Naples, Florida- Top 10 Free Things To DO.

Naples, which is situated on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida as one of the pricey travel when it comes to spending a holiday but it still offers some of the affordable places which you can enjoy on this wealthy ground.

 

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You can enjoy getting out in nature, Hiking, paddling a kayak, watching birds, spotting dolphin, diving to find seashells and soaking under the sun are one of
the beauties of this place.

The beaches of Naples, Bonita Springs, and Macro Island are all free things you can enjoy as these are open to the public without any fees. YES; Parking fees do apply, but if you prefer to come on your bicycles and walking- YOU PAY NOTHING..(Win-Win situation).

Do not leave the Collier County, Florida, the United States without exploring its four excellent historical museums and walk along Naples City Pier that is free and highly kids and adults friendly.

Let’s get started with the Top 10 Best Budget-Friendly Places in the fishing and dolphin-spotting destination-Naples, Florida(USA).

 

1) Big Cypress National Preserve: If you are looking for spending a peaceful time in nature listening and enjoying the sounds of the frogs, limp-kins, thunder and rain and other Glades sounds. It does not get better than traveling the water trails of Big Cypress National Preserve that too on when you are on Budget. Better to Begin exploring at the new free Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Centre and take loop road for the best wildlife sight-seeings.

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The preserve neighbor to Everglades National Park which covers more than 7 lakh acres of land and is also home to rare to found and watch animals like Florida panther, Florida Manatee, and all the alligators. Its Free of cost Oasis Visitor Centre offers environment and ranger programs in case you are interested.

 

2) Collier County Museum: It is one of the excellent five-campus empire locations in Naples perseverates about one million years of South-west Florida history. The area is stretched in more than 10 thousand sq-ft space apprise diversified ancient mastodons, ceremonial masks by primitive people. An Ice Age giant corpus ground
sloth hanging from the ceiling welcome visitors.

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There are other outside attractions for exploration like in-house museum gardens, restored cottages, a quintessential swamp buggy that kids can enjoy climb into, a working archaeological lab, a 1910 steam engine from the country’s cypress-logging era and a converted Seminole fort and Calusa Indian camp.

 

3) Paradise Coast Blue-way: If you are looking for more closeup and raw experience in nature; you must take a paddle tour in Naples backyard Everglades. The whole 73-mile long development efforts start with the ten thousand Islands section (Phase 1) all GPS- marked trail routes which cover the wilderness zones in one long trail from Everglades National park to Good land on Macro Island and most challenging adventurous six days short trip trails.

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The trail provides you the experience of watching secluded beaches, mangrove-forest islands, and shallow backwater swarming with birds, dolphin, and fishes. There are extended phase 2 covering routes through Rookery Bay from the Gorden Pass area and phase 3 covers a coastal route along the beaches to the northern county line.

For Bookings: www.paradisecoastblueway.com/trip/outfitters.php

 

4) Macro Island Historical Museum: The ancient Calusa Indian civilization which was established in 1896 by archaeologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, spreads throughout Southwest Florida. The importance of the museum is its remarkable and influential 6-inch wooden effigy named as the Key Marco Cat and a room devoted to Marco Island’s early development and pioneer days.

 

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You will find a lot of information about Marco from its original inhabitants to the modern era and two exhibit rooms devoted to Calusa culture. There is this mini gift
shop with cute items which is also affordable from the local artist. There are no entry fees, however, donations are well appreciated.

 

5) Naples City Pier: The place is 1000 ft long stretches out from Naples municipal beach and has been an area landmark for attracting millions of tourists, and the
native people. You also get the opportunity to just stroll on a peaceful place as
other tourists and even natives love to do during sunrise and sunset listening to the sound of the waves and watching the dolphins and fishes.

 

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The Pier accentuates with restrooms, showers, a concession stands with a covered eating area, and beach supplies. Parking is a bit tricky so better grab the first spot you find and if you are lucky to be friends with the natives; it will help you to
grab the beach passes. The place is close proximity to the restaurants, ship store, and shop.

 

6) South Marco Beach: A fantastic place to spend the time if you are planning a family outing with kids, while strolling on the beach enjoying feeling your feet on the white sand, watching calm waves, starfish, and dolphins in the clean water, playing water sports, gathering the shells, relaxing sunset view. They also rent chairs and umbrellas; Yoga is also available at very affordable rates.

 

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The Beach is little tricky when it comes to restrooms and public parking- they have paid to park for $8 and then a short walk to the beach.

