Optional Trips

Cruise and Shelling Excursion
Thursday, January 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
$125 per person

Tour the Gulf of Mexico’s barrier islands to experience the islands’ natural beauty on this cruise and shelling excursion. Learn about the area’s ecosystems and wildlife from a master captain and his crew. Participants will likely spot native bird life and underwater sea creatures, including dolphins. Once ashore, the tour includes a search for what makes the islands famous—sea shells! An island naturalist will provide facts and history about the unique flora and fauna indigenous to the area.

Naples Museum of Art Tour
Friday, January 6, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
$85 per person

 The Naples Museum of Art is a 30,000 square foot, 15-gallery center dedicated to showing important paintings, sculptures, and drawings in a variety of media, styles, and periods. The museum’s mission is to inspire creativity and awaken curiosity while providing educational programs and lectures as well as exhibitions. Participants will enjoy the Masters of Miniature, American Modernism, Modern Mexican Masters exhibits as well as sculptures and three-dimensional art. Additionally, the museum’s permanent collection also features sculptural works by Barbara Lekberg, George Rickey, Boaz Vaadia, and others. Sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection are displayed throughout the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Cultural Center. Special exhibits for 2012 will be announced in October 2011. Visit the museum’s website (www.thephil.org/museum) for additional details.
Please register for the optional trips using the online registration form.
Please be aware that capacities are limited. In the event that an excursion is filled to capacity, registrants will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if space becomes available.

Additional Attractions: Explore Marco Island and Surrounding Areas

Marco Island and the surrounding areas including Naples and the Everglades make up Southwest Florida's Collier County – also known as The Paradise Coast. Collier is the largest county in the state of Florida by land area, yet more than 80% of the vast expanse of land is protected as park and nature preserve by federal, state, county, city and private agencies. With beautiful beach communities surrounded by nature, it's no wonder the area is referred to as Florida’s "Last Paradise."
The Official Visitor Information Website:
Marco Island and Surrounding Areas
Visit the official visitor center website for Marco Island and surrounding areas to obtain details on the area and ideas for your own additional excursions. www.paradisecoast.com