It hasn’t been in operation very long, but Paradise Coast Sports Complex is already said to be making a big impact on the rest of Collier County. The $100 million complex sits off I-75, and provides space for sports, the arts and entertainment.
When finished, it’s expected to include more than 20 sports fields, but some teams are already using it. A 3,500 seat stadium is open, as are ten multi-sport turf fields. They can readily be used for things like soccer, lacrosse, football and even field hockey.
County commissioners approved another $33 million for the complex in late 2020 to fund the second phase of the project. Future plans include adding a half-dozen baseball diamonds and some softball fields as early as next year.
As the pride and joy of Marco Island, Tigertail Beach is an extremely popular spot for kayaking, paddle boarding and other watersports. Located on the island’s northern end, Tigertail is an exquisite beach that’s not overrun with development.
As one of the region’s “newer” beaches, Tigertail is perhaps best known to locals. Just 15 years ago, Tigertail Beach was still an offshore sandbar. That all changed thanks to hurricane force winds.
The beach is considered “wild” by some standards, as it sits in a more remote section. The fastest way to reach Tigertail Beach requires wading across a shallow lagoon.
Any development ends here, and three miles of white sand beach become visible. Tigertail Beach is a popular spot for
The calendar may still say winter, but things are about to be in full bloom at Naples Botanical Garden. The garden is gearing up for a full two weeks of fun celebrating one of the world’s largest plant families.
Naples Orchid Fest tips off in mid-February and runs through late February. The annual festival provides visitors to Naples Botanical Garden with the opportunity to learn everything and anything about orchids.
You’ll find some daily tours, demonstrations and drop-in programming throughout Orchid Fest. Part of the celebration also includes the two-day-long Naples Orchid Society Show and Sale. This particular event is filled with orchid-themed displays and vendors.
They’ll be selling orchid supplies and a large selection of blooming
Quickly approaching its 20th anniversary, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is just weeks away from another showing. Described as one of the most prestigious charity wine auctions in the world, the festival brings in world-class wine and food to festival goers in private homes across the Naples area.
The wine festival also includes a highly anticipated live auction featuring exclusive wine and travel experiences. The 2020 festival will offer auction items including a two-week vacation to Australia and Fiji, a private flight to Washington DC, a two-week sailing adventure, wine tastings and a trip to Hawaii.
Also up for auction is a round of golf with the legendary Jack Nicklaus, a trip to New York City, admission to the 2021 PGA Championships, a
It’s fun to visit Naples any time of year, but fall is an especially great time to take advantage of some of the state’s best sunrises and sunsets. While it’s easy to get drawn into the blue skies and warm temperatures, heading out a bit early or ending your day on the beach can be just as fantastic.
Even if you’re not a morning person, you certainly won’t want to miss the experience of watching the sun come up over the sand and water. Southwest Florida has plenty of great spots to choose from, including Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Beach and Tigertail Beach.
Towards the end of the day you may want to venture to Naples Pier. It’s an especially popular location around sunset, so be sure and get there early if you want to grab a seat to watch
Take an adventurous two-mile walk through various natural ecosystems, exploring native wildlife along the way at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. One of the few locations left of its kind in the region, the 13,000 acres is full of native plants and animals, presenting a virtual outdoor classroom for kids and grownups alike.
As you take your walk on the wild side, you’ll see the unique site provides a home for turtles, deer, otters and alligators. You’ll also find massive old trees, wading birds and songbirds at home throughout the sanctuary.
The site is home to marshland, wet prairie, pine flatwoods and North America’s largest forest of old growth Bald Cypress trees. Inside the Blair Audubon Visitor Center, meanwhile,
Naples is much more than just beautiful beaches, golf courses and upscale shopping. In fact, its latest honor is for its “coolness” factor, and this one has nothing to do with the weather in Southwest Florida.
The Naples International Film Festival just picked up the honor of being named one of “The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”. The honor comes from MovieMaker magazine, a premiere publication for independent filmmakers.
In particular, the Naples International Film Festival received high marks for its presentation ambience. The film festival takes place at the Silverspot Cinema, putting filmgoers in a fantastic location surrounded by vibrant nightlife and dining options. MovieMaker also made mention of the festival’s “sun-soaked
A decades-long dream comes closer to reality, as the City of Naples opens up a portion of Baker Park. Crews recently opened phase one of the park, including the park’s Sunrise Terrace on the edge of the Gordon River. It’s now being used for everything from yoga classes to simply catching a spectacular sunset.
Crews also opened up access to The Peninsula, outdoor fitness equipment, a kayak launch, and some picnic shelters in the park. Visitors will be able to experience more of the park in the near future when additional park features open to the public this October.
The highly anticipated park was first thought up years ago, but it wasn’t officially thought of as a work in progress until city leaders approved purchasing more land for
A popular way to explore nature in a virtually unspoiled setting, the Gordon River Greenway continues to delight locals and visitors alike in Naples. Stretching around two miles from Golden Gate Parkway to Downtown Naples, the greenway offers room for biking, hiking and even kayaking as it links up the opportunity to more easily view native plant life, birds, animals, mangroves and other natural attractions of the region.
The vision for a greenway of sorts first emerged more than a quarter of a century ago. It wasn’t until more recent years, however, that the plan received the necessary funding. In the mid 2000s, Collier County voters agreed to a $40 million bond referendum, allowing for the purchase of more than 150-acres of land, including
Noted as a professional theater in a small town, the Gulfshore Playhouse brings the experience of live theater to Naples. This small, yet impressive playhouse sits in Downtown Naples, with live productions currently at The Norris Center, but grand plans exist for its future.
A design studio is currently working on a new location along Goodlette-Frank Road to someday treat up to 400 patrons at a time on its main stage. A separate studio theater plans to offer 150 seats for smaller productions. The entire project is expected to be the anchor of a much larger mix of restaurants and retailers planned for the area.
This is, of course, a major expansion for the not-for-profit theater which first started in the mid 2000s. Founded as a professional,