The southwest Florida destination has curated a wide array of live streaming events and virtual learning experiences from its many attractions. The site’s virtual “Things to Do” section includes play and learn online programs from the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples; Facebook Live educational videos from Naples Zoo; a virtual experience created by the Marco Island Historical Society; virtual learning from the Naples Players; a virtual tour of the Everglades National Park and more.
“We know that nothing can truly emulate a visit to southwest Florida, but we wanted to create ways to both celebrate the destination and provide some beauty and inspiration for our locals and future visitors,” said Jack Wert, executive director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau in press materials. “Our tourism partners are doing some incredible things to share their experiences with anyone interested in dreaming. They have found innovative ways to showcase our beaches using our network of beach cams, and interactive learning experiences in our museums. So dream now while we get ready to welcome our loyal fans back soon to Florida’s Paradise Coast.”
The site also includes live streaming events from Opera Naples, listings of which local restaurants are open for takeout/pickup, and a listing of 10 live beach cams across Naples and Marco Island, encouraging people to stop by and relax to the sounds of the Gulf of Mexico. Insider tip: sunset in Naples is between 7:45 and 7:50 this time of year.
There is also a section on how you can get outdoors safely and “social distance” within nature. The listing includes details of kayak, paddle board and boat rentals, and provides information on green spaces that are still open and accessible during the pandemic and are safe to visit. The 2.5-mile Boardwalk of Gordon River Greenway is still open to the public, as are both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. The Everglades National Park is closed via the Miami-Dade entrance, but it remains accessible through Everglades City. The visitors’ centers of both parks are closed and park ranger programs are canceled, but you can still get in for a hike.
In addition to launching Paradise in Place, the CVB has also developed an inspirational advertising campaign with the theme of “We’re Not Going Anywhere” that will be airing on select streaming platforms.