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KID'S STUFFKids line-up to receive a free rod they will fish with during the 14th annual Kids' Fishing Clinic held at the Naples Pier on Saturday morning. The event was hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Foundation of Marine Industries Association of Collier County Inc. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  
Naples Pier Kids Fishing Clinic 2011
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  Naples Movies Theaters near you
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Silverspot Cinema‎ @ The Mercato
Introducing a new movie going experience. 11 theaters equipped with state of the art digital sound, leather seats and reserved seating, creating a lush environment where you'll enjoy films like never before. With a full restaurant & lounge, you'll come out feeling like you went on vacation. Naples Movies Theaters near you



  Shelling & Sightseeing
The abundance and variety of shells have made Sanibel and Captiva Islands shell-obsessed. People come from all over the world, drawn by the song of the seashell. They parade along the sands doubled over in a stance that's been dubbed the Sanibel Stoop.

Every March, they gather to compare and appreciate shell collections and shell art at the annual Sanibel Shell Fair & Show. Throughout the year, shell shops sell seashells by the seashore (and by the thousands). Shells are the dominant motif in island decor and boutique gifts. You'll find everything from finely crafted "shell-igrams" to lucite toilet seats with seashells lacquered in. (No home should be without one!)

Shelling can be a wonderful experience if you plan for it and are prepared. There are several things you should do before you start:

  1. Check the tides
  2. Have comfortable shoes and suntan lotion with you.
  3. Mesh bags are good for shelling as the sand and water can run through
  4. Starfish tend to lose their legs on the way home.
  5. The State of Florida has outlawed the collecting of live shells on the island. "Live shell" is defined as any specimen containing an inhabitant, whether or not the mollusk seems alive. The law also protects sand dollars, starfish and sea urchins. All shelling is prohibited in J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Shelling & Sightseeing



      Kids/Family-Things - Naples Florida, Cosmopolitan and Charming
    Many of the top Florida family activities are right here in Naples or very close by! ... Visit the Aquatic Butterfly Garden ~ with ponds and waterfall, a beautiful ... Kids/Family-Things



      Farmer's Market
    Every Saturday morning from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m., The Third Street Farmers’ Market, located behind Tommy Bahama’s in the Neapolitan parking between Third and Gordon Drive, The Third Street Farmers’ Market overflows with fresh produce, flowers, pastas, cheeses, seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, jams, relishes as well as superb glycerin soaps, shell mirrors and – a particular favorite, palm frond baskets and hats made on the spot. Music, coffee, dog treats, and many other delights make The Third Street Farmers’ Market perfect for grown-ups, children, dogs, and every other member of the family.The Kid's will love it! Farmer's Market



      King Richard’s Park
      6780 North Airport-Pulling Rd. - 239-598-2042 Welcome to King Richard’s Park, the #1 Stop for Fun in Naples, Florida. King Richard’s features our always popular go cart track and video games along with exciting new attractions and features like Laser Tag, Dance Machine, and interactive video games. Come and join us for an entire day, for your birthday, or just for a few hours! King Richard’s Park and Map



    Children's Museum of Naples
    501 Goodlette Frank Road Naples, FL 34102(239) 514-0084

    C'mon located in the North Collier Regional Park, a 212-acre site on Livingston Road, just south of Immokalee Road. This museum, the first of its kind in Southwest Florida, will feature 10 intricately designed, child-scaled exhibits, from a working art studio and grocery store, to re-creations of space, the Everglades, and the beach. At the heart of the exhibits is the Banyan Tree and Tree House, a soaring, two-story banyan tree with cubbies nestled in vertical prop roots, a lookout platform, and crawling branches that lead to the fascinating treehouse at the top, inspiring children's imaginations as well as body coordination.
    Children's Museum of Naples
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    The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is a first-see opportunity to explore the remarkable new museum where guests can Play, Learn and Dream, as well as dine and dance at Collier’s much anticipated interactive museum.

    C’mon is envisioned to be one of the finest children’s museums in the United States and will be fully accessible to all children regardless of their physical or learning abilities. Sponsorships of the Dream Gala are still available. Click cmon.org


    C'MON passes available for check out at Collier County Public Libraries

    Collier County Public Library has announced a new partnership with the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (C’MON). Starting Friday, June 15, passes to C’MON may be checked out from any Collier County library location with a valid library card.

