The Birds, Trees, and All Above Ground Wild Things

Cooper's Hawk

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.

What Lives Beneath Our Waters

Alligators of Marco Island

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.

BH July 2019 Blog

Best of Marco Island Rainy Day Fun

     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 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 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 for 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 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.  

BH July 4th Blog 2

July 4th Rocks Marco Island!

Summertime!  It’s official, and Marco Island glows as the standard for summertime fun for all.  At The Boat House Marco, we enjoy guests from young to old, couples, families and groups who visit with us - and our quaint, family owned property offers a great low key, back to Old Florida experience with the best rates year round.

As you plan to head to the subtropical splendor of Marco for your summer escape, perhaps for the long July 4th Weekend, here are some of the festivities taking place on Marco and around us.

July 4th 2019 Things to Do on Marco Island

  • The Annual 4th of July celebration is set for Thursday, July 4, 2019 at South Marco Beach located at 130 S. Collier Blvd with public parking available at the intersection of Swallow Avenue and Collier Blvd., Marco Island.  This all day event offers entertainment for the entire family with fireworks at 9 p.m.


  • While vacationing with us, perhaps plan to stop in the Marco Island Historical Museum where admission is free for your entire group.  Featured through September 26, 2019 you can experience “Building A Dream.”  The exhibit is the 25 year history of the Marco Island Historical Society. The exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Sandlin Gallery.  Also on special display through April 2021, the museum hosts a special Smithsonian exhibition featuring the prehistoric Key Marco Cat and other archaeological Calusa artifacts.


  • If water sports is your groove, call us direct to reserve a boat slip for your personal or rented vessel.  For the best watercraft rentals on the island, visit our friends at Rose Marina.

Whenever your vacation brings you our way, we have savings on our offers page for you throughout the summer and are here to help in any way to ensure your visit to Marco makes memories of a lifetime.

Jan 2019 promo 2

Marco Island Springs into Sunny Fun

At The Boat House Marco, we love this time of year!  Temperatures are ideal for just about any adventure one can think of with just right daytime highs, one of a kind sunsets and balmy nights.  As you plan your stay with us throughout Spring 2019, consider some of these festive events as part of your stay, along with our relaxing pool and waterfront docks, onsite bbq’s and within short distance of many of these great events.


Spring 2019 on Marco Island Things to Do

Easter will be here before we know it, and to celebrate we have the Marco Island Spring Jubilee on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Mackle Park from 10 am til Noon.  A free event offered for kids 10 and under with games, crafts, food and an Easter Egg Hunt.


Our Mackle Park free concert series continues throughout Sunday’s in April from 2 - 4 p.m (April 7, 21, 28th).  A favorite of locals and visitors alike, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the afternoon with family and friends listening to local favorites including: Marco Island Strummers, Music of Marco Big Band and more!  


April 28th brings the 28th Annual Taste of Marco, benefiting the Marco YMCA scholarship fund. Many of the area’s finest restaurants step out to bring their tastiest fare, with a 50/50 raffle and other awards to be handed out for People’s Choice, Best Decorated and Best Theme, and live music by the Ben Allen Band from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Serving a variety of beer and wine, this is an event fun for the entire family~ Just $8 per adult entry, and children 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult. You can check out the full line up at their website.

Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-5:30 p.m. throughout April-June brings BOZ to Marco Island! Check here for a full list of dates and then book your stay with us at The Boat House where we have rooms starting from $209/night through Easter and Early Booker for Spring from $150/night!

Copyright 2020 © All Rights Reserved. Website Designed and Managed by WBN Marketing

Chinese (Simplified)DutchEnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseRussianSpanishSwedish