Less popular than its Italian namesake, but equally alluring, Naples in Florida is all about white, sandy beaches, uptown sophistication, and plush restaurants and cafes. One of the wealthiest cities in the US, Naples is a perfect place for a luxurious holiday along the Gulf Coast.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkAn excellent place for recreation with family, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park sprawls over 166 acres on a barrier island. The beach in the park is known for its white sand and great amenities including picnic spots and food stands. With clear waters and gear available on rent, it also becomes a good place for snorkelling and kayaking. Besides, the park also flaunts a great variety of flora and fauna, making it a great place for lovers of bird and animal life. Bald eagles, ospreys, owls, loggerhead sea turtles are some of the common denizens of the park.
Naples PierNaples Pier extends about 1000 feet in to the Gulf of Mexico, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The place is ideal for fishing which doesn't require a license here as also for witnessing glorious sunsets over the ocean. Equipped with all basic amenities for recreational needs of tourists, including an eating area, showers and beach supplies, the Naples Pier is where the city likes to let its hair down. If you happen to be here on the 4th July, you will also get the best view of the fireworks from the pier in Naples.
Naples Botanical GardenTake a tour of the Naples Botanical Garden, and you are sure to be pleased with the many offerings of the Mother Nature. With over 1000 species of plants spread over nine tropical themed gardens representing flora and fauna of different regions, including the Smith Children's Garden, Kapnick Brazilian Garden, Kapnick Caribbean Garden and the Smith River of Grass, the garden is a good place for families with kids.
Clam Pass Beach ParkAnother of Naples' beautiful gardens, Clam Pass Beach Park is a stunning location with gorgeous mangrove forests, a variety of flora and fauna, and a pristine beach. The park impresses visitors right from the entrance when you face its 3000-foot long wooden boardwalk that leads you all the way through the park to the beach. The park also presents opportunities for kayaking and canoeing.
The Baker MuseumA fine arts museum, the Baker Museum is one of the finest in Florida. The museum boasts a collection of modern and contemporary arts, spread across 15 galleries. Among the art pieces that are exhibited here are the modern American glass installations, including the ocean-themed decor by Dale Chihuly.
Naples ZooHome to over 70 species of animals, Naples Zoo is one of the popular family-friendly attractions in the city. Among the animals that you will find here are the American alligators, crested porcupines, Dorcas gazelles, greater kudus, miniature zebu, impala, African gray parrots, and leopard tortoises.
Besides, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest are a few other popular tourist attractions in Naples.