    The C’mon Access Pass provides free admission for up to four people (including at least one child and one adult) for use one time within seven days. Patrons can reserve a pass at any Library location or from the Library’s website (search “museum passes”) and pick it up at the library location they specify. Specific dates cannot be reserved.
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    Children’s museum closes for maintenance

    The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples closes to the public Monday, Sept. 17, through Monday, Oct. 1, for scheduled maintenance and cleaning. During this time, museum staff and volunteers will complete a list of tasks and trainings compiled by the museum’s Visitor Services and Exhibit Development departments.


    Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
    1590 Goodlette Frank Road - Naples, Florida 34102 -
    Phone: (239) 262-5409 Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens seeks to delight you with the natural world to inspire the conservation of our planet's wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants. A nature path almost a mile in length winds past rare and beautiful animals residing within a 52 acre jungle of exotic plants first planted in 1919. You can take delight in seeing many of your favorite animals such as lions, kangaroos and monkeys.Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and Map



    Sun-N-Fun Lagoon One million gallons of water fun will thrill children, parents and grandparents alike at Collier County's premier water park, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon! Fun always starts at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, a key destination by all. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon includes four pools, a long lazy river, a lit splash playground or interactive water feature, five exciting water slides,
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    a concession stand other typical amenities such as restrooms and lockers Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and Map

    Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is located at 15000 Livingston Road in Naples, FL - (239) 252-4021 20 minutes north of downtown Naples and 30 minutes from Ft. Myers International Airport.


    Family fishing the Pier Naples Pier‎, 25 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. Naples Pier is a treasured landmark and a wonderful spot for a leisurely stroll, taking in a beautiful sunset and people-watching.

    You’ll always find a crowd of people fishing off the Pier. A favorite location of fishermen, the Naples Pier features a concession stand and bait shop, and fishing from the pier does not require a fishing license. The beach at the pier also features volleyball nets, and is one of the best places to catch a spectacular Naples sunset.Fishing the Pier and Map




    Fort Myers Beach proper stretches 7-miles, but for me it begins at Junkanoo Bar & Restaurant some 3-4 miles south of Beach Headquarters "The Lana Kai Island Resort and ends a stones throw north of the Lana Kai at Fort Myers Beach Boardwalk. This beach with all there activities, live music on the beach is definitely for the young at heart, children, teenagers but Mom and Dad will enjoy it too!

    Destination Fort Myers Beach has live entertainment, beach foods, the boardwalk, beach bars and serious dining.

    Does your beach have Barmaids serving your drinks at your cabana/blanket? Happy hour on the beach, there's nothing like it. They take credit cards too. Fort Myers Beach and Map




    Bonita Springs Beach One of the best places in Southwest Florida to catch the sunset. Small, cozy, family friendly; you have everything you need. Go early, parking is limlted.

    Doc's Beach House is a landmark in Bonita Springs,FL. Located on the Beach, Doc's offers a beachside snack shack, beach rentals and if you prefer indoor dining experience enjoy the air condition. The county-run park at the south end of the beach offers showers, picnic areas and grills.Southwest Florida Beach Directory. Like I said, go early due to limited parking Bonita Springs Beach and Map




    Barefoot Beach Preserve is popular for its gorgeous, plush surroundings and its opportunities for avid fisherman. Visit the Aquatic Butterfly Garden ~ with ponds and waterfall, a beautiful butterfly garden that was constructed, planted, and is maintained with mostly native plant materials that attract butterflies of many species. Saylor Nature Trail ~ A mile long trail winding through the trees to Wiggins Pass provides the chance to view over 30 species of native vegetation. Here you will find a canoe trail that circles approximately 1.5 miles through an estuarine mangrove forest.

    Xeriscape Cactus Garden ~ Just to the South of the Nature Center, in vivid contrast to the Butterfly Garden, we also maintain a xeriscape (dry or cactus) garden,

    Barefoot beach has full facilities to simple access points ... barbeque areas with picnic tables, and a butterfly garden.Barefoot Beach Preserve and Map




    Lowdermilk Beach Park
    11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples, FL(239) 213-3029 ‎ ‎ Naples is known for its lush tropical canopy and white-sand beaches. Lowdermilk Beach is that in a family friendly way. Yes it's beautiful too.Lowdermilk Park is one of those Naples Florida Beaches that is a hot spot for tourists, and locals alike.

    The beach park offers 1,000 feet of pristine beachfront, plenty of picnic tables for a lunch with your family and friends, a playground for the kids, volleyball court, and a wonderful duck pond.

    Located near Fifth Avenue South, Third Street South and Tin City, Lowdermilk Beach Park is a great spot to take a break from shopping, and go relax in the Florida Sunshine.

