• Snapping photos at Southernmost Point, 90 miles to Cuba, Key West, Florida, USA, Feb. 22, 2011. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey
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Must Do Day Trips in the Naples Area

Naples • Marco Island • The Everglades

There are a variety of interesting day trips within easy reach of Naples and Marco Island. An escape to one of the nearby day trip destinations provides natural, gorgeous scenery and exciting adventures that will create vacation memories for a lifetime. It’s easy to take a break from the sun and sand when you are this close to some of the most fascinating, one-of-a-kind destinations in the US.

Florida Everglades & Everlades National Park

Looking for a same day excursion? Just a short drive from the Naples and Marco Island area you will find the Everglades and Everglades National Park. These subtropical marshes and wetlands cover approximately 1.5 million acres or about a third of the southern Florida peninsula and are nothing shy of spectacular. Truly a wonderland of historical majesty, a buildingless horizon greets you, with blades of sawgrass as far as the eye can see. The Everglades is home to more than 400 species of land and water animals. Don’t miss an opportunity to snap a photo of an American alligator or American crocodile in their natural habitat with this easy-breezy side trip.

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Must Do Day Trips in the Naples Area

MustDo.com | Naples Day Trips Everglades Airboat Ride

Everglades Excursions in Naples

Explore Everglades National Park on an Eco-Tour Discover and explore the Florida Everglades on a safari tour with Everglades Excursions. Tour passengers board a comfort-controlled vehicle (motorcoach van), driven by an experienced eco-trained guide who will provide informative narration throughout the tour. Everglades Excursions safari adventures include a tour through Big Cypress State Preserve, followed by a  1 or 1 1/2 hour airboat ride through... Read More
MustDo.com | Showing off her catch. Pure Florida offers private and shared offshore deep sea, calm bay, and near coastal fishing charters for beginners to seasoned anglers of all ages. Photo by Mary Carol Fitzgerald.

Pure Florida Fishing in Naples

Pure Florida offers private and shared offshore deep sea, calm bay, and near coastal fishing charters for beginners to seasoned anglers of all ages. The fish are plentiful in the pristine waters of Southwest Florida and include Snook, Hogfish, Snapper, Grunts, Cobia, Grouper, Kings, Mackerel, Shark, Trout, Sheephead, Red Fish and Trigger Fish. Check out this handy Seasonal Fishing Calendar - click... Read More
Entrance sign to Fishermen's Village and The Suites Punta Gorda, Florida

Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda

Located on pristine Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, Florida, Fishermen’s Village is a short drive north from Naples and Marco Island making it an easy day trip. Visitors can enjoy an array of boutique and specialty shopping, waterfront restaurants, and a variety of recreational activities including fishing charters, out island sightseeing tours, nightly sunset cruises, boat and kayak rentals from the marina, as well... Read More
BeachHorses.com Take a fun and exciting horseback riding along the beach at Palma Sola Bay, in Bradenton which is about a two to two and one-half hour drive from Naples or Marco Island. Photo by Dei Pittman Wilkey.

BeachHorses Horseback Riding in Bradenton

Horseback Riding on the Beach Take a fun and exciting horseback ride along the beach at Palma Sola Bay, in Bradenton which is about a two to two and one-half hour drive from Naples or Marco Island. All the guides/trainers and horses at BeachHorses.com are experienced, providing a safe and slow ride along the beach. The first half of the ride is a 1-mile walk... Read More
If you want to experience a colorful slice of small town Florida, be sure to add a day trip to Matlacha on your Naples, vacation itinerary. | Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Historic Matlacha

Naples Day Trip to Matlacha If you want to experience the colorful charm and laid-back lifestyle of turn-of-the-century Florida, the old fishing village of Matlacha is the place to visit. With a population of under 800, this waterfront community of artisans and fishermen is located on a tiny island in Matlacha Pass on the road between Cape Coral and Pine Island. Matlacha, pronounced Mat-la-SHAY, means... Read More
MustDo.com | Key West Express ferry to Key West, Florida.

Key West Express in Key West, Marco Island, & Naples

Take a Ferry to Key West for the Ultimate Naples & Marco Island Day Trip! Visit the southernmost point in the United States during your Naples and Marco Island, Florida vacation. A cruise on the Key West Express ferry is the fast and fun way to visit Key, West, Florida. From lazy lounging on the beach to exhilarating activities on the water, there's always something... Read More
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Wooten's Everglades Airboat Tours in Ochopee

Take a Day Trip to the Florida Everglades for a Unique Family-Friendly Adventure Watch for alligators and other wildlife on a thrilling Everglades airboat tour or swamp buggy ride that is safe and fun for all ages. Combine airboat and swamp buggy tours for the ultimate Everglades experience! Before or after your tour, be sure to include a visit to Wooten’s Animal Sanctuary where... Read More
MustDo.tom | Ave Maria town center shops and restaurants in Ave Maria, Florida.

Day Trips & Things To Do in Ave Maria

Begin your Naples day trip to Ave Maria with a stop at Ave Maria's New Home & Welcome Center for a town map. Tour one of 20 designer model homes in this master-planned community. Your itinerary should include a visit to the award-winning Oratory architecture, the first major U.S. Catholic university built in 40 years; Ave Maria University. There are also places to shop as well as some... Read More
Goodland, Florida is a small community off State Road 92 at the southeast corner of Marco Island that offers visitors laid back charm, a variety of waterfront restaurants–featuring music and dancing, and family-friendly water sport activities.

Visit Goodland, Florida

Marco Island and Naples Day Trips to Goodland Goodland, Florida is a small community off State Road 92 at the southeast corner of Marco Island that offers visitors laid back charm, a variety of casual, waterfront restaurants–featuring music and dancing, and family-friendly water sport activities.  Goodland Water Sports and Outdoor Activities... Read More
MustDo.com | Dolphins jump in the wake of a Captiva Cruises wildlife cruise. Captiva Island, Florida.

Captiva Cruises

Family-Friendly Sunset, Sailing, Wildlife, Fishing, and Shelling Cruises Discover Captiva Island's Upper Islands with an easy Naples or Marco Island day trip to, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Cayo Costa, and Boca Grande with Captiva Cruises. Since 1986, Captiva Cruises has been a passport to fun and exciting out-island destinations. The crew aboard Captiva Cruises’ vessels share their in-depth knowledge and passion for the... Read More