 

7) Ten Thousand Islands: The place famously named as Marsh Trial which is a cluster of mangroves haven which is fed by a flow of fresh rainfall into the Florida bay is one of the world’s most mysterious places where Florida haven breaks
apart into thousands of small tiny pieces. There was a time when this unusual
jigsaw puzzle was only accessible through water by the air boats, canoe, and kayak but now the first quarter mile is paved and wheelchair accessible.

The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge added a resource which creates out and back hike into the mangrove mazes and Entry is free.

 

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In case you are a birder then, a newly opened observation tower which provides you the opportunity for wildlife photography that too without any charges and viewing
definitely a Bonus!

Best Place for Hikers and who would like to explore the place by bicycles as bikes are allowed on the trail which is in open- no shade.If you are planning for kayaking, assure to have a map with you before heading into the wilds and in case you bring your pet especially a dog, beware of the alligators.

 

8) Naples Depot Museum: The place foretells the history of city’s transformation which was once an ancient village, now with the help of railroads has become a
flourishing tourist destination.

You may find a movie which plays at every seven minutes in the museum’s windows, leaving you with mesmerizing experience of watching the circa 1927 Orange Blossom Special hauling into the station.

 

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The cherished site is located in the downtown Naples and listed as Historic Places on the National Register featuring the local history from the Seminoles designed caves to the marshland buggies and the three credible rail cars alongside the depot.

 

9) Otter Mound Preserve: The place on Marco Island was once the headquarters for the ancient Calusa Tribe- later owned by Ernest Otter. The Calusa archaeological hidden site and it’s illustrative manured pathway trail which is still full with ancient whelks alongside tells the history of primitive Indians who once lived in this place.

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The owner has reinvented the place by using the hundreds of whelk shells which they left behind defining their shellfish rich diet to line terraces around the
property in 1940 and above.

 

10) The Naples Preserve: The small yet fabulous flora and fauna place is best called as Tamiami Trail which allows you to stroll into the area and see how the area used to look like before development dating back nearly 10,000 years. You may find black racer snake, turtles, Air plants, red pines, and palmettos. Better to pick easy to use laminated guides as you step into the boardwalk which will guide your kids and you to know which fauna they need to keep watch for.

 

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There is also an Eco-system house with gave stress on interactive programs and panorama view featuring the preserve’s flora and fauna.

We are now end of the list, do explore this place in weekends or plan a holiday and share your experiences in the comment section.

Stay Safe Travel in Budget!

 

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Top 8 Best Affordable Weekend Getaways On Fall !

Best Time to Visit: Fall ( September To November), You can expect cooler nights and even snowfall in late Octobers and in Novembers.

We all need a break from our super  Hectic schedules just to unwind our energies and resume to our work life and weekend trips that too in your pockets are a good deal to your mind and soul.

You all must have read about Top Free Things To Do while you landed in Boston, MA.

I have come across with another super affordable weekend getaways especially for Girls that you can enjoy without stressing much on your pockets.

The states forming part of New England offer just a day’s trip or Bus ride from city Boston or New York. If you are good at Driving and directions, then renting a car seems to be a great option for you in case you don’t own one.

You can go through the easy online process of Zipcar and they also offer free driving for joining which is affordable even for college students to rent a car near you at any Daytime. Be sure to check them out before planning the below options.

 I am listing here Top 8 Getaways which are cost-friendly, easily covered by Road and only 3 hours drive away and Girls Friendly!

 

1) The Berkshires-From Boston, NYC, or Philadelphia: If you love to be a part of arts and culture weekend then the Berkshires will surely fill your travel appetite. The Berkshires is a perfect getaway for even girls- so girls go pack your Bags and get ready to enjoy!

 

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The beautiful small town is nestled in the mountains which are gifted with an amazing art, music, theater, and the natural phenomenon tapestry with the shades of all bright colors of Orange, Red, and gold. You can even enjoy Spa’s here isn’t that sounds like a perfect getaway!

Where To Eat: Haven Cafe & Bakery is very good and affordable option for Breakfast whereas Six Depot Roastery and Cafe are good for both Breakfast and lunch.

Where to Stay:  You can stay at Premier Inn Reading ( Caversham Bridge) Hotel at Richfield Avenue which is close to the Banks of the  River Thames and the Marina. The Hotel offer Breakfast buffet with free parking area and Non- smoking zone at moderately affordable tariffs.

 

2) The Mendocino-From San Francisco: Once Mendo in San Francisco which is 155 miles away had faced a very destructive fate when an Artist from San Francisco infused into life and reformed its destiny.

