The Best Public Places to Read a Book in Naples, Florida


Reading is a great activity to do, especially a great one for the mind. It is an activity you can do both inside and outside. Reading a book outside when you live in or visit a town that is beautiful all the time is nice benefit of those places. However, some places around the town are better areas for this activity than other areas.

Below, I have compiled a list of five places of which are the best places to hang out and read a book in the paradise town of Naples, Florida. The list consists of beach parks, and of course, regular parks, with a smidge of the in between spots. Without further ado, starting off this time with the number one best, here are the best public places to read a book in Naples, Florida:

Lowdermilk Park Pavilion
Lowdermilk Park Pavilion | Source

1.) Lowdermilk Beach Park & Pavilion

Starting off the list at number one is Lowdermilk Beach Park & Pavilion. Lowdermilk has both the beach area and a grassy park area. The beach section includes mini tiki huts to park your beach chair or towel under for an easy shade option if you prefer to read right on the sand. Then, there is the pavilion section option in the center of the beach park, which includes park tables and benches on a wooden board walkway. Finally, on the street side of the parking lot, there is a grassy area with picnic tables and park benches, along with huge trees that provide lovely shade, as a third option. You can sit under the shade at a table, on a bench, or with a blanket and read a book.


Located in the pavilion is also available food, refreshments, and restrooms. The many choices Lowdermilk Beach Park & Pavilion offers makes it rightfully deserving of the number one spot. You will become so comfortable that you’ll want to stay and read there all day long.

Merrihue mini-park
Merrihue mini-park | Source

2.) Mini-Park off Fifth Avenue

At number two on this list, the next best public place to read is one of the mini parks downtown by Fifth Avenue South: the Merrihue Mini-park. This park is a gem of a public place. It is especially nice, and quiet, making it a perfect location for reading. The Merrihue mini-park is located behind the 500 white building, and is right off a beautiful lake. Park benches in this mini-park make it a simple and easy place to read a book. This mini-park was also mentioned in my article, “The Best Hidden Gems in Naples, Florida.”

Seagate Beach
Seagate Beach | Source

3.) Seagate Beach

The third best place to read is a beach called Seagate Beach, which is one of the smaller beaches in Naples. It is located off of Seagate Drive, with the access near the end of the part of the street that curves south. Seagate beach is south of Clam Pass Park Beach (the beach if you keep going straight to the gulf on Seagate Drive). It is one of the few beaches that have groups of rocks that jut outward into the gulf from the beach. This beach is very beautiful and relaxing because it does not get very crowded, which makes it a great beach location to read a book.

4.) Cambier Park

The next place on this list is Cambier Park at number four. Cambier Park located in downtown Naples, right south of Fifth Avenue South. It is quite a large, beautiful park with about 12 acres of land. Park benches and lots of open grass area are included in this park, which makes is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with a good book.

Sunrise at the Naples Pier
Sunrise at the Naples Pier | Source

5.) The Naples Pier

Last but not least, we have the final best public place to read a book in Naples, Florida. At number five is the Naples Pier. The Naples Pier is located in downtown Naples, too, and is a lovely place to hang out and relax on. There are benches along the wooden pier, where you could sit and read a book. You can also sit on your beach towel in the close vicinity of the pier and read there.

*Note - July 2015: The Naples Pier is currently closed and under renovation for renewing and updating. I will update on when it will be open again for use.

I know I am one who always has a book in tow when I go to the beach. Sometimes I specifically go to hang out at the beach with the main intent of reading while enjoying the gorgeous Florida weather.

I hope you have tons of fun reading at these spots. Happy reading and exploring!

Best Public Places to Read Location Map

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A markerLowdermilk Beach Park & Pavilion -
1301 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL 34102, USA
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B markerMerrihue mini-park -
Fifth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102, USA
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C markerSeagate Beach -
199 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103, USA
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D markerCambier Park -
Park Street, Naples, FL 34102, USA
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E markerThe Naples Pier -
Naples Pier, Naples, FL 34102, USA
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Which of these public places is your favorite location to read a book outside? Are you a beach bum or a park person or both?

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© 2015 Alyssa Scheidemann

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