More Things to See and Do
Fort Myers Beach
Lynn Hall Memorial Park
This is the main public beach on Fort Myers Beach, and located beside Times Square. Here you’ll find a playground area for the kids, fishing pier, picnic huts, benches, information kiosk, shops and restaurants.
Bowditche Point Park
To the North of Lynn Hall Memorial Park you’ll find Bowditche Point Park. An unspoiled, natural beach area with native vegetation. The beach wraps around the Bay and Gulf of Mexico.
Beach Access Points Along Estero Blvd.
There are numerous beach access points all along Estero Blvd. These allow access to the full 7 miles of white sugar sand beach to everyone. The north end of the island by Times Square tends to be the busiest, while the far north, middle of the island and south end beach areas are generally quiet.
Lover’s Key State Park Recreation
The most remote beaches can be found here. On Lover’s Key State Park you may find yourself alone on a secluded beach. Here you can bike ride through trails, canoe, and kayak, watch dolphins and manatees play.
These are great for swimming, fishing, windsurfing and picnicking. Pull up along the water’s edge and enjoy the beach and Gulf of Mexico.
Lighthouse Beach and Fishing Pier
Enjoy the historic, working lighthouse, boardwalk nature trail and native wetlands.
Tarpon Bay Beach
Easy parking for recreation vehicles. Enjoy the miles of beach and shelling.
There are no hotels here, just peaceful, pristine beach.
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
- The turn of the century houses are open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday.
Everglades Wonder Gardens
27180 Old US 41
- The gardens feature a large collection of native Florida wildlife in a beautiful jungle setting. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
Ostego Bay Marine Foundation
San Carlos Island
718 Fisherman’s Wharf
Fort Myers Beach
- There are marine exhibits, a touch tank, and aquarium. Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
2787 North Tamiami Trail
- See thousands of rare and exotic shells, corals, video arcade, restaurants, aquarium, African lounge, bumper boats, sponges and fossils. Free guided tours.
Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Six Mile Parkway at Penzance Road
- This preserve is a 2,000 wetland ecosystem and home to a variety of animals, including endangered ones. Walk the mile-long boardwalk through the swamp where you can see alligators, turtles, and birds.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
- This 5,000-acre sanctuary is a wonderful place to view native and migratory birds. Enjoy the five-mile drive or get out and walk the foot trails or canoe through the swamps.
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue
- You can view exhibits on wildlife, fossils, and native habitats. The planetarium offers star shows and other great events.
Bailey Matthews Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
- Features educational displays on local shells and shells of the world. Hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Fort Myers Historical Museum
2300 Peck Street
- Visit a restored historic railroad depot in Fort Myers and see items of Southwest Florida history.
Boston Red Socks Training
City of Palms Park
- Red Sox training starts in Feb and runs for 6 weeks. Tickets are available for viewing of games and training.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
1380 Colonial Blvd.
- Great live theatre with or without dinner buffet.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road W
- Take the self-guided tour on the 2.25 mile raised boardwalk through 4 distinct environments; a pine upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest and a marsh.
19709 Little Lane
- Daily wine tasting from 11:30 to 3:30. No reservation needed.
Florida Everblades Ice Hockey and Firecats Arena Football
1100 Everblades Parkway
- Indoor ice hockey and football. Great action and excitement.
Florida Miracle Professional Baseball
Hammond Stadium/Lee County Sports Complex
Six Mile Cypress
- Professional baseball tickets are available for all games.
Key West Express
Salty Sam’s Marina
2200 Main Street
Fort Myers Beach
- Take the Key West Express to Key West. Daily trips to and from Key West. Spend the night or take the same day trip back.
Seminole Indian Casino of Immokalee
506 South 1st Street
Video gaming, low stake poker, and bingo. Enjoy the restaurant, bar, and nightly entertainment.
The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track
10601 Bonita Beach Road
Live greyhound racing, plus simulcasting of horse and greyhound races. Snack bar, clubhouse, restaurant, and box seats.
Wooten’s Total Everglades Adventure
Airboat, swamp buggy, and pontoon boat tours through the swamp. See exhibits of native animals. Gators abound depending on the time of year and weather.
Everglades National Park and Boat Tours
Take a boat ride through the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands.
Jungle Larry’s Zoological Park
A tropical, nature-themed park, featuring animal shows, tram and boat rides through islands filled with monkeys.
There are numerous festivals that take place during the year in Southwest Florida. Here are just a few of the most popular ones.
Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival – Mid March
A 5-K run kicks off the event with a two-hour parade, festival queen, art show, and shrimp boil. The parade takes place on a Saturday morning around 10:00 am and lasts till noon or after. It runs from the Beach Library on the corner of Estero Blvd. and Bay Street down Estero Blvd. and ends at Lynn Hall Memorial Park where the rest of the festivities take place.
