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If you have two days to spend in Naples, there’s plenty to do to fill your time (and no, it’s not just lounging poolside).
To start day one, tour downtown and Old Naples, either with the Naples Historical Society, or hop a Segway and go the two-wheeled route. Either way, you’ll get a good feel for Old Naples, as well as learn some things along the way.
After your tour, spend some time along Fifth Avenue South and peruse the windows of the various boutiques and galleries, filled with original finds. If you feel the hunger pangs approaching or need a caffeine fix, you might even stop into a sidewalk café for lunch or a cup of coffee.
When it’s time for the sun to set, head to the beach and join in the tradition of toasting another day as the sun melts into the Gulf. But if you'd rather do your drinking indoors, The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has a spectacular wine list and arguably the finest New York strip in the city.
For day two in Naples, get up bright and early and head south towards the Everglades. A visit to Big Cypress National Park — the Everglades’ northern neighbor — is the perfect introduction to Mother Nature, Florida-style. Here you can canoe, kayak, hike, or go on a ranger-led program such as a hike, canoe trip, or boardwalk stroll.
After lunch on your way back to Naples — and after you’ve had a chance to freshen up a bit — visit the Naples Museum of Art (open seasonally October through June). The museum’s 30,000 square feet spread over three stories and encompasses 15 galleries as well as a glass-dome conservatory. The entrance gates are by metal artist Albert Paley, and be sure to look up once inside to discover chandeliers by glass artist Dale Chihuly. Inside the galleries you’ll find world-class paintings, sculpture, drawings and other works of art.
Once again, when it’s time for the sun to set, make your way over to the beach to watch it slip into the Gulf. You may even decide to dine overlooking the Gulf, and the sunset provides the perfect backdrop to your evening.