Outdoors

The natural splendor of the Paradise Coast is yours to behold. Boardwalks, nature centers, canoe trails, waterways and swamp hikes present opportunities for exploration. Feel free to spend time outside whether you're an insect-fearing city slicker, a nature nut or something in between.

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    A family takes an airboat ride through the Everglades.

  • Fishing and Boating Tips
    With such a vast system of estuaries, bays, creeks, flats, near-shore and offshore waters, and freshwater lakes and canals, it's knowing where to cast your line that can make all the difference. W... Read More >
    Florida Fishing License Information
    If you are visiting Naples, Marco Island or the Everglades City area, you will most likely need to obtain a Florida saltwater or freshwater fishing license, depending on what type of fishing you are i... Read More >
    Top Beaches in Naples & Marco Island, Florida
    Naples and Marco Island beaches have climbed to the top of countless "top beaches" lists and won many prestigious awards, ranking consecutively on Dr. Beach’s list of the top 10 best b... Read More >
    Shelling on Naples & Marco Island Beaches
    Bring back more than a tan from your beach vacation on Florida's Paradise Coast. Join a shelling excursion and your souvenirs could include starfish, sand dollars and fighting conch shells. Florid... Read More >
    Water Adventures in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
    The pursuit of water recreation along Florida's Paradise Coast can take you on an airboat ride through the Everglades, paddling among the Isles of Capri or parasailing off Vanderbilt Beach. You ca... Read More >
  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
    The Corkscrew Swamp is an incredibly magnificent natural attraction. With its cathedral-like old growth cypress forest and abundant resident wildlife, it offers some of the best wildlife and nature viewing and photographic experiences in the world. But when it was established in 1954, it was a remote wilderness, attracting fewer than 10,000 visitors annually in its early years. A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through four distinct environments: a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest, and a marsh. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk and a field guide and Children's Activity Book available at the admissions desk in the Blair Center allow each visitor to take the self-guided tour. Benches and rain shelters are along the trail. For those who do not wish to walk the full 2.25 miles, an optional trail shortens the walk to one mile. Volunteer naturalists are usually on the boardwalk to answer questions. Allow about 2-3 hours.
    Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
    The Corkscrew Swamp is an incredibly magnificent natural attraction. With its cathedral-like old growth cypress forest and abundant resident wildlife, it offers some of the best wildlife and nature vi... - 4:09 Play
    Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
    The Corkscrew Swamp is an incredibly magnificent natural attraction. With its cathedral-like old growth cypress forest and abundant resident wildlife, it offers some of the best wildlife and nature viewing and photographic experiences in the world. But when it was established in 1954, it was a remote wilderness, attracting fewer than 10,000 visitors annually in its early years. A 2.25-mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through four distinct environments: a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest, and a marsh. Interpretive signs along the boardwalk and a field guide and Children's Activity Book available at the admissions desk in the Blair Center allow each visitor to take the self-guided tour. Benches and rain shelters are along the trail. For those who do not wish to walk the full 2.25 miles, an optional trail shortens the walk to one mile. Volunteer naturalists are usually on the boardwalk to answer questions. Allow about 2-3 hours.
    How to play Pokemon Go in Florida's Paradise Coast
    Playing Pokemon Go in Florida's Paradise Coast is always a fun adventure. - 1:27 Play
    How to play Pokemon Go in Florida's Paradise Coast
    Playing Pokemon Go in Florida's Paradise Coast is always a fun adventure.
    Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beau... - 2:33 Play
    Naples Botanical Gardens
    Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through display, education, conservation and science. It will be a community gathering place and an exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling exhibitions and performances.
    Paradise Coast Artificial Reef
    The Reef Project funded entirely through grants and private donors, with no taxpayer funds, will have major impacts on Collier County’s ecology and economy. The recreational ecosystem will include 36 ... - 3:05 Play
    Paradise Coast Artificial Reef
    The Reef Project funded entirely through grants and private donors, with no taxpayer funds, will have major impacts on Collier County’s ecology and economy. The recreational ecosystem will include 36 artificial reefs, creating marine life habitats, increasing fish populations, and impacting the local fishing industry
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