Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort
4100 Golden Gate Pkwy.
Naples, FL 34116
Phone: (239) 455-1010
Fax: (239) 455-4038
Run by a husband-and-wife team, Nancy and Kent Smith care for more than just wolves. The Shy Wolf Sanctuary houses exotic animals who were bred in captivity, including Wolfdogs, Cougars, Coyotes, Fennec Foxes, Sugar Gliders, Prairie Dogs, a Jaguar-Leopard, and Florida Gopher Tortoise. All of the animals are either stray, injured or endangered. Their mission spawns further into the community in order to raise awareness about responsibility and respect for these creatures. Visitors must call to schedule a private group tour or a Personal Animal Encounter educational program. There is no admission fee, but donations are very welcomed and appreciated.
Although this venue specializes in sports, Florida Sports Park hosts a good many events of all kinds, including festivals, fairs, parties and the like. One of the park's highlights is the Swamp Buggy Race that is held in January, March and October of each year. Bring the whole family and enjoy some quality time under the radiant Florida sun!
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a conservation zoo that emphasizes natural animal behavior rather than animals performing tricks. The zoo also stresses education; it allows its visitors to take a hands-on approach to nature. The "Meet the Keeper" series includes informational exhibits with question and answer sessions. Visitors can experience close encounters with alligators at "Alligator Bay", where the alligators swim up to 11 mph and jump out of the water to catch their prey, and with white tigers at Tiger Forest. The Primate Expedition Cruise, a 20-minute ride along several small islands on which many endangered species live, is another crowd favorite. There's also a 52-acre botanical garden on the grounds. Food is available, and there is a picnic shelter, but alcohol, plastic lids and straws are prohibited.
Fifth Avenue is a tourist's dream come true. Visit this sizzling section of Downtown and be thrilled by the passel of stores and eateries that greet you. Visit art galleries, quaint cafés, and shopping destinations and take in the real vibe of the city. The spirit of the holiday season comes alive as Naples' Fifth Avenue rings in the coming of Christmas with the Naples Main Street Christmas Walk & Avenue of Lights. The street hosts various holiday-themed entertainment, giving tourists and locals an opportunity to come and explore the beauty of Downtown Naples during the holidays. Call the Downtown Naples Association or check the website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Part museum, part gallery, there is no shortage to the amount of items you will find here, but you'll find a hefty price tag attached. From tea sets to toy cars in resin set on display, Alan Brown represents a wide variety of artists. However, if you can't find it here, chances are the gallery staff will point you in the right direction. The helpful staff will assist you with anything ranging from appraisal to sale, to locating that precious work of art that is so dear to your heart. So if you've got the money, you are more than likely to find that piece to perfect your collection. However, the gallery does not have regular hours. Instead, appointments are necessary.
Nestled along the Naples Bay lies the quaint and popular Crayton Cove, which is home to a variety of nautical facilities. Here, you will find Naples Dock- famous for the Great Dock Canoe Race that has been one of Naples' most popular events- the local Yacht Club, the Cove Inn, and plenty of leisure arenas and recreation centers. Jump on a carriage and tour Old Naples the traditional way. Go fishing aboard a charter or sail to your heart's content. Visit a salon and revamp your look, or buy something fancy for your loved ones. Dine at one of the restaurants and take home sweet memories of a wonderful experience. There's something for everyone at the Cove! Check the website for specific shops and restaurants available.
Being the hub of artistic expression in Southwest Florida, it's only natural that Naples has a world-renowned art museum. Constructed by famous metal artist Albert Paley and glass artist Dale Chihuly, the Naples Museum of Art is a three-story, 30,000 square foot building that spans 15 galleries. The museum covers all mediums of art, including sculpture, and of course painting, while also providing educational programs and learning activities for the little ones. Check the calendar on their website for times and events. The January 23-May 3 season prices admission at $12 for adults and $6 for students. Free parking is available on the grounds.
With a duck pond, playground, volleyball court, and picnic tables scattered about, Lowdermilk Beach Park is a place where locals and tourists alike come to relax under the Florida sun and watch the sunset. The park is open daily from 8a to sundown. Restrooms, outdoor showers and a wheelchair ramp make this beach experience easier and more enjoyable. Parking is available for those with a beach parking permit and metered spots are available as well. Located near the hub of downtown, the Lowdermilk Beach Park is a great way to get away without having to skip town.
Dubbed as 'summerland in wintertime,' the Naples Historic District has been a U.S. historic district since 1985. It consists of 66 buildings, including the site which was once the location of the historic grand Naples Hotel. Visitors will be transported to the Neapolitan era as they go on walking tours around the ancient property. Tourists can also scourge by the gift shop to purchase postcards, mugs and other articles.
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.
Over a hundred years old, this historical landmark was originally a freight, passenger and baggage dock. The post office stationed on the pier, along with a crucial section of the dock, were destroyed by the fire in 1912 and thus rebuilt. Due to several subsequent natural catastrophes, the dock has been restored three other distinct times. Today, visitors fish, relax and enjoy the ocean view and its rich history. Restroom facilities and a concession stand offer their amenities on the pier as well.
Inspired by main street style retail destinations, Mercato Lifestyle Center features 20 top retailers, luxury condos and 12 upscale dining establishments. It also has an organic market and is home to Silverspot Cinema, a state-of-the-art theater. From open-air movies to monthly musical nights and art exhibitions, this well planned shopper's haven is always abuzz with a variety of events. For those who prefer a culinary extravaganza to shopping will be delighted by noted restaurants like The Capital Grille and McCormick and Schmick's Seafood within the complex.