Something for Everyone! Marco Island attractions… FUN!
There is so much to do on Marco Island and our sister communities of Naples and Goodland. Below are just a few Marco Island attractions adventures, and general places of interest you may like to visit during your stay.
Everglades Airboat Tours
Just a short drive off Marco Island along County Road 951, the Conservancy’s Briggs Nature Center is a haven for those who want to explore natural Florida. There is a scenic boardwalk, a refreshing butterflyMarco Island Power Boat Eco Tours- Calusa Island Marina (Goodland/Marco Island) – 1/12 hour tour -limited to 6 guests- departs 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 and sunset. Comfortable captain style seating and led by an experienced naturalist- see manatee, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons and more. reservations strongly suggested. (239)695-3633 website
Corey Billie’s Airboat Rides- departs out of Naples- closest tour from hotel-Native Seminole Indian Tour Guide- 7 days a week; 45 minutes tours leave every 15 minutes. (239) 389-7433 website
Briggs Nature Center
Under the direction of the highly regarded Conservancy of Southwest Florida in neighboring Naples, the Briggs Nature Center offers splendid natural respites from the everyday hustle and bustle.
Just a short drive off Marco Island along County Road 951, the Conservancy’s Briggs Nature Center is a haven for those who want to explore natural Florida. There is a scenic boardwalk, a refreshing butterfly garden chock full of beautiful native plant species, abundant bird life and the chance to set off in a canoe or kayak to discover hidden natural wonders along meandering waterways.
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center – Hands on Exhibits!For more information please visit: www.conservancy.org
Phone: (239) 417-6310
Children 6 through 12: $3
One of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. An amazing world exists within the 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forest, uplands and protected waters, where rivers and streams meet the seas, a unique habitat is formed. A myriad of wildlife, including 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, thrive in the estuarine environment and surrounding upland hammocks and scrub found within the Reserve.
Marco Island trolley Tour:
Phone: (239) 394-1600
Adults: 12 and up $21
Children: Under 12 $11
The trolley tours are a 90 minute narration of the island’s history. Historic sites, such as the seashell mounds built by Calusa Indians, are part of the tour.
Wooten’s Alligator Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary:
Interesting wildlife park. Attraction type: Nature center; Wildlife park.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples:
This 11,000-acre wetland preserve contains a diversity of wildlife, including birds, alligators, whitetail deer and Florida black bears. Attraction type: Nature reserve; Wildlife park.
Naples Zoo & Caribbean Gardens
Hours: 9:30 to 5:30 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter)
Adults: $15.95 – Kids: 3-12 $9.95
Voted “Best Place for Kids” by Naples Daily News and Gulfshore Life magazine. This 52-acre tropical park began as a botanical garden back in 1919. Today, trails wind through the property that is filled with local and exotic trees and flowers. There is a petting zoo for kids and a daily animal show at the “Safari Canyon.” A popular boat ride brings visitors close to primates living on small islands in the pond. Other animals on-site include alligators, clouded leopards, tigers and many different species of birds. Directions:Easy to get to: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
Collier Seminole State Park – great for kids and adults
Directions from your suite >> 12.3 Miles 20200 E. Tamiami Tr.
Phone: (239) 394-3397
Admission Fees: $4.00 for up to 8 people per car
Canoe Rentals: $5.30 per hour – All day $26.50
Take a trip down the Blackwater River. This winding river will take you through 13 peaceful miles of wilderness mangrove forest to the Gulf of Mexico. You may see Ospreys, Spoonbills, and other unusual birds. The fishing is good and the scenery is unspoiled and beautiful. Now that the water has cooled off the Speckled Sea Trout are waiting to take your bait.
The Key Marco Museum :
The Marco Island Historical Society presents the history of Marco Island in photographs, artifacts, replicas and memorabilia. The Calusa Indians, early settlers, local industries and the development of Marco Island in the 1930’s are represented. Located in the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors building at 140 Waterway Drive on the corner of Bald Eagle Drive, admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Scuba Diving Trips and Certifications: Scuba Adventures is owned by Jeff and Jessie Dawson- conveniently located on Bald Eagle Drive between the Marco River Marina and Snook Inn. (239) 389-7889. Website