Fun Things to Do in Southwest Florida

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Fun Things to Do Locally in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is the ideal tourist destination for many because of its sugar-sand beaches, world-renown fishing and delicious dining. However, there’s more to do in Southwest Florida than get a suntan. Here are some other fun things you can do locally that you might not have heard of just yet.

Did you know Southwest Florida’s art galleries and the art and artists they represent has led our area to be voted the #1 art market in the United States? If you’re visiting or local and looking for something unique to do, stop by The Silver Mermaid Creative Art Studio and Workshop, Prado Stadium 12 and Artis—Naples to indulge in the artistic beauty that’s a hidden gem in our community.

Should you feel so inspired by the local art and music scene that you want to bring it to your next event or right into your home, then look no further than Jay and Kay’s Organ & Piano Co. or Z-Bop Unlimited.

In addition to the arts scene, Southwest Florida is also rich in its history. Edison & Fort Winter Estates date back to 1885 when Thomas Edison first visited Southwest Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home. You can explore the property’s twenty acres of gardens with more than 1,700 plants and over 400 species from six continents.

ECHO Global Farm is making history every day as it teaches small-scale, sustainable farming methods to combat world hunger. Here, you’ll experience farming at its most creative, with unique demonstrations, plants and techniques being used to help farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries.

If you’re looking to get a little wild, then spend the day at the Naples Zoo. In Naples Zoo, you'll find exotic animals surrounded by the mature trees and exotic plants of a historic tropical garden founded in 1919. You will be very close to the animals - often just three or four steps away!

Another way to have a wild day is by taking an airboat tour with Airboats & Alligators. You’ll view Florida’s creatures in their natural habitat while experiencing the thrill of an airboat. Birds and alligators flourish in the mangroves, making it a birders heaven and a photographer’s paradise.

You can end your day with a sunset cruise on the Naples Princes as you watch the dolphins play in the boat’s wake and take in the multi-million-dollar homes that line Port Royal.

Experience a different kind of thrill at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee and the Bonita Springs Poker Room. Here you’ll have a can’t-miss gaming experience and try your luck as you enjoy some delicious eats and watch the local sports teams play.

While there is more to do in Southwest Florida than go to the beach, you can’t beat the classics of visiting like playing a round of golf. The area is home to 130 public and private courses, and some favorites to locals and tourists alike include Worthington Country ClubSpanish Wells Golf and Country ClubPelican’s Nest Golf Club at Pelican LandingThe Colony Golf & Country Club and Raptor Bay Golf Club. Offering a 18-holes of golf on a miniature level, Golf Safari Mini Golf is where millions of adventures have enjoyed playing putt-putt for over 30 years.

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