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Fort Myers Travel Guide
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Where to Stay
Lodgings in Fort Myers include a number of chain hotels like Courtyard by Marriott, the Fairfield Inn and the Super 8. The Hibiscus House Bed & Breakfast located further from Fort Myers proper offers excellent food and one of five rooms in a 100-year old wooden house. The Art Deco Holiday Inn near Edison Avenue is often a favorite for business travelers and is located close to several of the city's attractions.
Caution: Costs of hotels are often 50% more expensive during the high season.
What to Eat
Most of the common fast food restaurants, mid-range options and family establishments are located along Cleveland Avenue, the city's main commercial street. Fort Myers has a number of international food choices including German, Italian, Southern and French cuisine. Many restaurants serve seafood, a reflection of the city's maritime location.
Hot Tips: The city has a number of excellent restaurants hidden away in unassuming locations.
Things to See
The Southwest Florida Museum of History hosts walking tours of the city, and is a good way to the see the sights of downtown Fort Myers. The Imaginarium, an interactive museum, has a number of displays demonstrating scientific concepts and is perfect for children. The Seminole Gulf Railway offers visitors a picturesque trip through the surrounding countryside. Don't forget one of the main attractions: the beach.
Caution: Reservations are required at the Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Places to Party
The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall hosts performances of world-class plays and musicals. The Arcade Theater and The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre also host a range of performances, and the latter offers a dinner along with the show. Drinking establishments like Rivals Sports Kitchen and Spirits of Bacchus, many of which are located downtown, are places to grab a beer or some food after dark. Nightlife offerings also include bars with live music.
Hot Tips: Several hotels and tourist centers offer up an entertainment guide detailing nightlife venues in Fort Myers.
Where to Shop
The Shell Factory and Nature Park hosts a huge collection of shells and fossils and also contains rides, a light show, restaurants and a zoo - a perfect place to intersperse shopping with kid-friendly fun. The Tanger Outlet Center contains many name brand stores like Nike, Reebok and Levi's, selling their products at a discounted rate. The Cape Harbour Marina contains a boardwalk with shops, restaurants and bars.
Best Local Souvenir: The Shell Factory and Nature Park sells a plethora of shells and items made from them.
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Fort Myers Is Known for...
Five of Fort Myers's most unique features and characteristics.Spring Training
Both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins conduct their annual spring training in Fort Myers, each in their own ballfield. Late February sees legions of baseball fans flocking to southwest Florida for spring training games - which run through the end of March - against MLB rivals like the New York Yankees or Chicago White Sox. It's a lot of fun and the best weather of the year. Fans get tan and baseball bliss all at the same time.Great Weather
Winter is a sport watched on the Weather Channel, in Fort Myers. Winter is a little unpredictable in December and January but "plunging temperatures" often means into the 60s, with sunshine. Winter temps can be as high as 80. Come to play. Spring is lovely as well, with 70s and 80s for the highs until - typically - May, when summer comes calling. Summer is hot (high 90s) and humid, but what will you care? You'll be in the pool, on the beach, and never fighting any crowds; summer is off-season here. "Fall" offers the lowest prices of year in hotels and the heat of summer, until about the third week of October, when it cools down to 70s for a high.Nearby Islands & Beaches
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