It’s no secret that Southwest Florida is quickly becoming a foodie destination, but did you know that my home base has more to offer beyond traditional restaurants? From food truck parks and food halls to innovative dining concepts, our region offers a diverse range of flavors and experiences. I’m so excited about sharing this blog post to help you explore amazing dishes that are served outside of the traditional brick and mortar restaurants.

SWFL is brimming with local chefs preparing fun food out of food trucks in places like Celebration Park in Naples, Backyard Social in Fort Myers, and Rooftop at Riverside in Bonita Springs. Additionally, new dining concepts like The Causeway Food Hall in Bonita Springs and another foodie destination in Naples featuring District, The Alley, The Kitchen Mini Bar, and Staff Only offer a lot of choices for drinks, food and activities in fun settings.

Food Truck Parks in Southwest Florida

It almost seemed like SWFL was late to the food truck party. For years I had seen trendy food trucks on my Instagram feed. Then it seemed like overnight our area not only had a ton of them, but we had a food truck park. Now, we have 3 different food truck parks in the area along with several other unique experiences with multiple food options, bars, and activities.

Best Food Truck Parks in SWFL

Celebration Park – Naples

Naples’ food truck culinary landscape is epitomized by Celebration Park– the first food truck park in SWFL, located on the south side on Becca Avenue off of Bayshore Drive. Celebration Park offers a wide array of food options with a full bar overlooking the water. There is even a boat dock for the boating enthusiasts!

Current Food Truck Options at Celebration Park

Tacos at celebration park

All 8 food trucks are popular with locals making this park a haven for food enthusiasts. Special events, live music, and a green carpet setting with picnic tables overlooking the water create a delightful ambiance, while adjacent parking lots provide endless culinary possibilities.

Pro Tip: Celebration Park is the best food truck park to visit if you are looking for waterfront dining. However, it might be the worst to visit if you have small children who like to wander. The water is beautiful, but it’s right there to tempt the kids!

Celebration Park Location & Hours:

2880 Becca Ave,
Naples, FL 34112

Sunday – Thursday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Backyard Social – Fort Myers

Fort Myers beckons food lovers to Backyard Social with the first food truck park in Lee County. Backyard Social is a vibrant hub featuring craft beer, food trucks, lawn games, steel darts, duck pin bowling, and a full bar in the middle . Live music enhances the atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for those seeking great food and a lively experience.

Current Food Truck Options at Backyard Social

Pro Tip: Backyard Social is a hot spot for the college kids at night on weekends. This is a fun place to visit if you want to dance and relive your younger years. If you are with a large party, try reserving the VIP leather couches. There is a $200 drink minimum over 2 hours. 

Backyard Social Location & Hours:

16371 Corporate Commerce Way
Fort Myers, FL 33913

  • Monday 11:30AM to 11:00PM *
  •   *4 of 8 food trucks open on a rotating schedule every Monday only
  • Tuesday 11:30AM to 11:00PM
  • Wednesday 11:30AM to 11:00PM
  • Thursday 11:30AM to 12:00AM
  • Friday 11:30AM to 2:00AM
  • Saturday 11:00AM to 2:00AM
  • Sunday 11:00AM to 10:00PM

Rooftop at Riverside – Bonita Springs

For a unique dining experience in Bonita Springs, Rooftop at Riverside offers stunning views of Downtown Bonita Springs with the first rooftop bar in the area. Indulge local made ice cream, pizza, seafood, crepes or burgers depending on your mood. Then head to the bar for one of the Bonita Springs themed drinks exclusive to Rooftop at Riverside. The adjacent parking lots provide convenience, making this venue a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Current Food Truck Options at Rooftop at Riverside

Zoey's pizza food truck at Rooftop at Riverside

Pro Tip: Rooftop at Riverside is by far the best kid friendly food truck park of the three we have here in SWFL. Conversely, it’s a great place to visit without kids due to the rooftop bar.

Rooftop at Riverside Location & Hours:

27333 Old 41 Rd

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

  • Sunday – Thursday 11am – 11pm
  • Friday – Saturday 11am -12am

More Unique Food Options in SWFL

While the next two on this list aren’t technically food trucks, these destinations have a distinct fun feeling that isn’t something you find in a traditional brick and mortar restaurant, especially here in SWFL, a place that has long been known for high end and stuffy restaurants.  I hope to see more of these concepts around Southwest Florida!

The Causeway Food Hall – Bonita Springs

Nestled in Bonita Springs, The Causeway Food Hall stands out as a culinary gem with diverse food options in a food hall atmosphere. We are especially fond of the self serve beer shack!

Food at The Causeway:

The Causeway Location & Hours:

28280 Old 41 Rd #1,

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Open Everyday but Monday 11:30-10

Staff Only Menu Naples FL
The bar menu for Staff Only speakeasy in Naples, FL. Photo by Naples Noms

District, The Alley, The Kitchen Mini Bar and Staff Only by CMC Concepts – Naples

Naples introduces a new wave of dining concepts with District, The Alley, The Kitchen Mini Bar, and Staff Only. District offers a modern and chic atmosphere, while The Alley brings a casual and social vibe. The Kitchen Mini Bar focuses on creative culinary delights, and Staff Only provides an exclusive experience. These concepts redefine Naples’ dining scene, offering unique flavors and atmospheres.

Learn more about the different venues by CMC Concepts in Naples, FL

District Restaurant in Naples FL
The bar at District in Naples, FL. Photo by Naples Noms

Exploring Beyond the Food Trucks Parks

Venture beyond traditional food parks to find more hidden gems!

My personal favorite is the Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs, where Lakota by Chef Court Food Truck awaits. He offers a mix of creole and indigenous food with local meat and seafood. 

Don’t be afraid to try a food truck in town that isn’t located in a food truck park. I promise, you can find some real gems!

It’s Easy to Find Food You Love in the Paradise Coast- Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero

If I can impart any real wisdom here it is that Southwest Florida’s culinary scene is more than upscale dining on 5th Avenue in Naples. Our food scene is a tapestry woven with everything from food truck parks to Michelin star restaurants. From the coastal charm of Naples to the vibrant energy of Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, each destination offers a distinctive culinary adventure. Whether you’re savoring seafood delights at Celebration Park or exploring the new food truck parks in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, Southwest Florida is a paradise for food enthusiasts, bringing people together through amazing food, live music, and the spirit of culinary innovation.

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