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Welcome to Naples Florida

Welcome to Naples, a paradise of sun, shore and nature harmoniously blended with the cosmopolitan and cultural center this city has become. Despite its metropolitan population and myriad housing developments, Naples remembers its Indian and early pioneering heritage. This diversity combined with its host of attractions, amenities and activities make Naples a great place to live and visit. We're showcasing all that Naples Florida has to offer right here. Make this web site your springboard for jumping into the Cities and Lifestyles that make up our paradise !

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Historical photo albums, wildlife, nature and scenery -- here are some links---

historical Swamp Buggy photo albumHistorical Swamp Buggy Photos detailing this wild and wacky sport started in the 1940's and still enjoyed today right here in Naples, Florida!

Naples Downtown Photo Album - including photos of parks, beaches, intracoastal waterway, and historical photos dating back to 1906.

Naples Pier

In January, 1888, there was no pier. The Naples Company found and purchased the fastest steamship on the coast: Captain Merritt's "Fearless". This ship, which ran from Punta Gorda to Naples, entered through Gordon's Pass, up into the Bay of Naples, according to the Company's promotional brochure. However, in low tide, passengers had to be shuttled ashore by "lighters" out in the Gulf, which featured troublesome sandbars (and some rock'n'roll).

Thus, a construction contract was let to Captain James Canty in Ft. Myers in June, 1888, for a 600-foot T-shaped wharf in 18 feet deep water on the Gulf side, facing the hotel. Pilings and timbers were off-loaded in the surf and towed ashore.

When the hotel opened in January, 1889, the wooden pier had just been completed. It was the place for passengers, freight, and fishing. The post office was located at the foot of the pier (where it stayed until 1922, when an accidental cigarette fire destroyed the building and part of the pier). A combination boardwalk and tramway fitted with rails extended from the foot of the pier, along Pier Street (now called Twelfth Avenue South), to the hotel. A cart could easily roll materials and luggage, but children loved getting on for a push. By 1909, a bathhouse and changing rooms were available; freight lifts had also been added. Then, the unwelcome guests arrived! the History of Naples Pier »

History of Naples - From Calusa Indians to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - a look at the history of Naples Florida.


Third Street Farmer's Market
7:30 am till 11:30 am behind Tommy Bahama in the Neopolitan parking area between Third Street South and Gordon Drive.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, flowers, jams & jellies, pasta, candles, shells, soaps and much more.
Contact: 239-649-6707

2nd Saturday of Each Month
Mercato - Saturday Nights Alive
6-9pm - Artists, musicians and street performers.

Every Wednesday and the 4th Saturday of each Month
November 2013 through April 2014

Guided Walks of the Bird Rookery Swamp Trails - 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd.
9am - 11am - Limited to 24 hikers. Advance registration required.
Contact: 239-657-2253

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Guided Garden Tours of The Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage
10am - Naples Historical Society - 137 12th Avenue South - Naples
Contact: 239-261-8164

Walking Tours of the Naples Historic District
Naples Historical Society - 137 12th Avenue South - Naples
Contact: 239-261-8164

Farmer's Market at Naples Depot
10am - 2pm ~ corner of 10th Street and Tamiami Trail
Local produce, seafood, flowers
Contact: 239-293-9703




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Naples Events

January 23 - 25, 2015 ~ Naples Winter Wine Festival
Ritz Carlton Golf Resort
Contact: 800-542-8680

January 24-25, 2015 ~ Swamp Buggy Races
Florida Sports Park - gates open at 10:30am both days
Opening Ceremonies Jan 25 at 12pm - Green Flag at 12:30

January 29-February 1, 2015 ~ 48th Annual Naples Boat Show.
Presented by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County. 10:00am-5:00pm daily at the Florida Sports Park (8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd, Naples FL).
Admission $10, Kids 12 and under FREE.

February 7, 2015 ~ Art in the Park
585 Park Street next to von Liebig Art Center
Contact: 239-262-6517

March 28, 2015 ~ Swamp Buggy Nights Unter the Lights
Florida Sports Park - gates open at 4pm