4.5 based on 242 reviews
Friends from “up-north” were visiting; so we took an airboat tour on Lake Trafford. The tour is reasonably priced and excellent! We are still talking about it! We saw more than 100 alligators (no exaggeration) and many many birds. Guide was knowledgeable, friendly and showed us a fabulous time; Answered all questions, would stop the airboat to explain - these folks know their business. Must-see for anyone coming to the Fort Myers area! Close by, reasonably priced. Can’t say enough good, and we live here full Time!
4.5 based on 131 reviews
Eco-adventures in open-air Jeeps bringing you up close to the wildlife and terrain of Southwest Florida. Every day is a new adventure.
My husband read reviews about Orange Jeep Tours through TripAdvisor. Well, those reviews were not wrong about the tour of the preserve at the Community of Ave Maria. Our tour was at 11am, and our tour guide was Mike. Four of us piled into his jeep. He handed out binoculars and we were off on our 90 minute adventure.
His tour is the only tour allowed on this land. It starts on the outskirts of Ave Maria and you follow a gravel and grass road through and around marshes and wetlands. Mike has a good lay of the land and gives you a lot of information. When he spots something, he stops long enough for you to take pictures. We saw many alligators, turtles, and different birds that inhabit the area. He has a great sense of humor especially when he asked us if we ever have seen the NJ devil since we are from NJ. I told him I've only seen it at NJ Devils games at the Pru Center.
The end of the tour goes through an area when locals farm. We were amazed at what this area produces to markets. We ended back where we began 90 minutes later. If you are looking for an interesting and enjoyable couple hours out when you are in the Naples area, give this tour a try. But make your mind quick as they only do three tours a day!
4.5 based on 74 reviews
Wanting to do an overview of total Ave Maria Community..as a visitor 10 years ago and Today. Gone is the film explaining the Domino Magnet's life story, replaced by Home Sales office. Seems the community is much more sales then religiously oriented now (in my opinion not a good change). Mother Theresa's Museum is definitely a great addition. It tells her story. A statue of Mother's actual size greets one at the entrance. Such a tiny woman with such a big message. Also her austere bedroom is there. Still wonderful is a visit to the library where large paintings are on display. But quiet please, as students are studying. The Oratory remains the central town focal point and a visit is humbling. It is massive and plan your visit timing to hear the church bells. The museum with the Detroit Tiger's World Series trophy and the Pope's chair is gone. So sad, as we have Michigan guests who have enjoyed this. Present still is the admiration of one man's goal to build structures of worship throughout the world-Oratories which are nondenominational. Currently the Catholic Church of Ava Maria have their services there. Also admirable is the fully self functioning town with it's own electricity, water, golf courses, homes and schooling from preschool to university available! Truly remarkable how this has been formed out of a wilderness. Yet one cannot help but wonder "why in the middle of nowhere"? And also remembered is "Tom's failed" Drummond Island, Michigan project of years ago. Perhaps the ever increasing Naples population will reach to Immokolee and Ave Maria eventually? Hope so. Ava Maria is truly a worthwhile destination for all.
4.5 based on 30 reviews
We have been there numerous times to view the alligators and birds. But haven't the last 2yrs, the lake looked larger and deeper even the channel by the dock was much larger and fuller. Lots of fishing boats, the dock IS very weathered and shakey lots of people fishing on the dock and shore. Didn't see anyone get a bite no alligators couple of egrets.
4.5 based on 21 reviews
This is truly a farmer's market. Almost everything there is produce related, little or no other merchandise. The prices are good and a lot of variety of produce. You can buy huge quantities of produce, or with a little talking, you can buy smaller quantities. If you are really in to cooking and canning, this is the place to go.
4.5 based on 41 reviews
A real nice course and golfing experience. It is what you would expect in Florida relatively flat fairways and lots of water. If you keep you ball in play it usually relates to a fair score. Almost have a new clubhouse built I will be back next year to see how it turned out.
5 based on 17 reviews
Beautiful wildflowers, swampy marsh, lush tropical plants. It's perfect for those who want an easy, scenic walk and excellent for all ages. We took our three kiddos on this 5.5 mile hike and had a lot of fun.
There were some pretty interesting insects along the trail. Our kiddos were scared at first, but by the end of the walk they stopped and explored. They had so much fun bug-hunting.
There were even picnic tables under a pavilion during the trail and plenty of benches along the walk.
BONUS: there's a place to do some true camping.
And there's a Port-a-potty at the trailhead and maps.
4 based on 21 reviews
Immokalee, Collier County's largest inland community, has long been linked with sprawling cattle ranches and a thriving agricultural economy. First occupied by the Calusa Indians and later by the Seminole, the area has seen a colorful mix of hunters, trappers, cowmen, missionaries and Indian traders since it was first settled in 1873. Early pioneers renamed the town "Immokalee" in 1897 after a Seminole word meaning "my home" or "his home."Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 15-acre living history museum (the longest running ranch in South Florida) provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead and citrus grove from the early 1900s. Exhibits, living history programs, and twenty carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp. The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in downtown Immokalee, a scenic 44-mile drive east of Naples.
Our visit to the Pioneer Museum in Immokolee was great. We love seeing preservation of authentic historical places and Pioneer Museum has done it well.
Many people do not realize the importance of cattle ranching in Florida in the past and present and a trip Roberts Ranch and the Immokolee area and shows you both.
The buildings are well preserved - no fancy displays or interpretations - just pieces of history on display.
The staff was great! We got a private tour of the ranch.
Cudos to the staff and Collier County for preserving this gem!
5 based on 8 reviews
On your way to Marco stop off and see the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge observation tower. It has parking for 20+ cars, no toilet facilities, between Miami and Marco Island, South of 41, you will see birds, gators, marshland.
Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, Florida. The refuge is best accessed by boat. The two prominent boating access points are found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands. Take U.S. 41 south out of Naples and drive 12 miles to Hwy 92, turn right and drive 5 miles to Goodland, or continue on U.S. 41 for 5 miles to Port-of-the-Islands. The headquarters for the refuge is located at 12085 State Road 20 South, Immokalee, FL.
3 based on 295 reviews
Open 24/7; 365 days a year, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee is Southwest Florida’s premier gaming and entertainment destination. The 51,000-square-foot plus casino offers over 1300 slots, including Tarzan, Wheel of Fortune and the Big Wheel and 37 live table games including Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Blackjack Switch and Spanish 21. Dining options include the award-winning 1st Street Deli, Asian fusion restaurant Lucky Mi Noodle House, and The EE-TO-LEET-KE (“The Camp”) Grill. Nightly entertainment is highlighted with by the Zig Zag lounge, home of the Zig Zag Girlz, “where the party never ends” featuring nightly live entertainment and no last call.
They had a fireworks show so the place was packed last night. That's a good thing, want them to make the business however the cigarette smell is overwhelming. They do offer non smoking areas, and it seems they even expanded it, but the gaming tables...MoreThank you for your feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. We are still working on upgrading our air handlers throughout the casino for better gaming experience.
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