10 Best Attractions and Activites in Fort Myers: History, Sports and Nature

The Fort Myers area is bursting with things to see and do, offering up unmatched natural beauty, sporting events, historical sites and cultural opportunities. No matter what your interests, you will find an array of options to satisfy all of your vacation desires.

Sun and sea lovers will drool over the gorgeous shell-filled beaches of Sanibel Island, while the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates will fascinate history buffs and inquiring minds. Meanwhile, sports fans will find multiple opportunities to soak up the excitement of Spring Training with both the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins gearing up in Fort Myers' stadiums for the regular baseball season.

Almost any visitor to Fort Myers will enjoy spotting manatees at the Lee County Manatee Park. Hard to believe that sailors really used to confuse these guys for mermaids! There are few places that offer the opportunity to canoe or kayak alongside these magical giants; thrilling to outdoor enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike. Nature lover will also swoon over the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, where more than 200 species of birds can be spotted alongside alligators, sea turtles, river otters and more.

Let 10Best guide you to these attractions and more.

Southwest Florida Museum of History

While visiting Fort Myers, don't miss a chance to learn about the area's incredible past at the Southwest Florida Museum of History. Perfect for rainy days, this museum is housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, originally built...  Read More

Sanibel Lighthouse & Fishing Pier

The Sanibel Lighthouse is the most photographed structure on the barrier island. The historic lighthouse, established in 1884, continues to operate even today. The more than 90-foot-tall structure is listed on the National Register of Historic...  Read More

You don't need to go to a zoo or an aquarium to get an up-close look at manatees. You can see them for free at Lee County Manatee Park! Between the months of November and March, manatees swim into the canal of this 17-acre park to escape the...  Read More

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier
Photo courtesy of aka Kath

Whether you prefer fishing, people-watching, photography, strolling, or relaxing in the sun, the Fort Myers Beach pier is a great destination day or night. Extending far into the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent to the bustling Times Square area of...  Read More

This pristine wildlife refuge, named after famous "Des Moines Register" cartoonist and conservationist J. N. "Ding" Darling, offers more than 6,000 acres of South Florida's wildest wetlands, pearly-white beaches and mangrove forests. The refuge...  Read More

This award-winning theater puts on world-class productions. Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Fort Myers, "The Rep" (as locals call it) offers patrons a wide variety of productions, from dramatic to comedic. Shows occur in the historic...  Read More

Captiva Cruises offers one the best ways to explore the Southwest Florida coast, from Cabbage Key and Useppa to Boca Grande and Cayo Costa. The waters are beautiful and full of history. An exciting variety of cruises depart mostly from both...  Read More

It's no wonder why the Edison & Ford Winter Estates are some of Fort Myers' most popular attractions. Covering more than 20 acres, this historic complex on the Caloosahatchee River offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of two of...  Read More

Baseball Spring Training
Photo courtesy of Minnesota Twins

Florida is home to Spring Training for fifteen major league baseball teams and Fort Myers is the only city to host two. Every February the boys of summer descend on the city to hone their skills and rosters for the regular season. It's a rare...  Read More

Sanibel Island Beaches
Photo courtesy of Rachael Taft

Sanibel Island is filled with magnificent beaches that are great for a lot more than just relaxing. The barrier island is renowned for its shell-filled shores and is often cited as one of the best places for shelling in the world. Locals and...  Read More


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