March 31, 2016

Spring Fling at Mercato Shops This Weekend

This Sunday, Mercato Shop is throwing a Spring Fling event. This is a free admission event that is fun for the whole family. For the kids, there will be a kid zone with face painting, bounce houses, games, and special characters making a special appearance. For the adults, there will be live music, food from different restaurants in Mercato, an outdoor bar, and of course the shops located in Mercato.

This event will be held from 11am-3pm. Families are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and well behaved pets.  

Mercato is minutes away from the Hilton Naples. For more information click here

March 23, 2016

Spring Fest This Weekend at the Naples Zoo!

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Easter is right around the corner and what a better way to celebrate than watching animals dig into their own Easter Eggs filled with treats for them. These presents will be handed out to the animals at the zoo openings so make sure you arrive in time to view this fun event.
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Also during Spring Fest, there will be a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Friends for an additional charge. This breakfast will include early entry, breakfast, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, gifts for the kids, craft making opportunities, a private boat cruise, & an all day pass to the zoo.
This would be a great way to celebrate Easter with your whole family while learning about different types of animals from around the world. The Naples Zoo is only 8 minutes away from the Hilton Naples!
For more information, you can visit the Naples Zoo website here.

March 18, 2016

Woofstock Is Coming to Mercato

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Looking for a fun family event that will benefit a great cause? Come out to Mercato Shops this Sunday and celebrate Woofstock. There will be live music, vendors, and tons of dogs to cuddle with and even adopt! Remember to donate pet supplies, food, or cash for a chance to win a Mercato Experience Package valued at $250.

Woofstock benefits the Naples Humane Society. Children under 10 are free and everyone else is $5. Pets are also welcomed. For more information, you can visit their website here.

Mercato is only 6 minutes from Hilton Naples so grab your family and go out to this annual event!  

March 17, 2016

Old Florida Festival 2016 This Weekend

Are you searching for something unique and educational, but fun at the same time to do over the weekend? The Old Florida Festival in Naples is happening again this weekend.

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The Old Florida Festival is a living history festival of Florida including historical demonstrations, arts and crafts, and Florida cuisine. The festival will also consist of some of Florida’s best craft workers, folklorists, and musicians telling about Florida’s history.
The Old Florida Festival is being held at the Collier County Museum which is 7 miles from the Hilton Naples. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages ten and older for children, and children younger than ten are free. 

For more information and directions, visit their website here

March 16, 2016

Easter Sunday Dinner at Shula's!

Looking for somewhere to go for Easter Sunday Dinner? Shula's Steak House in the Hilton Naples is still taking reservations for March 27! Reservations are required & remember to call as soon as possible because they do sell out!
Need more information? Call 239-431-9007 for more information

Earth Hour 2016: What is it?

"Our actions today will decide what tomorrow looks like for the generations to come."

Every year around the end of March, people all around the world participate in an activity called Earth Hour. This year it is taking place in March 19th from 8:30 PM-9:30 PM. 
If you have never heard to Earth Hour, the Hilton Naples has taken part in giving a little overview of what it is & how you can make a difference. 

What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is when for one hour citizens turn off all non-essential lights for one hour. Turning off all non-essential lights represents our commitment to the planet. This is organized by the WWF & was started in Australia in 2007.

What are some lights that can be safely switched off?
Overhead lights in rooms, outdoor lights that do not impact safety, decoration lights, tvs, desk lamps, or any other lights that will not affect the public safety are the lights that should be off. 
If you are participating at home, remember to set up some nightlights or have flash lights ready for you and your family members to see during the night. 

What are some lights that cannot be switched off?
Safety lights in public areas and security lights should not be off during this hour. 

Even if turning off your lights for one hour does not seem that it makes a difference, in the long run it does. For more information you can visit Earth Hour's website here. 

March 15, 2016

40th Annual Collier County Fair BEGINS THURSDAY!

The Collier County Fair is opening up the gates for its 40th year March 17th and the fun will continue until the 27th. The fair will include daily shows, live entertainment, a petting zoo, special events, and of course the most beloved fair food. 

The kick off will begin at 6pm on the 17th and the night will close at 11pm. If you bring two cans of dog or cat food within the first hour of the fair opening, your admission is free!

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The next night is Midnight Madness, the fair will be open until 1 AM that day.

