Discover Ft. Myers and Ft. Myers
Beach...a great family treat
Discover the beaches of Fort Myers, on southwest Florida's sun-drenched Gulf of Mexico - a wonderful change-of-pace from the been-there, done-that vacation. Beautiful white-sand beaches lined with exotic seashells, breathtaking sunsets, tropical wildlife, nature preserves, history- and nature-based attractions and adventures for the entire family. .
It's hard to imagine Fort Myers Beach as a remote stretch of green edged with white, soft sand and accessible only by boat. However, that's just what it was until the first "Little Bridge" was constructed to bring tourists and locals alike to the seven-mile Estero Island through Bunche Beach on the mainland. By the late 1920s, a new bridge (actually a second-hand one from the East coast of Florida) was installed near the current San Carlos Bridge.
Boating, sailing, fishing and spectacular Lovers Key State Park make this island a real recreational playground. Add to that a great number of family-friendly condo resorts, Old Florida charm, restaurants serving fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and an annual Shrimp Festival, it's a beach vacation paradise.
For the water sports lover, Fort Myers offers a variety of water recreation like swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, etc. You can take a cruise or go on a dolphin tour. If you want to take a break from the beach, there are casinos, mini-golf courses, nature lover's spots such as Fort Myers Beach Pier, Lovers Key State Park, and Ostego Bay Marine Science Center. Besides the attractions of Fort Myers Beach, you can also visit the attractions of nearby city of Fort Myers.
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Esta
tes in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker's House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.
More Family Activities
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium...Come and visit this 105-acre natural oasis in town on the Lee Island Coast. Take a stroll on their boardwalks through pine flat woods and cypress trees.
Captain Bob's Excellent Adventure...This Everglades adventure takes you for an hour ride on a small airboat deep into the swamp surrounded by alligators and birds. ...
Castle Golf...Play the legend of Castle Golf. Come see why mini-golf fanatics from all over the world rave about Castle Golf and the unique design.
..Located along the Caloosahatchee River, this eight-acre park offers a playground, picnic areas and a fishing pier.
Everglades Day Safari..On Florida's finest eco-tour, trained naturalists guide you through the Everglades in search of alligators, birds, snakes, plants and mammals.
Fleamasters...Fleamasters Fleamarket with over 900 unique stores is an area attraction destination not to be missed.
Fort Myers Skatium...A 72,000-square foot, state-of-the-art family entertainment facility. Ice skating rink,
The meandering Calusa Blueway paddling trail uses markers, free maps and a state-of-the-art Web site to guide canoeists and kayakers.
Imaginarium Science Center...Hands-on exhibits include Hurricane Experience, Dino Discovery, Build Your Own Coaster, Sporty Science Virtual Arena, Tiny Town, and much more.
Lakes Regional Park...An oasis in the city. The park features a freshwater lake, miniature train rides, playgrounds, Fragrance Gardens, paved biking/walking paths.
Magic Wind Adventure Sailing...Offers visitors to half day, sunset, and overnight sails aboard a 38' sailboat.
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