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Presently, the city is popularly known as Mendo, since it is famous for its art and culture, Beer, Wine and Mushroom festival which locals celebrate in November and not to forget their nightlife followed by gallery inaugurations and performances, and art lovers.

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This art-inspired getaway has a spectacular scenery, with windswept  cliffs and waves against the jagged ocean.

Quick Tip: There is an excellent stop between Mendo and San Francisco is The Philo Apple Farm.

This place offers you to stay and cook options while you can also pick up jams, ciders, and chutneys.

Where To Eat: Goodlife Cafe and Bakery is a very good affordable option for  lunch and Brunch. They have a standard Menu for all kind of diet preferences, targeting their gluten-free crowd.

You may not find much crowd on Friday and Saturday but Sunday is little crowdy but worth waiting.

Second option we have on our list is Paysanne is a good option for who have sweet tooth. They serve organic Ice-cream, natural candies, and confections.

Where to Stay: You can stay at Mendocino Hotel Garden or Mendocino village’s Blue Door Inn, both hotels will give you affordable deals.

 

3) East Naples,FL- From Miami: The place is situated at 108 miles away from Miami and preferred for Girl’s weekend getaways. If you are planning your weekends on some beach or you like to spend  time on beaches then head yourself  without thinking to downtown Naples,Florida.

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The place is an ultimate combination of downtown bars, restaurants, and Naples Botanical Garden with beautiful beach culture making a place to spend peaceful  yet enjoyable weekend spot with all your friends and family.

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There is this Dolphin Explorer which is based in Naples and Marco Island promises to bring out finest Eco-Tour in South-West, Florida.

Where To Eat: You can check out Barbatella for its Italian delicacies like oven cooked Pizza and in-house pasta, Country House East for quick breakfast among ample of choices which is located just outside the downtown in Naples and if you have a craving for Some Mexican lunching  go for Taqueria San Julian for their Tacos and shrimp located at Fort Myers, FL.

 

Where to Stay: You can accommodate yourself at this spacious downtown hotel Bellasera with red tile roofs ideal for a group of friends. The hotel provides free bikes for guests and also first-come, first served private cabins at poolside.

In case easy access to the beach is what you are specifically seeking for then go for Naples Beach Hotel and Golf club, it’s just on the Gulf of Mexico, but 2 miles reachable of the shops and restaurants of downtown Naples.

 

4) Palm Springs- From L.A: This is the Best place to enjoy nightlife- offers you to escape from your daytime activities of sunbathing, spas, pool scene, and shopping since Palm spring can prove as custom made the drive for quick weekend escape.

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This great place in L.A offers you great restaurants, booze bars, and cocktail lounges and too at a walkable distance or can be reachable by cab ride also.

Prepare with your gear ups under your dresses as the first thing comes into your mind to unwind yourself is to dive into the pool and ease your road trip.

You may join a fun party in a case going on the Riviera Resort and Spa.(Best for pool parties & Spa’s). Just pick any nearby chair, order your drinks, and cherish the late desert evening.

 

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While strolling, you will find El Paseo shopping district which features over 300 high-ended shops, clothing, art galleries, and much more.

 

Where to Eat: King Highway at the Ace Hotel which offers you much filling affordable breakfast with many more options for lunch and dinner. Here, Pool stays open till 2.00 am ( Entry fees required for non-guests).

Second, we have on our eating option list is Brunch at Norma’s- The Parker. You can try from healthy to light omelet to the lobster ranging from $100. This place also offers affordable spa packages. This place is worth exploring!

Third, you can also try breakfast options at Cheeky’s one of the popular food joint in the town.

 

Where To stay: You can book affordable choices at the Desert Riviera Hotel .

This mini oasis in the desert pampers your spirits leaving you with a feeling of “Home away from home”.

 

5) Galena- From Chicago: When it comes to Chicagoans for spending a weekend, they look to exploring more adventurous side followed with great food and wine. For fulfilling your appetite for exploring, Galena is for sure a decent spot which is just 164 miles far away from Chicago.

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The place is nourished with giant hills which make it a happening place for downhill skiing and autumn glory. It’s architectural and contour significance has added 85 cents of the 19th-century buildings on the list of National Register of the Historic Places and place is much more adored by the visitor for its unique hospitality and romantic demeanor.

You can enjoy Galena Trolley Tours which comprises of 1 at $18 to 2.5 tour at $44 stops for 30-45 minutes at the Belvedere Mansion, the Dowling House, and the Ulysses.Grant Home.

 

Where to Stay: You can check in at affordable Grant Hills Motel room price starting at $69 offer outdoor pool, hot shower and community kitchen and Pet-friendly with pre-approval and Pet Guest fee.