The Collier County Fair is open to locals and visitors to come and share the all fun and festivities this fair has to offer. Admission is just $10 for adults and $5 for children.
The Collier County Fairgrounds are located in North Naples, 18 miles from the Hilton Naples. For more information on the fair events or to purchase admission tickets, click here.

March 14, 2016

Easter Egg Hunts and Events in Naples

Looking for Easter Egg Hunts in the area for your family to take part of? Here are a few close to the Hilton Naples:
All events are taking place on Saturday, March 26th
Easter Jamboree 
  • Where: The Village on Venetian Bay 
  • When: 1pm-4pm
  • Take complementary photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy arts and crafts, face painting and balloon animals. Remember to bring your baskets and collect Easter eggs from merchants
Easter Egg Hunt at Waterside Shops
  • Where: Waterside Shops
  • When: 9am-11am
  • Some of the activities happening at the event include face painters, balloon animals, the Frozen princesses, and an Easter egg hunt. There is a donation of $10 per child that benefits the Community School of Naples' Financial Aid Program. Reservations ARE REQUIRED by March 18. Call (239) 598-1605 to register.
1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at C'MON
  • Where: C'mon (Golisano Children's Museum of Naples)
  • When: 9am-10am. Check in is at 8:30am
  • The Easter Bunny has placed eggs all over the museum for the children to find. There will also be golden eggs that can traded for special prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be there for meet and greets along with taking pictures. There will be two groups ages 0-4 and 4-8. Remember to bring an Easter egg basket. Also, your price for the hunt includes the admission for you and your family to enjoy the museum for the day! Pre-registration IS REQUIRED by clicking here.
If you are looking for an Easter themed event to go to, but do not want to have an Easter egg hunt check out this event:

Golden Gate Community Center Family Easter Festival
  • Where: Golden Gate Community Center
  • When: 11am-1pm
  • Get ready for some fun Easter themed games and races for your family to compete in. The games and races are geared toward children 3-12 years of age. Along with the games there will be the Easter Bunny, face painting, crafts, music, food, & more. Admission is $3 per person and pre-registration is not requested. 

March 10, 2016

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016!

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Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade is happening once again this Saturday, March 12th from 11:00am-3:00pm. This annual event travels down 3rs Street South to 5th Avenue, then goes down 8th Street South to end at Crayton Cove. All of those areas are under 15 minutes away from the Hilton Naples.
This event brings out about 40,000 to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage in America. This parade is also the biggest privately-funded parade in the state of Florida. There will be floats, performers, and TONS of green!
The parade will start promptly at 11:00am so plan accordingly! 

For more information visit the Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade website here.

March 2, 2016

Spring 2016 Naples Craft Beer Fest this weekend!

The Naples Craft Beer Fest is coming to town Saturday March 5! If you are planning your stay around this date be sure to check it out! This festival features beer samplings from brewers across the world, food pairings made by the local chefs, and local musicians for the entertainment. The festival will host two competitions, the People’s Choice Award for best pairing and the Brewer’s Choice Award decided by the brewer representatives attending the festival. Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. 

To keep this festival fun and safe, the hosts are also featuring a special price of $30 for designated drivers. For participants, the price includes a tasting glass, craft beer samples, food parings and entertainment. All festival participants must be 21 years of age. The festival will take place in Bayfront Naples, just 5 miles from the Hilton Naples, from 12pm to 4pm. For more information on this event, click here

Collier County Jewish Book Festival Comes to Hilton Naples

There is still a few more days to get your tickets for the Collier County Jewish Book Festival's Special Event hosted at the Hilton Naples. Authors Lisa Green and Julia Pimsleur will be giving a talk about their books which are both centered around the topic powerful women.

Lisa Green is a lawyer and legal analyst who appears on NBC News and MSNBC. She currently serves as the communications director for a major NY law firm. Green's book "On Your Case" is a empowering legal guide for women, filled with accessible information easily to understand and respond to common legal issues throughout their lives. 

Julia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, a leading system for introducing young children to a second language. Pimsleur's book, "Million Dollar Women" is a guide for female entrepreneurs who want to "go big." This guide shows how one small idea can turn into a multi-million dollar business. 

This event is being held on Thursday, March 10 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. There will also be a cheese & champagne reception after as well. No more tickets will be sold after March 7, so do not wait until the last minute! For more information visit The Jewish Book Festival's website here