Things To Do with Kids in Naples, Florida

Although known as a playground for adults, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to keep busy in Naples. Below, you’ll find a list with ideas to keep the children active and interested. For more details on each idea, look for posts in the future on this website that offer descriptions on just what to expect.

  1. Take the kids to the new Childrens Museum of Naples in the North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road.
  2. Go to the Naples Zoo. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful zoo here with rare honey badgers being the newest addition.Naples Zoo - Giraffe
  3. Enjoy the waterpark, Sun-n-Fun Lagoon, at the North Collier County Regional Park.
  4. King Richard’s Family Fun Park. CLOSED
  5. Take an excursion in the Everglades. Go on an airboat ride.
  6. Visit the Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs.
  7. Manatee Park in Fort Myers offers close up viewing of these sea elephants.
  8. Take a road trip to the Edison & Ford Estates in Fort Myers.
  9. Rent bicycles or a four- to six-seater surrey at Naples Cyclery. Ask for Peter Marsh at the bike shop and tell him that Tim & Ellie sent you.
  10. Go to the farmers market at Third Street South on Saturday morning.
  11. Watch the Florida Everblades play hockey at Germain Arena.
  12. On weekend evenings, the Skeletal Pirate provides street entertainment in Times Square of Fort Myers Beach. This is worth the drive.
  13. Be brave and take the children to the Swamp Buggy Races.
  14. Check out Dog Beach on a weekend day. Even if you don’t have a dog yourself, this is great family entertainment (and it’s free). Check out the video in the lower right-hand corner of the home page of this website for a sample of the action at Dog Beach and read the post under the beach category.
  15. Collier County Veteran’s Park has a lot of kids activities and programs.
  16. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Naples Princess.
  17. The Royal Scoop on Vanderbilt Drive for the world’s best ice cream (get on their mailing list – they have several special & free events for kids).
  18. Baseball spring training for the Boston Red Sox or the Minnesota Twins is in nearby Fort Myers.
  19. There are a number of playgrounds in County Parks. There’s one at the intersection of Vanderbilt Drive and Wiggins Pass Road which is well equipped and never so busy that parking or too many kids is ever a problem.
  20. Minor league baseball games in Fort Myers (great mascots & very family oriented atmosphere).
  21. Walk the Naples Pier – there is always interesting things going on with people fishing, kids skim boarding and lots of action.
  22. Go to the “Imaginarium” in Fort Myers.
  23. Water activities are obvious for kids while in Naples. Depending on the ages, those activities range from just hanging out at the beach to renting jet skis, renting a stand-up paddle board, going fishing, renting kayaks, going on a guided excursion or participating in a nature walk at Barefoot Beach or Lovers Key.
  24. Take the tourist trolley around Naples for some sightseeing. You can get on and off during the route as you like.
  25. We love our fireworks in Naples and there are great fireworks displays from The Pier on both the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Take a seat on the beach.
  26. Go on a Segway tour of Naples.
  27. Take the kids to the Collier County Fair. In 2012, the fair runs from March 15th to the 25th. Check it out at www.CollierCountyFair.com
  28. Go on the Pirate Cruise out of the marina in Fort Myers Beach. It’s an interactive excursion on a recreation of a pirate ship.
  29. If the beach is part of the program, then follow the lead of local kids and include Clam Pass Park. If you walk north up the beach and around the point, you’ll find a tree that overhangs the water where the kids will climb out on a branch to jump off into the water.
  30. Charter the “Captain Marvel” fishing boat for a half or full day. Catch your limit of grouper and then take it to a local restaurant for them to cook it or take it home to prepare it yourself. Contact the “Captain Marvel” @ (239) 261-7159 or via email at marvelt@yahoo.com. This is a family business for Tom & Lisa Marvel. Tell them Tim Cranch with Downing-Frye Realty sent you.
  31. Take the kids to play miniature golf. There are two courses nearby – Golf Safari Mini Golf on Bonita Beach Road and Congo River which is on the west side of Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) north of Bonita Beach Road. Check out their websites for hours, special offers, coupons and information. Also, the phone numbers for each: www.GolfSafariMiniGolf.com and (239) 947-1377 and www.CongoRiver.com and (239) 948-9099.
  32. Go to the huge Easter egg hunt that is hosted by The Royal Scoop ice cream shop at the corner of Vanderbilt Drive and 8th Street in the northwest corner of Collier County. It’s a free event and includes a visit by the Easter bunny, games & races, a barbeque and ice cream (of course). Call The Royal Scoop directly at (239) 992-2000 for more information.

As we have time to expand on each idea and offer specifics, we’ll add to this post about things for kids to do in Naples. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to call Tim directly @ (239) 272-4848 for details about any of the above. We would love to hear  your ideas and about your experiences, too.

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  1. Allison says

    Check out the Naples botanical garden, especially now with the Lego exhibit and Lego movie going on. Great kid/children’s garden.

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  2. Stephanie says

    Hi, was wondering if you recommended any country clubs in Naples that are kid friendly? We are considering a move to the area and we belong to a country club up north and it is a big part of our social life. Looking for swim team, tennis program, Easter bunny, Christmas with santa, stuff like that. Looking for adult age group country club ranging from late 30’s to 50’s mostly. Any suggestions would be appreciative. Looking for a private or semi-private country club. Thank you, Stephanie from Pennsylvania

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  3. Kerry says

    Hi! We just moved to Riverstone and it’s its a new neighborhood with tons of kids. The country club is not done but it’s looks like it’s going to be awesome for kids!! I can’t wait. You should check it out. Hope that helps. (Added by Tim: as a professional Realtor who has helped families purchase in Riverstone, I agree with Kerry’s enthusiasm for Riverstone as a kid friendly community. Call me at 239-272-4848 for more details. I would look forward to guiding you through the process of finding the perfect home.)

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    We just recently moved here from Northern Ohio. Last summer my kids (ages now: 6,9 & 13) joined the Summer swim team, Tiger Sharks of Naples Swim School. My 13 yr old son went on to swim year round with their competitive swim team, T2 Aquatics. We have been very happy there. While it is very competitive, the coaches are fantastic with the kids. Check out Naplesswimschool.com.
    It is worth looking into if your kids like to swim! They swim at the the Norris Aquatic Center on Livingston Road. The pool is affiliated with the YMCA. (Added by Tim: T2 Aquatics enjoys a GREAT reputation and boasts of many athlete achievements as well as a very supportive staff for all age groups.)

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