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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. City of Naples Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Zoo/Aquarium

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

    Zoo/Aquarium

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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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