swamp buggy tour, a live alligator show or a visit to the otters, panthers and snakes housed at the animal sanctuary and alligator park.
  1. Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum – In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-ki means “a place to learn, a place to remember.” Nestled in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, the museum houses over 30,000 artifacts and archival items and experiences, as well as a variety of crafts and games to engage visitors of all ages.
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Marco Island Sparkles with Options for the Fourth

 

 

Marco Island and Naples will be alive with patriotism as various locations celebrate with fireworks, festivals parades and events.  On the island, the Fourth of July takes the shape of an all-day beach party with activities throughout the afternoon leading up to the big finish…. the fireworks display out on the Gulf of Mexico off Residents’ Beach.

The Marco Island Civic Association hosts the affair, burning up over $45,000 worth of pyrotechnics in under half an hour! The rockets’ red glare make up for a spectacular show with the fireworks reflected in the water and the boom sounding off the beachfront condos and luxury hotels.

Many islanders as well as valued vacationers will show up to the beach, bringing caravans of luggage including coolers, chairs, beach towels and umbrellas.  Some stay all afternoon, splashing in the water to stay cool, while others stake out their spot, go home to the air conditioning, and come back for the aerial display as the sky darkens and the sunset fades.

The city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department supervises games and contests for those who hang out on the beach.  Contestants can compete in tug of war, sack races, three legged races, hot dog eating and sand castle building contests!  Tiny tikes are not forgotten with a hula-hoop and limbo contest as well as an arts and crafts tent.

 

Other Local Interests…..

Naples 4th of July Parade

Time : 10:00 am

Location: 5th Avenue, Naples Florida

Admission: Free

Everglades City Party on Fourth

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Everglades City Hall

Features: Floats, Food, Bake Sale, Face Painting, Arts and Crafts, Vendors, Raffles, Playground Games

 

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What’s Old Is Not Forgotten

Long famous for its Key Marco Cat- one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology- the new Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.

Outside, the grounds of the Museum complex are beautifully landscaped with ponds, waterfalls and native, tropical plantings.  These peaceful surroundings set off this gem, and include an inviting gazebo where one can take a few moments to enjoy it’s ambiance , including a large replica of the “Key Marco Cat”.  After you serene downtime, head to the museum gift store where you can purchase local artwork, jewelry, clothing and historical books.

Current Exhibits:

“What’s Old Is Not Forgotten” – June 6 – August 26

This is exhibit is comprised of images captured within Collier County by local photographers.  Images include selections of buildings, people lifestyles and culture and well as wildlife and ecosystems.

“Transportation in the Digital Age” – May 3 – July 31

Features several works depicting transportation from around the world, including lively and colorful renditions of trains, automobiles, plane and other modes of transportation.

Want to find out a little more about the grand history of this amazing hidden island gem?  Click below:

Modern Marco https://themihs.info/modern-marco/

Pioneer Days    https://themihs.info/pioneer-days

Calusa Period   https://themihs.info/calusa-period/ 

 

MARCO ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM

180 S HEATHWOOD

MARCO ISLAND, FL 34145

239-642-1440

TUE-SAT  9AM-4PM

ADMISSION: FREE

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Everglades: A Natural Estuary

The Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands are a rare and beautiful place.  It is one of North America’s unsung wild places – a beautiful, rugged, subtropical landscape that is experienced by a relatively few adventurous souls each year.

Traveling in Southwest Florida isn’t complete without stopping in the Everglades.  Whether you want to step into a haven amongst the mangroves, immerse yourself in the sense of wonder that surrounds you or sink deep into the slow, languid pace of life in a swamp!

We have listed our favorite activities, restaurants and tips for your Romp in the Swamp:

Museum of the Everglades

105 Broadway Ave w

Everglades, FL 34139

239-695-0008

A showcase for the history of the Everglades region, the museum presents the story of 2,000 years of human habitation with artifacts and period photographs.


Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Immokalee, FL 34142

239-657-8001

Two hiking trails are open to the public.  They provide the refuge visitor a chance to experience the various habitats found on the refuge

Wooten’s Air Boat Rides 

**RECOMMENDED BY THE TEAM**

32330 Tamiami Trail E

Ochopee, FL 34141

239-695-2781

Glide across 259 acres of the Everglades!  Watch, pet and hold alligators!  Soak up the natural beauty of a cypress forest on a Swamp Buggy Tour!  See panthers, tigers, otters, snakes and much more….

 

Fun Restaurants (try the gator..it’s delicious!)

Camelia Street Grill – 201 Camelia Street

City Seafood – 609 Begonia Street

Everglades Scoop – 203 Copeland Avenue

Grimm’s Stone Crab – 919 Dupont Street

Leebo’s Rock Bottom Bar – 801 S Copeland Ave

Oyster House – 901 Copeland Ave

Triad Seafood – 401 School Drive W

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Taste of Marco : Local Samplings

Marco has taste, Marco eateries have tasty treats, and if your taste in entertainment runs to sampling a smorgasbord of specialties, the Taste of Marco is for you.

The island’s signature food-tasting event returns to the Esplanade on Sunday, April 23.  The Taste of Marco, benefitting the YMCA, will bring more than 20 restaurants and food purveyors with thousands of eaters from 11am -5pm.

This food spectacle gives restaurants the chance to reach new customers, who may never have been exposed to their dishes, and lets the public try some of their signature styles, all for a $5 admission and a few dollars in food tickets.

The event is generally thronged, and could be considered the last hurrah of the season on Marco Island.  Restaurants put their best food forward, tempting tasters with unusual offerings, or bringing back tried and true favorites.

 

What: Taste of Marco

Where: Esplanade

When: April 23

Time: 11 AM – 5 PM

Cost: $5 Adults/Children Under 12 Free

Tips from the Team:  There is free parking available, but for a $5 suggested donation, patrons can park at Veterans’ Community Park, and arrive in the shuttle, with parking proceeds going to support the Lely High School football team.  For those arriving by boat, slip rental is available by calling the dockmaster at 239-394-6333.

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