Springtime offers the best time to dip your toes into the music scene on Marco Island!
Each Sunday thru April 5, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm, our guests can mingle with the locals at Mackle Park for the FREE weekly concert series ‘Music in the Park’ opens in a new window. Featuring the sounds of the Marco Island Strummers, Marco Big Band and many more! Come early, bring a lawn chair, a favored beverage (no glass!) and enjoy a musical reprieve! Located in Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island, FL 34145. Please call 239.642.0575 for the performance schedule.
Monday, April 13, 2020, brings the legendary Boz Live opens in a new window to a favored establishment for his final show on the island (for now!), at the Kane Tiki Bar & Grill located at 400 S. Collier Blvd. With musical influences including Peter Gabriel, Bruce Hornsby, Sting and Phil Collins, his music tends towards the truly unique. Show starts at 6 p.m. and guarantees an evening not soon forgotten. Hop off the mainland, stash your bags with us, and enjoy a Monday evening of sounds and suds (or whatever your liquid refreshment choice!).
Sunday, April 19, 2020 offers the Ben Allen Band, who bring their country rhythms all the way from Kingston, TN to perform at the 30th Annual Taste of Marco at the Esplanade, 760 N Collier Blvd Ste 106, Marco Island, FL 34145. This annual event hosts a world of tasty treats, raffles, games and, of course, live music! Admission is $8 for attendees 12 and up.
The month hasn’t ended yet! Coming on Friday, April 24, 2020 to Old Marco Pub opens in a new window is the southern rock, country blues and country soundings of Joel Fry Live! Located at 1105 Bald Eagle Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145, this is mere steps from our doorway! The show starts at 8 pm.
For the best of Old Marco, give us a call or click today! opens in a new window With rates from $190/night thru Easter and a HOT deal of 20% off for dates 4.13 thru 9.30.2020, now is a great time to escape to the Boat House Marco! opens in a new window
A new year, a new decade and time for a new spin on things to enjoy when visiting with us at the Boat House Marco! opens in a new window With our riverside dockage, pool and bbq grills - our guests can enjoy memorable, quiet moments from our property. However, there’s so many moments to share with friends and family, places to explore, just a drive away.
With lower humidity, beautifully clear skies and an average daytime high of 79 *C, the months of February until May (the dry season) are the best months to participate in the great outdoors.
Explore the Everglades!
The experienced outdoors person can independently set out and take in the expansive, raw beauty of the Everglades, enjoy camping, and watercrafting along the way. To get the most from a family excursion, or outing with a friend, we suggest leaving the heavy organization and planning to the experts and enjoy an adventurous tour led by an experienced navigator.
Cap’t Ron’s Awesome Everglades Adventures opens in a new window Offers the perfect place to start planning an adventure of memories. Your group will experience the Everglades on a trip uniquely designed to meet your adventure quotient. For the thrillist, try a three hour waverunner tour. Embarking daily just 5.5 miles from the Boat House Marco, these guided tours take you through the exquisite maize of mangrove forests where tropical wildlife such as White Ibis, Osprey, Alligators and Florida Panthers can be spotted. For those who prefer to take things at a slower pace, there’s a variety of Pontoon Tours to entice and entertain your group, including shelling excursions and sunset tours.
March makes the best bird watching moments in Southwest Florida, as migratory patterns send flocks of neotropical species flying over Naples and Collier County. Some of the best viewing can be found a one hour drive from the Boat House Marco at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary opens in a new window.
A trip to the sanctuary is a journey into the soul of the Everglades ecosystem. A stroll down the famed 2.5 mile boardwalk takes you through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, circumferencing a marsh, and into the largest old growth bald cypress forest in North America. Home to the largest nesting colony of Federally Endangered Wood Storks in the nation, the forest is also habitat for numerous other Federal and State listed species, including: the Florida Panther, American Alligator, Gopher Tortoise, Florida Sandhill Crane, Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Big Cypress Fox Squirrel and the Florida Black Bear. Several rare plants are also found here, including the elusive Ghost Orchid opens in a new window.
Day trips around Marco Island make remarkable memories, and we are ready to offer guidance from the friendly front desk at the Boat House Marco! Come see us soon!
An ageless past time, suitable when visiting Marco Island any time of the year and the idyllic way to reconnect in nature with family and friends or on one’s own - Shelling!