    Lowdermilk Beach Park is also a popular Naples Florida Beach for watching the sunset, and who knows you may even see the legendary "green flash".    Lowdermilk Beach Park and Map



    Cambier Park‎
    698 6th Ave S, Naples, Florida(239) 213-3058 Cambier Park is located in the heart of Olde Naples just off the prestigious 5th Ave South. It is home to several state of the art facilities including The Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, The Band Shell and the Norris Community Center.

    There is a unique community built playground, covered pavilion, lots of open green space and ample parking. The park is home to the Greater Naples Girls Little League National ChampionsCambier Park and Map



    Fleischmann Park
    1200 Fleischmann Blvd., Naples, FL 33940, 239-434-4692 ‎ Fleischmann Park is located just south of the Coastland Center Mall on Fleischmann Boulevard at Goodlette-Frank Road.

    The park is 15 acres and includes the following amenities: 4 lighted racquetball courts, 3 lighted base/softball fields, 2 lighted sand volleyball courts, 2 lighted basketball courts, lighted football field and practice field, new playground (one for toddlers 1 5years and one for school age children 6 12 years) with sun shades and a water splash zone.

    The park also has several picnic pavilions, open green space, ample parking and a community center with meeting rooms, a game room, 2 dance studios and a main room.

    You can reach us by phone at 239-213-3020, or by fax at 239-213-3018.

    The Community Center is home to many recreation classes including gymnastics, martial arts, creative arts, dance, the aftershcool club and numerous summer and holiday camp programs.Fleischmann Park and Map



    The Edge Johnny Nocera Skate Park
    1600 Fleischmann Boulevard, Naples, FL 34102, Phone 239-213-3020 The Edge Johnny Nocera skate park is currently 40,000 Sq Ft with a combination of wood and concrete ramp structures. We offer a variety of styles from flow to street and beginner to advanced levels. The park includes a plaza, a mini plaza and a concrete snake run, bowl and pool.

    Skate Park Rules

    • Skate/bike at your own risk. The City assumes no responsibility for injuries Each member must check in prior to skating/biking
    • All bikes must meet Edge Skate Park equipment standards
    • Throwing or dropping equipment in or on concrete and or on ramps is prohibited No supervision provided at any time -
    • Parental supervision is encouraged No spectators allowed in skating areas of the facility Profanity, fighting, reckless behavior, and or improper conduct is prohibited Vandalism, destroying or defacing public property is prohibited Entering
    • Skate Park during closed hours is prohibited and will be treated as trespassing
    • Tobacco, alcohol, weapons, and/or drugs is strictly prohibited in the Skate Park
    • Members and guests must obey park staff at all times
    • No littering, all trash goes in the trash receptacles
    • No Waxing: Rails, Coping, Ledges, or any other ramp structure within the Skate Park
    • Parents & Legal Guardians, you are responsible for your childs behavior.
    The Edge Johnny Nocera Skate Park and Map



    Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center
    Cambier Park
    698 6th Ave S, Naples, Florida, (239) 213-3058 ‎ A state of the art tennis facility with 12 Hydro-Grid (sub-irrigated) lighted Har-Tru (clay-like surface) courts. Our two center courts have additional lighting to accomodate professional exhibition or tournament play. Chickee shade structures with cold-water fountains in between each court. The tennis shop offers refreshments and the latest in tennis technology. The Allen Tennis Center is a fully programmed facility with leagues, clinics, lessons and other social events available to all. Come out and enjoy yourself at the Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center! Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center and Map



    Coral Cay Adventure Park
    2205 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL(239) 793-4999 ‎‎ Welcome to Coral Cay Adventure Golf We have two convenient Southwest Florida locations, Coral Cay in Naples and Fish Cove in Port Charlotte. Come relax and enjoy our tranquil, tropical settings among the caves, reefs, waterfall and harbor. Enjoy our concession area for snacks, drinks, ice slush and ice cream. Try your luck at our crane machine and more.

    Hole in One in selected holes wins you a FREE GAME!Coral Cay Adventure Park and Map



    Golf Safari Mini Golf
    3775 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, FL(239) 947-1377 ‎ ‎‎ Welcome to Coral Cay Adventure GolfWe have two convenient Southwest Florida locations, Coral Cay in Naples and Fish Cove in Port Charlotte. Come relax and enjoy our tranquil, tropical settings among the caves, reefs, waterfall and harbor. Enjoy our concession area for snacks, drinks, ice slush and ice cream. Try your luck at our crane machine and more.

    Hole in One in selected holes wins you a FREE GAME!Golf Safari Mini Golf and Map