Naples and Marco Island is a premier summer vacation experience. The summer months are an ideal time to visit because it’s always a beach weather day, but if you are ready to take a break from the beach and still want to enjoy being outside, Southwest Florida has various locations and activities to make the best out of your vacation. To give you an idea of everything there is available at your fingertips, we’ve put together a list of our favorite outdoor summer activities to enjoy:

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Offshore or Inshore Fishing

Plan a Fishing Charter Trip

No matter what type of fishing you might enjoy, Naples is sure to please. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience for everyone, from children to the most seasoned angler, a fishing trip is the perfect way to experience a different activity during your vacation. In Naples we have a year-round fishery, and fishing charters run 12 months a year. No matter the season, there’s always something biting. Learn more by visiting A&B Fishing.

Sanibel Island

Visit JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

A federally protected wildlife refuge since 1954, the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is an amazing hidden gem in Southwest Florida. Exploring this unique wildlife refuge and enjoy breathtaking views while spotting birds, turtles, alligators and more. You can also walk, bike or drive the beautiful 4-mile Wildlife Drive. Take a canoe or kayak trip to see the refuge from a different and spectacular viewpoint. Learn more here.

Saturday and Sunday Plans

Farmers Markets

Every Saturday and Sunday, enjoy small town beach life at its finest by heading to Naples, Marco Island, or Sanibel Island Farmers Market. The markets have different schedules and offer different products. Including fresh seafood, fresh baked goods, live plants, fresh organic produce, hand-made jewelry, clothes and more. It’s the perfect place to shop for a fresh summer meal back at your vacation rental! Learn More here.

Family-Friendly Plans

Spend the Day at a Waterpark

Splash into Southwest Florida’s waterparks! The perfect activity to enjoy a mess-free, under-the-sun day. Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral and Sun-N-Fun Lagoon in Naples are a classic destination. Eagle Lake Aquatic Park in Marco Island is listed as one of the top birding sites in Southwest Florida, the park is home to more than 160 species of birds. These parks also offer nature trails, ball fields, restrooms, playground and picnic areas. Learn more here.

Take a Day Trip

Visit Matlacha Florida

Matlacha, is one of the best day trips from Naples, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, or Marco Island. This hidden gem is the most unique and colorful small town in southwest Florida. Visit the shops and salty places to dine on fresh seafood, browse the galleries, get some art, souvenirs, and ice cream in Matlacha. Learn more here.

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