One of our favorite places to visit is Naples. It’s just a two-hour drive from Miami, but it has such a different vibe. It’s more laid-back and peaceful and there’s so much to do with kids. We’ve found that it’s a great destination for some family bonding time.
Top 5 Family Adventures in Naples
You probably already know that the beaches in Naples are pretty spectacular, but which ones have you visited? The area boasts several kid-friendly beaches that include everything under the sun. Clam Pass Park is pretty special. You can board a tram just behind the Naples Grande Beach Resort and take a scenic ride while enjoying the plant and wild life all around you. There’s a variety of mangroves and shorebirds to keep you entertained until you reach the beach. Clam Pass has a restaurant, facilities, beach rentals and watersports galore. Lowdermilk Park is another great beach option for families. Here you’ll find outdoor showers, a concession stand, playgrounds and even a duck pond to keep the little ones entertained.
While the beaches are indeed wonderful, be sure to head out ON the water. If you’re looking for a sightseeing tour that may even include some dolphin sightings, book a cruise with Pure Florida. One of our family’s favorite adventures was the Dolphin Watch, Eco & Shelling Tour on the Naples Explorer, which takes you out to Keewaydin Island for some fun and relaxation on a beautiful, secluded white-sand beach.
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens offers another great option for all ages.
The Golisano Children’s Museum, also known as C’MON, is located in North Naples and it features a ship-shaped building with 12 galleries of fun, interactive exhibit galleries. Little ones will love all the hands-on exhibits while they climb a two-story banyan tree, enjoy the water play station, meander through the Everglades swamp and much more. The Naples Depot Museum is another cool option for train lovers who would like to be transported back to the Roaring Twenties railroads.
There are many great shopping malls and outlets throughout Southwest Florida, but we love Miromar Outlets because they have lots of fun activities for kids. The outlet features European architecture with fountains, koi and turtle ponds, and picturesque walkways. It’s an ideal escape when you want a little break from the beach.
What are some of your favorite things to do in and around Naples?
Full disclosure: I’m the editor of Neapolitan magazine, the in-room lifestyle magazine of the Naples Grande Beach Resort, so I travel to Naples often for business and pleasure.