Trying to find a hidden gem in a popular city like Naples? It depends on who you ask, but there are quite a few places that offer unique experiences. Here is a list of my family’s top 4. There are many more, but these are the ones that over the years we love to come back to!
Known for being the most popular boating spot in Naples. Keewaydin Island is 8 miles long and is the only host to the beach in Naples which allows dogs. It’s always packed on the weekend with families and cookouts. Whilst during the weekdays you may even be by yourself. They also have a special boat there selling food and drinks to buy if you didn’t pack any! My kids’ favorite activity includes putting on a life vest or climbing a floatie and letting the current take them down to the bottom of the island. For the ones that are super adventures bring your camping gear and stay a night or two.
Rev’s Car Museum
The most unique and most hidden gem on this list! Rev’s Car Museum is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving and providing education on automotive history. There are over 110 cars, the oldest dating back to 1896! The exhibits include a wide variety of collections, from racecars to original documents. Although this is a car museum, it’s definitely not only for car enthusiasts! Make sure to make your reservation early as the museum is only open 3 times a week with a limited number of visitors allowed. This is truly one of a kind experiences only found in Naples!
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
This 13,000-acre preserve is home to rare tropical plants, animals, and birds. It truly feels like you’re stepping into another world far from city life. You would never believe that some of the wilderness surrounding you is over 500 years old. Although the sanctuary has many activities to partake in, walking the wooden boardwalk through the swamp is the best. Both calm and enticing at the same time, this boardwalk submerges you in Florida’s pristine flora and fauna. Be on the lookout at all times though! You never know what animals you can come across! It is open daily for you to visit from 7-5:30 pm. Here is a little tip: Leave your phone in the car and just observe the nature and animals around you!
Get on the Waitlist! You will not be disappointed once you visit this very special place. This nonprofit organization started back in 1998 and has been offering a home to exotic, stray, and injured animals, the most popular being the wolf. Taking in species from as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far west as North Africa and giving them a home on the 2.5 acres property. Since it’s a nonprofit organization it is the devoted and highly knowledgeable volunteers that keep this sanctuary and education facility up and running, taking care of the abandoned/ abused animals. So, start planning for your interactive wolf encounter, because it is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I would encourage you to consider donating as this is one of the places that are worth supporting!