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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