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Sanibel/Captiva Islands: Beaches on the islands and along the causeway; pier at Lighthouse Point at the east end. For information, call 472-1080.

Bowditch Point Regional Park, Fort Myers Beach: Newest beach at north end of Estero Island, Restrooms, showers, picnicking, grills, hiking paths, bike racks, pavilion, handicapped-accessible boardwalk. To reach, catch the trolley running from Main Street park and ride lot, just north on Mantanzas Pass Bridge.

Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Fort Myers Beach: On the north end of Estero Boulevard. Free fishing pier, parking, picnic tables, barbecue grills, swings, bathhouse and restrooms. Private refreshments nearby. Beach continues south with rental concessions, refreshments and volleyball.

Lover's Key State Recreation Area, Carl E. Johnson Park: Picnicking, restrooms, boardwalks fishing, nature trails, tram ride to the beach.

Bonita Beach: At Hickory Boulevard and Bonita Beach Road at the southern end of Bonita Beach. Picnicking, restrooms, showers, volleyball, refreshments.

Barefoot Beach State Recreation Area: North of Wiggins Pass in Collier County, off west end of Bonita Beach Road.

Vanderbilt Beach: Starting in North Naples at Vanderbilt Drive on the south, to Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park at the north. Miles of white sandy beaches, freshwater showers and metered parking on the south. The state park is at the gulf end of 111th Ave./Bluebill Ave., grills, picnicking, boat ramp, observation tower, restrooms with wheelchair access, large parking areas, bath houses and showers. Good fishing in Wiggins Pass. Fee. Open8 a.m. to sunset. For more information, call 597-6196.

Clam Pass, Seagate Drive: Tram to beach, restrooms, concessions, showers, nature trail.

Lowdermilk Park: Along Gulf Shore Boulevard at Banyan Boulevard. Metered parking, children's play area, beach accessible chairs for the handicapped, volleyball courts, duck pond, restrooms, showers, a pavilion, picnic tables and concessions. For more information, call 434-4698.

Naples: Ten miles of sandy beaches, from Gordon Passon the south to Seagate Drive on the north. The Naples Fishing Pier is the crown jewel at the west end of 12th Avenue S., extending 1,000 feet into the gulf. Metered parking, bait, snack bar, restrooms and outdoor showers are available, and hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for concessions.

Tigertail Beach: On Hernando Drive on Marco Island. The gulf-front park features sailing and windsurfing and has a concession stand, picnic facilities, water sports equipment rentals, volleyball, restrooms and showers. For more information, call 642-8414.

Caxambas Pass: south end of S. Collier Blvd. on Marco Island.

Boat Ramps

Imperial Boat Ramp: U.S. 41 N., just south of Imperial River. Four boat ramps, a canoe launch, 500-foot boardwalk, wetland interpretive area and woodland picnic area.

Bay view Park: Danford Street off Thomasson Drive. Picnic, restrooms.

Cocohatchee River Park: Vanderbilt Drive just south of Wiggins Pass Road. Boat ramp, bathhouse, playground, picnic.

Caxambas Park: S. Collier Boulevard on south end of Marco Island. Picnic area.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park: County Road 901 off U.S. 41 N. Picnic, swimming, fishing. For more information, call 597-6196.

Lake Trafford: Lake Trafford Road, near Immokalee. Picnic, fresh-water fishing.

Naples Landing: East end of Broad Avenue S. Picnic area.

951 Boat Launch: State Road 951 just north of Marco Island

Golfing

Check back soon for Golfing information!

Attractions and Tours

A Day in the Everglades: 239-695-4000. Explore the waters of Marco Island and the Ten Thousand Islands with boat excursions and airboat tours.

Airboat World Jungle Erv's: 611 Collier Ave., Marco, 239-695-2805.

Bill & Ed's Most Excellent Airboat Adventures: 1167 Hamilton Ln., 239-695-4959

Caribbean Gardens: Natural paths wander the 52-acre botanical and zoological garden. Founded in 1919, the garden offers mature foliage surrounding animal exhibits ranging from golden tigers to impala antelope. In Safari Canyon, guests witness beautiful animals display natural behaviors complemented by wildlife footage and graphics on video monitors. Guests enjoy learning recent conservation issues and animal information through a variety of other interactive presentations including the Primate Expedition Cruise, Scales and Tails Show, Meet the Keeper Series, and Alligator Bay, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd., Naples, FL 239- 262-5409.

Eden of the Everglades: 903 Dupont Road, 239-695-2800. Jungle and air boat tours.

Everglades Jungle Cruise: Fort Myers Yacht Basin, 239-334-2743. Dinner dances and excursions on Caloosahatchee River.

Everglades National Park Boat Tours: East U.S. 41 to South SR 29, 800-445-7724 or 239-695-2591.

