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If you are in the midst of planning a trip to Southwest Florida or will be hosting guests with children, you may be wondering what to do with the younger visitors. Rest assured, in addition to the world-class beaches, water activities and dining experiences there are plenty of kid-friendly destinations and adventures. Indoor and outdoor activities will keep your family or guests well-entertained while enjoying their vacation time in Southwest Florida.

Naples Zoo

This gem of a zoo is a welcome destination for children and adults alike. To be completely honest, most visitors hardly expect a zoo of this caliber in a setting like Naples. With live demonstrations hosted by the zoo keepers, to scheduled feedings with different animals throughout the day and catamaran cruises there is much to do and see at this zoological garden. Animals from around the world call Naples home and will delight visitors of all ages.

Golisano Children’s Museum

This is one educational experience no child will want to miss. With a number of permanent and rotating interactive exhibits, visitors will enjoy a special blend of play that is intricately balanced with learning and development. The distinctive arc-shaped building is both whimsical and enticing. The museum is located in North Collier Regional Park in Naples. Guests may also want to visit the Just Dig It covered playground or Sun-n-Fun Lagoon while in the park.

Sun-n-Fun Lagoon

When the temperature rises, Sun-n-Fun Lagoon is the place to be. Conveniently located in Naples, this water park is great for families with children of all ages. Little ones can safely splash in the Tadpole Pool, while older children explore a variety of areas including pools, a lazy river and 5 different water slides. Parents and guardians will appreciate the safety factor with lifeguards keeping a close watch over the activities.


Few destinations successfully combine the fun and excitement of a museum and aquarium, but Imaginarium in Ft. Myers rewards guests with this very memorable opportunity. The fun and wonder of science comes alive in a variety of exhibits and activities geared towards visitors of all ages. The Animal Lab, Hurricane Experience, Sporty Science Arena and Weather Station highlight the depth of available activities. Guests will spend hours exploring and participating in hands-on demonstrations.

Lake Trafford Airboat Tours

Every trip to Florida should include an airboat tour. Piloted by skilled and knowledgeable tour guides, guests will glide through the glades while observing nature up close. Look for birds, alligators and other native creatures enjoying their natural habitat in the headwaters of the Everglades.

Southwest Florida offers guests of all ages a number of fun and exciting activities. Whether the weather calls for outdoor activities or the occasional need to head indoors, there are plenty of destinations to entertain travelers young and old. Some of the more popular attractions in the area include Naples Zoo, Golisano Children’s Museum, Sun-n-Fun Lagoon, Imaginarium and Lake Trafford Airboat Tours. With plenty to do, see and experience, it is no wonder why Southwest Florida is a vacation destination of choice.

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