Naples, Florida, located on the state’s west coast, has some of the most breathtaking beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. While from the outside this beach town may seem inactive and sleepy, it is quite the opposite. In fact, Naples is the perfect place for retirees to stay active year-round. Many locals spend their days golfing on pristine courses, sport fishing offshore, enjoying luxury and boutique shopping, and taking long walks along the water during sunset. With all these desirable amenities, it’s easy to see why Naples is a top destination for those looking to settle down and enjoy their lives after retirement.
Along with all the available activities for Naples retirees, tennis and basketball remain tried and true favorites, and for good reason. Participating in these sports builds bone strength, promotes cardiovascular health, and boosts mental development. Thanks to beautiful Florida weather, either of these activities are available outdoors year-round with many courts available to the public. Below are our top three parks boasting tennis and/or basketball courts, along with many other options for outdoor activities.
Veterans Community Park
Located in North Naples, Veterans Community Park attracts all ages. From children’s activities to exercise classes for seniors, it is one of the busiest community destinations in the area. This park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is the ideal place for tennis as it has four lit courts.
There is no shortage of things to do while at Veterans Community Park. With a long list of amenities, you could spend a whole weekend exploring all there is to offer.
Enjoy the following: a Community Center, 3 lit softball fields, a lit baseball field, lit bocce ball courts, 4 lit tennis courts, 4 lit racquetball courts, a lit playground, a lit soccer/football field, a picnic area, 2 sand volleyball courts, a covered lit multi-purpose rink, and 2 picnic pavilions.
Drop in on Bone Builders, a fitness class begun by Collier Country’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program and designed to assist those with Osteoporosis by building their strength safely.
Are you dog owner? Enjoy Rover Run, the only dog park in the North Naples area. Open from 7:30 a.m. to dusk, the park includes two fenced in areas, one for large dogs and one for small, so it is the ideal place to let your four-legged friends run off leash.
Pelican Bay Community Club
For a relaxing afternoon on the water playing some of your favorite outdoor sports, look no further than Pelican Bay Community Club. Located on Vanderbilt Beach Rd., one of the main attractions of this park is the lovely, white sand beach. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most beautiful parks in Naples and it is open to the public.
Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-9 pm, Sat & Sun 9a.m.-5p.m., Pelican Bay Community Club is best known for its tennis courts. Get an annual membership (Single for $400/year or Couple for $700/year) or pay a one-time court fee of just over $10/person for an hour and a half. Private lessons are also available for just $35/half hour or $65/hour.
On the grounds of Pelican Bay you will find 8 lit tennis courts, 4 lit racquetball courts, 2 bocce ball courts, a lit basketball court, a lit playground, a softball field, a soccer field, a walking trail system, a pavilion, and a beautiful lake.
East Naples Community Park
The East Naples Community Park caters to both children and adults with youth activities, fitness programs for all ages, a skating park and playground, senior programs, and a community center. Open daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., this park also offers after school and summer camp programs that include outdoor activities and recreational sports.
Included on the grounds of this sprawling park are 2 lit basketball courts, 2 racquetball courts, 8 lit tennis courts, 4 lit softball fields, a lit playground, a lit exercise trail around the lake, a picnic area, a pavilion, a roller hockey rink, 2 lit football/soccer fields, a senior center, and 25 pickleball courts.
Yes, 25 pickleball courts. Did you know that East Naples Community Park was the home of the US Open Pickleball 2017 Championships? If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, this might be just what you’ve been waiting for.