Named as the happiest and healthiest place to live for the second year, Naples has a lot to offer. We have stunning white sand beaches, blue skies and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but there is a lot more to Naples than that. There are many other reasons people come to call Naples their hometown, but is it a good place to move to with young children?
Finding a home close to a good school is one of the most important criteria used by families when looking for a new home, education is and always will be extremely important. Buying a house on the wrong street can make all the difference in the world when it comes to trying to get into the right school, even if you do not have children if you are buying a family home, then the resale value of your home can also be affected by school zones. GreatSchools.org gives Naples an overall rating of 7 out of 10! Some of the schools that rate the highest areas are Seagate Elementary School, North Naples Middle School, Pelican Marsh Elementary School and Lake Park Elementary, take a look at greatschools.org to get the latest information on grades and reviews.
For entertainment the Sun and Fun Lagoon is a hit with children of all ages, floating around in the lazy river is a great way to spend an afternoon. The Beach is always number one when it comes to having fun with children, easily accessible from Naples with lots of parking at the ends of most roads right next to the beach, water sports, kayaking, or paddle boarding are popular. Naples also has a zoo, one ticket gives you access to shows, a boat out to monkey island and the change to feed giraffes!
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous you could take the family on an airboat ride out to see alligators up close or horseback riding in the Picayune Strand forest, where you just may see deer, panthers or even bears out on the trail. Boats are available to rent throughout the Naples, Bonita and Marco Island areas, for fishing, swimming or simply to cruise the backwaters and take a ride to Keewadin island to go exploring. From Naples Harbor, you can take fishing trips and sunset cruises.
Once a sleepy little town, Naples is growing fast, more and more young families are deciding to make Naples the place to bring up their children, where there were once only ranch homes, builders are now building new developments that include two-story family homes because there is a demand for them. New schools, hospitals, and roads are appearing all over the area. What is nice, is that the heart of Naples is being preserved, downtown you will still find the historic district, the beach is not overlooked by high rise apartments, the old streets are still closed off for events that bring the community together such as the 4th of July, Christmas or one of the many festivals that come to Naples each year, all of these are designed with children in mind for families to enjoy.