Isn’t this arrangement terrific? Now you can carry your lovely doubly pets with you 🙂

 

Where To Eat: You can grab a quick lunch brunch from famous VictoryCafe. You can try their delicious pancakes, French toast and cinnamon rolls and that too at affordable prices.

 

For Beer lovers– Must visit Root Beer Revelry. You can taste different flavors plus you can buy Bottle of your choice, try their delicious root beer float which is made with the creamy ice-cream and the perfect beer by Berghof.

 

6) Austin- From Houston: This place is very much alive for its notably live music and Art culture so if you are a music freak and artistic, try this place to spend your weekend.

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The place is 165 miles away from Houston which has fancy boutiques, unique movie halls, and dedicated restaurants which will give you  ample of memories to cherish and never forgettable experience.

You can start with the Blanton Museum of Art featuring the most comprehensive and largest collection of Art in Central Texas dedicated to European paintings, Modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.

 

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You can watch a movie at Alamo Drafthouse  which also allow you to drink(beer, wine, and cocktails) and eat while watching. The theater has many chains in the multiple locations in Austin, also often hosts fun activities.

Where to Eat: If you want to taste seafood, do visit Truluck’s Seafood which  is located in Austin Downtown offers Live music every night or Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. Both Restaurants are good for seafood in their own way.

Where to Stay: You can look for affordable tariffs in Sleep Inn & Suites N Austin starts from  $129 for any discount and promises on clean and comfortable stay. They offer free parking, smoke-free area, has an indoor pool, and free Hot Breakfast.

 

7) Vail- From Denver: The place is 97 miles away from best known for its grand hotels with European-style architecture, winter slopes and ski resorts.The Rocky Mountain resort is the greatest in the U.S., incorporating  5,289 sections of land of ski-able territory spread crosswise over three mountain tops that totally scour in the snow. But city Vail has a lot more to offer than only ski mountain.

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The transport free town territory is designed according to the Tyrolean towns of the Alps and loaded with outstanding eateries, fabulous inns with European-style engineering, and stand-out boutiques.

You can explore the shops and exhibitions that line the cobblestone boulevards. You can start your weekend with the highest public botanical garden-Betty Ford Alpine Gardens which is free to stroll and open from dawn to dusk.

You can enjoy Vail’s nightlife with a cocktail in the heart of Vail village at celebrity-owned restaurant Matsuhisa by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Do not forget to try their signature marti-ni and dishes like Yellow-tail Sashimi, Black-Miso, and White-fish.

 

Where To Eat: You can eat at Westside Cafe & Market. The restaurant offers a variety of eateries in Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. You may find Food amazing and place little busier during lunch times.

You can also try Bully Ranch Restaurant located at Sonnenalp and the price is moderate.

Where To Stay: You can stay at Sitzmark Lodge which is located in the center of village vail by Gore creek only a short stroll to the new Gondola One. They offer free continental breakfast. You can also enjoy Wine Party in Winters and they have affordable tariffs too with weekly special discount rates.

 

8) Granbury and Glen Rose- From Dallas: The places Granbury and Glen Rose has lots more to offer when it comes to a wildlife sanctuary and hilly landscape experience. Both these places are less than 100 miles drive from Dallas.

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You can indulge yourself in many outside activities from hiking among dino footprints to Kayaking along the Brazos River to relaxing  on shorelines on lakesides and even spend your misty nights at wildlife resort.

 

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GlenRose is rich in limestone, sandstone, and mudstone with region’s best topography with a stop at Big Rocks Park at Barnard street. You can enjoy clicking your photos mid-way.

Sightseeing: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Hood County Jail and Museum and Barnard’s Mill & Art Museum.

 

Where to Stay: You can stay at Inn on the River  offers cozy beds and garden views at affordable tariffs starts at $140.

For more adventurous Experience: You can stay in tents( equipped with twin beds, separate washrooms, and other basic amenities) with the Foothills Safari Camp at tariffs starts from $125, and also two overnight options of a rustic lodge with furnished rooms with affordable tariffs start from $100 at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

They also offer discounts to their overnight guests. Check their website for more details.

Where to Eat: You can try BBQ, Poboys, Burgers, Steaks, Cold Beer, Wine, Fried Egg, Bacon and much more on the Menu at this Texas joint named Loco Coyote Grill.

 

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So here is my end of the List of Girls and Family friendly weekend getaways. Hope you will visit them soon & share your awesome feedback.

 

Happy Voyage! Stay Safe!