Friday, October 15, 2021

Collier’s Oldest State Park Celebrates 70 Years




Collier-Seminole State Park is turning 70 years old this year, making it the county’s oldest state park!

To mark this historic occasion, the park is hosting a 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 18th. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open its newly renovated campground at 10 AM, which will be followed by the celebration at the boat basin starting at 11 AM.

Make your plans to celebrate by enjoying the music offerings of Vellamo! and local favorite, Gator Nate. Vellamo! is a musical couple from Finland who have been featured at the park several times and play a rich mix of American and Finnish folk music. Gator Nate is an accomplished local musician who plays both original and well known favorites, and always with a local flavor.

There will be a variety of food vendors and craft tents along with representatives from other local parks like Fakahatchee Preserve State Park and Rookery Bay. You may also wish to see the show from the water, which you can do by renting a canoe or kayak from our concessionaire, Collier-Seminole Nature Tours.

This celebratory event is free and will run from 11 AM to 5 PM. You may wish to stick around the park following the celebration so you can take part in the Star Gazing Party later that night after dark. Local astronomers will be setting up their telescopes at the boat basin and directing them at celestial bodies for the public to witness and enjoy.

Please note that the boat basin and boat ramp will be closed to vehicular traffic that day as that is the festival area. However, if you can carry your vessel from the Memorial Field parking area you will be able to launch it at the kayak/canoe launch area. Other restrictions that day include no coolers or pets in the festival area.

Come celebrate this milestone in the history of Collier County’s oldest state park.  Collier-Seminole State Park is located at 20200 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. For more information call 239-394-3397 or visit

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