Smallwood Store opened in 1906 and is now a perfectly restored museum. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the early days of Collier County and a fun place to photograph. There isn’t much in Chokoloskee, but you can charter a boat to take you around Chokoloskee Bay to see mangrove islands, spoonbills, dolphins, eagles and pelicans. On your way back, have lunch at the Havana Cafe then walk around the side to see an old gravesite.
When you pull into Eagle Lakes Park, you may think there is nothing here for you as a photographer. It’s a busy recreational center with tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a community center. Walk back into the park for an entirely different experience! There are a couple of small lakes along the 2.5 mile nature trail, all boasting many different species of wading birds, raptors and songbirds. There is not much shade; so be sure to wear a hat and bring sunscreen. Eagle Lakes Park is part of the Florida Birding Trail.
Tin City is a shopping and dining mall, which doesn’t sound all that photogenic, but it really is. The colorful buildings have an old fashioned charm and are right on the water. The best time to photograph Tin City is after they close at 9 p.m.
The Naples Pier is the most photographed spot in Naples. It’s a beautiful pier, and at sunset, it’s amazing! The original pier was built in 1889. Hurricanes have caused the pier to be rebuilt partially or fully five different times over the years. It is Naples’ iconic landmark.
5th Avenue South is the happening place in Naples with shopping, dining, theater, art galleries and little parks. Come photograph one of the many festivals such as Cars on 5th in February or just come for street photography.