Continued on page 110DAY 2 - A different view of the areaParasailingThis has to be one of the most exciting ways to get the best view of Marco Island! You can see for miles from up there, often spotting fi sh and dolphin in the clear water below. It's safe and fun for all ages so call Marco Island Watersports, who are based at the Marriott (642-2359), Hilton (642-3377), Marriott's Crystal Shores (394-4344) and Surf Club, to book the ride of a lifetime!Everglades Adventure Tours*You just can't come to SW Florida without visiting the Everglades - it would be like going to Africa and not going on Safari! We recommend before you go it alone you book a trip with Billy O's and informative way to see this unique environment. DAY 3 - Getting down to some fun Charter Fishing* (see article on page 80)Marco and the 10,000 islands are world famous for amazing sports fi shing and, because of our unique location, you can choose between offshore, near shore/reef fi shing and backwater fi shing, each of which offers its own unique challenges and rewards. Our What to do on the Water Guide starting on page 94 has a wide range of wonderful captains who offer half and full day trips and some even do night fi shing or kayak fi shing. Golf/Driving RangesOf course golf is the other thing for which SW Florida is famous and there are literally hundreds of great courses in our area, although many of them are private and for mem-bers only. Here are a few suggestions of golf courses in Naples which are open to the public: Lely Flamingo Island & Mustang Golf Clubs, 793-2600, Forest Glen 354-1898, Cedar Hammock, 793-1134 and Links of Naples (only local lighted course) 417-1313. Local driving ranges include: Coral Isle Golf Center, 732-6900. If you'd like more information, www.marcoislandgolf.com is an informative website. Internet AccessBeebe's Ice Cream, Marco WalkChocolate Strawberry, Bald EagleMarco I-Net Café, Marco Walk*Keep in Touch, Shops of Marco*The UPS Store, Town Center Mall*Marco Island Library, Heathwood*The Sandbar, off Bald EagleSimply Cupcakes, Olde MarcoStarbucks, N Collier BlvdSweet Annie's, Bald Eagle* computer stations availableTry something new!A Beach Family Portrait Cooking ClassesHair BraidsHelicopter Sightseeing TourKayaking/Kayak Fishing/Mangrove Tunnel KayakingScuba DivingSeashell MassageStand-up PaddleboardsWaterskiing /WakeboardingWaverunnersVantastic Tours (394-7699), a Marco based company which will take you there in style in a comfortable air-conditioned van. The trip includes an airboat ride and is a very easy Sail or Fly Away for the DayIf you're looking for a peaceful yet exhilarating way to enjoy the amazing scenery and wildlife around Marco Island, why not take a sailing tour? Off the Hook Adventures (571-4665), Cross Cruises (580-8765) Serenidad (272-0939) or Cool Beans Cruises (777-0020) offer trips of variable length, some of which include shelling on remote barrier islands and Tropicbird Sailing (595-4828) offers luxury full day excursions deep into the 10,000 Islands which include lunch. Or join Island Hop-pers (207-4100) for a helicopter sightseeing tour or an air charter anywhere in South Florida.Activities for KidsAirboat RideBeachEco-tourFishingKayakingMackle Park - playgrounds, waterpark & moreManatee SightseeingMarco MoviesNaples Botanical GardenNaples ZooParasailing/WaverunnersRookery BayTigertail Beach ParkStan's & Island Woman Fashion ShowIf you're here on a Sunday, join the crowds for a SW Florida tradition - live music, fun and a fashion show by Island Woman
When you sign up for a trip on the Dolphin Explorer you not only get to take a great boat ride, wander on a totally pristine deserted beach and collect handfuls of beautiful seashells, you get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet.... bottlenose dolphin! And, as an added bonus, you also get to be a part of a unique scientifi c project - in fact you become a citizen scientist.Underwritten and managed by Sea Excursions, the Dolphin Explorer is engaged in the only on-going daily dolphin study in this area. With the help of their passengers, they chronicle every dolphin sighting and by comparing them to their chart of dolphin photos the crew are able to recognize individuals by the shape of their dorsal fi n and build up a bank of knowledge about them.... who they associate with, where they spend their time, when babies are born and how long they stay with their mothers.But learning about dolphin is just a part of this wonderful trip. As you cruise up the Inter-Coastal Waterway you'll also get to learn about the mangrove islands and nesting osprey you pass along the way. You'll then spend an idyllic forty minutes on the totally unspoiled beach at Keewaydin. It will feel like you are the only people in the world and with any luck your complimentary shelling bag will be bursting with treasures when you return to the boat and compare your fi nds. The crew will help identify your shells and give everyone copies of some of the photos they take on the trip.And, if you are under twelve, you can also take part in "The Dolphin Challenge" ...by participating in the Challenge's activities with the crew during the trip you will receive a Dolphin Patch and become a member of the exclusive Dolphin Explorer Club, which entitles one child in each family to free trips on the Dolphin Explorer until his/her 12th birthday. Who knew a scientifi c project could be such fun? If every science class was half as entertaining, and a quarter as informative, as a trip on the Dolphin Explorer, we'd all have a Ph.D. in science I'm sure!