The Cove Inn on Naples Bay Itineraries
GET BACK TO NATURE
From our wild neighbors to the breath-taking Everglades, Naples is the perfect spot for nature-lovers looking to disconnect and discover.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Boasting one of the most pristine beaches in the world, this tropical paradise beckons you. Discover the shorebirds and wildlife that gather here, as you bird-watch, fish, search for seashells, and hike. It's also the perfect spot to relax and breathe in the fresh ocean air.
Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Journey to the heart of the Everglades and discover the rugged beauty of the famed Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, just 30 minutes from Naples. Spot the alligators, otters, and white-tailed deer as you tread the famous 2.5-mile boardwalk, through pine flatwoods and North America's largest Bald Cypress forest.
Naples Botanical Garden
Explore seven ecosystems at the 170-acre tropical garden, including mangroves, marshes, and untouched forests. Discover more than 300 species of exotic and native plants, plus hundreds of animals who call the gardens home. There's even a water garden filled with water lilies, lotus, and papyrus, plus gardens from Asia and Brazil!
The Everglades National Park
With 1.5 million acres of wetland across south Florida, you will be spoilt for choice here, with a huge array of outdoor activities to enjoy and wildlife to spot. Take a short walk on the Anhinga Trail and see the turtles, herons and alligators, or kayak on the bay and glimpse a dolphin or manatee. And for the best views of the glades, climb atop Shark Valley's 65-foot observation tower.
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Kayakers and canoers can paddle up the labyrinthine of Ten Thousand Islands and spot the protected wildlife, from Florida manatee and peregrine falcon to the Atlantic loggerhead and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. For those who want to stay on dry land, explore the mile-long hiking trail, or climb the observation tower that overlooks the marsh.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Where else can you see cypress and mangroves, alligators, and panther tracks all in one day? Enjoy hiking and canoeing, or even fishing and hunting with the right licenses and permits. It's also a dedicated International Dark Sky Park, so it's perfect for camping under a blanket of stars.
Sit back and take in the sights and sounds of the pristine swamp with Everglades Adventure Tours. Your experienced guide will navigate you through cypress swamp, mangrove forest and Ochopee Prairie in a wooden skiff. This low impact eco-tour will allow you to get up close to an abundance of wildlife, including bull alligators, turtles and birds in their natural environment.
Just a short ride from Naples, Marco Island is the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands and is home to beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks. Enjoy canoeing, fishing and boating along the Gulf Coast, or simply relax and enjoy the island's tropical climate. There's even a half-mile boardwalk where you can observe the local wildlife in its natural habitat.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Get connected to nature and conservation with an interactive experience at the Nature Center. Enjoy one of the famous electric boat tours, spot the local wildlife, and get inspired to protect the water, land, wildlife and future.