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Jet ski rentals and tours, water sport activities on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Sanibel, Sarasota, Siesta Key. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. | Must Do Visitor Guides,

Things to Do in Southwest Florida

The beautiful region of Southwest Florida runs from the south end of Tampa Bay down the barrier islands and estuaries of Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples to the vast uninhabited acres of the... Read more
Wooten's Everglades Animal Sanctuary and airboat rides. Visitors have an opportunity to hold or hug an alligator – now that’s a souvenir! Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.

Things to Do in the Everglades

One of Florida’s most undervalued attractions is the Everglades National Park, known as the River of Grass. It is an unspoiled area for recreation, offering things to do in the Everglades that you... Read more
Get up-close to local birds and wildlife or feed giraffes at the award-winning Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Arranged in a botanical garden setting, zoo admission includes interactive ranger-led shows and boat trips around the primate-inhabited islands. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald. Must Do Visitor Guides,

Things to Do in Naples, Florida

Nature lovers, historians, shoppers, boaters, gardeners, shell collectors, and fishing enthusiasts will all find ample things to do in Naples, Florida. This upscale modern city has developed over the last 60 years from... Read more
South Marco Island Beach Access is one of two public beach access points on Marco Island – and the less busy of the two. This is a terrific beach for families to go shelling, beach fishing, or to watch dolphins playing in the surf. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey.

Things to Do in Marco Island

Situated 17 miles due south of Naples, and a stone’s throw from the Everglades National Park, Marco Island is the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. Connected to the mainland by Collier Boulevard,... Read more | Wooten’s alligator show is very popular and an Everglades must-see. Visitors get up-close and personal with alligators as the professional handlers share their knowledge about these powerful and mysterious reptiles. You’ll want to bring your camera because after the show, visitors have an opportunity to hold or hug an alligator – now that’s a souvenir!

Discover the Everglades with Wooten’s Airboat Rides and More

If you are planning to explore the Everglades in southwest Florida, you may be pondering how best to enjoy the experience. Should it be with an airboat ride across the sawgrass, or perhaps... Read more | Beautiful white sand beach on Cayo Costa State Park which is a barrier island only accessible by boat from nearby Captiva Island, Punta Gorda, Pine Island and Boca Grande, Florida.

Be a Castaway for a Day on Beautiful Cayo Costa Island

By: Gillian Birch If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Southwest Florida for a day, take a trip to Cayo Costa Island State Park. Accessible only by private boat or ferry,... Read more | Miccosukee Indian Village Airboat ride through the Everglades near Naples, Florida.

Embark On a Journey Into The Everglades

There’s something very Floridian about exploring the pristine wilderness of the Everglades on an airboat. Feeling the breeze on your face, and stopping just feet from a basking gator or a nesting osprey... Read more | With Cinderella’s Castle and six themed areas, DisneyWorld really can be more than just a one-day visit. Your admission includes Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Liberty Square. As well as meeting famous Disney characters, the park has plenty of rides, shops and things to do, from a Jungle Cruise to It’s a Small World.

Visiting Orlando Theme Parks

By: Gillian Birch Orlando is less than two hours’ drive from Sarasota, making it easy to make a day trip to Disney, SeaWorld, Epcot, Harry Potter and the other amazing attractions in Orlando. Bear... Read more | Must Do Visitor Guides | Alligator Everglades Island Airboat Tours Marco Island, Florida

See the Real Florida with Everglades Island Airboat and Totch’s Island Tours

One of the largest areas of wetlands in the US is the Everglades, so it makes sense that the best way to explore its natural attractions is by airboat. The Totch Brown family... Read more | The beautiful architecture of the Ave Maria Oratory in Ave Maria, Florida

Reasons to Visit Florida’s Newest Hometown Community at Ave Maria

Many longtime residents of Southwest Florida have never heard of Ave Maria, a quaint town situated between Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge on the edge of the Everglades... Read more
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