Great Places to Visit
While the white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are a major draw, Fort Myers has plenty to offer holidaymakers away from the seafront, too.
Cast Away to Sanibel Island
You could settle in for the day on the shore of Sanibel Island, collecting shells on its shell-filled beach. Or you could get back to nature at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where you can spot a menagerie of birds, turtles, alligators and river otters. What you do is your call, but Sanibel is a must.
Kayak with Native Manatees
There are few places left where you are able to kayak alongside manatees in their native habitat. These beautiful creatures – also known as sea cows – were often mistaken for mermaids, and while they aren’t exactly the spitting image of Ariel, they are intriguing animals that can be seen at the Lee County Manatee Park.
Explore the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Amongst its notable residents, both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had winter homes in Fort Myers, and visits to them will please any holidaying history buffs. Spanning almost 20 acres between them, and overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, this complex boasts nine historic buildings, botanical gardens and a museum to peruse.
Make a Splash in the Sun
The Sun Splash Waterpark in Cape Coral is a perfect spot for families to cool off while having fun. Grab a couple of sunloungers and relax by one of the pools, or head off to ride the many water slides or flumes that can be found within this 14-acre complex. For a gentle rider, relax and enjoy the River Tube Ride.