There’s plenty to do and explore in Naples! Whether you’re looking for some adventure, a new perspective or a dash of culture, our DO section highlights the best of Southwest Florida’s activities, attractions and destinations.
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You know those really cool, DIY, painted wood signs you see on design blogs and Pinterest? Now you can make your own at Board & Brush Creative Studio in Naples and Fort Myers (and it’s a lot easier than it looks). They offer custom stencils so you can personalize your piece, as well as the tools and instructions to help you achieve the perfect level of distressing, sanding or staining. Sip wine, hang with friends and get creative!
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For more than 60 years, Naples Art Association has brought a healthy dose of arts and culture to the Naples community. From regular outdoor art shows in nearby Cambier Park to free contemporary art exhibitions featuring works by international, national and local artists, each provides an opportunity to enjoy original photography, painting, sculpture and more. Interested in developing your own artistic talent? Naples Art Association also hosts a variety of classes and workshops for adults and children of all ability levels.
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Naples Botanical Garden is a treasure trove of flora in the heart of Naples. Comprised of nine named gardens and a 90-acre nature sanctuary that’s home to hundreds of animal species—eagles, otters, tree frogs and gopher tortoises, to name a few—the Garden represents plants and cultures from around the world, including Southeast Asia, Brazil and the Caribbean. Visitors are welcome daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays). A range of art, gardening, wellness and birding educational programs for children and adults is also available.
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Nothing beats seeing Southwest Florida from the air with Salt Island Seaplanes. Their two Cessna 206 amphibious seaplanes, which seat up to four passengers, are by far the coolest way to get from Naples to Key West for the day; to Boca Grande, Useppa or Captiva for lunch; or just to sightsee. From takeoff to on-water landing, your seaplane adventure is as much a destination as the rest of your trip. Whether you’re vacationing, celebrating a special occasion or in the mood to explore, each can start the minute you take to the air.
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