Although Naples is most known for its pristine beaches and warm climate, this tropical paradise is unique and interesting for many reasons. Whether you travel to the area or call it home, there are many fun facts about Naples, FL.
Naples is considered a hidden gem nestled among some of the nation’s finest dining and shopping as well as expansive powdery white beaches ranked among the best. Therefore, it’s called the Crown Jewel of Southwest Florida. From the upscale shops and fine dining along Fifth Avenue South in downtown to the beautiful waterside shops throughout the area, there’s plenty to do.
Named after the city of the same name in Italy because of similarities, Naples has an interesting history. Two men from Kentucky formed Naples in 1885 — John Williams, a senator from Louisville, and Walter Haldeman, the owner of the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper. They formed The Naples Town Improvement Company and purchased the land for $3 an acre. They bought 3,712 acres for $11,136. Collier County was formed years later in 1923.
The area has grown tremendously but has maintained its relaxed atmosphere and small-town charm. It is Florida’s largest county by land area with 1,998 square miles. The next biggest is Palm Beach and then Miami-Dade. The county’s population is more than 330,000 while the city of Naples is about 20,000.
The city attracts visitors from all over the world. They can enjoy many events and activities that make the area unique. Guests to the area can even plan a trip based on these fun facts about Naples. Here are a few more fun facts.
The City’s Oldest Home
If you enjoy history, be sure to visit the oldest house in Naples. Built in 1895, it’s now home to the Naples Historical Society’s Palm Cottage, at 163 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers guided tours, a museum, and educational programs.
Golf Capital of the World
This is a self-proclaimed title for the city but there’s no denying that there is an abundance of amazing public and private courses. According to the Golf Channel, Naples ranks second in the nation for the most golf holes per capita.
Naples Art District
The Naples Art District has developed into the largest concentration of professional working artist studios and galleries in Southwest Florida with more than 80 working artists. These artists’ shops and galleries are in the area bordered by Pine Ridge Road, Airport-Pulling Road, Taylor Road, and J and C Blvd.
Winter Wine Festival
Every year, Naples hosts a wine festival charity event that attracts people from all over the world. The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. This ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality, and prestige. It’s also been named the most successful charity wine festival in the nation, having raised $244 million since it started in 200 for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. In 2022, it raised nearly $22 million.
If you like tropical plants, you must plan a trip to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples, FL, 34102. It started as a botanical garden more than 100 years ago by Botanist Dr. Henry Nehrling. He had more than 3,000 species of tropical plants in his “Tropical Garden,” and some plantings still remain today. In addition to the gardens, the area has been home to the zoo for more than 50 years. It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists.
Naples is proud of its beaches, but it also has a rich history and culture. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this Crown Jewel. If you’d like to visit the area, you’ll find no better place to stay than the Inn at Pelican Bay, nestled in the middle of all the great things Naples offers. Contact us today to plan your stay. Check availability online or call (800) 597-8770.
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