36 hours? Without a doubt, there’s far more to Naples than 36 hours will hold, but out-of-town clients often find themselves with just a snip of time for leisure during their business or house-hunting trips to southwest Florida.
With that in mind, what can you do with a weekend in Naples? Lots!
Begin your Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market on 3rd Street South. Pick up a breakfast coffee and pastry at Tony’s Off Third and enjoy the ambience of the area’s largest farmer’s market. Sample some locally grown produce and fresh guacamole. If you need a one-of-a-kind gift, you may just find lovely handcrafted items here as well.
From the Farmer’s Market, take a short stroll (or drive) west to the Naples Pier. Freshly renovated in 2015, the Pier offers wonderful opportunities for photos, dolphin watching, and breathing in the fresh Gulf breeze. Take time to venture down the beach and get your feet wet as you watch for unique shells, enjoy the pelicans’ antics, or take in the beachside view of Naples’ most exclusive homes along Gordon Drive. If you’re ambitious, it’s a 5 mile round trip walk from the Pier south to Gordon Pass and back.
The fresh Gulf air may whet your appetite for lunch! Head north to the corner of 9th St. South (US 41 or Tamiami Trail) and 3rd Ave. South and enjoy a Brooks Burger with a side of onion rings. It’s always a hit and you’ll be in the know on this local landmark, often cited as one of Florida’s best burger destinations.
After lunch, plan to stroll around Naples exclusive shopping destination, Waterside Shops.You may discover live entertainment in the courtyard, window shop at De Beer’s or Tiffany, or pick up something fashionable for an evening on the town.
From Waterside, it’s a short jaunt over to Artis Naples, where the Baker Museum is open until 4 pm. Take time to stroll through the current exhibits including “Naples Collects.” This eclectic exhibition brings together examples of high-quality art owned by local collectors from some of the best-known American artists of the 20th century as well as works by masters of European art and contemporary artists.
After a short break and change of clothes, dinner venues await! Enjoy Middle-Eastern cuisine at Bha Bah Persian Bistro, delicious French cuisine at Bleu Provence, or traditional steak and seafood offerings at Chops.
As evening approaches, you’ll want to consider one of Naples’ entertainment venues. Check the calendar of events at Artis Naples; your favorite singer, musician, or dance troupe just may be performing. Or consider a wonderful production by the Naples Players on Fifth Avenue South, at the Sugden Theater. You won’t be disappointed! After the show, enjoy a stroll under the lights on Fifth; you might even indulge in dessert!
Sunday morning may find you at Tin City, stepping aboard a Pure Naples eco-tour or dolphin watch tour. Tours range from 90 minutes to 3 hours, allowing you to tailor the morning schedule to your liking. Or, if you prefer, keep your feet on the ground and tour the beautiful Naples Botanical Gardens. Both offer you a morning that is uniquely Naples.
By then you’ll be ready to enjoy Sunday brunch. Locals love Skillets, a 30-plus year casual dining favorite. Or head north to the corner of Livingston and Pine Ridge, where you’ll find Fernandez the Bull Cuban Cafe. (Try the plantains!)
It’s almost time to wave goodbye and head to the airport, but you’ve packed a lot into your 36 hours in Naples. It’s just enough to whet your appetite for next time!