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Collier County

Collier at a Glance

Coastal Cities

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City

Popular Spot

Naples/Marco Island

Sandy Beaches

48 miles

Public Accesses


Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail

12 sites

State Parks & Lands


Corkscrew Regional Ecological Watershed (Lee)


Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest (Hendry)


Picayune Strand State Forest


Collier-Seminole State Park


Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park


Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park


Federal Lands Acres

Big Cypress National Preserve (Miami-Dade, Monroe)


Everglades National Park (Miami-Dade, Monroe)


Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge


Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Bays & Inlets

Addison Bay, Barfield Bay, Chokoloskee Bay Clam Bay, Fakahatchee Bay, Goodland Bay Gullivan Bay, Johnson Bay, Little Hickory Bay Moorings Bay, Naples Bay, Pelican Bay Rookery Bay, Tarpon Bay, Water Turkey Bay, Venetian Bay

Rivers & Paddling Trails

Barron River, Blackwater River, Cocohatchee River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

Collier County Collier County is full of natural wonders and captivating cultural experiences, where the untamed spirit of the Everglades beckons and gardens offer a serene oasis. Discover a captivating blend of history and artistry as you traverse time and marvel at the diverse tapestry of this vibrant country. From thrilling encounters with wildlife to enjoying the lush landscapes of its botanical gardens, Collier County is a destination that promises to awaken your sense of wonder and leave you spellbound by its hidden gems.

Collier County is home to a significant portion of Everglades National Park. UNESCO world heritage site and an international biosphere reserve. Also, tourists can embark on a thrilling airboat tour to witness the vast wetlands, spot wildlife like alligators and birds, and learn about the unique ecosystem of the Everglades. Adjacent to Everglades National Park is Big Cypress National Preserve, a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities, with many native birds and reptiles to be viewed in the cypress swamps.

Delve into the area’s history by visiting historical landmarks like the Naples Historic District, which offers a glimpse of Old Florida with charming architecture and quaint shops, while the Naples Depot showcases the history of transportation and trade in the region. Delight in the vibrant arts and culture scene of Collier County by visiting Artis-Naples, a premier cultural center that hosts performances by the Naples Philharmonic and world-class artists. While the Naples Art Institute in downtown Naples offers a diverse array of art exhibits and creative workshops.

If the county's wildlife and museums aren't what you came for, there are always dolphin watching cruises that can be booked at several parks around Collier County. These clever aquatic creatures call Collier County's waters home, and a guided boat trip provides an unforgettable opportunity to observe all the wildlife in the estuary.

The Naples International Film Festival is a place for film lovers to connect, exchange ideas and celebrate the art of film in a friendly, welcoming environment. The festival typically screens more than 60 films over four days, introducing the best of independent cinema and dozens of talented filmmakers to our community. Also, the Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City showcases the area's rich maritime heritage through fresh seafood offerings and lively entertainment. From culinary delights to charity causes and cultural celebrations, the festivals in Collier County promise a memorable and indulgent experience for tourists seeking to embrace the region's unique charm and dynamic spirit.

The Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park entices tourists to see the numerous shorebirds and other animals that flock here, as well as for the expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico. You can sunbathe, paddleboard, kayak, walk, observe birds, fish, and find seashells at this beach. Dropping lines at specified locations is an option for fishermen who wish to catch prize catches like red fish and sea trout. Most boats can launch into Turkey Bay, and the Cocohatchee River, which leads into the Gulf of Mexico, and forms a delicate natural estuary that can be explored by boaters.

Collier County is also home to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500-square-foot facility with four research laboratories, two classrooms, a 140-seat auditorium and two-story visitor center with an exhibit hall. The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including a 2,300-gallon aquarium and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the reserve, as well as a nature store, art gallery and picnic area. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, covering over 110,000 acres, is a haven for nature enthusiasts and scientists. It features pristine estuarine habitats, including mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and tidal flats, providing a sanctuary for countless bird species and marine life.

Exploring the Paradise Coast's awe-inspiring Everglades, indulging in the splendor of the botanical gardens, and embracing the rich history and arts are just a few of the activities available. The opportunities for an enlightening and wonderful trip are as limitless as the stunning scenery and diverse cultural experiences that await you.

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October 5, 2023 - 10:17am

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