6 Historic Things to Do and See in Naples


Naples is rich in a great many things: sunshine, beaches, and especially history. Whether you want to learn more about the city’s past, shop at an iconic location, or stay at a classic hotel, Naples has a historic place that is sure to interest you. Here are six historic things to do and see in the community. 

Naples Depot Museum

Be transported back to the Roaring Twenties at the Naples Depot Museum. This museum educates visitors on how people in the days of the railroad boom skillfully used technology to conquer and settle the massive Floridian frontier. Exhibits include transportation artifacts like buggies, wagons, canoes, and restored train cars. 

This museum also offers special events throughout the year, including antique car shows and retro game nights, so be sure to check out the calendar of events

Palm Cottage

Built-in 1895, Palm Cottage is the oldest home in Naples. Built by founding resident Walter N. Haldeman, not only is the tabby concrete house iconic on the outside, but the inside is filled with thousands of feet of authentic artwork and furnishings of eras past, allowing guests to become fully immersed in another century. 

This city gem has been expertly preserved by the Naples Historical Society, which allows visitors to take guided tours through the rustic two-story home while hearing anecdotes about the location.

Palm Cottage hosts events throughout the year, including a Gatsby-themed party, Clue game night, and antique Q&As. If you’re in the area during the holidays, you can’t miss the famous Christmas activities. 

Tin City

Nestled on the Gorden River, Tin City was the hub of Naples’ fishing industry during the 1920s. Named for the plethora of tin-roofed buildings in the area, what was once a hotspot for clam processing and boat construction is now home to a boardwalk with dozens of quaint boutiques. Tin City prides itself on having zero chain stores, so every place you visit will be completely one-of-a-kind and unable to be found anywhere else. 

Tin City still pays tribute to its oceanic roots, as activities like jet ski rides, cruises, and fishing expeditions are still available as well.

Third Street South

Known as “the birthplace of Naples,” Third Street South is a historical center of the city. Surrounded by original beach cottages and homes in an area known as Old Naples, Third Street South offers a view of history on all sides. 

Third Street South is known for its impeccable landscaping, chic, high-end shops, and delicious restaurants. There is also a farmers market that happens every Saturday, selling fresh produce, bread, seafood, and more. 

5th Avenue South 

Third Street South isn’t the only place that offers a luxury shopping experience--5th Avenue South is one of the most exclusive upscale areas in the country, home to independent shops and designer stores alike as well as delicious eateries. The mix of historic and modern architecture in the area offers the perfect blend of classic charm and modern flair, combining to set the backdrop for a truly unforgettable experience. 

Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

Offering tennis courts, golf courses, and a state-of-the-art spa, Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club is the ideal setting for a relaxing weekend getaway or afternoon of leisure. Originally constructed in the 1880s near the Naples fishing pier, the 18-hole golf course was added in 1929 along with the Beach Club. In 1946, retired toy manufacturer Henry B. Watkins built the new location nearby where it still stands today. 

The golf course was recently renovated by legendary designer Jack Nicklaus along with renowned architect John Sanford. In addition, local artists have contributed to the decor in the rooms, making it one of the most unique beach resorts in the state. 

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