Family Fun in Naples, Florida
Over the years Florida has taken on the reputation as the homestead for retirees. With the average community being those of older generations especially in destinations like Punta Gorda, West Palm Beach and other Gulf Coast towns in the state, it may not seem equipped for a family getaway. However, in Naples, there are endless options to incorporate family and kids of all ages. There’s nothing like a beach vacation with the kids in tow, the coolers packed and an abundance of ah-worthy attractions (even the parents can enjoy)!
Whether you’re searching for a rainy day activity like an interactive museum or the best kid-loving lunch spot to escape the summer heat, Naples has it all. We know that sometimes you have to entertain young toddlers, restless grade school kids, hard-to-please teens or all of the above! Although it may seem like a daunting task, impossible almost, we know that Naples will be sure to please everyone along for the trip. Let’s take a peek at some of the best family-friendly attractions when visiting this shoreline oasis.
The Great Outdoors & Florida Wildlife
As you stroll down the streets and neighborhoods of Naples you’ll come across a variety of wildlife from breathtaking birds to the possible gator. When gallivanting around town with the kids there are some awesome spots to observe, learn and interact with wildlife from all over the world (and from right here in Florida). Whether you’re searching for something to do while the clouds roll in or want to take advantage of the outdoor landscapes, we have a handful of outdoor and wildlife excursions for you and your family.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The team at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are the protectors and preservers of the community’s natural land, water, and wildlife. Head on over to their Nature Center for a day filled with fascinating nature-driven fun. With indoor and outdoor activities, this Nature Center is ideal for any day, any time of year.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Sticking with the animal theme, the Naples Zoo is a prime destination for families comprised of all ages. With unique experiences such as The Giraffe Feeding or The Alligator Bay Feeding, this zoo is sure to please every member of the family (including mom and dad)!
Naples Kayak Company
Spending some time in the water as you cruise down the Florida Everglades is a day fit for any family. Hop on a paddleboard or partner up in a kayak and experience the pristine Gulf up close and personal. This is a great day for older kids and teens, lessons are offered to those wanting a little more knowledge before heading out on the water.
Posing to your family a day of education and interactive learning might not get the best reaction right away. But that’ll quickly change as you walk through the doors of some awesome family-friendly museums or learning centers in Southwest Florida. With a variety of young children attractions, as well as, historical museums for adolescents the options are vast and each offers a memorable learning experience
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples aka C’MON
As a self-proclaimed “brain-building powerhouse” your kiddies will be sure to have a memorable time working through the different exhibits. With hands-on learning, and one-of-a-kind journey’s like a trip through the Everglades exhibit, CMON has enough to keep your family joyful and busy all day long! Rainy day in Naples? This children’s museum is packed with wildlife inspired exhibits so your family can still take in all of Naples natural beauty indoors.
The Holocaust Museum & Education Center
For the older kids, The Holocaust Museum of Naples is the best way to learn about this significant event in our history. Hosting over one thousand authentic Holocaust artifacts such as photos, prisoner uniforms, and a variety of featured exhibits, this attraction is one that your family won’t forget. One of the coolest factors of The Holocaust Museum is that many of the artifacts displayed were donated by local survivors, liberators or their family members. Please note the museum does suggest a minimum age of 12 years old due to the graphic nature of the center.
The IMAG History & Science Center
For a family-friendly attraction that will appeal to all ages, The IMAG center is the ideal choice. With over 60 hands-on exhibits including the opportunity to touch some of the coolest wildlife creatures in the Live animal shows. This history and science center will keep everyone from toddlers to teens entertained all day long.
Beach Days in Naples
At the end of the day, you and the family are most likely visiting Naples to soak in the sun and play in the sand. When trekking to the beach with kiddos there are many factors that come into play such as accessible amenities, parking, and more. Although the Gulf is warm and blue throughout Naples, there are a select few beaches that are much better equipped for family beach days. Offering convenient concession stands, large family restrooms, changing and shower areas, ocean-side picnic areas and so much more a few of our favorite family beaches in Naples include:
- Lowdermilk Beach Park
- Vanderbilt Beach
- Delnor-Wiggins Pass
Make Naples the Next Family Vacation Destination
Naples Florida has so much to offer from world-renowned beaches, top-rated restaurants, unique boutique shopping spots, nature conservatories, and more. It’s the perfect spot for your family to kick back and relax. This beach side oasis is the ideal location to invest in some vacation property so you and your family can head down whenever you’d like! Speak with one of our team members today to start your dream vacation home search!