Fort Myers Florida Tourist Attractions
There are several great things to do in Fort Myers, Florida. From the city’s famous beaches to the local museums and historic sites, there’s a lot to see and do. If you love animals, you might enjoy the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, with three nature trails and an aviary full of butterflies. There are also live animal shows, and two nature trails that you can hike along. For the kids, there’s the Mini Museum, which features fun activities for the entire family. A 3,200-gallon aquarium will provide you with a glimpse of native and exotic fish.
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The area’s famous beaches are great for children and families alike. Fort Myers Beach is one of the most famous spring break destinations in the country, so be prepared to have a rowdy time during spring break. Despite this, the beach is family friendly most of the year. Near the beach, you can find the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center, which has interactive exhibits of the sea life. You can also spend a day browsing the local Fleamasters Flea Market, which features over 900 shops, food stalls, and antiques.
The Southwest Florida Museum of History is an impressive addition to any Fort Myers vacation. Originally a railroad passenger depot, it is now a fascinating museum. There’s also a restored 1953 Seaboard Airline Railroad Caboose that takes you on a 15-minute tour through the town’s miniature villages, including the early 1950s and 1920s. A Downtown Walking Tour is also a great way to see the history of the area.
Fort Myers Beach, Spend a Day #1
Fort Myers beach, located on Estero, is seven miles long and has shallow, warm waters. It is backed with homes and a limited number of restaurants. This is an ideal area to swim, walk and spot dolphins.
The beach runs from Bowditch Point Park (north) to Lovers Key State Park (south), but the majority of the action takes place around the pier, also known as Times Square.
The most popular stretch of sand to visit is south of the Pier. This area is where sun-seekers flock on hot days. Beach chairs can be rented, and many restaurants offer food service. This creates a vibrant beach scene. If you prefer a more serene scene, head north to the pier. Lynn Hall Beach Park is located here with picnic tables as well barbecues, showers and washroom facilities.
Estero Blvd is Fort Myers Beach’s main street. It is a short walk from Fort Myers Beach. Parking can be difficult on busy weekends. However, if you arrive early you may be able to get a spot at one the many streets meters or lots in the area. Private lots are also available, but these tend to be quite costly.
Better to park your car free of charge in the Beach Park and Ride lots and use the shuttle service (Route 499) to get you to the beach. There is another trolley route 410 that runs north from Bowditch Park to Lover’s Key State Park. This tram service is also free, and should not be confused for the trolleys. It also runs from Bowditch Park to the Matanzas Pass Preserve.
Walk through Times Square #2
Just behind the Pier is Times Square, a lively area. There are many restaurants in this area, including ice-cream shops, patio seating, and a wide range of souvenir and beach shops. If you’re looking for a break or somewhere to grab lunch, this is the area to go.
A pedestrian-only area is located right at the pier. Further back are streets that allow traffic and parking. Here, you’ll find beach shops and Tshirts. Street performers entertain people in the evenings.
Times Square is an area that can be easily walked around. It is extremely casual here, with many people in casual beach wear. The colorful bricks painted in bright colors make it easy to recognize the area.
Enjoy a pleasant stroll from Times Square by following Old San Carlos Blvd northeast to Matanzas Pass. This street is lined by a good selection of restaurants and shops, as well as a number of open-air and sit-down eateries.
Tour the Edison Ford Winter Estates #3
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, located just north of Fort Myers in a charming neighborhood, are found. These homes are now National Historic Landmarks and open to the general public for tours. The waterfront site includes the historic homes of two fascinating men who were best friends. It covers 21 acres.
Tours allow you to see the extensive grounds, laboratories, modern museum, seven galleries, vintage cars, and electricity displays. Notable are the stunning botanical gardens and the Banyan Tree. It was planted in 1925 and measures 65 feet in height.
Lovers Key State Park – Beach Day #4
Lovers Key State Park offers one of Fort Myers’ most beautiful beaches. It is a peaceful escape from the chaos and traffic that can sometimes be found on busy days. A short walk will take you to the beach via two bridges. You may be able to spot alligators and other aquatic animals. The main parking lot has an open-air shuttle that runs every day if you have a lot of beach gear.
Lovers Key is popular for stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and canoeing because of its protected inland rivers. This is a good place to find shells. Many varieties wash up on its shores and there is less competition than on Sanibel Island.
Lovers Key is situated over a large bridge on the southern end Estero Island. The gulf side is the best. There is a dog beach at the park’s southern end. It’s the perfect spot for all four-legged guests to splash in the shallows with their newfound friends.
Sunset Cruise #5
Florida’s west side is known for its stunning sunsets. The warm sand on your skin as you gaze out at the Gulf of Mexico from the shore is nothing short of amazing.
Get out on the water if you want to get away form the crowds. The most beautiful way to see a sunset is through the gentle breeze blowing in the sails. If you are lucky, sea turtles and dolphins will join you on your cruise.
Sunset Sail is an hour-long cruise on a 36 foot catamaran, offshore of Fort Myers. The charming captain will share stories about the boat as well as the surrounding area and help you position the boat for stunning sunset shots.
The boat departs the Hurricane Pass dock just above Times Square. Water and soft drinks included.