Spring has sprung in Florida! This month is the perfect time to visit the Sunshine State, especially the city of Naples, located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. This sophisticated city is beloved by local residents and attractive as a destination for tourists. Naples is known for its mild climate and sunshiny beaches. But there is more to Naples than just the pristine beaches. It also draws people because of the spectacular wildlife, flora, and fauna; great shopping; amazing restaurants; and vibrant fine arts scene. There are attractions and events for everyone in this Floridian center of fun and culture. Read on for information about three of the top things to do in Naples this spring.
#1 NAPLES PIER
The city’s most well-known landmark is the historic Naples Pier. It has been destroyed by fires and hurricanes over the years, but it has always been rebuilt in the same location. The Pier stretches from the end of 12th Avenue out to the water, and is a popular spot for fishing, dolphin watching, and enjoying the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a visit to Naples Pier, a free experience to treasure and appreciate.
#2 NAPLES HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Naples Historical Society is another of the top spots to visit in the city. On offer are several tours and lectures by experts on the history of Naples and Florida in general. The Historical Society also hosts a variety of events throughout the year on the grounds; some are held inside and around the Historic Palm Cottage there. Palm Cottage is one of the city’s oldest houses, having been built in 1895. It has been preserved by the Naples Historical Society and converted into a museum.
#3 NAPLES ART DISTRICT
The city of Naples provides exceptional access to the fine arts, both to locals and visitors alike. One of the organizations in Naples that helps to promote the arts and art education is the Naples Art District. This nonprofit 501c-3 organization has brought together professional artists from a wide range of backgrounds in a place where they can maintain working studios and galleries. The District provides opportunities for the public to see artists as they work. Its mission is to provide a unique experience for visitors that encourages greater awareness and appreciation of the fine arts.
The Naples Art District boasts the largest concentration of working artists in the Southwest Florida area. Many of the Naples Art District members offer classes and workshops to the public, and the organization hosts other events regularly. The fine artists in the District share their talents (which range across a wide variety of mediums and methods) with community members and tourists who stop in during events like open studio days, special symposiums, and more. If you are planning a trip to visit the Naples, Florida area and are interested in finding out more about the Naples Art District and its member artists, feel free to contact the organization any time online or by phone at 239-249-1977.