Upscale, charming Naples serves as a perfect backdrop for a glitzy Florida vacation. This sophisticated beach destination is located right along the Gulf of Mexico, on southern Florida’s “Paradise Coast”. Miles of fine sand beaches, gentle turquoise waters, and friendly locals are synonymous with this area. Shoppers delight in searching for antiques, home furnishings, clothes and jewelry. With its beautiful neighborhoods and grand architecture, the atmosphere is elegant, yet relaxing.

There’s so much to see and do in Naples. So how do you narrow it down? That’s where we’re here to help. We’ve listed our top 11 favorite attractions in the area below. From eateries to events and everything in between, we hope we’ve added some inspiration to your Naples, FL trip itinerary.

So read on and start planning your next trip — and if you need lodging, book a Naples vacation rental to save money and gain so much more space & privacy over a traditional hotel.

Top 10 Naples, FL Activities

The French Brasserie (365 5th Avenue S.)

In their own words: The newest restaurant from Vincenzo Betulia, award-winning chef and leader in the Southwest Florida culinary evolution, pays homage to turn of the century Parisian brasseries. Enjoy casual French classics, lighter fare and coastal dishes amidst an informal, bustling and vibrant atmosphere with a romantic street side setting. The French is a slice of the Belle Epoque in the heart of Naples.

The Local (3375 Pine Ridge Road)

In their own words: The Local, Naples’ first farm and sea-to-table restaurant, celebrates the intersection of local farmers, ranchers, sea mongers, artisans and brewers: fresh, local ingredients. Created by Owner and award-winning Executive Chef Jeff Mitchell, The Local offers simple, delicious and nourishing dishes, prepared with healthy cooking techniques and locally sourced ingredients. With a casual ambiance, cozy wine bar and daily rotating blackboard specials, we welcome you to enjoy our local eatery showcasing Florida’s freshest bounty.

The Dock at Crayton Cove (845 12th Avenue S.)

In their own words: At The Dock, we like to think of ourselves as a little piece of Naples’ history. We first opened our doors for business in 1976 and have been serving our amazing neighborhood and community ever since. While a lot has changed over the years, our philosophy from day one has not: give people what Naples is all about – great views, great food, and great fun. So come by boat or come by land – we look forward to feeding you, sharing some laughs, and making memories in the years to come!

Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours (905 Dupont Road)

In their own words: See all three Everglades ecosystems: an exciting airboat tour through Everglades mangroves, a beautiful airboat tour over private grasslands, and a nature tour in a cypress forest. Watch a live alligator show with an experienced handler, hug a baby alligator, then visit our animal sanctuary with tigers, panthers, snakes, otters, over 100 alligators, and more!

Naples Soap Company (1200 5th Avenue S.)

In their own words: I personally struggled and suffered with eczema and psoriasis most of my life. I tried everything to relieve my symptoms – including products recommended by dermatologists. When my daughter was born, she too, had eczema. I knew there had to be a solution, there had to be a better way. Nothing we tried worked, or at least worked for any period of time I began a diligent search for products that would relieve our symptoms.

Having been a nurse, I understood the effects harsh commercial chemicals can have on the body. Reading labels of products and researching common ingredients in cosmetic and beauty products was a real eye opener. I learned about propylene glycol, parabens, hardening agents, sulfates, and much more. I began using natural and organic products on myself and my daughter. Before long, we were seeing amazing results. The combination of these ingredients made a tremendous difference in our skin. Eventually we were both free of our skin issues.

Since Naples Soap Co. opened its doors in 2009, people from all over the world have become loyal users of our products for their chronic skin issues. It is my pleasure to share my knowledge and experience. I opened the first store in Naples in 2009 in a 300 sq. ft. space. Today we have 11 retail locations in Florida with over 12,000 sq. ft. Our retail and e-commerce operations have expanded and our wholesale operations continue to rapidly expand across the US. We create a beautiful, effective product and the word has spread.

Naples Design District (Tamiami Trail)

In their own words: The Naples Design District is Southwest Florida’s creative quarter offering locals, seasonal residents, and tourists, an eclectic mix of art, design, style, food, and culture. From well-established locally owned shops, boutiques, and restaurants to emerging businesses and national brands, the Naples Design District is a vibrant destination of taste and style for like-minded people to live, work, and flourish creatively.

Leopardi’s (13851 S. Tamiami Trail)

In their own words: Welcome to Leopardi’s Italian Restaurant, where fresh authentic Italian food is made from old-world recipes and served daily! The Leopardi family is excited to bring the taste of both the Southern and Northern regions of Italy to Southwest Florida. Tony and Gina invite you into their kitchen to enjoy Italian favorites such as Sunday Sauce, Calamari Dorati, Shrimp Scampi, Mamma Gina’s Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, and Fra Diavolo Zuppa di Pesce, to name a few. We have a full bar with an extensive wine list, patio dining, and rooftop entertainment. Decadent desserts include homemade gelato, Cassata Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Cheesecake. Leopardi’s also caters and hosts private parties of up to 50 people. Come as friends, leave as family.

KC American Bistro (885 Vanderbilt Beach Road)

In their own words: Chef Keith sources the freshest seasonal ingredients to create a cuisine that reflects the variety of indigenous foods from around the country. The character of each dish represents the history, culture and ethnicities that influence a particular region. Composing the menu daily provides Keith the versatility to feature the finest food available creating a truly unique dinning experience.

The Royal Scoop (7335 Radio Road)

In their own words: On July 1, 1994, the Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream was purchased by David and Sarah Zimmermann, who pride themselves on carrying on the tradition of making and serving the finest homemade ice cream, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free treats, sorbets and deli sandwiches. (notice the order here Eat Dessert First).

Over the years, Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream has become a Bonita Tradition! We like to say, we have been “time tested and taste bud approved”! We give back to our Loyal Royal Scoopers each day by making the richest, most flavorful products and providing unmatched customer service. This philosophy has struck a cord with the people of Southwest Florida, as we have been named the area’s Best Ice Cream year after year by the News Press & The Bonita Banner, also several local magazines have awarded us honors for the quality of our ice cream. In addition, in 2001 Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream was named Small Business of the Year by the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Rocco’s Tacos (9123 Strada Place)

In their own words: Rocco’s Tacos offers a true taste of Mexico within a fun casual environment. When you first step through the door you become part of the atmosphere, joining a diverse crowd enjoying flavors picked directly from Mexico.

Experience guacamole prepared table side. Sample from 200 varieties of tequila. Order a margarita with a sour mix you’ll taste nowhere else – it’s made right on the premises. Rocco’s provided a diverse menu with a distinct attention to detail including corn tortillas made by hand and cooked fresh on the Comal in our kitchen, just as they are made in kitchens throughout our neighbors to the south.

TooJay’s (9105 Strada Place)

In their own words: TooJay’s began with a single location on the island of Palm Beach in 1981. The brand was born out of the passion for creating the classic recipes and flavors of a New York deli served with lots of love and amazing hospitality. Now, with 30 locations, our focus is still the same — serving hearty portions of homemade comfort foods, handcrafted sandwiches, and made-from-scratch soups, salads, and baked goods. TooJay’s also offers a catering menu packed with crowd-pleasing favorites for any size group.

Paul Buonopane

Hi, I'm Paul, I'm a travel writer and I love everything about the salt life. I grew up in the northeast, but we visited family in Florida often ... and I was hooked! I've been writing about the Sunshine State for two decades. I enjoy helping travelers find the best places to stay, to eat, and to play in Florida.

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