#ResidentPerks Why dogs & their families love a day in the park in Ave Maria 🐶 Socialization in a safe environment 🐶 Therapeutic 🐶 Exercise for both you and your four legged friend 🐶 Peer advise for dog behavior 🐶 Make new friends 🐶 Fun for pet parents 🐶 Enjoy the outdoors https://t.co/zK2sgNTNO2
Orange Jeep Tours offer a variety of distinctly different eco-tour options. An open-air Jeep can accommodate up to six passengers. All ages are welcome on the tours making this a completely family-friendly experience. Credit: #MustDoVisitorsGuide https://t.co/kJXzlZGSxr https://t.co/qx4ZWme0xQ
#ResidentPerks Ave Maria's North Park is located just north of the Town Center and provides an ideal spot for picnics, games, and plenty of fun in the sun. #avemariaflorida #avemariaamenities https://t.co/X3O31KO4DG
Nested in the heart of Collier County, Ave Maria is Southwest Florida’s newest hometown. A town where children ride their bikes to school. Where neighbors are friends and life is good. Where everyone enjoys life as it was meant to be lived. https://t.co/uvoZ0IpD59
Over 100 miles of walking, biking, and nature trails wind throughout the town, affording our residents the opportunity to revel in the beautiful outdoors. #communityoftheyear #avemariaflorida #nature https://t.co/TBO5yz9qtP
Some of our students had an experience of a lifetime at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Students who live in Ave Maria attending Collier County Public Schools are zoned for Estates Elementary School, Corkscrew Middle School and Palmetto Ridge High School. #avemariaflorida https://t.co/Hqu0dAOviR
From University athletics and our very own Water Park to bocce ball and a golf course, you'll find plenty of places to play. https://t.co/WsjHJbJi43
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Top 5 Things to Do Outdoors This Weekend

Outdoors This Weekend

August 31, 2016

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner and it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors in Southwest Florida. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

1. Ride Off the Beaten Path

First on our list, jump into an orange Jeep with an experienced guide and explore miles of nature preserve in the backyard of Ave Maria. Orange Jeep Tours is a 90 minute, open-air adventure through thousands of acres of untouched terrain. Test your skills at spotting a range of native wildlife such as American alligator, Whitetail deer, Osceola turkey, Florida Red-Bellied turtle, and a large variety of bird species. Click here for a special discount.

2. Embark on a water journey

Get a chance to get up close to see manatees, alligators, dolphins, turtles, as well as many species of rare and endangered tropical birds with Double R’s Fishing and Tour Co. This is a 2.5 hour manatee viewing eco tour, the only local eco tour that starts in the heart of the Everglades, located in South Florida’s largest herd of manatees.

3. Get in touch with your wild side

If you like to travel by foot, take a 2.25 mile board walk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America at the Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, bromeliads and ferns. The forest is also home to alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, red-bellied turtles, and a wide variety of birds.

4. Play with Furry Friends

Interact with the friendly animals at Shy Wolf Sanctuary, whom provides a permanent home to over 60 captive-bred or rescued exotic animals every year for Cougars, numerous Wolves and Wolf-Dogs several exotic species of fox from as far South as Brazil and as far North as the Arctic Circle and West as North Africa. The wolves and other resident animals are housed on a 2.5 acre property in Naples, FL and are supported by over 30 active volunteers. Experience the fun all while getting educated about the wolves.

5. Celebrate 100 years with the National Park Service

On August 25th, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100! Discover the rich culture and the stories of the western everglades with Big Cypress Nature Preserve. It measures 729,000 acres, combining a mix of pines, hardwoods, prairies and mangrove forests along with a variety of wildlife including White-tailed deer and Florida panther.