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“Much Bigger Than I Expected”

Naples Depot Museum
Ranked #26 of 126 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf coast and overlooked by developers until well into the 1880s, Naples' catalyst for settlement finally arrived forty years later when two rival railroads rolled into town within ten days of each other. Set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, the Naples Depot Museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and exciting interactive exhibits tell the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a napping village of 300 souls into today's glittering Gulf coast resort. The Naples Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is conveniently located in downtown Naples.
Reviewed June 12, 2012

I totally expected this to be one of those quaint 30-minute-and-out quick tourist attractions, but this museum was much bigger than I expected it to be. It's housed in the original Naples train section that continued daily operations until it ceased in 1971. The indoor part is very impressive. You'll learn all about the history of Naples. I toured it on a Thursday afternoon in June, and I was the sole tourist. I had the whole place to myself. For virtually my entire tour I saw not a single person - not even anyone actually working there. I almost felt like I was trespassing on the premises. I'm guessing the place is busier during the peak winter tourist season. I hope it is anyway. It's a hidden gem in the heart of Naples.

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Our children just loved this place. The model railway is incredible and my son could have spent the whole day here. Great value and the train rides are the icing on the cake. Ok so I'm a big kid as well and loved coming here!

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

We stopped at the museum with our three children, ages 4, 5 and 8. They really enjoyed it, especially our son who loves trains (age 4). Our oldest son (age 8) read several of the historical notes about Naples and learned quite a bit. Overall, very enjoyable! Make sure you call ahead to ensure that the ride-on train is running that day. Best of all, it's free!

Thank James H
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Reviewed August 28, 2015
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Reviewed June 6, 2015
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