Things to Do on Marco Island, FL
This romantic tropical island feels like it's a million miles from life's hustle and bustle. As a guest of Marco Island Lakeside Inn, you'll be transported to a place with balmy tropical breezes, unique and elegant suites, exquisite sunsets and amusements right at your fingertips. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation with the whole family, a singular sabbatical, an intimate business venue or a couple's romantic getaway, Marco Island can provide you with what you are looking for!
Marco Island Attractions
Briggs Nature Center
1454 Merrihue Drive
Phone: (239) 262-0304
Briggs Nature Center offers something for every Florida visitor. Explore the nature of the state as you take in many sights as you stroll down the boardwalk, including a beautiful butterfly garden, seemingly-exotic native plants, and a thriving bird population. Don't miss the chance to canoe or kayak along the area to view the many wonders of the shore.
Captain Jack's Everglades Airboat Tours
200 Collier Avenue Everglades, FL 34141 Phone: (239) 695-4400
Website: http://www.captainjacksairboattours.com/ Captain Jack's Airboat Rides are open 7 days a week and have fleets available. Airboats depart continuously throughout the day with skilled professional guides. This is a great opportunity for the family to see the beauty of the Everglades!
Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail E. Naples, FL 34114 Phone: (239) 394-3397
Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Collier-Seminole Take a trip down the Blackwater River, exploring 13 peaceful miles of wilderness mangrove forest to the Gulf of Mexico. You may see ospreys, spoonbills, and other unusual birds! The fishing is good and the scenery is unspoiled and beautiful.
Everglades National Park
State Highway 9336 Homestead, FL 33034 Phone: (305) 242-7700
Website: http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm Everglades National Park is the country's largest subtropical wilderness and is home to many rare and endangered species. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about this truly unique ecosystem as they keep their eyes out for various animals, reptiles and birds such as the beautiful Florida panther, powerful American crocodile or even a robust West Indian manatee. Don't miss a day's road trip to experience the wonders of the Everglades National Park!
Island Bike Shop
88 River Road 1095 Bald Eagle Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 Phone: (239) 394-8400
Website: http://islandbikeshops.com/ This great shop offers traditional and motorized bicycles for a fun way to get around! This can also save you the hassle of trying to find a place to park your car. It's easy to travel around Marco Island on bike!
Marco Island Historical Museum
180 South Heathwood Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 (239) 642-1440
Website: http://www.colliermuseums.com/ Long famous for its Key Marco Cat, one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology. The museum explores Southwest Florida's Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. The very unique motif of the three buildings (Museum, Administration, and Rose Hall Auditorium) represent a Calusa Village built upon a simulated shell mound with thatched roofing and tabby mortar exterior.
Marco Island Power Boat Eco Tours
238 Mamie Street Chockoloskee, FL 34138 Phone: (239) 695-3633
Website: http://www.evergladesareatours.com/ Calusa Island Marina (Goodland/Marco Island) - Take an 1/12 hour tour for one of the departure times of 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and sunset. You'll enjoy comfortable captain-style seating as an experienced guide leads the tour. Often spotted during the tour are manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, herons and more! Reservations are strongly suggested.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road Naples, FL 34102 (239) 695-3633
Website: http://napleszoo.com/home.htm Originally a botanical garden, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is now a thriving 43-acre tropical park. There are plenty of activities for everyone, from a children's petty zoo to a daily animal show. The zoo features boat rides that take visitors close to the many primates living on small pond islands. You'll be able to see a variety of wildlife, including alligators, tigers, clouded leopards and many bird species. The Naples Zoo was even voted as the "Best Place for Kids" by the Naples Daily News and the Gulfshore Life magazine. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind experience!
Beaches & Parks
909 Collier Court Marco Island, FL 34145
Website: http://www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=471 Guests who are ready for their fill of boating won't want to miss Caxambas Park! This public water access point is located right on Marco Island and has a 4 acre park, delicious concessions and plenty of parking.
Frank E. Mackle Community Park
1361 Andalusia Terrace March Island, FL 34135 Phone: (239) 642-0575
Website: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=155 This thriving community center has everything that you need for a fun recreational day out with friends and family. You'll find basketball courts, volleyball nets, shuffleboard courts, and many trails for jogging or general exercise. The Frank E. Mackle Community Park is complete with a tot lot, open play and picnic area and even a "Kid's Cove" which features a climbing wall.
Tigertail Beach Park
430 Hernando Drive Marco Island, FL 34145 Phone: (239) 252-4000
Website: http://www.colliergov.net/ Tigertail Beach Park is a natural bird sanctuary and visitors standing on Tigertail Beach can see the beautiful Sand Dollar Island. This island is a nesting ground for many birds, some that are threatened species. Visitors may see Herons, Egrets, Ibis and many kinds of Terns, Sandpipers, Plovers and Gulls. Tigertail is a large county beach and park with over 200 parking spaces, restrooms, concession stands, and free tours given by the Park Rangers at 8:30am daily..