Naples truly is a unique destination! Here are a few things that you will only find in Naples:
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is a interactive destination that your little ones will love . The museum offers a rotating exhibit that makes it new and fresh, in addition to many permanent exhibits. Children are welcome to shop and stock the grocery store or pick some fruits and veggies to cart over to the store exhibit. In the play restaurant, children get to cook in the kitchen and serve their parents or each other while learning about a select cuisine from around the world. Upstairs, older children build and construct in a rotating area dedicated to STEM while others tend to furry friends in the veterinarian’s office. Outside water play, rolling and a maze provide entertainment in fresh air. A café provides beverages and snacks.
Sun N Fun Lagoon
Sun N Fun Lagoon is a local waterpark in Naples with an assortment of water activities off the beach. The park features water slides that shoot you through darkness before plunging you into the pool below. Guests are welcome to grab a raft and float down the lazy river, but watch out for the pouring buckets! There are diving boards and pools to swim in. For tots, there is a shallow play area where little ones are sprayed with water and splash around.
The Revs Institute
The Revs Institute is a museum of race cars. With no barriers, the museum guest finds themselves toe to tire with over 100 carefully curated vehicles representing over 100 years of automotive excellence. The oldest vehicle in the collection is a 1896 Panhard & Levassor. This collection was called “the finest sports car collection in America” by the New York Times. Nearly every vehicle in the collection has been restored to the vehicle’s historical standards. The Revs Institute maintains the vehicles in the collection in peak operating condition and is open by reserve tickets only. Click here to get your tickets to see this marvelous collection.
Naples Culinary Walks
In another part of the city, 4-12 people stroll along through Naples’ most delicious areas. When you participate in a Naples Culinary Walk, you get a culinary adventure. These walks are arranged so the participants walk about a mile and typically stop at 5 restaurants, enjoying small plates and tastings as they go. The walks generally take about two and half hours or three hours. Guests enjoy the dishes and commentary on both the restaurants and broader Naples from their guide. Naples Culinary Walks can be reserved year-round for any meal of the day and offer many cuisines. Check out their tour descriptions on their website
Naples International Film Festival
Every fall movie lovers congregate to experience Naples International Film Festival with screenings at the Silverspot Cinema at Mercato in North Naples. This boutique movie theatre boasts state of the art digital projection and sound. The NIFF brings everyone together: movie lovers have a chance to mix and mingle after screenings with movie makers and festival coordinators to share their opinions and favorite scenes. NIFF members have access to select year-round screenings and events. The Naples International Film Festival happens every year in late October
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
The Naples Zoo is another option for making unique memories. Originally opened in 1969, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens was once the garden of botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling. The Naples Zoo is nationally accredited and ticket sales support conservation in addition to the non-profit zoo operations. Here you can see alligators, lions, feed the giraffes or take a tour on the primate cruise. The zoo has several notable animals and offers a honey badger wild encounter. Take a look at the website for upcoming events or to learn more about how to rendezvous with the reptiles! Or choose between an encounter with the black and white Tegu, feeding a giant anteater or both and put it on your schedule. There are many unique ways to interact in close encounters with the animals in this special place.
If you are interested in the local history of Naples, visit the Naples Historical Society’s Palm Cottage. It is the oldest house in Naples, FL and is run as a museum. This was the home of one of the founders of Naples and is constructed out of hand made concrete. The Historical Society preserves the house and furnishings, and provides guided tours with no reservations needed. The property is also the home to Norris gardens, for you to enjoy and linger within as part of your visit to Palm Cottage. Hours and more information can be found at their website
SWFL Restaurant Week
SWFL Restaurant Week is a semi-annual charity driven event, averaging over 50 restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe dining experiences with meals at only $26 or $36 dollars. This is a fabulous way to maximize your exposure to Naples’ cuisine, while getting a great deal and supporting higher education as $1 from each lunch or dinner sold will go toward the Sizzle SWFL Florida Gulf Coast University Food & Beverage Scholarship. Visit SizzleSWFL and select Naples to make a reservation. Then order from the Restaurant Week prix-fixe menu to participate. Visit several local restaurants to find a new favorite Naples restaurant.