Nestled along the southwestern shore of Florida, Marco Island provides many fun activities for kids. Its tropical climate and proximity to the Everglades make for a popular vacation spot for families who like to be outdoors. With many beaches, parks and adventures, kids will have a blast in Marco Island.
Marco Island is home to many beaches. South Marco Beach (no website; South Collier Boulevard; 239-252-4000) is one of two public access beaches featuring lines of sandy shoreline perfect for swimming and building sandcastles. The other one is Tigertail Beach (no website; Hernando Drive; 239-252-4000), which has amenities such as a playground, butterfly garden, a boardwalk, a snack bar and water sport rentals. Sand Dollar Island is a remote beach without amenities, but it's fun to get to. You have to wade across a shallow lagoon from Tigertail Beach. Kids may enjoy the adventure in this quest.
Frank E. Mackle Community Park (no website; 1361 Andalusia Terrace; 239-642-0575) has a spray park, large playground with a separate tot lot and open playing fields. Caxambas Park (no website; 909 Collier Court; 239-642-0004) is a 4-acre park with public water access for boating. It also has a concession stand that sells food and fishing equipment.
Captain Ron's Awesome Everglade Adventures (evergladesjetskitours.com) will take you and the kids on a jetski tour. Guides will lead you to dolphin encounters, secluded spots on the island and other fun stops. Everglade Area Tours (evergladesareatours.com) provides tours that include power boating, kayaking, fishing, biking and hiking. Tours feature dolphin and wildlife viewing. Cool Bean Cruises (coolbeanscruises.com) specializes in bird-watching excursions. Marco Island is home to nesting owlets that begin to peek out of their nests in the spring. Brown pelicans and egrets are also possible sightings on these tours.
The Marco Island Historical Museum (colliermuseums.com) brings back to life a vanished people group known as the Calusa Indians with a recreated village scene. It also chronicles other historical aspects of the region, including its history as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery. Just a 17 mile drive from Marco Island in Naples is the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (cmon.org). Kids can explore all of the hands-on exhibits such as the Keva building planks and the fully stocked art studio.