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Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Best Things to do in Naples Florida with Kids

Are you searching for Family Vacations on the Beach? A place with white sand beaches and tons of things to do with the family? Look no further than Naples Florida! I have been coming down to Naples since I was a kid to visit my family and now I bring my own children. Throughout the years, I have found all the fun activities every tourist needs to know. Take a look at all my insider tips to planning the Best Family Vacation in Naples Florida. 

I have broken out this article by Things to Do, Where to Eat and Shop, and Beaches. Take a look at all these awesome Naples Florida attractions and plan your next Family Vacation. 

Things to Do in Naples with Kids 

Naples Zoo a fun Thing to Do in Naples Florida Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Ready to get out and see some animals while in Florida? Check out their local zoo originally called Jungle Larry’s. You will be surrounded by exotic plants planted in 1919 when it was created as a Tropical Garden and a mixture of Mammals, Reptiles and Birds. Unique to this zoo is the boat ride around an island of primates and watching the alligators being fed. The zoo is a little smaller than a big city zoo but the benefit is the animals are closer to you and easier for the little ones to see and walk. It’s a fun way to fill the morning before heading to the beach in the afternoon. 

Address: 1590 Goodlette Road North, Naples FL

Napleszoo.org/ 

Naples Botanical Gardens

While in Naples, stop by the Naples Botanical Garden to stroll through this 170 acre world class paradise featuring plants from around the world. Trip Advisor has ranked the Gardens as the #1 attraction in Naples. The beauty of the gardens can’t be missed. Head there with the kids on Saturday or Sunday for their children’s program that is included with the price of admission. Bonus children under 4 are free.  

Address: 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples FL

https://www.naplesgarden.org/

Conservency of Naples Florida a fun Thing to Do in Naples Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Located next to the Zoo, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a large indoor and outdoor facility highlighting the natural surroundings of southwest Florida. Kids will love the Dalton Discovery Center featuring live animals and interactive exhibits about the everglades. Also check out the Little Explores Play Zone for interactive activities, stories and crafts for littler ones. Enjoy self-guided nature walks with your family or rent a Kayak for the naturalist guided tour of the Gordan River. Bonus included in your admission price is a 45-minute guided boat tour of the Gordon River where you might even see a manatee! 

Address: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples FL

https://www.conservancy.org/ 

Naples Train Museum a fun Thing to Do in Naples floridaNaples Train Museum 

Does your child love trains? Check out the Naples Train Museum with a multi-level train display including a Thomas The Train. At any given time, there are 10 trains running through the tracks. Plus, lots of buttons to push to control activities with the trains. Bonus with the price of your ticket you get a ride on their small train around the complex. This is a smaller museum with one room but really fun for the children who love trains. Kids 3 and younger are free. The train Museum is only open Fridays and Saturdays. 

Address: 401 10th Street South, Naples FL

http://www.naplestrainmuseum.org/ 

Naples Depot Museum a fun Thing to Do in Naples floridaNaples Depot Museum 

Located next to the Naples Train Museum in the south entrance is the Naples Depot Musuem. The museum takes visitors back to the days of the railroad boom and displays how people lived in Naples over the years from the Seminole Indians to today’s bustling town. It’s a great way to get a better understanding of the history of Naples and its people. There are large displays of a Seminole canoe, swamp buggies, old cars and equipment used to run the railroad. Bonus the museum is free so wander over after the Naples Train Museum and enjoy some quick history of the area. 

Address: 1051 5th Avenue South, Naples FL

https://www.colliermuseums.com/about/museum-locations/naples-depot-museum 

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples a fun Thing to Do in Naples florida with kidsGolisano Children’s Museum of Naples – C’mon!

Nicknamed Cmon, it is southwest Florida’s first Children’s Museum dedicated to having families learn through play. The museum is 30,000 square feet of awesome interactive exhibits for families to enjoy. They also have a Garden Café if you would like to eat while you are there. No outside food is allowed. I would recommend this museum for kids 0-10 as the exhibits tend to be for younger children. This would make a great day out on a rainy day in Florida or when the sun is too hot and you need a break indoors.  

Address: 15080 Livingston Road, Naples FL

https://www.cmon.org/ 

Free Things to Do in Naples Florida

Sun and Fun Lagoon Waterpark a fun Thing to Do in Naples florida with kidsSun and Fun Lagoon

Located across the street from the Children’s Museum, this is Naples only Waterpark. Sun and Fun Lagoon is a fun change from the beach with 5 water slides, large pool to swim, activity pool, toddler pool and a diving and lap pool. Between all the pools and activities, you can find things to keep all ages of the family happy! Prices are pretty reasonable and kids 0-3 are free. 

