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  • MustDo.com | Ave Maria's award-winning Oratory church architecture in Ave Maria, near Immokolee and Naples, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey.
  • Enjoy a free 45-minute sightseeing trolley tour of Ave Maria, near Naples., Florida.
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Ave Maria

Things to do in Ave Maria, Florida

Ave Maria is a short drive (approximately 1 hour) from Fort Myers. When you arrive at the town center, stop by the New Home & Welcome Center for a town map.

Visit the award-winning Oratory architecture and the first major U.S. Catholic university built in 40 years; Ave Maria University. On the facade of the Ave Maria Oratory Church building is a 30-foot high Annunciation sculpture depicting the Archangel Gabriel greeting Mary with the words “Ave Marie.”

Ave Maria also offers places to shop and dine. Read Ave Maria’s featured blog article – click here

Sightseeing Trolley Tours

Free 45-minute trolley tours of Ave Maria depart from the Town Center every 45 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday in January, Tuesday and Thursday in February and March, and Tuesdays in early April only. Please call for exact schedule. Reservations are encouraged but not required and can be made by calling 239.352.3903.

Farmers Market

Shop a variety of homemade merchandise from local artisans in the Town Center each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Live Entertainment

Enjoy listening to a variety of live musical entertainment in Ave Maria’s Town Center each Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bands rotate weekly.

Championship Golf Course

Play a round of golf at Panther Run Golf Club. This 18-hole championship Gorden Lewis course was nominated as a Golf Digest Top 10 place to play. Six sets of tees, 63 sand bunkers, water on 13 holes and a beautiful natural setting ensure a great golf experience for players of all levels. Panther Run Golf Club tee times can be made by calling 239.304.2835.

Ave Maria is located in Collier County east of I-75.