• Snapping photos at Southernmost Point, 90 miles to Cuba, Key West, Florida, USA, Feb. 22, 2011. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey
  • MustDo.com | dison & Ford Winter Estates Fort Myers, Florida USA. Must Do Visitor Guides. Photo by Nita Ettinger

Day Trips

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 country. An escape to one of the nearby day trip destinations provides gorgeous scenery and exciting adventures that will create vacation memories for a lifetime.

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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.

When you’ve had enough of the great outdoors and you’re ready for some more human interaction, take a day to explore Fort Myers and Charlotte Harbor, cosmopolitan Miami, or head south to laid-back Key West. It’s all just a short drive from Naples and Marco Island.

See more things to do in Naples and check out Fort Myers and Sarasota.


Must Do Day Trips

MustDo.tom | Ave Maria town center shops and restaurants in Ave Maria, Florida.

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. 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, and an eco-tour with Orange Jeep Tours. There are also places to shop as well as some great... 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,... 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.


Horseback Riding on the Beach 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. 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
MustDo.com | Key West Express ferry to Key West, Florida.

Key West Express

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... 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

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 -... Read More

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Museum, Gardens, and Historic Homes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison History buffs will thoroughly enjoy this unique attraction, which is, located an easy drive north of Naples in Fort Myers. One could easily spend a half or full day at Edison & Ford Winter Estates making it a great day trip while on vacation in Naples or Marco Island, Florida. Visitors can... 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

Wooten's Everglades Airboat Tours

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... Read More
MustDo.com | Naples Day Trips Everglades Airboat Ride

Everglades Excursions

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. Save on your tour with Everglades Excursions - save and print COUPON below! Everglades Excursions safari adventures include a tour through Big Cypress State... Read More
MustDo.com | Fishermen's Village shopping, dining, marina in Punta Gorda, Florida. USA Photo by Nita Ettinger Must Do Visitor Guides

Fishermen's Village

Explore, Shop, Dine, and Stay at Fishermen's Village 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... Read More
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