The Naples pier is known for its spectacular sunsets.
Nature enthusiasts have plenty to do at Naples. With acres of protected green space and scenic fishing piers, the city’s natural beauty will blow you away.
Here are some places to visit:
- Naples Municipal Beach and Fishing Pier
25 12th Avenue South
Known for its spectacular sunsets, the Naples Pier is a great spot for fishing and dolphin-watching. You might also get the chance to spot a few turtles and stingrays during your visit. Come here to reconnect with nature and spend time with loved ones. There are well-maintained restrooms on the site, and downtown Naples, with its selection of shops and restaurants, is just nearby.
- East Naples Community Park
3500 Thomasson Dr.
Spend a quiet afternoon by the lake in this picturesque park. A trail surrounds the lake, so you can for a walk or a quick job. There are basketball and pickle ball courts where you can enjoy a friendly match with friends and family. There’s also a playground where kids can work off some excess energy.
- Pelican Bay Community Park
764 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
The park features vast open spaces where you can roll out a blanket for a nice picnic and let the kids run around. There’s a nice playground and lighted courts where you can play bocce, basketball, racquetball, and tennis. A nature trail winds through the park, which lets you admire the scenery as you go for a walk or a jog. The pavilion is ideal for picnics and small get-togethers.
- Veterans Community Park
1895 Veterans Park Dr.
One of the liveliest parks in Naples, Veterans is a popular venue for children’s activities and dog runs. Rover Run, the only dog park in Collier County, can be found here, with separate areas for small and large dogs. In addition to the dog park, there are several ball courts and picnic areas. There’s also a multipurpose covered rink, a playground, and a community center.
- Golden Gate Aquatic Complex
3300 Santa Barbara Blvd.
This fantastic water park features a heated pool and a children’s activity pool. Play structures like a 110-foot tube slide, a 110-foot open, and springboards will help you make the most of your visit. Age-appropriate swimming lessons and water aerobics classes are offered throughout the year. Bring the whole family and cool off from the heat in this fun-filled aquatics complex.
- Gordon River Greenway
1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd.
This greenway weaves through mangroves, giving you a wonderful view of the Gordon River. Here you’ll find paved pathways lined with native plants, along with decorative bridges and wildlife viewing stations that will enhance your experience. There’s also a kayak launch for those who want to paddle out onto the water.
- Eagle Lakes Community Park and Fitness Center
11565 Tamiami Trail E.
The park features a spray ground play area that kids and grown-ups alike will surely enjoy. There are several sports fields and ball courts where you can play basketball, soccer, and softball. But if you want something that’s more laidback, there’s a picnic shelter where you can spend a relaxed afternoon with friends and family, as well as a nature trail and a paved pathway where you can go for a leisurely stroll.
For more information on parks and fishing piers, visit the Collier County Parks and Recreation website.