History

The Paradise Coast has a colorful and fascinating heritage. The Calusa Indians once called the region home, and later the Seminoles. Pioneer settlers built cattle ranches, while others fished, farmed and hunted in the Ten Thousand Islands. In the 1920s, wealthy Northern and Midwestern settlers vacationed on our white-sand beaches and fished. While Naples and Marco Island have seen tremendous growth and development, communities such as Everglades City, Immokalee, Chokoloskee and Ochopee still offer glimpses into the days of yesteryear.

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  • Museum of the Everglades

    At the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City, the history of the Everglades is displayed through artifacts and exhibits covering 2,000 years of regional history.

  • A Quick History of Naples & the Paradise Coast
    Naples: A U.S. Land Developer’s Dream In the late 1800s, during U.S. surveys of Southwest Florida, a senator from Louisville, General John S. Williams, was spellbound by descriptions of the area... Read More >
    Stone Crab 101: When, Where & How to Eat Naples Stone Crab
    Everglades City, located south of Naples and Marco Island at the mouth of the western Everglades, is the birthplace of the stone crab industry and the second-largest supplier of stone crab claws in th... Read More >
    Everglades City: Past & Present
    Claim to Fame: Annual Everglades Seafood Festival Home to the annual Everglades Seafood Festival in February each year, this small town on the edge of Florida's Everglades is known as the Stone Cr... Read More >
    Three Days of Local History
    Day 1: Naples For an excellent overview of the intriguing history of Florida's Paradise Coast, visit the Collier County Museum in Naples. The museum's exhibits show what the area was like more... Read More >
    Marco Island History
    Marco Island's beautiful, white crescent beach has attracted people in search of paradise for thousands of years. Long before the days of resort hotels, when the island's beach was surrounded ... Read More >
  • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV CHE-HUN-TAMO! In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means a place to learn, a place to remember. We invite you to come to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and learn about our exciting living history and culture. WHERE TO GO: Inn on 5th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfcNmd_DwjQ WHAT TO DO: Toucan's World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYwiuasiwZA WHERE TO DINE: Watermark Grille https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZQmAi5HmAY
    Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV CHE-HUN-TAMO! In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means a place to learn, a place to remember. We invite you t... - 1:44 Play
    Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV CHE-HUN-TAMO! In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means a place to learn, a place to remember. We invite you to come to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and learn about our exciting living history and culture. WHERE TO GO: Inn on 5th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfcNmd_DwjQ WHAT TO DO: Toucan's World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYwiuasiwZA WHERE TO DINE: Watermark Grille https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZQmAi5HmAY
    Collier County Museums
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Nestled on five acres of native Florida landscaping, our flagship museum at the County Government center in Naples... - 1:15 Play
    Collier County Museums
    For more about WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO DINE visit www.ParadiseCoast.TV Nestled on five acres of native Florida landscaping, our flagship museum at the County Government center in Naples offers newly created exhibits and galleries that capture the full panorama of local history. Pack a picnic and linger a while in the museum's shady backyard. Then do a little exploring on your own in our native gardens, restored Naples cottages, the archaeology lab, Seminole village or Calusa Indian camp. For more information visit: http://www.colliermuseums.com/locations/collier_museum WHERE TO GO: Toucan's World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYwiuasiwZA WHAT TO DO: Say What Charters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tuYW3yiSis WHERE TO DINE: Charlie Chiang's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T13mzKUj69s
    Collier County Museum: Old Florida Festival
    Experience what life was like in Florida before air conditioning and electricity! - 3:28 Play
    Collier County Museum: Old Florida Festival
    Experience what life was like in Florida before air conditioning and electricity!
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