Summer in Naples, FL, is an exciting time for families to dive into the vast array of activities this beautiful city and its surroundings offer. Whether you’re a local seeking new adventures or you’re on a family vacation and eager to explore, Naples is a great place packed with family-friendly attractions and experiences. From day trips to nearby destinations to vibrant spots within the city, here’s a comprehensive guide and Naples summer bucket list to making the most of your summer months in Naples, FL with family friendly activities.

Naples, FL Kid-Friendly Activities Summer Bucket List

As a Naples, Florida mom, I’m all about this hyper local summer bucket list. This is a list of my own kids’ favorite things to do in Naples over the summer. While we may not have the Naples Pier right now (darn Hurricane Ian), we still have tons of fun things to do in Naples over the summer. And the best part, in my opinion, is that the town goes back to its sleepy roots, allowing the locals to enjoy the town without all the hustle and bustle of the snowbirds. 

Naples Fl Family Friendly Activities Summer Bucket List free printable of things to do with kids in Naples, Florida

1. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: A Walk on the Wild Side 

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers a unique experience for nature lovers, especially bird watchers. Walk along the boardwalk through lush greenery and spot diverse wildlife, including the rare Florida panther. It’s a great spot for an educational outing that the entire family can enjoy.

Kids can have fun exploring nature at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, FL. This is a great summer bucket list idea!
You can borrow kids binoculars from the Corkscrew gift shop by exchanging your keys for them.

2. Naples Zoo: A Wild Encounter

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a must-visit for nature lovers and families. Home to exotic animals and lush botanical gardens, it provides an educational experience with hands-on exhibits and boat tours around the monkey islands. It’s one of the best things to do with kids of all ages.

Pro Tip: Members save money on food and at the gift shop! Membership starts at only $139 a year for a family, making it worthwhile to get a membership if you live in Collier County.

Child holding hands up to glass at Naples Zoo. Behind the glass is Athena the panther.
Athena the panther up close and personal with my son, Max.

3. City and County Day Camps: Fun and Learning

Enroll your kids in city and county day camps. Our area is so amazing that we have two wonderful programs to choose from: City of Naples summer camps, and Collier County summer camps, both offering priority to residents before opening to the public. 

These camps offer a variety of activities, from arts and crafts to beach camp, sailing camp, and skateboarding, ensuring that children with a variety of interests have a great time and learn new things during the summer months. The best part is that most of these camps are pretty affordable! We opt for 1-2 weeks of camp each summer, then explore the area the rest of the time that we are home. 

4. Library Summer Reading Programs: Engage Young Minds

Participate in the Collier County library summer reading program. The program encourage children, and adults, to read and engage in educational activities, providing a fun way to keep young minds active and entertained.

My favorite library in Collier County is the Headquarters Library with the fountain in the courtyard. Even in the most awful heat of the summer, my kids will grab a book and sit by the fountain for a while. It is such a peaceful spot here in Naples. 

Woman reads to kids in the courtyard of the Headquarters library in  Naples, FL. Fountain in background.
My mom reading to my son at the Headquarters Library in Naples, FL.

5. Collier County Museums: Dive into History

Visit the Collier County Museums for an educational experience. These museums offer interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that teach children about the rich history and cultural heritage of the Naples area. 

The best part is that there are museums all over the county, not just here in Naples. You can visit the following locations for a fun half day trip from Naples:

Little boy in front of seaboard train at the Naples Depot Museum.
My son, Max, next to the Seaboard Train at Naples Depot Museum.

6. Golisano Children’s Museum: A Learning Adventure 

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, known locally as C’MON, offers interactive exhibits designed to inspire young minds. This museum is ideal for children of all ages, providing a fun and educational experience with hands-on activities that engage and entertain the entire family. We love that there is something for children of all ages. Even older kids can find something to do while younger siblings run around and explore. 

Pro Tip: C’MON offers summer camps too! Members get first priority, so don’t slack. Get a membership so you get first dips on some of the most fun camps for young kids in Naples, FL.

Outside of the Children's Museum of Naples.
The entrance to the Children’s Museum of Naples (C’MON).

7. Kayak Tour with Naples Outfitters or Estero River Outfitters: Explore the Waterways 

Kayak tours are such a fun way to explore the waterways of Naples. Take a kayak tour with Naples Outfitters or Estero River Outfitters to explore the beautiful mangrove forests and coastal waters of Southwest Florida. It’s a unique experience that allows families to connect with nature and enjoy the serene environment.

Pro Tip: Book a bioluminescent kayaking tour with Naples Outfitters for an unforgettable experience. People travel all over the world to experience bioluminescence, and we have it right here in our own backyard!

