Take your team to Florida’s Paradise Coast and discover where the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal waters meet white sand, pristine islands and vibrant downtowns.
Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City are idyllically situated in the heart and soul of Southwest Florida, boasting an abundance of artful treasures, delectable eateries and cozy accommodation options fit for any size team. In Naples, expect the best white-sand beaches and top-rated golf courses. Naples is a stylish community known for its refined downtown, with plenty of opportunity for fishing, boating, water sports, arts and culture.
Head a bit further south and you’ll reach Marco Island, the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands. Marco Island is a diverse combination between a sophisticated resort area, historic nautical community and a trendy fishing village. From historic sites to swamp tours, Everglades City serves as the western gateway to Everglades National Park, an American national park that protects the southern 20 percent of Florida’s original Everglades. Everglades City is most known for its educational museums and small-town charm.
There’s nothing more a sports planner could ask for than a region with a climate permitting outdoor sports events year round. Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City are projected to host a number of world-class sports events in the near future, including Pro Watercross, the Powerboat Nationals World Championship, 2019 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, FBU National Championships and the Dimitri Cup, a four-weekend soccer competition.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- Pro Watercross at Sugden Park (Lake Avalon) (October 27- November 4)
- Powerboat at Sugden Park (Lake Avalon) (October 27 & 28)
- Pickleball Championshipsat East Collier Regional Park (April 27-May 4)
- FBU National Championships (December 17-21)
- Dimitri Cup at North Collier Regional Park (4 Weekends in January)
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- North Collier Regional Park
- Sugden Regional Park (Lake Avalon)
- East Naples Community Park
- Collier County Sports Complex
North Collier Regional Park
North Collier Regional Park in Naples is home to many local leagues, making it an ideal facility for games, tournaments and competitions. The park is a prime location for adults and children to gather and enjoy the region’s beauty, and it even includes Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, Southwest Florida’s top state-of-the-art waterpark. Amenities at this world-class sports facility include eight tournament soccer fields, five tournament softball fields, the RecPlex Fitness Complex, Calusa fossil dig play area for children, an interactive playground and Exhibit Hall Park Ranger tours and education. In Jan. 2019, the park will host Dimitri Cup, a month-long soccer competition.
Sports: Soccer, softball
Sugden Regional Park (Lake Avalon)
In Oct., Lake Avalon, part of Sugden Regional Park, is projected to host both Pro Watercross and the Powerboat Nationals World Championship. The stunning 60-acre lake is this waterfront park’s main attraction, along with one of Collier County’s only fresh water beaches. Amenities at the park include the lakeside beach, paddleboat rentals, a walking path around the lake, gazebo, playground and picnic areas. The park also offers sailing and waterskiing lessons for abled bodies and special needs individuals throughout the year.
Sports: Sailing, waterskiing, boating, fishing, jet skiing
East Naples Community Park
Future host to the 2019 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, East Naples Community Park features pickleball courts, athletic fields and family fun. As a hub for both youth and adult activities with fitness programs, after school care, senior programs, a skating park, playground and community center, the park provides the opportunity for meeting new friends and making new memories. Featured world-class amenities at the park include two lighted basketball courts, two racquetball courts, eight lighted tennis courts, four lighted softball fields, a lighted playground, lighted exercise trail around the lake, a picnic area, pavilion, roller hockey rink, two lighted football and soccer fields, 54 pickleball courts and the Pickleball Pro Shop of Collier County.
Sports: Pickleball, soccer, football, tennis, basketball, racquetball, softball, roller hockey
Collier County Sports Complex
Coming soon to Collier County, Collier County Sports Complex will be a $70-million sports complex with 16 multipurpose fields, including four to accommodate baseball and softball players. The complex hopes to attract professional European and South American soccer clubs to hold clinics and exhibition games at the facility. The complex will extend 61 acres, featuring a small outdoor stadium and an indoor field house. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, and the whole complex is set to be open by 2021.
Sports: Soccer, baseball, softball
Things to do in Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City
Family-friendly, educational opportunities and leisurely outdoor activities depict the essence of Naples, Marco Island and Everglades city.
Established in 2002, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples celebrates the natural curiosity of children by offering an educationally dynamic space that encourages discovery and exploration. At the tree-top Adopt-A-Pet veterinary clinic exhibit, children have an opportunity for career exploration. The Art Studio invites children to participate in hands-on, ever-changing art projects.
Splash around at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon in Naples, a kid and family-friendly outdoor waterpark with an abundance of waterslides, a lazy river, kid’s water play area and diving pools. Turtle
Cove is the busiest attraction for young ones, a playground-esque pool with floating lily pads, a fountain and an overhead mesh rope for kids to test their navigation skills.
A specialty shopping district in Naples, Tin City features more than 40 eclectic local shops with merchandise and mementos not to be found anywhere else. Visitors shopping at Tin City will find everything from fine jewelry, crafts and crystals to swimsuits and scrimshaw.
An ideal group-friendly activity for large sports teams, Naples Botanical Garden offers group tour benefits and a menu of options for boxed lunches. Visitors can teleport to Southeast Asia at the Lea Asian Garden, a garden reflecting the rich cultural, spiritual and botanical diversity of this particular region of the world.
Sports teams and their families will love spending a day at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Southwest Florida’s top nationally accredited zoo and charitable institution. Stroll through the zoo and gaze upon tigers, pythons, leopards, tortoises, lions, zebras and more.
How to Get to Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City
By Land: If traveling to this region by car, major highways that connect to Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City are I-75, I-77, I-71, I-10 and I-95. This region is within a 10-hour drive from major cities such as Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Savannah, Atlanta and Montgomery.
By Air: Serving the greater Southwest Florida region, Southwest Florida International Airport (FSW) is the second-busiest single-runway airport in the U.S. Top destinations to and from FSW are Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Newark, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Company Name: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
Sports Sales Manager: Jeffrey John
Title: Sports Development Manager