Naples is just a half-hour north of Everglades National Park, and now through mid-May, you can get a spectacular bird’s-eye view of these immense marshlands by booking a 30-minute “flightseeing” tour ($65 per adult for two) on the four-passenger Alaskan float plane employed by Everglades Area Tours. Many would argue that the Everglades are best experienced up close on the water, but its glorious vastness can only be conveyed from above.
On your way back to civilization, stop in Everglades City for dinner at the famed Rod & Gun Club (cash only). The white clapboard lodge has hosted a number of VIPs—five presidents, Ernest Hemingway, Mick Jagger, Sean Connery—and still operates as a rustic hotel and restaurant. Snag a table on the veranda and order the swamp-and-turf combo, steak and frog legs.