Authentic experiences on Florida's Paradise Coast include dinner on the beach, museums exploring local history and Naples Botanical Garden, where a colorful fountain pours water into a gentle pond.

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Go Ahead, Immerse Yourself...

…And we’re not just talking about the sparkling waters that beckon so many visitors each year. We’re talking about our mouthwatering restaurants. Our acclaimed attractions. Our dynamic arts scene. 

These all-new hands-on adventures invite you to see Florida’s Paradise Coast like never before, from cooking with a James Beard-featured chef to one-on-one conversations with top local historians.

Experience something new and authentic – and be reminded of something you already knew: that Only Paradise Will Do.

Perfectly Paradise Authentic Experiences

A CULINARY JOURNEY TO INDIA COOKING WITH SPICES BY JAMES BEARD FEATURED CHEF ASIF SYED

Experience 21 Spices

Join 21 Spices on a culinary journey to India. Learn from Chef Asif about Indian cuisine, cooking techniques and the health benefits of using exotic spices, and hear firsthand about his win on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. During this one-of-a-kind cooking class, you’ll explore the diverse flavors of classical Indian cuisine, featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients, created with a modern presentation and innovative culinary techniques. Following the instruction, enjoy a three-course meal that encompasses your gastronomic journey by tapping into the emotion and pleasures of eating while being respectful of authenticity.

COST: $60 per person (tax and gratuity included)

DURATION: 2-3 hours

DETAILS: Booking required 15 business days in advance

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STORIES OF THE HOLOCAUST AND BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & COHEN EDUCATION CENTER

Explore the stories of the Holocaust to discover its causes, lessons and connections to Southwest Florida residents who are Holocaust Survivors and Camp Liberators at The Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Your expert guide will recount stories of Holocaust history along with those of rescue and resistance. Next, you will go behind the scenes with the curator to learn about the Museum’s collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. Then, you will hear the amazing story of Holocaust Hero, Irena Sendler. This experience will surely inspire you to take action against bigotry, hatred and violence.

COST: $25 per person

DURATION: 2 hours

DETAILS: Available 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. For Adults and Children 12 and up. Available for Special Groups up to 12 People. Call for details. 239-263-9200

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"THE GREAT CREATE" BE AN ARTIST AT MARCO ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Authentic Experiences with Marco Island Center of the Arts

Take your group on a journey into the world of fine arts at Marco Island Center for the Arts, and  join one of the world's foremost mixed media artists, Marjorie Pesek, in creating your own fine-art masterpiece. Pesek will share the technique that has garnered her placement in private and gallery collections in the United States and in Europe. This layered imagery technique offers group members the opportunity to capture their inner artists, tell a story and create a masterpiece-regardless of their level of artistic skill. Prepare to be  moved by this opportunity to generate your own portrait of this memorable experience in the fine arts world.

COST: $70 per person

DURATION: 2.5 hours

DETAILS: Booking required In advance. Ideal for special groups of 10-15. Call for details. 239-394-4221

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"WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS" HEALTHY ACTIVITIES AND HAPPY HOUR AT EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL 

Edgewater Beach Hotel is a hub for all things wellness in Naples

Edgewater Beach Hotel is a hub for all things wellness in Naples, including yoga classes on the beach, private guided meditation sessions and healthy, flavorful dining with a Gulf view at Coast restaurant. Don’t miss Wellness Wednesday, a health-centric happy hour offered every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., when you can enjoy healthy offerings of light bites and boozy beverages by the beach! Each Wednesday also features a unique experience, such as food-and-wine pairings and presentations by local wellness experts. Learn more about wellness in Naples.

COST: Varies based upon experience

DURATION: 2 hours

DETAILS: Open to both hotel guests and the public

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"STORIES OF A SPORTSMEN’S PARADISE" A FLORIDA FOLK ART EXPERIENCE AT MUSEUM OF THE EVERGLADES​
Step back in time at Museum of the Everglades
 
Step back in time at Museum of the Everglades, where you’ll hear rich stories of how the Ten Thousand Islands became a magnet for avid anglers and enthusiastic adventurers—including why Everglades City just might be the birthplace of the modern fishing lure. But this experience offers much more than fanciful fish tales. Step behind the scenes with the museum’s curator, and explore an exclusive archive of previously unseen works of local folk art. To complete the adventure, each participant will receive their own personal rustic masterpiece as a souvenir of the experience. This immersive encounter redefines how stories are told and will leave every guest wanting more - ready to explore.
 
COST: $35 per person
 
DURATION: 2 hours
 
DETAILS.
• Booking required in advance
• Minimum 2, maximum 8 people per session
• Available the second Thursday of each month May through October and the second and fourth Thursdays from November through April.
 

"RAILROADING’S FINEST HOUR" WALKING THROUGH HISTORY AT NAPLES DEPOT MUSEUM​

Take a step back in time to railroading’s finest hour at the historic Naples Depot
Take a step back in time to railroading’s finest hour at the historic Naples Depot, where you will be immersed in the heyday of glamorous rail travel, with a glimpse of the hard work and ingenuity it took to make it that way. Learn how the arrival of the train to Naples and the technology that followed suit transformed our glittering Gulf coast into a bustling destination. Round out your evening with a signature mocktail and tunes from the Golden Oldies as you take in the retro charm of the museum at twilight.
 
COST: $35 per person; includes a small gift and mocktails.
 
DURATION: 90 minutes
 
DETAILS: Minimum 6, maximum 12 people per session
• Comfortable shoes are encouraged. If there are any mobility issues, please advise at booking.
• Available the first Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Available for pre-arranged groups; advanced booking required two weeks in advance.