Four blocks east of Third Street South is Crayton Cove centered on The City Docks, which have served fishermen and yachtsmen since the turn of the century. Crayton Cove is full of character, with some funky shops and some that are more traditional. The Dock, a relaxed seaside restaurant has been a favorite for decades. Shop for clothes, flowers, decorations, sports gear, and food. Walk the docks, charter a boat for fishing in the inland waters, or on The Gulf - sail, cruise, take a picnic. Smell the salty air, watch the boats of all sizes come and go…let your imagination drift. www.discovercraytoncove.com
Built in 1888 and just two blocks from Third Street South, The Naples Pier extends far out into The Gulf of Mexico. It was the access point for all travelers to Naples, which was only possible by boat until 1918, when the first shell road from Fort Meyers to Naples was completed. It is a perfect place for fishing, for strolling, for talking, for watching people on the beach, for following the birds circling the fish out in the Gulf…or for peacefully contemplating the horizon.
The oldest house in Naples (1895) and listed as a landmark in the National Register for Historic Places, Palm Cottage™ docent-guided tours of the 3,500 square foot house-turned museum present an exemplary overview of Naples history and heritage. Opening in February 2010 is the new Cottage Theater, a limited 16-seat venue where visitors can relax after a tour and enjoy “Naples Oral Histories”, a filmed series of first-hand accounts of Naples’ past. Adjacent to the museum is The Norris Gardens at Palm Cottage, also owned and operated by the Society. The Gardens chronicle Naples landscape history over the last 100 years. Naples Historical Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, also offers a speaker’s program, Talk of the Town!, and a widely-embraced children’s educational program, Pupils at Palm Cottage for Collier County elementary students. Visit www.NaplesHistoricalSociety.org or call 239-261-8164 to learn more or to book a tour.
Naples Backyard History’s mini-museum on Third Street South displays the history of Naples as remembered by those people, who with their ancestors and families, either created or witnessed much of it. Gathering memories before they disappear gives shape and color to the development of one of the nation’s most attractive towns. In addition, Naples Backyard History takes its work and its philosophy to schools to show children how each person is an integral part of their community. Through speakers and other programs such as Naples History Month each May, Naples Backyard History seeks to build an extraordinary archive. Founded by Laverne Norris Gaynor, whose family has been in Naples for generations, Naples Backyard History is a dynamic museum that provides integrated insights and welcomes your visit and participation.
Naples Backyard History Museum. 1170 Third Street South, Suite C-111. (239) 774-2978. www.naplesbackyardhistory.net
Please see the listing for The Naples Historical Society which explains the docent-led tours they conduct of the historic Third Street South area.