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6 Exciting Day Trips from Naples, Florida

April 25, 2022

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Naples, Florida is a popular tourist destination for a reason: the beaches are beautiful, the weather is warm, and there are many hidden gems throughout the city that are just begging to be discovered. But what if you want to explore more of The Sunshine State? There are plenty of great day trips from Naples that are certainly worth your time.

Sanibel and Captiva Islands

If you're looking for a beautiful day trip from Naples, Florida, consider Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Located along the Gulf of Mexico just a short drive from Fort Myers, these two barrier islands offer shelling, swimming, fishing, nature trails, and more. One of Sanibel’s world-famous attractions is the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge where you can see dozens of endangered species by car, foot, bicycle, kayak or guided tram. 

Marco Island

Marco Island is a beautiful barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico just South of Naples, Florida. This Gulf Coast retreat is well known for its white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush vegetation. Marco Island is a great place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you like camping or canoeing, visit Collier-Seminole State Park which lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of South Florida. Or venture to Briggs Nature Center which features a half-mile boardwalk where visitors can observe wildlife in its natural habitat.

The island is also home to some of the best restaurants in Florida. From fresh seafood to mouth-watering steaks, you can find something to satisfy any craving on Marco Island.

Everglades

The Everglades is a natural region of tropical and subtropical wetlands in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of the Florida peninsula. It is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades are home to more than 1,500 plants, including at least 50 threatened or endangered species. More than 300 species, including the American bald eagle, nest in the Everglades. The alligators, crocodiles, and manatees are common inhabitants.

There are several parks that you can visit to explore the wildlife such as Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, and the Ten Thousand Islands. These parks give you the opportunity to canoe through the beautiful Florida mangroves or boat around and catch some fish.

Miami

If you're looking for a day trip from Naples, Miami is a great option. There's plenty to do in Miami, from shopping and sightseeing to dining and nightlife. One of the best ways to explore Miami is taking a walking tour. The city is very pedestrian-friendly, and there are many interesting neighborhoods to explore such as the Art Deco Historic District. Located on Miami Beach between 5th Street and 23rd Street, along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue, the Art Deco features 800+ buildings and structures built between 1923 and 1943.

Sarasota

If you're looking to enjoy weekend trips from Naples, consider driving to Sarasota. The drive is about an hour and a half, and there's plenty to do and see in both cities. In Sarasota, check out the beaches and the downtown district. There are great restaurants in town, with cultural influence from all parts of the world. In Sarasota, visit the Ringling Museum of Art and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Circus Arts. This world-class museum is home to a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

Matlacha

Matlacha is a small town located in Lee County, Florida. The town is made up mostly of artists, fishers, and retirees. There are a few small shops and restaurants in the town and a public park on the water. The artists' galleries are worth a visit, and the restaurants have some of the best seafood in the area. One of the funkiest art galleries is Leoma Lovegrove. Matlacha is also a great place to catch your own seafood, like shrimp, crab, and scallops.


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