You and your peeps will have an eggcellent adventure in Naples, Florida this Easter vacation. Weather for Easter weekend should be around 80 degrees with lows in the low 60s – so beautiful, warm weather and plenty of things to do to celebrate your holiday.
Easter Sunrise Service at the Pier
Sunday, April 5
Hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Naples, this nondenominational service is held at the famous Naples Pier at the end of 12th Ave. S. in Downtown Naples. It’s a decades-long tradition — a unique inspiration to the spirit. Many attending have spotted bottle-nosed dolphin playing in the sea during services.
Easter Dinner Cruise
550 Port O Call Way
Secure your bonnet and head out to sea! Easter Naples-style often involves water and aboard the Naples Princess, you and your group can relax and enjoy a traditional holiday feast as you sail out the Gordon River past Port Royal to the Gulf of Mexico in style. You can book the elegant, 105-foot Naples Princess for a 1 p.m. cruise or purchase your ticket for the 6:30 p.m. launch and catch the sunset.
Marco Island Spring Jubilee
Mackle Park, Marco Island
Saturday, April 4 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
More than 20,000 Easter eggs for ages 10 and younger, face painting, food concessions, music, train rides and more at the annual Spring Jubilee at Marco Island. Age groups for the egg hunt include 3 years and under, 4 – 5 years, 6 – 7 years, and 8 – 10 years old. Last year, the Easter Egg Hunt started promptly at 11:30 a.m., but check with the City of Marco Island for details.
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road
Friday – Sunday, April 3-5
During this unforgettable family-friendly event, the animals at Naples Zoo will rip into giant papier-mâché eggs stuffed with their favorite treats – raw meat, insects, and fruit!
BONUS at the Zoo if you attend Saturday! The 2015 Party for the Planet™ / AZA’s Annual Earth Day Event hosted by the nation’s Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s accredited institutions promises to be one of the largest Earth Day celebrations on record! Millions of zoo and aquarium visitors across North America will party for the planet with family fun and a renewed commitment to wildlife conservation.
Unearthed: Dinosaurs in the Garden
4820 Bayshore Drive
It might not be exactly “Eastery,” but you might stumble on a dinosaur egg if you’re extra lucky. If you’re down for Easter holiday, take in the seasonal glory that of a local pride and joy, the Naples Botanical Garden. Ten large-scale animatronic dinosaurs lurk in the lush greenery and flowering landscapes and are sure to transport visitors to the Land of the Found this Easter. Come make friends with a an 85-foot Brachiosaurus or even a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex! The show runs from March 14 through July 5.
Art in the Park – von Liebig Arts Center
585 Park Street – Cambier Park, Downtown Naples
Saturday, April 4 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Home of the Naples Art Association, the 16,000 square foot von Liebig Arts Center hosts one of the season’s Art in the Park fair, the oldest art fair in Naples. Naples Art Association members showcase original paintings, photographs, unique décor, wearables, collectibles, and gifts. This juried art fair, held the first Saturday of the month November through April, features hands-on-art experiences and live demonstrations.
Russian National Ballet Theatre performs
Swan Lake at Artis-Naples
Monday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky’s enduring classic, Swan Lake, which was inspired by several Russian folk tales and has become known as the country’s “national ballet.” Founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 80s, The Russian National Ballet is dedicated to invigorating the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. In 1994, legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company.
Of course, there are many restaurants which will offer special menus for Easter brunch. (Check local listing closer into the holiday.) So shake your cottontail and get hopping down to Naples!