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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.

1st and 3rd Tuesday and 2nd Saturday of each Month
November through April

Guided Walks of the CREW Marsh Hiking Trails - 2.5-3 hours
4600 Corkscrew Road - Immokalee
9am - 11:30am - Limited to 20 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, January through May - 8am - 2pm
Green Market at The Village on Venetian Bay
South side of The Village Enjoy a green market by the bay every Sunday offering local fresh produce, handmade and homemade specialties, and fine foods.

3rd Thursday of every month - Thursdays on 3rd
6:30pm - 9:30pm on 3rd Street South
Contact: 239-649-6707

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

∑ Naples Boat Show Downtown
Date: October 15-16, 2016 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Naples City Dock (880 12th Avenue South)
Description: The Naples Boat Show Downtown is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is the premier In-Water recreational show in the Naples-Marco Island area. The show will feature displays by Marinas, Boat dealers, and other marine related businesses.
Admission: FREE

∑ MIACC Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay
Date: December 10, 2016 6:15-8:30pm
Location: Naples Bay
Description: The parade may be viewed from: Pincherís Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kellyís Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park 100% of the proceeds benefit Ricky King Foundation

∑ Naples Boat Show
Date: January 19-22, 2017 10:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Naples Municipal Airport (160 Aviation Dr N)
Description: The Naples Boat Show is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is the largest premier recreational show in the Naples-Marco Island area. The show will feature displays by Marinas, Boat dealers, and other marine related businesses.
Admission: General 1-Day $10, Kids 12 and under FREE
Parking: Free onsite parking

∑ Kidís Fishing Clinic (FREE)
Date: March 11, 2017 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: Naples Pier (25 12th Avenue South)
Description: The Kidsí Fishing Clinic is a one day educational event conducted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation, with the help of Outreach and Education (O&E) Subsection of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The primary goal of this program is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Floridaís marine ecosystems and ethical angling skills. The Clinic also teach fundamental saltwater fishing knowledge and skills while promoting a positive fishing experience.

∑ Seafood & Music Festival
Date: April 1-2, 2017 11:00am-8:00pm daily Location: Florida Sports Park (8520 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd)
Description: The Seafood & Music Festival is owned and managed by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County and is Naples only event of its kind. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. The show will feature displays by delicious seafood vendors, marinas, and other local businesses.
Admission: General 1-Day: $15, General 3-Day pass: $40, VIP 1-Day admission: $35, VIP 3-Day pass: $100, Kids 7 and under FREE with a paying adult
Parking: Free onsite parking. Donations to Lely High School Athletics are appreciated.