7 Best Things To Do in Marco Island
We know why you’re here.
You’re ready for a beach getaway somewhere that won’t break the bank, where you have tons of options for fun activities and where the beaches are, well… white and sandy!
We have good news: your search is over! Marco Island is a top vacation destination in Florida for so many reasons. Let us prove it to you with a list of the best things to do in Marco Island.
1. Sightseeing and Sunset Sailing
You thought Southwest Florida was beautiful during the day… imagine setting sail on a boat tour of the island with sparkling beverages at your disposal. A warm breeze at your back, cold drink in your hand, and all the sights and sounds of the island happening all around you: sounds like a dream come true, if you ask us.
Some companies even allow patrons to rent the boat themselves and embark on a self-guided tour or cruise through the gulf water. Additionally, you could celebrate a birthday, wedding ceremony, or bachelorette party cruise-style!
Set out on a voyage through the Gulf Coast, to the iconic Cape Romano Domes, watch for wildlife and feel the spray of the ocean on your face. Sightseeing from a comfortable boat or watching the sunset across the water from behind billowing sails is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Marco Island.
2. Rent a Bike or Trike
Renting a bike for you and your family is a surefire way to encourage everyone to slow down, truly take in the sights, and enjoy movement together. Marco Island has a handful of businesses with various options for rental (beach cruisers, ebikes, or motorized trikes), all of which are bound to offer your group hours of freedom and fun. You can even take them to and from your other booked activities!
3. The Farmers Market
Local artists. Fresh baked bread. Garden-grown fruits and vegetables. Freshly cut flowers. Newly-caught seafood. Need we say more?
The Marco Island Farmers Market is popular among locals and tourists alike, thanks to the atmosphere, artisan goods, and mouth-watering food (how does handmade cheese, fresh beignets, and local honey at unbeatable prices sound?).
Arrive early and come hungry, attendees warn. Be prepared to eat your way through the market and leave with all kinds of goodies, edible and not. This will be a fun, authentic Florida experience you don’t want to miss.
4. A Day at the Beach
We would be remiss to describe all the cool things you can do in Marco Island without mentioning all the beautiful beaches it’s famous for. Check out the following list for some of our favorite beaches!
- South Marco Beach: The least busy of the Marco Island public beaches, South Marco offers the perfect family-friendly environment for shelling, dolphin-watching, and beach-fishing. Parking costs little and public restrooms are nearby. Pack a picnic lunch, stock up on sunscreen, and stay a while!
- Tigertail Beach: Boasts five boardwalks, a bathhouse, a view of Sand Dollar Island, nests for endangered bird species, a family-friendly playground, restrooms, a concession stand offering equipment rentals, food and drinks, and tidal pool exploration. Parking at Tigertail Beach is inexpensive and worth every penny for the white sand and breathtaking sunsets.
- Keewaydin Island: An island getaway, while you’re already vacationing on an island? Yes, please! “The prettiest beach in Florida,” as some visitors claim, Keewaydin Island is remarkably untouched and accessible only by boat. There are no houses, cars, or stores, which creates a relaxed atmosphere for couples, friends, and families alike. Locals and visitors come for the restful beach vibes and sunshine, and stay for the burger boat and shelling.
5. Golfing Getaway
Professional and amateur golfers alike dream of white sandy beaches butted up against sparkly turquoise waters for their golf course backdrop. As luck would have it, Marco Island makes golfing dreams come true.
There are two golf courses housed on the island, six only ten minutes away, and several others twenty minutes away.
The first in-island golfing sanctuary is an 18-hole course, the “Island Country Club,” boasting white-sand bunkers and rare bird species flying overhead. The other golfing option is the 9-hole Hideaway Beach Golf Course.
Just minutes from the heart of Marco Island is a golf resort that patrons won’t soon forget. The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers two private championship golf courses: “The Rookery” and “Hammock Bay.” The resort is proud to extend free golfing to kids, rentals and lessons, a clubhouse restaurant, a driving range, and putting green for patrons.
Golfers can’t go wrong with planning a vacation on Marco Island. It’s sure to be a win-win for everyone!
6. Embrace the Art Scene
The Marco Island Center for the Arts is free and historic (it’s been around since 1969). If you’re looking for something to do with kids, friends, or your significant other, you can’t go wrong with enjoying culture at the art epicenter of Florida’s Paradise Coast.
With easy parking, a gift shop, indoor activities, interpretive displays, live entertainment, and opportunities to purchase art from the gallery, visiting the Center for the Arts is sure to be a favorite memory of your trip to Marco Island. And… did we mention that it’s free?
7. Wow! Marco Island Jet Ski Tours & Rentals
Looking for an adventure that everyone in your group will be ranting and raving about for weeks to come? Wow! Jet Ski Tours and Rentals are sure to be the highlight of your trip to Marco Island.
Take an exhilarating ride through the only subtropical mangrove forest in the United States. Riders will be given a safety briefing and a lesson on how to use their personal watercraft before setting out onto the water. Visit both the Goodland Islands and Thousand Islands, cruise the backwater of Marco River, and visit the fascinating architecture of the Dome House off Cape Romano.
Our experienced guides will take you on a tour around the entire property of Marco Island. You will be able to reach areas that boats are unable to access, and see the beautiful landscape from a new point of view. The best part: our prices are unmatchable.
Wow! Marco Island offers a handful of tour options, but each of them is sure to blow you out of the water. Whether you are in the Gulf of Mexico or the pristine estuary of the Ten Thousand Islands, you will have an exhilarating experience.
You will have the opportunity to witness a vast array of wildlife that will keep you captivated your entire ride (we guarantee it!). With our powerful jet skis, you will glide over glass-like water past oyster flats and small sandy beaches. In the larger bays, our resident Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins use this area to hunt for meals or play with each other. Don’t miss this ultimate adventure.
Our jet ski rentals can be rented at the best prices around, guaranteed. We will even pick you up! With over 30 miles to explore, you are able to ride in and around the small uninhabited islands that collectively make up the 10,000 Islands. As you adventure, you can see the ghostly forms of the Dome House as it stands offshore almost like they were just dropped in the middle of the Gulf.
Reach out today, or book online! You’re sure to be the hero of your next family vacation.