The Lower Gulf Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Lower Gulf Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    To get a feel for what this part of Florida was like before civil engineers began draining the swamps, drive 17 miles east of North Naples to...Read More

  • 2. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park


    This wide, virtually untouched expanse—about 166 acres—of open beach makes visitors feel transported from the bustling high-rises and resorts...Read More

  • 3. The Baker Museum


    This cool, contemporary museum at Artis–Naples displays provocative, innovative pieces, including renowned miniatures, antique walking sticks...Read More

  • 4. City of Naples Beach


    There's something here for everyone just west of the 3rd Street South shopping area, but what gets the most attention by far is the historic...Read More

  • 5. Clam Pass Beach Park


    A quiet day at the beach gets an adventurous start when you board a tram and careen down a ¾-mile boardwalk through shaded mangroves and a network...Read More

  • 6. Collier County Museum


    To get a feel for local history, stroll the nicely presented indoor vignettes and traveling exhibits and outdoor parklike displays at this museum...Read More

  • 7. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center


    If you’re looking to connect with nature, this is the place, regardless of age. Take a 45-minute electric boat tour (ages 2+) along the Gordon...Read More

  • 8. Golisano Children's Museum of Naples


    This bright, cheery 30,000-square-foot ode to playful learning burst onto Naples's cultural scene in 2012 after a decade of much-anticipated...Read More

  • 9. Lowdermilk Park


    Do you prefer your beach loud and active with a big dose of good old-fashioned fun? Kids running around in the surf, volleyballers hitting the...Read More

  • 10. Naples Botanical Garden


    An expansion and renovation of the botanical gardens that finished in 2010 elevated this attraction to one of Naples's most culturally and...Read More

  • 11. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens


    The lush 44-acre zoo got its start as a botanical garden in 1919 and has since drawn visitors curious to see lions, tigers, bears, leopards...Read More

  • 12. Palm Cottage


    Houses in 19th-century South Florida were often built of a concrete-like material made of sand and seashells called tabby mortar. For a fine...Read More

  • 13. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In the midst of 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Marine Estuary, the center dramatically interprets the Everglades environment and local history...Read More

  • 14. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This is a splashy water park across from the children's museum along the eastern edge of town. Interactive water features throughout, such as...Read More

  • 15. Vanderbilt Beach


    If a day at the shore just doesn't seem quite complete without a piña colada and serious people-watching, this place is for you. The white powdery...Read More

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