Situated on the southern Gulf coast of Florida, Fort Myers offers a unique blend of fresh and saltwater surrounding the city. Year-round warm temperatures keep residents happy and are a welcomed change for visitors. There are many things to do while in the Ft Myers Florida area, but here are the top five.
1. Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Enjoy the rich history of the area by viewing historical houses previously own by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The buildings date back to the early 1900’s and include a botanical garden planted by Edison himself.
2. Manatee Park
Visit the park during the winter to see manatees huddled up for warmth. The sea cows winter there in large groups. There are observation decks available for guests to get a better view. Visitors can rent kayaks and see manatees up close or simply explore the 16-acre park. Additionally, there is a butterfly garden.
3. Bunche Beach
No trip to a coastal town in Florida is complete without a trip to the beach. This particular location is considered a natural beach. Enjoy beautiful views, no crowds, and plenty of shells.
4. IMAG History & Science Center
This museum features hands-on exhibits perfect to help a child learn and simultaneously be entertained. The entire experience features interactive displays that are fun for people of all ages. A 3D theater and a touch tank complete the experience.
5. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
This conservation area is a whopping 8,000 acres on Sanibel Island. It is complete with mangroves, alligators, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. It is an ideal way to get in touch with the environment and learn something new. There is an onsite visitor/ education center to answer any questions about the wildlife refuge.
A bit of history mixed with a healthy helping of the outdoors is what Ft Myers Florida has to offer. Although not specifically mentioned, there are many boat tours and safaris that can be taken to experience the local environment up close while discovering interesting facts from a local tour guide that is an expert. Spring training also takes place in Fort Meyers for Major League Baseball teams Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Not mentioned is the ample shopping opportunities that are too many to list. There is literally something for everyone at any age. A stop in Ft Myers Florida is a memory in the making.