Welcome to our local information page. There is so much to enjoy on Marco Island and our neighboring city of Naples. Click the links above to find a great local restaurant or golf course. We do our best to keep adding new information so, check back.
What is your pleasure? Symphonic music? Naples, Florida has it at the Naples Philharmonic Center. Jazz or blues? Check out the concerts at Naples' Cambier Park. Theater? Marco Island Players offer live performances of classics and cutting edge drama. Dance? Touring ballet and modern dance companies regularly visit Naples, Florida, keenly aware of the economic and cultural stature of the community.
An athletic and entertainment venue with a capacity of 4,000 in its main gymnasium, plus function rooms, sky boxes, and a hospitality suite. It is the home arena for Florida Gulf Coast University [link:www.fgcu.edu] men’s and women’s basketball teams and is used as a venue for entertainment acts and performances.
Location: 10501 FGCU Blvd. South - Fort Myers, FL 33965
A 2 ¼ mile boardwalk crosses over the distinct habitats of the Corkscrew Swamp, including a stand of old bald cypress that is the largest in North America. The National Audubon Society manage the Sanctuary, which is open to visitors.
Location: 444 Brickell Ave., Ste 850
Not far from Naples, in the Everglades, Big Cypress has a mixture of pines, hardwoods, prairies, mangrove forests, cypress strands and domes. White-tailed deer, bear and Florida panther can be found here along with the more tropical liguus tree snail, royal palm and cigar orchid. As a meeting place of temperate and tropical species, it is a hotbed of biological diversity. Visitors will enjoy a recreational paradise for camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and bird-watching. The elusive Florida panther has been spotted here as have endangered woodstorks.
Location: HCR 61, Box 110 - Ochopee, FL 34141
Houses 10,000 years of Southwest Florida history, from mastodons and saber cats to Calusa and Seminole Indians and the intrepid pioneers who came to tame the wild Everglades frontier.
Location: 3301 Tamiami TRL E
A narrow thread of forested swamp called the Fakahatchee Strand winds through the Florida Everglades. It is vast wilderness mosaic of royal palm stands, cypress domes, and grassy prairies dotted with wild bromeliads, native ferns, and orchids. Florida panther, wood stork, Florida black bear, mangrove fox squirrel, and Everglades mink have all been seen within the preserve. Access to the preserve is limited, but visitors can see some areas by driving Janes Scenic Drive, an 11 mile unpaved, gravel road through a portion of the park.
Telephone: 239- 245-2157
Location: 239- 245-2157 3900 Commonwealth Blvd · Tallahassee, Florida 32399
and across from the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. It is home to the ECHL Florida Everblades ice hockey team ,the Florida Firecats Arena Football team and the Florida Flame, which plays in the National Basketball Development League. It also is the venue for numerous entertainment events, concerts and ice shows. It also offers public skating, hockey and figure skating on two additional rinks.
Location: Interstate 75 Exit 123
A community park with equipment for children as well as basketball areas for adults.
Location: Off of Heathwood Dr.across from the library on Marco Island
A local theater, with local players offering drama, comedy, and a great evening.
Location: In the Town Center Shopping Center, Marco Island
This air conditioned luxury motor yacht is USCG certified. Daily sightseeing, lunch, sunset and dinner cruises to the Gulf and rivers of Marco Island are available, as are private charters.
Location: 951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island
Research Reserve Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida and not far from Naples, the reserve is one of few undisturbed mangrove estuaries remaining in North America.
Location: 300 Tower Road (Off of County Rt. 951)
Licensed by both state and federal entities and is inspected on a regular basis, The Center is a refuge for a Jaguar-Leopard cross, several Cougars, numerous Wolves and Wolf-Hybrids. Also included a pair of Coyotes, Sugar Gliders, Fennec Foxes, three Prairie Dogs and even a Florida Gopher Tortoise named Sara. (In fact, this is one of the few places permitted to care for the threatened Florida Gopher Tortoise.) Small Private Tours as well as larger Group Tours may be arranged for a one-of-a-kind experience. Many of the animals that reside at Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center, Inc., are very friendly and interact well with our visitors. Shy Wolf functions as a volunteer organization. Donations are welcomed.
Telephone: 239- 455-1698
Location: Northeast Naples
A Naples area ‘zoo’ where wallabies, porcupines, camels, reptiles and birds may be observed. Located on Immokalee Road.
Location: 9824 Immokalee Rd
Maintains a 14-acre preserve in the middle of downtown Naples, Florida that includes a Nature Center, a museum of natural history, guided boat tours, a wildlife rehabilitation center and nature trails.
Location: 1450 Merrihue Drive