Address: 15000 Livingston Road, Naples FL

http://www.napleswaterpark.com/ 

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary a fun Thing to Do in Naples florida with kidsCorkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Visit the Everglades right in Naples at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. This 2.5 miles of raised boardwalk let you meander through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, marsh, and old growth Blad Cypress trees. It’s an easy walk with the kids and a great way to see tons of animals and nature. On our last trip, we saw several alligators, snakes, turtles, a large variety of birds (including a pink Spoon Bill, my kids favorite), frogs and more. It does take a couple hours to go through the boardwalk if you are stopping to look for animals but it is accessible with strollers. The Sanctuary is north of town so you will need a car to get there. In the main building and visitor center, there are bathrooms, a store, and a small café. Make sure to bring water and stop in bathrooms as there are none out on the boardwalk. This was a little pricy of a stop but worth it to see all the wildlife and not have to drive to the Everglades.  

Address: 375 Sanctuary Road W , Naples FL

http://corkscrew.audubon.org/ 

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary a fun Thing to Do in Naples florida with kidsCorkscrew Swamp Sanctuary a fun Thing to Do in Naples florida with kids

Coral Cay Adventure Golf

Need a fun outing with the kids? I always find miniature golf to be a good family vacation activity. Check out Coral Cay Adventure Golf, it is tropical miniature golf fun for both kids and adults.

Address: 2205 East Tamiami Trail, Naples FL  

http://coralcaygolf.com/ 

Cambier Park a fun Thing to Do in Naples florida with kidsCambier Park

Cambier Park is located in the heart of downtown Naples just south of the 5th Avenue Shops and Restaurants. This 13-acre park is a great place to let the kids run around and play in the huge playground area. Bonus catch a free concert in the park on Sundays from 2-4. Want to shop or eat on 5th Avenue? Use this as your kid’s motivation to get though an afternoon of shopping with you. Make a fun day of it for everyone. 

Address: 755 8th Avenue South, Naples FL

https://www.naplesgov.com/parksrec/page/cambier-park 

Where to Eat and Shop in Naples 

 

Looking to do a little shopping while in Naples Florida? Or wondering where to eat? Check out these suggested locations below and decide which is right for your family.  Use the link after each location to find more details on which shops and restaurants are located at each site.  

Tin City a fun place to shop and eat in Naples florida Tin City Waterfront Shops

I am not gonna, lie this is a pretty touristy shopping area but it has been a staple of Naples tourism since the 1970’s. Located right on the inland waterway and originally built for the river commerce, it is now filled with little shops and restaurants. It’s a fun place to eat and watch the boats go by and a good place to pick up some souvenirs. It is also very family friendly. There is parking but in season this place gets pretty busy so be patient. If you are in the area also check out the Boardwalk shops and Restaurants located just a block away. Bonus find cheaper tourist souvenirs for the kids at a shop called Alvin’s Island just 3 blocks west at 998 6th Avenue South. This is where we pick up t-shirts and little mementos for the kids.  

Address: 1200 5th Avenue South, Naples FL

http://www.tin-city.com/  

5th Avenue South a fun place to shop and eat while in Naples florida 5th Avenue South –

This is the street Naples is known for! Located in downtown Naples, this street is filled with a mixture of upscale to casual stores and restaurants. It’s a fun street to stroll down to people watch, shop, and eat. Stop for ice cream with the kids at the popular Kilwin’s Ice Cream shop. Afterward, don’t forget to take a walk over to Cambier Park to let the kids play. If you are interested in theater, you will also find the Naples Players Theatre here.  Check the link below for lists of restaurants and shops. 

https://www.fifthavenuesouth.com/ 

3rd Street South a fun place to shop and eat while in Naples florida 3rd Street South 

Located just south of 5th Avenue is the oldest part of Naples and known more for their art shops and unique stores. This historic area has a mixture of upscale shops and restaurants along well-manicured streets. The shops are located just 2 blocks from Naples Pier so have a bite to eat and stroll over to watch the sunset on the Pier.  

http://thirdstreetsouth.com/ 

Village at Venetian Bay a great place to shop and eat while in Naples florida Village at Venetian Bay

Located on Venetian Bay you will find more than 45 waterfront shops and restaurants. This shopping area has a range of unique stores to chain stores you can find at home.  The fun of this shopping area is being on the water. 

