Naples, Florida | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 12 | Florida

Sophisticated, Casual and Kid-Friendly

Known as the crown jewel of Southeast Florida, Naples is always popular with those who seek world-class golf, high-end shopping and five-star dining. Its gorgeous Gulf Coast setting make it an ideal beach destination for the winter months.

It may seem to be less of a family destination at first glance; however, attractions like the educational zoo, expansive botanical gardens, manatee tours and the pristine beach parks and preserves will keep kids of all ages as well as adults entertained. In addition to attractions and activities for the entire family, we’ll also highlight some great dining spots, as you won’t have to trade quality for kid-friendly here.

Daily Meet the Keeper events allow Naples Zoo visitors to learn more about the many animals, include these rare Indonesian tigers.

Daily Meet the Keeper events allow Naples Zoo visitors to learn more about the many animals, include these rare Indonesian tigers.

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Naples, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 12

Naples, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 12

Since the 1930’s, Naples has been a favorite resort destination, particularly in the winter, when people could enjoy the warm temperatures on the local golf course or at the beaches. The central business area with a few shops and a gas stations that was then known as the Four Corners is still the center of the community. This enclave of shops, restaurants and other local business is bordered by the Gulf coast on one side, and surrounded by grand historic homes on the others.

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Naples, FL | Zoos & Gardens

Naples, FL | Zoos & Gardens

Go beyond the beach and get acquainted with animals, sea life and native plants at outdoor, family-friendly attractions in Naples like the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a small attraction that is packed with animal exhibits, educational and interactive programs and more. To become totally immersed in the area’s nature, visit the Naples Botanical Garden & Corkscrew Swamp, with a 30-acre nature preserve and 13,000 acres of marsh, wetland and forest.

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Naples, FL | On the Coast & in the Water

Naples, FL | On the Coast & in the Water

The calm gulf waters of Naples’ beaches are ideal for lounging in the sand, splashing in the waves or exploring the tidal pools and mangrove forests and spotting local sea life. Several coastal state parks in the area are ideal for family beach days. Here are a few of our favorites.

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