Parks and Incredible Natural Destinations
Heading to Naples, Florida? We’ve mapped out some great adventures to do along the way. Add these to your bucket list and let us know about any of your favorites that we might have missed.
Florida is home to rare species of plants and animals that can only be found within the state. These flora and fauna create valuable ecosystems that make for the ultimate bucket list destinations. On your next road trip through Florida, make sure to hit these parks and nature spots.
Everglades National Park
This is one natural area that you have to put on your bucket list. The Everglades’ ecosystem can’t be found anywhere else, making it home to a collection of wildly diverse species. Take an airboat ride and be on the lookout for alligators or hike the Gumbo Limbo Trail on Pine Island to view this natural area up close.
Myakka River State Park
Located between Sarasota and Venice, it’s a favorite for bird watchers, this park brings up all kinds of feathered friends. Whether you’re paddling on the famous Myakka River, hiking up the Canopy Walkway to see the top of the forest, or picnicking in the park, keep an eye out for the hundreds of species of rare birds, including the Roseate Spoonbill.
Torreya State Park
This park is named for the Torreya trees that fill the landscape. These trees are known to only grow in select spots on the Florida-Georgia border, making it a valued location for amateur arborists and botanists. Aside from exploring these amazing trees in depth at the Visitor’s Center and on the trails that run through this park, make sure to enjoy the amazing bluffs and ravines that make this park so variable in landscape, along with the historical landmarks found here!
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Named after the six miles of river that run right through it, the Ichetucknee Springs State Park is known for its clean blue waters that guests love to swim, snorkel, and inner tube on, its abundant wildlife, and its gorgeous natural atmosphere. The river’s current is gentle, yet strong enough that come May through September, you’ll find guests tubing down the river. When you’re on the water, keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife in the area. Guests have spotted white tailed deer, great blue heron, and wild turkeys on the banks.
If you’re looking to get outdoors, this is the place to be! The 10,000 Islands are known for their great beaches, but did you know that they had amazing fishing and bird watching? You can catch snook, redfish, and mangrove snapper from nearly anywhere. If you’re looking to do some bird watching, one of the best places to be is near the water. Make sure to keep an eye out for brown pelicans!
A best-selling South Naples community, Naples Reserve offers 18 fully decorated models available for viewing, built by Southwest Florida’s premier homebuilders, including Ashton Woods, D.R. Horton, Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes. Homes are priced from the low-$300,000s to over $1 million.
Here is where lakes provide prime opportunities for using the community’s hydrobikes, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and scenic vistas. The community’s centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, marshes and abundant wildlife. Its distance to Naples puts residents close to some of the best things that the area can offer, such as golfing on the finest golf courses, shopping down Third Street South, and watching the water lap the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
Don’t just take our word for it on how good it is here – schedule a visit with our Welcome Center, located at 14885 Naples Reserve Circle in Naples Florida, to see our models and see what makes life here so Casually Awesome. Call (239)732-1414 for more information.