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Outdoor Activities in Southwest Florida

The kids are out of school and you’ve got to find something to do with them! Or maybe you don’t have kids and just want to get out to enjoy that summer sun. There are tons of summer activities for families, couples, and adventurous souls around Southwest Florida. Being in Florida, we have access to many unique environments that other people never get to see. We have swamps, estuaries, rookeries, and the like filled with unique native wildlife.

Take a trip this summer to one of these nearby areas to experience the wildlife, scenery, and take some great photos!

Conservancy

Via Conservancy of SWFL Facebook

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The Conservancy’s mission is protect our water, land, wildlife, and future. Come visit the Nature Center, or join an offsite program like their Eco Cruise, Nature Walks, and Fossil Digs.

Rookery Bay
Visit Rookery Bay for recreation (boating, kayaking, fishing) or to learn. There are guided nature tours or you can explore on your own. Take a look at their list of events to see what’s going on.

The Everglades
A bit further outside of the area, but worth the trip if you plan to kayak or go on an airboat tour. You’ll really feel how expansive The Everglades is when you get out in the middle of it.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Visit the Naples Zoo as a group or on your own. Check out their daily schedule to see what’s going on such as chances to Meet the Keepers, and special shows like Snakes Alive!

Big Cypress National Preserve
The Big Cypress Swamp helps support the Everglades with its freshwater. The Swamp is home to various wildlife like Florida panthers, as well as plant life. You can camp and go explore the Preserve at your own pace.

Corkscrew Swamp
This Swamp is located about 30 minutes east of Naples. It is home to hundreds of animals like alligators, white tailed deer, red bellied turtles, otters, and many types of birds. Bring your camera to take photos along the boardwalk trail.

sun n fun lagoon

Via Sun N Fun Lagoon website

Sun N Fun Lagoon Water Park
Sure, you can cool off at the community pool or the beach this summer. But why not spend a day slipping and slidding through the various water rides at Sun N Fun Lagoon? Relax on the Lazy River, do a few laps in the pool, show off your form in on the diving board, and slip down the many slides.


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Senior Vacation!

Sure, we’re heading into the “thinner” vacation months of November, December, January and February, but that just means you can find the best deals on flights and hotels!  And what better time for a local Southwest Florida senior to go on vacation than when your backyard is overflowing with people visiting from elsewhere?  Why not visit their hometowns while they visit yours?  But where to go?  Not every locale is the best if you’re over 65.  San Francisco is mind-blowingly beautiful, but it’s a city best seen on foot that also happens to be covered in massive hills.  New York has more things to see and do than most people can do in a lifetime, but lots of local seniors are from the New York area, and have already done and seen it all.

So, to help you get started on picking a perfect place to explore in these bargain-oriented travel months, we’re sharing a fantastic list of very specific suggestions for elderly adventurers from homeaway.com.  The full article is right HERE, and here’s a sample from it.  We’re sure one of their seven ideas will be perfect for you!

7. Soak in Southern Charm

  • Trip/Destination: Charleston, SC
  • Best for: Senior tour groups
  • Must see: Charleston’s beautiful house museums

Charleston is often called the Holy City because it has so many beautiful churches. It’s one of the most historic, and polite, cities in the United States, and is easily toured by bus. Visit the Aiken-Rhett House, built back in 1818, or Drayton House, just outside the city, which survived both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Take a carriage ride around the Historic District or enjoy a boat tour out to Fort Sumter where the Civil War began. Active seniors who enjoy a round of two of golf should consider a charming beachfront vacation cottage at Kiawah Island to hit the links at the famous Kiawah Island Resort.