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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.

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

March 22, 2015 ~ Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
10am - 6pm 5th Avenue South
Contact: 239-580-7999

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

April 11, 2015 ~ Naples Motorfest
The Village on Venetian Bay 11am - 4pm
Event features a display of rare exotic vehicles, a resort style fashion show, cigar lounge, live music, cocktails, and fine cuisine provided by T.Michaels Steak & Lobster House
Contact: Dona Crowley 727-580-9328

May 9, 2015 ~ Great Dock Canoe Race
11am - 3pm Crayton Cove / Naples City Dock