An estuary is the habitat that forms where the rivers and streams meet the sea. Located along the Gulf Coast of Florida, the mangrove estuary at Rookery Bay Reserve harbors much biodiversity and is home to 150 bird species and other endangered wildlife. Volunteers, staff and visiting scientists monitor and maintain this delicate ecosystem. In an effort to promote environmental care and awareness, the reserve provides 45-minute educational programs on various topics such as skulls and bones, native plants, and slithering snakes. There are also a number of programs specifically geared towards kids and they're usually free. Check their website for a schedule of times and events and for more information on how to get involved.
Got a day to experience all that Naples has to offer? Tour the city the old-fashioned way- on an authentic, all-weather Naples Trolley Tour! Stops range from historical landmarks, such as the Naples Depot, to shopping areas like the Waterside Shoppes. There are eight narrated tours a day, lasting about two hours, but your ticket allows you to get off at any stop along the route and re-board later. Tickets may be purchased online, at the booth location, or on the trolley. A child's ticket is for children aged 4-12; children under 4 are free. There are no wheelchair lifts or ramps on the trolleys. The website often offers coupons and discounted rates, so be sure to check it out before you board.
Cypress Woods Golf & Country Club is situated in the beautiful Pine Ridge region of North Naples. Narrow fairways lined by pine and cypress trees, and rolling terrain make this par-72 course a tough challenge for golfers. The clubhouse offers excellent facilities including a fully-equipped fitness center and large, sprawling spaces that are rented out for special events and banquets. The Cypress Grille Room is the ideal place to chill out and recharge with a Cypress Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Skewer Shrimp after a trying day of golf. Cypress Woods also has a soothing poolside that offers a warm jacuzzi and tennis courts. Visit the website for more details on the course, restaurant, or club.
ArrowHead Golf Course, located in North Naples, is an 18-hole golf course set amidst a picturesque scenery. The beautiful lakes and undulating grass serve not only the aesthetics of the course; their trickery will test your skills. Hence, it ensures a challenging game to its players. To add to this, Gordon G. Lewis, who conceived the course, strategically placed bunkers and water hazards in such a manner that the course will keep you constantly on your toes. This course is for the cunning. If this seems too advanced for you, don't fret- ArrowHead Golf Course offers four tees that adapt to varied levels of difficulties for players. Check the website for further details on rates and fees.
Can't seem to get enough sun and surf? Are the other beaches so jam-packed that last time you got poked in the eye with an umbrella? If you prefer a more low-key, natural atmosphere, access to this beach is strictly pedestrian via the walking paths between the condominiums on Seagate Drive and North Gulf Shore Boulevard. The beach is open 8 a.m. to sundown and there are no facilities onsite. A parking lot is available at the end of Seagate Drive, but is only free to those who have a beach parking sticker.
Close by the swanky shops, restaurants and hotels in North Naples, Vanderbilt Beach is a prime location for all. It's a great spot for bird watching and scoping other native wildlife. Although there is plenty of vehicle parking available, spots for towels, umbrellas and picnic baskets on the sand crowd up quickly so be sure to arrive early. Also present are restrooms and showers, a concession stand, bicycles racks, and beach equipment rentals. The beach is open from 8a everyday.
5760 Shirley Street Naples, FL 34109 +1 239 596-3321
Artist/owner, Julia Arajuo, creates drawings, paintings, and mixed media assemblages. She uses common objects and fabrics to explore the female existence within society's double standards and personal agendas. But it's her hand-painted, one-of-a-kind dolls, which resemble artifacts of ancient civilizations, that are the real crowdpleasers. Make your home, office, or business a treasure cove with a work by Julia Araguo. Studio is open by appointment only.
Located at Seagate Drive and Clayton Road, this beach access point is a must-visit. About 3/4 of a mile long, the boardwalk directs beach-goers through the mangrove forest to the sandy Clam Pass Beach Park. While traversing the coastal habitat, you'll see a variety of native living organisms, especially birds. Yet, what is most interesting are the the white, red and black mangroves that are growing here, protected by federal laws. Remarkably, these plants are salt-tolerant and help maintain the ecosystem's delicate food chain. Clam Pass Beach Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sundown and public parking is available; it is free for those visitors who have a beach parking sticker. It is the perfect relaxation destination for families!
As an outlet of the Cocohatchee River, this barrier island also runs along the Gulf of Mexico. Snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, fishing and wildlife exploration are some of the many adventures to embark upon at Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park. Thriving with life, the main attraction here is the mangrove forest. Remember to pay special attention to off-limit areas where swimming may be dangerous or where fishing is not allowed in order to maintain marine life preservation. Keep in mind that due to the busyness and popularity of the winter season, the park closes admission once its maximum capacity has been reached, so come early! The park opens daily at 8 a.m. Note that admission fees include $6 per vehicle and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist.
5201 North Tamiami Trail Suite 3 Naples, FL 34103 +1 239 403 0040
Adams Galleries offers an extensive selection of fine art and decorative oils gathered from all over the world. Their custom frame shop also offers over 800 frames, ranging in style and price to best fit the customer's needs. Catering to a variety of art enthusiasts, the gallery represents a variety of styles including: Traditional, Impressionist, Tropical, Contemporary, Italian and Mediterranean.
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