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20 kid-friendly things to do in Southwest Florida

When you think of Southwest Florida how many kid-friendly activities come to mind? Pretty much slim to none, we suspect. 

Actually, you will be surprised to know Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs have many activities that you can do with your kids and grandkids to keep them happy while in Southwest Florida.


From a beach day to a day exploring the zoo, there are a variety of places to go and things to see with children. The best part is that there are many family-friendly activities to keep the parents and grandparents smiling too.

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples allows children to open their imagination while exploring and learning through play. The museum has hands-on exhibits, a water play station, and a two-story banyan tree for the kids to climb. There are many special activities each day to encourage visitors to get involved. Hours to the museum vary so be sure to check the website before heading over. (15080 Livingston Road, Naples, FL, 34109 | 239-514-0084 www.cmon.org)

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is located in North Naples off Livingston Road. This water park is great for kids of all ages. Sun-N-Fun features water slides, diving boards, a lazy river, and an area for toddlers to play. The park also has a lap pool for parents wanting to get some exercise while their kids play. Pricing and hours can be found on their website. (15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL, 34109 | 239-252-4021 www.napleswaterpark.com)

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a great place to get your kids outside while they learn about different animals from around the world. In the zoo, you’ll find many birds, reptiles and mammals. Some of the wildlife exhibits feature a Florida panther, clouded leopards, giraffes and lions. For a full list of exhibits, pricing and hours please visit the website. (1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-262-5409 www.napleszoo.org)

Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours

Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tours gives parents the opportunity to take their kids through 259 acres in the Everglades. With the option of different tours, you have the ability to plan your day however you’d like. There is even a live alligator show that will give you and your kids the chance to hug an alligator. Wooten’s also has an animal sanctuary where you can see panthers, a tiger, otters and snakes. (32330 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL, 34141 | 239-695-2781 www.wootenseverglades.com)

Lowdermilk Park

Bring your kids for a day in the sun at Lowdermilk Park. The beach has a children’s park with a pond out front, bathroom facilities and volleyball courts. This beach has many amenities for families that want to have a relaxing day at the beach. The park also has gazebos and picnic tables if you’d like to have a picnic in the shade. (1301 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-213-3029 www.naplesgov.com)

Cambier Park

Cambier Park is located right in the heart of Naples just off Fifth Avenue South. The park is kid-friendly and has a children’s playground for kids to play. There are also tennis courts for kids to stay active with their parents. There is also a lot of open, green space and a covered pavilion for families to have picnics. (755 8th Ave S, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-213-3058 www.naplesgov.com)

Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a relaxing, quiet place to visit if you’d like to see the beauty of Florida’s nature. The garden features an area specifically for children called, “Smith Children’s Garden.” This area gives children the opportunity to visit some of Florida’s ecosystems on land and in the sea. Here, kids have the opportunity to climb to the top of a treehouse, create artwork with chalk and even experience what it's like to crawl through river grass through the perspective of a spider. (4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL, 34112 | 239-643-7275 www.naplesgarden.org)

Naples Cyclery

Naples Cyclery offers a great way to keep your kids active while still exploring Naples. With many different options of bicycles to rent like a tricycle, a four-person bike or a bicycle with a cart, you can make sure to maximize the experience with the bike that best fits your family’s needs. Children’s helmets are available for free with your rental. Check the website for more information on how to rent a bike. (813 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL, 34108 | 239-566-0600 www.naplescyclery.com)

Naples Trolley Tours 

Naples Trolley Tours is a way to explore Naples with young children. With more than 100 sights to see, this narrated tour is sure to keep your little ones’ attention. The hop-on, hop-off style trip ensures that you and your family are continuously entertained while touring around the beautiful city of Naples. (1010 6th Avenue South, #2, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-262-7300 www.naplestrolleytours.com)

