If you are planning to go on vacation in Florida, or perhaps even spend some extended time there, Naples has plenty to offer seniors. From playing golf and tennis to less-conventional activities like walking in a barefoot preserve park, you are sure to enjoy your stay in and around Naples.
Of course, you are probably planning to visit the famous beaches in Naples, but there are plenty of other things to do! Here are our top five recommendations for seniors, whether you are looking to stay active or rest and relax.
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Best Activities for Seniors in Naples
1. Visit Barefoot Preserve Park
Stroll on a beautiful, undeveloped beach that the Friends of Barefoot Beach boast to be the second best beach in the entire nation. There is a Ranger Station on the beach that offers information about the area in the Learning Center. You can also visit the butterfly garden and cactus garden, and hike along the Saylor Nature Trail to see beautiful examples of the area’s native plants and animals.
2. Go Bird and Wildlife Watching at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Don’t be put off by visiting a swamp - Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and beautiful birds and occupies 13,000 acres. The Audubon Society offers guided tours of the sanctuary as well as other exciting programs throughout the year. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of Corkscrew’s exquisite Ghost Orchid in full bloom.
3. Try the Restaurants on Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue in Naples boasts top-rated restaurants that will satisfy even the most picky of eaters. If you are a seafood lover, there is no better place to try fish fresh out of the water. Bay House Restaurant and Kelly’s Fish House are two of the most popular destinations. Enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a perfect beach day at Avenue Wine Cafe, a steak at The Continental, or try a taste of the Middle East at the elegant Bha! Bha! Persian Restaurant.
4. Shop at the Outlet Malls
Miromar Outlets and Naples Outlet Center are two terrific places to find great deals on fashionable clothes, while The Waterside Shops and The Village on Venetian Bay offer a large collection of souvenirs to bring back to everyone at home. If you’re hoping to find upscale shops and restaurants on the water, look no further than Bayfront Naples for an excellent shopping experience.
5. Play Golf or Tennis at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
Naturally, the Naples area has several golf courses, but no location is more perfect for a game of golf than The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Whether you are staying as a guest or visiting for the day, you will be awed by the waterfront location and close proximity to the beach. If you are looking forward to some relaxation in Naples, be sure to make an appointment at the spa!
You can find many more activities in Naples, such as bike riding, kayaking, and canoeing while enjoying the sunshine. And if you end up spending the entire time enjoying the warm water and soft sand of the beaches, we are positive that you will still be satisfied with your Naples experience!
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This article was written by Cathy Trainor.