Sunset over a kayak in Rookery Bay in Naples, FL
Sunset in Rookery Bay during a guided kayak tour with Naples Outfitters.

8. Mail a Letter from the Smallest Post Office in USA: A Quirky Stop 

Visit the smallest post office in the USA located in Ochopee, FL, and mail a letter. This quirky stop along the Tamiami Trail between Naples and Miami makes for a fun and memorable outing, especially for children fascinated by unique and unusual places.

We always stop on our way to Miccosukee Indian Village (#17 on my list). If you stop by during regular postal hours you can meet the postal worker and even buy a souvenir post card and mail it from the post office!

Family poses in front of the Ochopee Post Office- the smallest post office in the United States.
The boys and I pose in front of the Ochopee Post Office, the smallest one in the United States.

9. Take a Day Trip to the Everglades: An Adventure in the Wild

A visit to Everglades National Park is a must for families seeking adventure. The park offers guided tours, kayaking tours, and wildlife viewing in the unique mangrove forests. It’s a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the Florida Everglades.

Pro Tip: All 4th graders get free admission to National Parks! Register your child here.

10. Go Camping at Seminole Collier State Park: Overnight Fun

Plan a camping trip to Seminole Collier State Park. This park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing, making it a perfect spot for a family camping adventure.

Pro Tip: Glamping has officially made its way to Naples! Check out the new Timberline Glamping in Seminole Collier State Park. 

11. Bike Ride at Baker Park: Outdoor Fun

Enjoy a scenic bike ride through the Gordana River Greenway at Baker Park. This beautiful park features trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and family bonding. While you’re on that side of town, take a trip through the Naples Design District and then make your way into downtown Naples. There is so much to do right there!

The entrance to Baker Park in Naples, FL.
The entrance to Baker Park in Naples, FL.

12. Go to the Beach: Sun and Sand

Spend a day at one of Naples’ pristine beaches, such as Vanderbilt Beach or Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. These beaches offer pristine white sand, clear waters, and amenities like picnic tables and concession stands, making them perfect for a family beach day.

Looking for a parking lot that isn’t full? Find a complete list of beach access parking here

Two boys playing on rocks at the beach in Naples, FL
My boys playing at the rocks on Seagate Beach.

13. Spend a Morning at Naples Botanical Gardens: Lush Escape

Explore the Naples Botanical Gardens, where you can immerse yourself in lush greenery and exotic plants. It’s a perfect spot for a family picnic among beautiful gardens and nature trails.

Pro Tip: Residents of Collier, Lee, and Charlotte counties receive discounted admission from June 1 – September 30 with proof of residence.

All families need to know about the W.O.N.D.E.R. Program. The W.O.N.D.E.R. Program is available Wednesdays  Sundays from 10:30am – 12pm! Check the calendar for details. W.O.N.D.E.R. sessions occur on the Performance Lawn unless otherwise noted.

Don’t want to attend a formal program? Before you venture onto the pathway, pick up a W.O.N.D.E.R. Activity Pack at the Chabraja Visitor Center with materials specially created by Garden educators.

A child working on worksheets from the Naples Botanical Garden.
The W.O.N.D.E.R. packets from the Naples Botanical Gardens is a great way to entertain little ones.

14. Go Geocaching: A Modern Treasure Hunt

Embark on a geocaching adventure on the Paradise Coast. If you haven’t already explored geocaching in Naples, now is the time. Seriously, what better place to use GPS to find hidden treasure along white sand beaches? This modern-day treasure hunt is a fun activity for the entire family, combining technology with outdoor exploration and providing a unique way to discover new places in Naples.

15. Act Like a Tourist in Tin City: Historic Charm

Spend a day acting like a tourist in Tin City, a kitschy waterfront shopping and dining district. Explore the unique shops, enjoy a meal with a view at Pinchers, and soak in the charming atmosphere of this popular attraction. 

We always hit up the Monkey Bread Factory, Naples Soap Company, and the Naples Winery. A trip to Tin City always makes us feel like we are on a true Naples vacation.

16. Play Mini Golf in Naples, FL: Family Fun Golf Adventures

For a fun activity that the entire family can enjoy, go mini golfing together. You really can’t go wrong with mini golf on your summer bucket list. All the mini-golf courses in Naples offer a playful and engaging experience with fun tropical-themed settings and challenging holes.