Estero River Outfitters

Estero River Outfitters rents kayaks, paddle boards and canoes to families ready to explore the Estero River. This is a great activity to do with kids if you want to get them out on the water to explore nature. Children under the age of nine get a free rental with a purchase of an adult rental. Pricing and hours are located on their website. (20991 S Tamiami Trail, Estero, FL, 33928 | 239-992-4050 www.esteroriveroutfitters.com)

Headpinz

Headpinz is an entertainment center with arcade games, laser tag and bowling. You can also grab a bite to eat with the kids during your time there. Call or look at the website for more information. (14513 Global Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, 33913 | 239-302-2155 www.headpinz.com)

Imaginarium Science Center

Imaginarium Science Center is a hands-on learning experience that gives kids the opportunity to learn while having fun. The Science Center includes animal shows, a sea touch tank experience and many other hands-on exhibits. Kids even have the opportunity to become weather forecasters in the mini studio. (2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL, 33916 | 239-321-7420 www.i-sci.org)

Congo River Golf

Congo River Golf is a safari-themed, 18-hole mini golf course. The course features water falls, rivers and tunnels to create a challenging but fun time for kids. The course also has an alligator feeding area to experience a little bit of Florida’s nature. Congo River has eight different locations around Florida where you can play during the day or in the evening. (24280 Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL, 34134 | 239-948-9099 www.congoriver.com)

Zoomers Amusement Park

Parents can have fun both indoors and outdoors with their kids at Zoomers Amusement Park. With go-karts, bumper boats, roller coasters and a mini arcade, your kids are sure to enjoy their time here. Parents can join in on the fun by getting on the rides too. (17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL, 33908 | 239-481-9666 www.zoomersamusementpark.com)

Bamboozles

Bamboozles is a roller skating rink located off U.S. 41 in Fort Myers. They welcome all ages for a fun day or night of skating. Roller skates are available for rent, as well as knee and elbow pads. Check the website for more information regarding times and ticket pricing. (2095 Andrea Lane, Fort Myers, FL, 33912 | 239-482-7789 www.gobamboozles.com)

Sky Zone

Sky Zone is a trampoline park located in Fort Myers off U.S. 41. The park offers amenities like the Skyslam, where visitors can dunk a basketball, a dodgeball court, a foam zone and even freestyle jump. The park is a fun way to get active and is suitable for parents and children. Ticket prices are available online. (14181 S Tamiami Trail #140, Fort Myers, FL, 33912 | 239-313-5448 www.skyzone.com)

Germain Arena

Germain Arena is located in Estero and holds public skating for all ages. The public skating features a disco ball and music. If you do not own skates, they are available for rent. The arena also offers ‘Learn to Skate’ classes for children ages 3 and up. (11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL, 33928 | 239-948-7825 www.germainarena.com)

Naples Bay Water Shuttle

Naples Bay Water Shuttle offers a relaxing ride through some of Naples’ shopping and dining destinations. The shuttle has many fixed stops including The Dock at Crayton Cove, Wharf Tavern Restaurant and Naples Bay Resort. This is a fun and affordable way to get your kids out on the water to explore Naples Bay. (880 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-206-0160 www.naplesbaywatershuttle.com)

Naples Train Museum

Stop by and view different types of trains on display at the Naples Train Museum. One of the more popular activities at the museum is the outdoor train ride, which is suitable for all ages. The museum also has a “Thomas the Tank Engine” and can be operated from buttons located on the front. (401 10th Street South, Naples, FL, 34102 | 239-262-1776 www.naplestrainmuseum.org)

Collier County Public Library

The Collier County Public Library has 10 branches around the county. Different branches offer a variety of monthly events for children like story time for toddlers and preschoolers, music and movement and family story time. Click here for a list of locations and their addresses. (Collier County Public Library Headquarters, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL, 34109 | 239-593-0334 www.collier-lib.org)

What are some of your favorite activities to do while in Southwest Florida with your children and grandchildren? Let us know by sharing directly to our Facebook page.

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