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“We finally stopped in”

Naples Depot Museum
Ranked #28 of 122 things to do in Naples
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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.
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“We finally stopped in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

After visiting Naples for more than 25 years we recently decided to go slightly off our usual track (pun intended) and take in the Naples Depot Museum. At the south end of the recently renovated former Naples train station was a comfortably sized local museum depicting the history of the station and rail system that once served Naples. A well done, professional presentation with displays of memorabilia and the written details if you want them. Going further into the building you are treated to a history of Naples’ development as a tourist destination and second home community. Staffed by friendly folks who seemed to enjoy answering inquiries. Contributions for the support of the museum are accepted. Outside of the museum, on segments of former rail lines, are several genuine train cars; a passenger car, a box car, and caboose which you can walk through.

Don’t miss -- the local model railroad club is housed on the north end of the same building with its own entrance. For a small admission charge you can enjoy watching mostly senior members of the club operate a large train setup. Some of the installation even allows visitors to participate. There is also a wall of display cases filled with classic model train cars. Fun for families that can be topped off by a trip around the old depot on a miniature ride-on train whose use is covered by the admission charge to the club’s model room.

Visited April 2013
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florida
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“Fascinating Afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very informative and attractive museum. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, especially since it wasn't crowded and we were able to move along at our own pace. I especially loved the train sound effects. This is certainly a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.

Visited December 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“Museum in Naples FL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is a gem of a surprise in Naples, FL. It is a small museum, worth a look. It is at the former terminus of the Orange Blossom Special train line. A little train ride for kids runs around the perimeter of the yard; old train car open; history of transportation; old photos of Naples from the '20s.

Visited March 2013
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Indianola, Iowa
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“History of the Rail System and Fishing in S. Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

We enjoy all RR museums and were very surprised to visit their completely outfitted parlor car as well the history of the swamp buggy, mullet boat and different fish caught at sometime in Southern Florida. It had an unusual Art gallery with the artist painting with the medium of coffee. Very unique!

Visited March 2013
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“A little gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Very interested. Mostly about the history of Naples and not so much about trains. Worth the visit and it is free. Right across the street from the stores on 5th Ave.

Visited March 2013
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