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Things to do in Marco Island

Things to do in Marco Island

Our 2-bedroom condo suites are the perfect home base to explore all of the things to do in Marco Island. The largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island has six miles of sandy beaches and miles of waterways, perfect for a variety of water activities from swimming to fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking, and so much more! Take to the water on your own or consider a guided tour. Head to town for a day of shopping and an evening of dining on the freshest seafood. Not sure where to start with so many things to do in Marco Island? Look no further then our curated list below.

1. All Aboard the Princess Charter

On a romantic getaway? Bringing the whole family to the island? Whatever brings you to our shores, the Marco Island Princess has a boat tour for you. Enjoy everything from a lunch or dinner cruise to a nature and history tour—you can even host a private event aboard the charter. Let the crew do the heavy lifting and enjoy a cruise through Marco's waters and the Gulf of Mexico.

2. Speedy's Airboat Tours

Get up-close-and-personal with the wildlife that inhabit the Everglades on this unique airboat tour. Speedy's carries a maximum of six passengers for a more private tour and is the only boat tour that can take you through the Grasslands and Mangrove Jungles.

3. Hit the Fairway

Whether your golf skill level is that of a professional or your clubs need some dusting off, there's nothing like getting outside and enjoying 18-holes on a lush, freshly cut Florida fairway. Hammock Bay Course offers up the opportunity to drive and putt on a championship course, all while enjoying the warm breezes off the Gulf of Mexico. Equally as beautiful, lush tropical greenery lines the Island Country Club, and you may even see a resident bald eagle at one of the holes.

4. Water Adventures

Exploring the island by sea is truly magical and we think it's one of the best ways to see Marco. Paddle Marco offers both single and double-seater kayak rentals, as well as paddle boards and will even deliver the rentals to Paddlecraft or Caxambas Park. Head out and explore the ins and outs of the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge on your own, or take the whole family out for a Mangrove Tunnels Kayak Tour where you'll see everything from tree crabs to conch shells, birds, dolphins, and more. Better yet, the tour guides take photos throughout the whole tour so you'll have a forever family keepsake.

5. Get Offshore

Florida Adventures and Rentals offers up a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you've never caught a fish before or you consider yourself to be a skilled angler, choose from a Backwater or Near Shore Fishing Charter and let the captain tailor the trip to your skills and interests. If fishing isn't for you, head out on a boat or jet ski eco-tour (both guarantee a dolphin sighting!). For the more experienced boaters, head to Dolphin Cove Marina where you can rent a variety of boats from two hours to a full week. Depending on where you're headed, don't forget to add some beach chairs, coolers, and maybe a fishing pole or two to your rental for the full experience.

6. Shop Until You Drop

If you need a break from the adventurous activities of the island or you're looking for something to do on a rainy day, there are plenty of options to satisfy the need to shop until you drop or spend a day pampering yourself. From an Italian style marketplace to a plaza known as the hub for the island's entertainment and dining to Marco's largest shopping center, you'll find everything you're looking for and more! 

7. Marco Island Art

Looking to take in some of the island's culture on land? Marco Island Center for the Arts not only offers monthly rotating exhibits and a variety of events (including outdoor events) but also hosts adult, children, and family art classes that vary by medium.

8. Get Cultural

Here's another perfect activity after a day spent out on the water or when the weather isn't quite cooperating for a boat tour or day at the beach. The Marco Island Historical Museum is one of five museums within the Collier County Museum group. With a rotating group of exhibits, an afternoon spent here will have you learning all about the island's roots as a fishing village, clam cannery, and pineapple plantation to its development into what it is today.  

9. Beach Bumming

There's nothing like a beach day on Marco and there is no shortage of beaches to choose from! Tigertail Beach offers up a long, white sandy beach with views of Sand Dollar Island, which is home to a variety of wildlife including an impressive array of birds. With parking, beachside amenities, and wheelchair access, this beach has it all. Don't forget to walk along the shoreline to search for shells! Our second favorite public beach is South Marco Beach located right on South Collier Boulevard. Open sunup to sundown, head to Beach Bum rentals to grab any gear you'll need and claim your spot in the sand for some fun in the sun.

10. Marco Island Farmers Market

One of the great things about Old Marco Island Inn & Suites is that each suite has a full kitchen, giving you the opportunity to cozy up after a day on the island and do a little home cooking at your home-away-from-home. While there are plenty of local grocery stores to grab your basics, the seasonal Marco Island Farmers Market is truly one of a kind. Held every Wednesday, take a stroll through the vendor and find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to flowers, baked goods, sauces, seafood, and more!

There's no shortage of things to do in Marco Island—use our list as a jumping off point to your Florida island adventure while you're at Olde Marco Inn & Suites! Better yet, make sure to check out Marco Review's  online magazine that doubles as the best visitors guide for all things Marco.