Things to Do in Naples, FL

Naples, Florida offers many attractions and things to do from exquisite sunsets, white sand beaches, incredible shopping, championship golf courses and wonderful restaurants.  If your preference is to experience outdoor adventures, Naples is known as having some of the best fishing in Florida, shelling, bird watching, wildlife viewing and many boating and watersports options.

Check out the many activities and attractions during your vacation in Florida, but don't forget to allow time in your schedule to simply kick back and relax during your stay at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel.

Naples Florida is blessed with natural beauty. Perhaps the aura of this tropical paradise serves as an attraction for artists and those that love art. With over 130 galleries in the Naples area, the region is definitely on the map as a cultural destination.

There is also a distinct appreciation in Naples for the performing arts. ARTIS-Naples (formerly known as The Philharmonic Center for the Arts) is the premiere performance hall in the region and is home to numerous permanent collections and traveling exhibits at the adjacent Naples Museum of Art. 

The von Liebig Art Center is considered the crowning jewel in downtown Naples and is located off the Fifth Avenue South downtown area.  Third Street South shopping district is home to many galleries featuring paintings, sculpture, art glass and fine prints.  Many artists are in residence at studio galleries, while other galleries serve to inspire or provide art for home and special gifts. There are also hundreds of art and cultural events happening in the area every month. For a complete schedule of arts related events, visit the United Arts Council's Web page.

One of the top reasons visitors come to Naples Florida is for its beautiful beaches. Naples Florida Beaches are by far the most popular attraction for visitors coming to Southwest Florida.  Known for its sugar white sand beaches, the Beaches in Naples range from those with full facilities to simple access points perfect for going for a long walk on the beach, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico or taking in a spectacular sunset.

For the perfect beach day, we invite you to search the Naples Florida Beaches that best fits your idea of a day at the beach.  Hilton Naples Hotel is located onenear-half mile from the beach and offers a complimentary beach package that includes transportation to the Clam Pass Park and Beach, beach towels, chairs, bottled water and cooler.

If you are planning your next golf vacation in Florida, Naples Florida has what you are looking for.  With close to 90 courses in Naples and the surrounding area, there are plenty of choices for pleasure or punishment, depending on your view of the game.

While many area courses are for private members only, there is great variety among the public course options as well as many semi-private courses that open up for public bookings in the slower season between April and December.

While planning your Naples Florida Golf vacation, make your tee times and Hilton Naples hotel reservations quickly using our one-stop golf course booking website.  Our golf vacation specialists would love to help you design your golf getaway and play at the top Naples Florida golf courses. 

Whether you're enjoying one of our many beautiful beach parks, hiking through a cypress strand, boating or kayaking through the mangrove estuaries or exploring one of our nature centers in town, there's no doubt that you will encounter our native wildlife. 

Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America.  The estuaries stretching from Naples Florida down into the Ten Thousand Islands section of the Everglades are home year round to thousands of bottlenose dolphin. Fishing and sailing expeditions usually are highlighted by multiple dolphin sightings. Florida manatees also call these waters home.

Birding in Florida is catching on worldwide as a pleasant pastime for some, and a grand obsession for others. Naples and the surrounding areas are rich in nature and wildlife and blessed with a bounty of beautiful birds, some full time residents and others that migrate through at different times of the year.  Audobon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an excellent place for birding.

Naples and the surrounding areas of preserve lands stretching from the mangrove shorelines of the Everglades deep into the upland forests is a critical habitat for the endangered Florida panther, Florida's official State animal. This rare animal is shy and elusive, but there have been sightings along Janes Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and along the Loop Road in Big Cypress National Preserve. Both roads are open to the public and make good wildlife drive locations. Otter, dear, black bear and fox squirrel also call the area home.

Rounding out our list of top five things to do for visitors is Shopping in Naples Florida. Naples Florida has perfected the art of shopping and has something to offer for everyone. Options include upscale boutiques, unique specialty stores, art galleries, top-of-the-line consignment shops, nearby outlet malls and plenty of places to pick up trinkets as mementos of your time spent in the shopping haven of Naples Florida. It is definitely recommended to add a few days in Naples if shopping is a favorite pastime.

Virtually everyone who visits eventually winds up on the water of the Gulf of Mexico.  Perfect for enjoying sightseeing cruises or for renting your own boat, the area's waterways are filled with fish and wildlife from birds to dolphin, manatee and sea turtles. Explore the waters via pontoon boat, motorboat, yacht, sailboat, canoe, kayak, paddle board, waverunner or parasail. No matter how you get out there, you'll be rewarded with magnificent scenery and adventure.

Make sure to get first-hand reports on the boating forecast, weather, tides and of course fishing.  There are many charter boat companies who provide boat tours coupled with shelling, sightseeing cruises, sunset cruises, and fishing charters.  Collect beautiful seashells on remote islands, see dolphins on the way and have a front seat view of multi-million dollar waterfront properties.  Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Naples Princess Cruises on their Yacht out of Port O Call Marina in downtown Naples.

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