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Things to do in Naples + The Gulf Coast

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Naples + The Gulf Coast. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Naples + The Gulf Coast attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Naples + The Gulf Coast to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Naples + The Gulf Coast.

  • American Pro Dive

    More than 350 manatees winter in Crystal River. This outfitter lets you swim, scuba dive, or snorkel among the gentle, 1,200-pound giants where the... More
  • Betsy Patton

    Years as agent: 34. Other specialty: Cruising, Milestone celebrations. Consulting fee: Varies. More
  • Cà d’Zan

    Visit the ersatz European mansion built by John Ringling. More
  • Chapel by the Sea

    The more than 100-year-old chapel is open for weddings and vow renewals most days 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More
  • Claudia Gordon

    Insider clout: For clients on a luxury Mediterranean cruise, Gordon set up a rendezvous with a top Tuscan winemaker who created a special batch of ... More
  • Crystal River Archaeological Site

    Intact remains of Florida’s mysterious pre-European inhabitants are surprisingly rare—that’s why the 425 or so graves are so special, not to mentio... More
  • Donna Christensen

    Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: Small-ship cruises. Consulting fee: Varies. donnac@preferrednaples.com More
  • Fifth Avenue Coffee Company

    For breakfast, choose from 15 flavors of muffins. More
  • Florida Canoe

    Once you’ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springs’ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three-and-a-ha... More
  • Florida State Fair

    Opens early February. More
  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

    A miniature circus re-creates the Ringling operation in staggering detail—2,300 pieces. More
  • Lois Moran

    Top tip: The little-visited port city of Khasab, near Dubai, is almost unchanged from a century ago: You can still spot men hauling in their catch ... More
  • Malaka Hilton

    Excited about: Post-revolution Egypt and what it means for her clients—incredible value, fewer crowds, and access to new sites. Thanks to Hilton’s ... More
  • Mary Ann Ramsey

    Known for Tracking down hidden gems and what’s new in hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and cruises. Ramsey spends days at a destination—always with ... More
  • Naples’ City Pier

    All the beaches on the Naples coast are not only public but clean and free. After sunning, mosey over to the City Pier, where, in a Florida rarity,... More

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