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.
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
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
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
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.
COST: Varies based upon experience
DURATION: 2 hours
DETAILS: Open to both hotel guests and the public
Experience the celebrated Naples Botanical Garden and its award-winning plant collections with early-morning access before the public arrives. Explore and immerse yourself in the extensive tropical and subtropical plants on the 170-acre property while the Garden peacefully prepares for the day. Stop by Fogg Café to enjoy a morning coffee, tea, or fresh-pressed juice, and visit the Berger Shop in the Garden to select a memento to take home from your time at the Garden. As your private morning experience draws to a close, you will have a deeper appreciation not only for Naples Botanical Garden but the plant world around you.
COST: $40 per person
DURATION: 75-120 minutes
DETAILS: Offered daily with advance registration and weather permitting.
• Special early access admission
• Complimentary coffee, juice or tea from Fogg Café for each paid participant
• One copy of The Happy Orchid book or one signature Garden coffee mug
• $10 discount on new membership signups on the day of the visit
• 10% discount for the day of the visit in the Berger Shop in the Garden
• Booking required 48 hours in advance.
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
• 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.
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.