Address: 4200 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples FL

http://venetianvillage.com/ 

The Waterside Shops

This is a more upscale outdoor shopping mall but unlike its name, it is not located on the water. However, this mall is right off US 41 (also known as Tamiami Trail) which makes it convenient for most tourists. You can find shops like the Apple Store, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, and more. There are also several restaurants to eat at.  The ambiance is nice to walk around and a good way to kill a couple hours. 

Address: 5415 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL

https://www.watersideshops.com/ 

Naples City Dock at Crayton Cove take a stroll and get a bite to eatCrayton Cove

This area was one of the original centers of Naples. It is based around the Naples City Dock area on the inland waterway. Here you can find a few small shops and a few restaurants. The Dock restaurant is a fun restaurant if you want to sit on the waterfront and watch the boats go by. If you want something quick with the kiddos, try the Napoli on the Bay Pizzeria. Before or after your meal, enjoy a stroll down the dock with the kids looking at boats and wildlife.  

Address: 12th Avenue South and 8th Street South

https://www.craytoncove.com/ 

Mama Mia’s Pizza

This is an insider tip of a great local pizzeria where all the Naples residents eat. Pick up a pizza and bring it to the beach to watch the sunset. Your kids will love it. Pizza and the Beach! They are old school and don’t have a website but here is the link to see their menu online. You won’t be disappointed!  Since they are old school, they only accept cash.

Address: 1841 Tamiami Trail North, Naples FL, 239-262-2823

https://www.allmenus.com/fl/naples/63503-mama-mias-pizza/menu/ 

Beaches in Naples Florida 

You cannot miss out on spending time with the kids at the amazing powdery white sand beaches of Naples. This is why you really come down here!! 

Historic Naples Pier a beautiful beach and amazing sunsetsHistoric Naples Pier

This is one of the most popular beaches both in the day to swim and in the evening to watch the sunset. Your family will love taking a stroll down the pier to look at all the fisherman and pelicans. Sometimes you will even see some dolphins swim by.  The Pier has bathroom facilities and a small concession stand located on the Pier. Parking can be found at a pay lot a block east of the entrance.  The end of the pier was damaged in the 2017 Hurricane but hopefully repairs will be finished soon to the Pier. This is a must hit spot while in Naples.  

Address: Located on the West End of 12th Avenue South, Naples FL

https://www.naplesgov.com/parksrec/page/naples-pier 

Lowedermilk Park and Beach great family friendly beach in Naples FloridaLowdermilk Park

This is fun beach with the kiddos on vacation because it offers all the things you need when you travel by plane and can’t tote along. At this beach, you are able to rent chairs, umbrellas, life vests, and some beach equipment.  You don’t need to pack food because they also have a reasonably priced concession stand. You will also find 2 playgrounds, picnic benches, bathrooms, and shower facilities. The downside to all this great stuff is it is VERY popular. I would recommend getting there early because there is limited paid parking spaces for non-residents. Even though it can get crowded, you can place your stuff on the beach a little further north or south and be away from the crowd who tend to stay right in front of the facilities. Overall, I think this is a great family friendly beach. 

Address: 1301 Gulfshore Boulevard North, Naples FL

https://www.naplesgov.com/parksrec/page/lowdermilk-park 

Lowedermilk Park and Beach great family friendly beach in Naples Florida Lowedermilk Park and Beach great family friendly beach in Naples Florida

Vanderbilt Beach –  End of Vanderbilt Beach Road. 

Located on the North end of Naples near the Ritz Carlton, you will find beautiful wide white sand beaches. This beach also has bathroom facilities and chair and umbrella rentals. It does not have a concession stand but you can go next door to the Ritz to eat or just pack a picnic lunch. During the season (January to March) Vanderbilt beach gets very crowded.  But unlike the other two beaches, this one has a new parking garage with plenty of parking. It is located just west of the Ritz Carlton hotel entrance and just steps from the beach. However, I would still recommend you getting there earlier during the season. 

Location: End of Vanderbilt Beach Road

https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-f-r/parks-and-recreation/beaches-and-boats/vanderbilt-beach-park 

 I hope this helps you to plan an amazing family vacation in Naples, Florida. There is really so much to do from visiting museums and zoos to spending the day playing at the beach. You will not regret spending your family vacation here.  And don’t forget to pin this article to use later on your trip!

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If you have any questions or want to let us know what you love about Naples Florida, please let me know in the comments. 

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