The Ten Thousand Islands hosts shells galore! Remember your bucket, shovel and sunscreen next time you visit with us at the Boat House Marco, to ensure an afternoon of sandy discoveries. Best navigated with help from the local pros, the islands are known for their wide assortment of shells, including sand dollars, conch shells, murex shells, worm-snail shells, Florida spiny jewel boxes, lightning whelk shells and the prized Junonia shells among many other types of shells opens in a new window.
Shelling Tours are offered through reputable local companies including:
Sand Dollar Shelling opens in a new window is open seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm, hosting small groups of no more than 6 per excursion.
Give Captain Joey a call or text to book your excursion: (239) 301-8913
Sea Shell Tours opens in a new window Offers strictly private tours (only you and your party are on the boat) for up to six to enjoy 3 hours of the best shelling around Marco Island. If your crew seeks a more casual adventure, they also offer a Canal Cruise and Marco 360 tours where you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Call or text today: (239) 963.4857
Off the Hook Adventures opens in a new window Offers strictly private tours for 2 - 6 passengers. Bookings are managed strictly online, so go to their website today.
Call today: (239) 571-4665
Marco Island Shelling Tours opens in a new window Join famed Travel Channel tour guide, Captain Jim, for a 3 hour tour of secluded islands with shell laden beaches ready for you to explore.
Call today: (239) 309-1806
If you prefer to venture on your own, we suggest the short ride to our acclaimed Tigertail Beach opens in a new window. Just off of Hernando Drive, this 30+ acre, barrier island beach offers hours of sunny fun and relaxation. With public parking, full facilities and a playground, bird watching and stellar sunsets - it’s memories waiting to be made.
Regardless of your travel plans, we look forward to welcoming you at the Boat House Marco, and are currently offering hot rates throughout 2020 which you can see here on our offers page opens in a new window.
Along with the best year round temperatures, water sports, fishing, shelling and shopping ~ Southwest Florida is premiere among locations for Seafood Festivals!
2020 Begins with an eccentric and fun festival just 17 miles from us in Goodland, FL.
The Goodland Mullet Festival is held annually prior to the Superbowl. Visit with us at the Boat House Marco from January 24 - 26, 2020 and take the short drive to enjoy this Old Florida festival featuring varied fresh seafood delights including fried and smoked mullet along with arts and crafts, and live music. Admission is FREE.
February 7-9, 2020 ushers in the 50th Annual Everglades Seafood Festival opens in a new window in Everglades City, FL ~ Gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands. Attendance is FREE and features the best in fresh seafood, country music, and carnival rides and craft booths for the kids. The first festival held in 1970 helped purchase playground equipment. This tradition continues with proceeds benefiting local organizations and college scholarships for local students. A leisurely 45 minute ride from us, this is well worth attending.
The best eats come to our backyard beginning in March with the Annual Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival opens in a new window March 20 - 22, 2020. With amazing live music throughout the weekend, and an assortment of 60 craft vendors offering an array of artistry, it’s a must for one and all! The festival features fresh seafood delicacies and delights for all taste buds, including grouper, crab cakes, stone crab claws, shrimp, crawdads, chowder and more. For those who prefer the ‘turf’ side, there’s a large menu available. Plus, beer and wine will be available for thirsty patrons. Single day admission is $10 or $16 for 2 days.
April highlights the best of Marco Island’s culinary talents with the 30th Annual Taste of Marco opens in a new window on April 19, 2020. Hosted by the Greater Marco YMCA, this fundraising event showcases the creations of Marco Island’s finest restaurants including: CJ’s on the Bay, Coldstone Creamery, Crabby Lady, Island Country Club, Italian Deli, JW Marriott, 10K Alley, Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Marco Island Yacht Club, Michelbob’s Ribs and Steak, Pincher’s Crab Shack, Subway on North Collier, Verdi’s Bistro, and ZAZA Kitchen. There’s a children’s play area, live music to dance the calories away, and more. Admission is $8, kids 12 and under are free with an adult paid admission.
As a bonus, while you stay with us at The Boat House Marco, you can fire up a charcoal grill and cook your own treats. With offers available throughout the year opens in a new window, now is the time to book your stay. We look forward to hosting you soon.
We’ve got HOT DEALS at The Boat House Marco available for a LIMITED TIME on stay dates from November 27, 2019 - March 31, 2020!
HOT Rates for December stay dates (12.1-12.20.19) with rooms starting at $135/night!
BEST Rates for SEASON 2020 (12.21-3.31.2020) with rooms starting at $155/night!
Includes Best Rates for Season on our Deluxe King Studio Suite and our Waterfront Kings!
This is a Call In Only Deal!
