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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!...read 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.


RECURRING EVENTS

EVERY SATURDAY
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

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

EVERY SUNDAY
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

June 28, 2014 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
6:30 - 9:30pm - Watkins Lawn at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Free jazz concert
Contact: 888-329-8604

July 4, 2014 ~ 4th of July Fireworks
9pm at Naples Pier
Contact: 239-213-1000

July 26, 2014 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
6:30 - 9:30pm - Watkins Lawn at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Free jazz concert
Contact: 888-329-8604

August 16, 2014 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
6:30 - 9:30pm - Watkins Lawn at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Free jazz concert
Contact: 888-329-8604

September 13, 2014 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
6:30 - 9:30pm - Watkins Lawn at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Free jazz concert
Contact: 888-329-8604

September 14, 2014 ~ Paradise Coast International Trithlon
7am - 3pm - Sugden Regional Park - 4284 Avalon Dr - Naples
Triathlon, duathlon, and 10k run event
Contact: 239-252-4000

October 19, 2014 ~ Rocktoberfest 10 Miler
North Collier REgional Park 7am - 12pm
Contact: 239-252-4000

October 24-26, 2014 ~ Stone Crab Festival
10am - 5pm ~ 5th Avenue Bayfront, Naples Bay Shoppes, and Old Naples waterfront
Contact: 239-430-7020

November 5, 2014 ~ Mercato Wine Walk
Starts at 6pm on the lawn across from Silverspot Cinema at Mercato
Tickets $40 online or $50 at the door - proceeds benefit local charities
More Info: www.naplessunsetrotary.org

November 6-9, 2014 ~ Naples Internatonal Film Festival
Various lactions in Naples - Silverspot Cinema Mercato
Contact: 800-597-1900

November 15-16, 2014 ~ Florida Panther Festival
North Collier Regional Park - Living with Wildlife Pavilion
Contact: 239-353-8442

November 25-29, 2014 (except Thanksgiving day) ~ Festival of Lights
Tree lighting ceremony begins at 6pm Nov 25
Third Street South
Musicians, carolers, and snow!
Contact: 239-434-6533