Everglades Private Airboat Tours:
31000 U.S. 41 E., 239-695-4637.

Everglades Wonder Gardens: Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs, 239-992-2591. Native wildlife.

Florida Boat Tours: 200 Collier Ave., 239-695-4400.

Jimmy's Airboat Tours: 529 Harmon Terr., 239-695-4309. 

Marco Island Self-Guided Historical Tour: 239-394-7549. The tour consists of 13 stops commemorating historic events and sites.

Marco Island Trolley Tours: 1095 N. Collier Blvd, 239-394-1600.

Naples Depot Civic and Cultural Center: 1051 5th Ave. S., 239-262-1776. This renovated railroad station, built in 1927, houses a caboose, gift shop and historical memorabilia.

Naples Horse & Carriage: East end of 12th Avenue South at the Naples City Dock, 239-649-1210. Candlelight, music and ambiance provided with romantic horse-drawn rides through Old Naples.

Naples Trolley Tours: 5051 Castello Dr. 239-262-7300. See the town and shop from quaint trolleys. Available for private parties.

Old Tamiami Nature Tours & Swamp Buggy Rides: Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs, 239-498-9050.

Personalized Airboat Trips: 39399 U.S. 41 E., 239-695-2277.

Sun Coast Adventures & Sightseeing Co.: 239-592-7020.

Swampland Airboat Tours: 227 Old Train Lane, 239-695-2740.

Wilderness Experiences/Everglades Institute: Loop Road, 695-3143.

Wooten's Everglades Airboat Tours: 35 miles east of Naples on U.S. 41, 239-695-2781. This attraction includes an alligator and crocodile farm, snake exhibit, airboat and swamp buggy rides.

Museums

Cape Coral Historical Society Museum: 544 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-772-7037.

Children's Science Center: 2915 NE Pine Island Road, N. Fort Myers, 239-997-0012. 6/10 mile west of U.S. 41. This museum offers hands-on interaction. Thematic displays include those on the senses, weather, natural history and inventors. The outdoor science park shows different methods of landscaping, labeled plantings and includes a butterfly garden.

Collier County Museum: 3301 U.S. 41 E. 239-774-8476, in the Collier County Government Complex. Narratives and displays explore 10,000 years of Southwest Florida history. Displays include prehistoric fossils and artifacts. A two-acre historical park behind the museum has a typical Seminole Indian village, an active archaeological lab, garden, a steam locomotive and an early-style swamp buggy. Gift shop.

Conservancy's Natural Science Museum: 1450 Merrihue Dr. 239-262-0304. Living marine displays, loggerhead turtle tank, mini-ocean display. Gift shop. This group also runs the Briggs Nature Center (941-775-8569) at the Rookery Bay preserve, at 401 Shell Island Road off State Road 951 on the way to Marco Island. The Briggs center has nature exhibits, photos, maps and gifts. Boat and canoe tours of Rookery Bay, a national estuarine reserve, are also offered.

Edison/Ford Homes: 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-334-3614. Thomas A. Edison's (1847-1931) 14-acre winter home and estate. Original furnishings and laboratory, museum of his inventions, botanical garden and Florida's first swimming pool. The home of his friend, Henry Ford, is next door.

Fort Myers Historical Museum: 2300 Peck St., Fort Myers. 239-332-5955. Indian and settler displays.

Island Historical Museum: Next to city hall on Sanibel Island. 239-472-4648.

Murphy-Burroughs Home: First and Fowler streets in Fort Myers. 239-332-1229. A restored river-front home at the foot of the Edison Bridge.

Museum of the Islands: 5728 Sesame Dr., Sanibel-Captiva, 239-283-1525.

Naples Depot Cultural Center: 1051 Fifth Ave. S. 239-262-1776. Once an operating train station, this community landmark has been restored and now hosts civic functions, art exhibits, lectures and workshops.

Ostego Bay Marine Center: 718 Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, 239-765-8101. Marine touch-tank, aquariums, exhibits.

Palm Cottage (Collier County Historical Society): 137 12th Ave. S. 239-261-8164. This home, dating from the 1890s, is a historical site letting visitors glimpse life in early Naples. Furnishing and artifacts.

Railroad Museum of Southwest Florida: 2287 First St., Fort Myers, 239-332-7245. Gift shop.

Sanibel Historical Village & Museum: 850 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, 239-472-4648.

Shell Museum & Educational Foundation, library: 2431 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, 239-395-2233.

Smallwood's Store Museum: 360 Mamie St., Chokoloskee, 239-695-2989. Established in 1906 as a trading post, this site has been accessible by road only since 1956.

Teddy Bear Museum of Naples: 2511 Pine Ridge Road, 239-598-2711. Display of 2,500 teddy bears, including rare collectors items and limited editions.

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