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“It’s a little bit funky.
A little bit cool.”

– Rebecca Maddox

Naples’ Creative Edge

Named “Southwest Florida’s Coolest New District” by Gulfshore Life Magazine, Bayshore Arts District (BAD) has evolved from what was once a seedy side street into a relaxed, vibrant family community; a cultural haven where the visual, performing, and culinary arts live in a walkable, waterfront neighborhood. From botanical gardens and art galleries to food trucks and marinas — BAD Naples truly has it all.

With its unique mixed-use and live-work zoning, people live, work and play here. As a result, BAD Naples has become the destination for everything food and art related. We get visitors from different parts of the world who fall in love with BAD for varying reasons. But we love it for one main reason: it’s never lost its sense of community.

Welcome, we’re glad to have you here and hope to see more of you!

Heard On The Street

“Being one of the pioneer family owned businesses in the area, I’m extremely optimistic for the growth of Bayshore Arts District. Due to the area’s innovative outlook on art, culinary experiences, and locally owned retail stores, the flourishing district has a trendsetting artsy vibe like no other area in Naples!” Joel Toledo, Green Door Nursery

– Joel Toledo
Green Door Nursery

“As an artist & mother who has lived in NY & CA, moving my family & studio to BAD is the perfect balance of both my love of the arts & outdoor lifestyle.”

– Lane Wilkinson
Photography By Lane

“After I attended my first Bayshore CRA meeting, I knew I was going to try to help my new neighborhood change. We all knew this was going to become a very special village to remember! I purchased a few lots on Jeepers Drive on which I intended to design and build some “Island Cottages”. It’s just a ball helping this lovely village grow!”

Mike Sherman
The Island Cottages

Upcoming Events

With so many amazing shops, restaurants, and galleries, there’s always something
happening in BAD Naples! Take a look at what’s coming up in the near future and click
through to our Facebook events page for a full listing.

October 6 & 20

Music in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

12 pm – 2 pm

October 10

Celebration Park Alzheimer’s Association Event

4:30 pm – 6 pm

October 12

Celebration Park Sip & Flow with Revival Yoga

11 am – 12 pm

October 12

Sensory-Friendly Saturday at Naples Botanical Garden

4 pm – 6 pm

October 17-31

Fall Walk in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

6 pm – 9 pm

October 19

Celebration Park Paws Crossed Event

12 pm – 3 pm

October 24

Celebration Park Alzheimer’s Association Event

4:30 pm – 6 pm

October 26

Celebration Park
Truck or Treat

6 pm – 10 pm

October 31

Celebration Park Truck or Treat & Gourds Gone Wild Halloween Party

6 pm – 10 pm

November 3 & 17

Music in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

12 pm – 2 pm

November 9

Family Planting Day at Naples Botanical Garden

9 am – 5 pm

November 16

Sensory-Friendly Saturday at Naples Botanical Garden

4 pm – 6 pm

November 23

Art Among the Blossoms
Bi-Annual Art Show

hosted by Green Door Nursery & A JARON Fine Jewelry

November 29 - December 15

Lights in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden

6 pm – 9 pm

Ongoing Events

Inner Beauty: A Photographic Celebration of Naples Botanical Garden

November 15– January 5

8am–5pm Daily

Yoga in the Garden

Wednesdays and Sundays beginning November 3, 2019 – (No class offered on November 6)

10 am

Tai Chi in the Garden

Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning November 5, 2019  – (No program offered on November 28)

9:30am

Birding in the Garden

Tuesdays and Sundays beginning November 3, 2019 in the Garden

8–10am

Daily Tours

10am, 12pm, and 2pm daily

Join us for a guided experience in the Garden on any day you choose to visit.

Dig Deeper

11:30am and 1pm daily

Take a little thyme to become a Garden sage in this fun, fast, and interactive learning opportunity!

W.O.N.D.E.R.

10:30am daily

Together we will walk, observe, navigate, draw, explore, and read about a monthly theme throughout the Garden!

The History of being BAD

Originally known as Kelly Road, BAD Naples was a blue-collar, fishing community. By the 1980’s, it had become known for its seedy underbelly — a reputation which preceded it into the following decade. However, residents and business owners became champions for change. They fought tirelessly to create a better Bayshore, helping the neighborhood flourish into the artistic enclave it is today. BAD Naples continues to provide residents, business owners, and visitors with a laid back, waterfront experience everyone can enjoy.

Featured BAD Member

Kathy Khatib

Director of The Garden School of Naples

With Montessori training straight from the Centro Internazionale Maria Montessori in Perugia, Italy, and a background working as a Montessori teacher and school administrator, Kathy Khatib brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the children of The Garden School of Naples. “When I look at these little children here today, I can see the adults they’re going to become,” she said. “And I try to treat each child with the respect you’d treat them with if they were an adult, and they can sense that.” The Garden School, located at 6051 Bayshore Drive, provides a Montessori foundation for children to become independent self-starters and lifelong lovers of learning. 

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