239.642.2400 Daily until 4 pm ~
Call Now for BEST availability!
Above mentioned rates are on our Queen Suites 2 person rate. Rates will vary by room type and stay dates. Please call for these limited time offered rates from 11.27 - 12.2.2019, 10 am - 4 pm daily.
With temperatures plummeting across the nation, and snow beginning to accumulate, there’s no better time than now to visit our subtropical oasis on Marco Island.
At the Boat House Marco, we have comfortably appointed suites that sit at the heart of Collier Creek, where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. Our docks offer on-site fishing and a place to motor up a watercraft rental to enjoy while on vacation with us.
If you haven’t settled plans for Thanksgiving and are up for an adventure to see us, there are several mouth watering options for an island feast.
Offering two opportunities to board and enjoy a full traditional Thanksgiving Day meal while cruising aboard the Marco Island Princess.
Departs from Rose Marina at 12 noon and 5 pm. Reservations are required.
Offering an array of delights for the tastebuds including lobster bisque and Bistro Soliel salad bar for starters, Roaster Turkey and NY Strip for entrees’, an assortment of accompanying sides that include honey cornbread pecan dressing, French green beans and giblet turkey gravy.
Reservations are required and seatings begin at 12 noon.
Sand Bar ~
Open 365 days a year, the casual atmosphere offers a favorite spot to locals and tourists alike. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with hours from 7 am until 2 am daily, there’s something for every taste palette and an expansive online menu to wet your appetite before going.
It’s not too late to book a stay with us for the holiday weekend with rooms from $175/night. Give us a call and let our dedicated staff assist you in creating a long weekend to remember!
At the Boat House Marco, we’re always honored to hear and read our guests’ experiences. We send out a big THANKS to all who have visited with us and dropped their thoughts on TripAdvisor over the years. The comments have helped us shape the best possible guest experience draped with Old Florida style and honed with our owner-operated hospitality.
We've been honored for another year with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and to be ranked #1 for the Best Value on Marco Island! Features our guests love the most include: our large dock area for fishing, dolphin watching, and relaxing by the pool; walking distance to Old Marco shoppes and restaurants; spectacular sunsets over the Marco River and our comfortably appointed, clean rooms. With special offers available throughout the year to our guests booking direct, we invite you to celebrate with us this Fall.
Best of Fall on Marco Island
Entertaining fall fun for kids of all ages begins with the #19 of 99 Boat Tours & Water Sports - Pirates of Marco Island! The Black Pearl Pirate Ship sets sail from Rose Marina, offering adventures on the Gulf of Mexico. An interactive family pirate excursion lets kids dress up in pirate attire and tattoos for an hour of 'Ahoy Matey!' adventure. For a more relaxed time, their sunset tours offer 1.5 hours ride as the sunset paints the evening sky.
For those visiting beginning in October, plan ahead and get ready for thrills and chills with Marco Mystery and History Tours for a unique, mysterious, ghostly historical tour of our beloved island. Sure to get you in the ‘spirit’ of the harvest season. If this interests you and your travel companions, ensure that you check their website and book ahead (minimum of 7 days in advances is required).
For a truly memorable way to explore Marco Island on your next visit, rent out a cruiser or tandem bicycle, electric bike or scooter from Island Bike Shop. With wide bike paths weaving throughout the island, including paths leading to the beaches and linking popular attractions, it’s an inexpensive way to spend quality time with your family and friends. Mostly flat terrain makes for smooth riding, and the breezes keep riders cool while exploring the subtropical plants and trees and diverse native wildlife. If biking the island interests you, plan to make a reservation ahead of time. Be sure to check out the Marco Island Bicycle Paths Map and feel free to ask our friendly staff any questions. Bicycling is a favorite local activity, and we are happy to help.
Whether your fall getaway brings you to our doorstep in the immediate future or your planning a late fall escape prior to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we have your ‘home away from home’ waiting at the Boat House with rooms available from $107/night. Call us 239.642.2400 or visit our website today.
While the waterways hold many opportunities for adventurous exploration, the wildlife world of the land and skies around Marco provide an equally amazing array of discoveries.
Just 8 miles northeast of us is the self-directed half mile trail of Briggs Boardwalk. Though a short stroll, this path passes through 5 unique habitats, hosts signage along the way that details the various flora and fauna. Over 150 species of birds have been spotted here including, Wood Stork, Glossy Ibis, King Rail, Common Nighthawk, Brown Thrasher and more than 15 species of wood-warbler. For a longer excursion, join a conservatory volunteer for a guided walk through the boardwalk, beach and back bay areas of Clam Pass. Depending on when you visit, you’re likely to see woodpeckers, hawks, owls, and many warblers, thrushes and vireos during migration. Both are part of the Conservatory of SW Florida Nature Center/Briggs Nature Center and Rookery Bay on Marco Island and listed as part of the Great Florida Birding Trail site.
