When my family and I headed down to Naples this summer we stayed at the Naples Inn on Fifth at night; but during the day, we went to the Naples Zoo. It used to be Jungle Larrys way back when I was a kid, so it was really neat to see how it had grown. The first thing that caught my kids eyes when we arrived were the poisonous dart frogs in the terrariums in the lobby. We could have stayed there all day, but then we would have missed so much! Above is the first animal we met inside. He’s a sloth, adn this lucky fella gets to hang around all day! They had a little show and brought out a ton of animals before we walked around the whole zoo.
We sat right in the front row and were able to encounter all the species up close! My kids were in total awe because they were close enough to reach right out and touch them. Mason loves butterflies so we had to stop along the trails several times to check them out. The flowers were beautiful so I kept getting side tracked with taking pictures.
The signs were pretty funny too!
They had alligator feedings – too close for my comfort!
A lot of the animals were sleeping nestled away in their dens by the hot afternoon, but they were still visible.
Funky Florida trees
Do not forget to feed the giraffes! How very cool is that?
This dog was brought in to raise these wolf pups.
In 2011, these coyotes were discovered motherless at a closed historic hotel in Florida. That summer, Naples Zoo was selected as the home for the orphan coyotes. Upon the pups’ arrival, Naples Zoo staff adopted a Plott hound from the humane society in Naples. The hound taught the wolves social skills and is a prominent member of the pack.
We had such a great day at the zoo. On our way out, they gave us fish food to stop and feed the fish on the bridge. There are not many places you can pick which fish you want to feed! I cannot wait to return with my family.
|HOURS: Arrive early and allow four or more hours to enjoy all the shows, cruise, andexhibits! Open 363 days a year.
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.*
9:00 to 5:00
Zoo closes at 4 p.m.
|Adults ages 13 through 64||
|Seniors ages 65 and up||
|Children ages 3 through 12||
|Children ages 2 and under||
Naples’ Inn on Fifth Offers Fourth Night Discount to Celebrate National Family Fun Month
To mark National Family Fun Month (August 2012), the luxurious Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples, Fla. is offering families a chance to add a fourth night to the Inn’s “Naples Family Adventure” package for just an additional $59. Starting at $200* per night, the popular three-night package includes a several meals, beach toys and admission to some of the area’s favorite family-friendly attractions. The package includes:
- Luxurious three-night accommodations at The Inn on Fifth
- In-room snack basket
- Tickets to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, featuring exciting wildlife shows, hundreds of animals, and an exhibit allowing guests to hand-feed giraffes
- A cruise aboard the Double Sunshine and a family dinner at Riverwalk
- Two double scoop ice cream waffle cones at Regina’s
- Pizza dinner with sodas at Café Luna
- Admission to the Botanical Gardens, which includes interactive Children’s Garden featuring tree houses, a butterfly garden, and much more
- Beach toys to enjoy at the nearby Gulf of Mexico
- Courtesy transportation to the beach and beach chair rental
The package includes all the luxuries that come standard at the Inn on Fifth, including complimentary valet parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, rooftop pool, plush waffle-weave robes and lavish pillow-top bedding. The Inn on Fifth’s enviable Fifth Avenue location puts guests in walking distance to 33 restaurants, including McCabe’s Irish Pub & Grill and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House, which are both located in The Inn on Fifth. Guests can enjoy an easy stroll to the white sand beaches of the emerald Gulf, just a few short blocks from the Inn.
The Inn has begun construction on a new three-story, 40,000-square-foot building directly across Fifth Avenue from the Inn’s landmark location. The building will include the Inn’s new 32 Club Level Suites, an 800-square-foot executive board room, and 12,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The project is expected to be completed in December 2012.
To book the “Naples Family Adventure” package, call (888) 403-8778. The stay must take place in August to receive the fourth night for $59. Visit www.innonfifth.com to view the spectacular sights that come standard at The Inn on Fifth.
*Package prices vary by season and do not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are based on availability. Package rates are not available on certain holiday weekends. To receive the fourth night for $59, the stay must take place in August 2012, but can be booked anytime.