Here are the three mini golf locations in Naples, and two in the surrounding area:

17. Visit a Nature Center in Naples, FL: Check out the Natural Habitats of Our Wildlife

Get up close and personal with nature and our local marine life by visiting one of our amazing nature centers. We have two amazing nature centers to visit here in Naples. It is definitely worth going to both over the summer if you have the time:

18. Take a Day Trip to the Miccosukee Indian Village: Cultural Experience

Take a day trip to the Miccosukee Indian Village to learn about the culture and history of the Miccosukee Tribe and the Seminole Indians. The village offers educational tours, traditional crafts, and alligator demonstrations, providing a fascinating cultural experience.

Pro Tip: They are only open Wednesday through Sunday so plan accordingly. Also, you have to eat the fry bread! My kids will happily venture back each year for the fry bread alone. 

The entrance to the Miccosukee Indian Village.
The entrance to the Miccosukee Indian Village.

19. Go to the Baker Museum: Cultural Enrichment

For a bit of culture, visit The Baker Museum in North Naples. This museum is known for its impressive art collections and rotating exhibits, providing a rich history and cultural experience for visitors of all ages. You can enjoy the visual arts or stop by one of the free chamber music performances located around town as a part of the summer programming. 

Students are only $5 and children are FREE, making this an amazing summer experience for kids.

Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for all the Chihuly sculptures outside and in the museum!

The Chihuly traveling exhibit at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL.
The Chihuly traveling exhibit at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL.

20. Catch a Youth Theater Show at Gulfshore Playhouse or The Naples Players: Live Entertainment

Watch a youth theater show at Gulfshore Playhouse or The Naples Players. These performances showcase local talent and provide an entertaining and enriching experience for the whole family. This is such a great way to relax indoor with your kids while supporting youth in the arts. 

Pro Tip: Both theaters offer summer camp programs! Make sure to register early if this is something you are interested in doing.

21. Go on an Airboat Ride: Exciting Adventure

Take an airboat ride in the Everglades for an exhilarating experience. Airboat tours offer a thrilling way to explore the mangrove forests and see wildlife up close, making it a memorable adventure for the entire family.

Here are some of the best airboat rides in SWFL:

Insider Tip: Some businesses offer combos with Everglades National Park admission. Consider doing the Everglades National Park and an airboat ride on the same day!

22. Check Out Discounted Movies: Affordable Fun

Look for discounted movie showings at the local Naples, FL movie theaters. All of our local theaters offer special summer deals, making it an affordable and enjoyable way to spend a hot afternoon indoors. Check the discounted summer schedules for the following theaters here:

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Mercato in Naples, FL.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Mercato in Naples, FL.

23. Sign Up for Kids Bowl Free

If you are a Naples local then you know the heartbreak that is coming with the closing of Bowland on 41. We are all lamenting the sale of the property. Still, we can bowl this summer with Kids Bowl Free! Bowland won’t close until August so get your bowl on now and sign up for Kids Bowl Free. You get 2 free game for kid every day of the summer. You still have to rent shoes!

Sign up for Kids Bowl Free here!

Kids bowl 2 free games every day over the summer!

23. Get Ice Cream or Gelato on 5th: Sweet Treats

Indulge in a sweet treat by getting ice cream on 5th Avenue South. This popular shopping district is home to several ice cream shops, providing a perfect way to cool down and enjoy a delicious treat. Sure, you could get ice cream in a lot of other places in Naples, but we love the excuse to go to 5th Avenue and take a stroll down the iconic street during the off season.

Here are a few of our favorites on 5th Avenue:

Boys eating ice cream in front of Kilwin's.
The boys are always up for an ice cream cone from Kilwin’s.

24. Spend a Day at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon: Water Slides Galore

UPDATE: Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is still closed. It will not open for Summer 2024. This is such a bummer since everyone seems to love the long lazy river!  Don’t worry, you can easily check this off your bucket list by going to any local pool with an interactive water feature.

For a splash of excitement and water fun, head to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, a water park featuring water slides, a lazy river, and splash zones. It’s a perfect spot for families to cool off and have fun during the hot summer days, with attractions for kids of all ages.

For more local pools here in Naples, Florida check out these:

More Ways to Entertain Kids this Summer

Looking for some more ways to entertain kids over the summer?

Check out my lifestyle blog. Over at Eat, Drink, and Save Money, I have a ton of ways to keep you scheduled and on routine all summer. I have a ton of free printables and another summer bucket list that isn’t confined to Naples.

Here are the best ones:

With so many Naples, FL family friendly activities, you won’t get bored this summer!

Naples, FL, and its surrounding areas offer a treasure trove of activities and attractions for families to enjoy. Whether you’re exploring the beautiful beaches, visiting cultural landmarks, or embarking on exciting day trips, there’s no shortage of fun things to do. Make this summer unforgettable by experiencing all that Naples has to offer, and create lasting memories with your loved ones in this stunning part of South Florida.

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