Newly opened in 2011, the Marco Island Historical Museum sits atop a recreated Calusa Indian shell mound and explores bygones dating back to that era, when it served as a major settlement of the ancient peoples. Visitors can still drive over one real shell mound and hike around another on the island.
Art fairs and other cultural events fill the calendar with opportunities to meet the locals and blow off some steam.
Beaches, naturally, are the number one attraction on Marco Island. Nature-lovers and birders head to Tigertail Beach, while the South Beach access is best for sun-worshippers whose only activity might be a beach stroll.
The town of Goodland makes for a delightful day trip from the vacation resort area by boat or car, and the natural attractions of the Florida Everglades are less than an hour away.
For those looking for golfing, courses are also a short drive off-island.