Things to See & Do on Marco Island, Florida

Things to See & Do on Marco Island, Florida
Part of Florida's "Paradise Coast," which also includes the city of Naples and the Florida Everglades, Marco Island is a 24-square-mile haven that features pristine beaches, well-preserved wetlands, beautiful forests and abundant wildlife. According to the city of Marco Island, tourists flock to the area because of its "high quality of life, natural resources, casual atmosphere and friendly people." Whether you are seeking fun and adventure, a peaceful respite or a little of both, Marco Island has it all.

Hiking

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has designed a system of three trails--Shell Mound Trail, Monument Point Trail and Cat Claw Trail--that takes hikers through a variety of natural environments, including hardwood forests, wetlands and coastal areas. Through signage along the trails, hikers have the opportunity to learn about local wildlife, native plant life and early area pioneers.

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
300 Tower Road
Naples, Florida 34113
(239) 417-6310
rookerybay.org

Everglades Adventures

North American Canoe Tours invites you to "experience the heart of the Everglades." You and your fellow adventurists can rent canoes, kayaks and camping equipment or take a guided full day, sunset, evening, overnight or historical Everglades excursion. If you choose to stay on-site, accommodations are available at the Ivey House Bed and Breakfast. All guests of the Ivey House receive a 20 percent discount on Everglades excursions.

North American Canoe Tours
Located in the Ivey House Inn
107 Camellia St.
P.O. Box 5038
Everglades City, Florida 34139
(239) 695-3299
evergladesadventures.com
iveyhouse.com

Parks

Marco Island parks offer a variety of activities for families and groups. The Frank E. Mackle Jr. Community Park has basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball facilities, a children's playground, a jogging trail and a lakeside picnic area. Caxambas Park has play and picnic areas, full-service boating facilities and concessions. If you're into racket sports, the Collier County Community Racquet Center has tennis courts, racquetball/handball courts and a pro shop.

Frank E. Mackle Jr. Community Park
1361 Andalusia Terrace
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 642-0575

Caxambas Park
South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 642-0004

Collier County Community Racquet Center
1275 Marco Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 394-5454

Camping

Whether you prefer tent camping on the beach or in the woods, a cabin or an RV park, Marco Island has what you need. KOA Campgrounds, surrounded by the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, has campgrounds for tents and also offers cabin and lodge accommodations. Club Naples RV Resort, just a few miles from Collier-Seminole State Park, is a full-service campground that has clubhouses, restaurants, swimming pools, games and planned activities.

Naples/Marco Island KOA
1700 Barefoot Williams Road
Naples, Florida 34113
(239) 774-5455
koa.com/where/fl/09109/

Club Naples RV Resort
3180 Beck Blvd.
Naples, Florida 34114
(888) 795-2780
morganrvresorts.com/pages/clubnaples_homepage

Off the Hook Adventures

Off the Hook Adventures offers quarter- or half-day chartered boat excursions. The charters take groups (limited to six people) sailing around Marco Island, stopping on remote beaches to go shelling, snorkel and take in the scenery. Tourists frequently have the opportunity to observe manatees, dolphins, bald eagles, baby pelicans and sea turtles. Refreshments are included.

Off the Hook Adventures
909 Collier Ct.
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 571-4665
offthehookadventures.com

Beaches

Marco Island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Tigertail Beach is equipped with restrooms, concession stands, a children's playground, volleyball courts and rental stands stocked with beach accessories and water sport toys. Condo rentals are also available. Other beaches, which are accessible to the public only by boat, include Cape Romano, Coconut Island, Keewaydin Island and Hideaway Beach.

Marco Island beaches
400 Hernando Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34145
(239) 254-4000
explorenaples.com/tigertail_beach.phtml

Article Written By Yvette Sajem

Yvette Sajem has been a professional writer since 1995. Her work includes SEO copy, greeting cards and two children's books. She has a BA in English from Georgia State University. Yvette has been owned by dogs for more than 20 years. She is active in local shelter rescue and transport, and is particularly partial to senior and special needs animals.

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