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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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July 4, 2017 ~ Parade and Fireworks
Parade 10am from Broad Avenue South to Third Street Sough and up 5th Avenue South, then turning on 8th Street South past City Hall.
Fireworks after sunset along the beach at Naples Pier
Contact: 239-213-1000

July 4, 2017 ~ Sugden Regional Park 4th of July
4pm - 6pm free ice cream social
6:30-8:30pm family activities
9:15pm Fireworks
Bring lawn chairs and blankets

July 8, 2017 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
Free concert series at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club ~ 851 Gulf Shore Blvd.
Food and beverages available for purchase - NO COOLERS
Bring lawn chairs, beach towels/blankets
Contact: 239-261-2222

August 19, 2017 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
Free concert series at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club ~ 851 Gulf Shore Blvd.
Food and beverages available for purchase - NO COOLERS
Bring lawn chairs, beach towels/blankets
Contact: 239-261-2222

September 16, 2017 ~ Summer Jazz on the Gulf
Free concert series at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club ~ 851 Gulf Shore Blvd.
Food and beverages available for purchase - NO COOLERS
Bring lawn chairs, beach towels/blankets
Contact: 239-261-2222

October 21, 2017 ~ Mercato Brew-Ha-Ha Beer Festival
4-8pm Strada Place, Mercato
Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL
Music, beer tasting, silent auctions
Contact: 239-254-1080

October 26-29, 2017 ~ Naples International Film Festival
Artis - Naples, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.
Contact: 239-597-1900

October 27-29, 2017 ~ Stone Crab Festival
Old Naples Waterfront including Tin City, Bayfront, Port of Naples Marina
Friday 4-9pm ~ Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Music, events, art, activities
Contact: http://www.stonecrabfestival.com/

November 4-5, 2017 ~ Swamp Buggy Races Fall Classic
Florida Sports Park
Contact: 239-774-2701

November 18-19, 2017 ~ Old Florida Festival
Collier County Museum - 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Historical re-enactors, craft-workers, folk musicians, demonstrations
Contact: 239-252-8476

November 19, 2017 ~ Taste of Collier
11am - 4 pm at Bayfront of Naples - 465 Bayfront Place
Live music, cooking competitions, food tasting
Contact: 239-331-7371