Naples + The Gulf Coast

Things to do in Naples + The Gulf Coast

Thanks to its gentle currents, the beach is a popular and lively spot, especially on weekends. For seclusion, head to the gorgeous white-yellow sands of Long Boat Key.

More than 60 years old, the mermaid show is the main lure at this theme park, where a troupe (currently 17 strong) of aquatic acrobats in mermaid-like fins performs Esther Williams-esque routines in the pool.

Opens early February.

Not all the stud farms allow riding, but this one does. Ninety-minute rides are preceded by a full instruction run-through; the smart, docile horses amble calmly along the marked trails.

Swamp buggies are cheap, jury-rigged affairs of old truck parts and giant tractor tires that have been used for hunting for years. On the racing circuit, they morph into bellowing dinosaurs charging down the straightaway.

Visit the ersatz European mansion built by John Ringling.

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

One of the top yacht-rental companies, expert sailors can skipper themselves with a bareboat charter (from $410 a day), while novices can hire a crew for an extra $160.

For dessert, head to this Amish owned and operated shop for homemade pies, like peanut butter cream or Southern pecan.

This shellers' mecca attributes its bounty to a wide continental shelf. Bend over in a "Sanibel Stoop" to hunt for the coveted junonia: find one and you'll get your picture in the local papers.

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