Edison Festival of Lights – February
It’s one of the areas largest and most celebrated annual events, celebrating the birthday of Thomas A. Edison. A fantastic Parade of Light is the highlight of the events held. There is also a gala ball, fashion show, 5-K run, and craft show.
Labelle Swamp Cabbage Festival – February
This is an annual festival celebrating “Old Florida”. Here you’ll find arts and crafts booths, and “swamp cabbage” dishes to try.
Everglade’s Seafood Festival
Enjoy arts and crafts and fresh, world-famous seafood.
Annual Sanibel Shell Fair – March
This show features judged shell displays, crafts, food, and entertainment.
Fleamaster’s Giant Flea Market
4135 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ortiz Flea Market
Open Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
McGregor Blvd. and College Parkway
Open Thursday through Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bonita Beach Road
Open Friday through Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Everyone knows that beaches are Lee County’s number one outdoor attraction. But it can be so much more than a trip to the beach. For people who want to do something a little more active than lying in the sand or stooping over to pick up seashells, the area has plenty of outdoor physical activities. Fort Myers Beach is all about water. There are numerous marinas, charter boat rentals, jet ski rentals, parasailing, kayaking, and canoe rentals, fishing charters, dolphin tours, and a lot more.
The waters around Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel offer some of the greatest fishing in Florida. Purchase a nonresident license and you can fish from the public pier at Lynn Hall Memorial Park on Fort Myers Beach, or the Lighthouse at the eastern tip of Sanibel.
Charter boats are easily found on Fort Myers Beach. You can rent your own boat or charter one with a captain. Half day and full day rentals are available at reasonable prices.
My High Tide Luxury Charters
6095 Black Marlin Lane
Cape Coral FL 33914
C Dock Slip 89
- They specialize in creating and delivering offshore luxury experiences at affordable prices. They cater to individuals, couples, families and social groups, and are dedicated to making sure everyone experiences the ocean in luxury and style.
Southwest Florida has great weather for cycling – warm temperatures, no ice or snow – but it lacks the big thigh-burning hills that excite many serious cyclists.
The county offers several long bike paths, the best of which might be the Summerlin path, which runs southwest from Fort Myers near the Midpoint Memorial Bridge to the Sanibel Causeway.
If you want to go off-road, try the mountain-bike trail at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park in Alva.
CANOEING & KAYAKING:
Serious canoeists and kayakers know that Southwest Florida has some of the best paddling water anywhere.
You can throw your paddlecraft in virtually any water body – river, stream, creek, estuary – and have a great day.
Or you can check out the Great Calusa Blue Way, a 100 mile marked paddling trail that meanders through Estero Bay then to Sanibel, Captiva, Matlacha Pass, and Pine Island Sound.
Contact Distinctive Beach Rentals, at 239-898-7370, for kayak rentals. We have ½ day and full day rates. All kayaks are delivered to your desired point of departure and picked up upon your return.
Lee County doesn’t bill itself as a scuba diving destination – if you want to dive, people say, go to the Keys – but local Gulf waters offer great diving opportunities.
Although we don’t have any coral reefs, we do have many natural limestone ledges that are full of life.
Much of the seafloor is barren sand, so the Lee County Division of Natural Resources has created artificial reefs on 20 sites that range from four to 30 miles offshore in 30 to 90 feet of water.
Two popular local wrecks for divers are the Bay Ronto, a 400-foot British freighter that sank in a 1919 hurricane 32 miles west of Boca Grande Pass, and the Fantastico, a 200-foot Honduran freighter that foundered in the No Name Storm of 1993 about 48 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach.
None of these sites has the colorful tropical fish of the Keys, but they do hold large number of many fish species.
WINDSURFING & KITEBOARDING:
Depending on meteorological conditions, windsurfing/kiteboarding season in Southwest Florida runs from late December through April because that’s when the fronts move through – during the rest of the year, the wind is depressingly calm, though the occasional tropical storm or hurricane can whip up some wind and excitement. Lessons are available from Ace Adventures on McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers for those who might want to start a new hobby or rent some equipment.
Note: All properties rented by Distinctive Beach Rentals have a minimum age requirement. Two persons in the rental party must be over the age of 30 in order to rent.
The following courses are open to the public at least some portion of the year, if not the entire year. Contact courses for current rates.
|Bay Beach Golf Club
7401 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach
Par 60, 239-463-2064
Burnt Store Marina
Cape Coral Executive
Colonial Country Club
Fort Myers County Club
19371 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers
Par 60, 239-731-5220Lexington
16257 Willowcrest Way
Par 72, 239-437-1442
Majestic Golf Club
Old Corkscrew Golf Club
Shell Point Village