A short drive south of us on Marco Island, you can visit Otter Mound Preserve Walking Trail. Covering nearly 2.5 acres, this tropical hardwood hammock preserve sits on one of the only remaining Calusa shell mounds. It contains artifacts of both archeological and historic importance. Fifty-seven species of birds (including the Cooper's hawk pictured above) and one hundred and twenty-seven plant species have been recorded at Otter Mound Preserve. Other wildlife observed includes the Florida gopher tortoise, Virginia opossum, armadillo, raccoon, grey squirrel and even the occasional bobcat.
Fall offers an optimal time for leisurely nature strolls and bird watching. Be sure to check our offers for the best rates throughout the year.
Snuggled on the shore of Collier Bay, paces from the Marco Bay and access to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the Boat House Marco sits ideally for spotting a variety of water friends from our docks. Dolphins and Manatee often visit our waters.
Our surrounding waterways including the bays and estuaries of the mangroves offer a host of wildlife for those seeking to get into a wildlife or fishing adventure. With alligators, crocodiles, river otters, sharks, loggerhead turtles and herptiles (snakes!), there’s thrills around nearly every waterway corner.
A great place to start planning is at the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Mostly accessible only via boat, this family friendly, ADA compliant refuge can be accessed 24 hours a day on navigable waterways for self-guided tours.
Another place ready for wild adventuring is the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center where you can participate in customized guided tours or self-guided tours. Offering a full selection of activities and ways to explore nature. For those wanting to explore what’s in our waters on their own, there’s Paddlecraft Park ready for your canoe, kayak or paddleboard to carry you into McIlvane Bay, a shallow mangrove fringed bay that provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploring quiet backwaters in a relatively unexplored part of the Reserve. For guided tours, your family or group will be thrilled to enjoy a variety of kayak tours led by the Rising Tide Explorers.
For those interested in all that lives below and love to angle it in on a line from time to time - from sharks to fish - check out Jungle Jim’s Safari. Offering specialized shark fishing charters, fly fishing, and backwater fishing charters around Marco Island.
However suits you, from our docks or deep within the surrounding mangrove estuaries, there’s a diversely expansive amount of species swimming below our waters and waiting to be discovered by you - for Marco memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to check our offers for the best rates throughout the year.
Though we hope our weather is idyllic for your stay with us at The Boat House Marco, every now and then we see days where the rain falls. On the off chance this occurs while you are with us, there are lots of fun indoor venues offering entertainment (and air conditioning!).
Rainy Day Things to Do on Marco Island
Marco Island Historical Museum - Located at 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. This museum is one of five museums within the Collier County Museum family, where admission is free all summer long at all locations. Ours is a step back into time, where you can explore the history of the Calusa Indians within the many displays and the re-created village. This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the museum. On display through September 26, 2019 you’ll find: BUILDING A DREAM: THE 25 YEAR HISTORY OF THE MARCO ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY. This exhibit exalts the efforts of the small group of friends that passionately worked to keep the history and heritage of our island alive and thriving - leading to the construction of our museum in 1994. Check out their website.
Marco Island Center for the Arts - Located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. With a variety of events, classes, and exhibits throughout the year, head over to the website opens in a new window to discover your rainy day interlude.
Malenda Trick Art Gallery - Located just around the corner as part of the Shoppes of Old Marco, 258 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island, FL. If your visit includes the 1st Friday of the month, you can enjoy the monthly open house and sale. Please see their website opens in a new window for more information.
Marco Movies - Located at 599 S. Collier Blvd, Marco Island. This movie theater is an experience in itself, with plush leather seating, in theater tableside service from a full menu - popcorn is just the beginning! Check out the website opens in a new windowfor showtimes on the latest first run movies, the full menu and more.
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples - Just a short drive from us, located at 15080 Livingston Rd., Naples, FL 34109. An expansive museum offering daily programs, STEAM workshops, Family Science Workshops, and weekend programs. Check the website here opens in a new window for hours and admission.
We’re here to answer any questions and help you with the best available room at the lowest rates of the year. Please check our offers page for your stay dates then give us a call at 239.642.2400.