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

Gina Birch

By , Local Expert, Fort Myers
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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 your interests, you will find an array of options to satisfy your every vacation desire.

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 in the excitement of Spring Training with both the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins gearing up in Fort Myers' stadiums...  Read more »

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    Sanibel Island Beaches

    • Type: Beaches
    • Neighborhood: Sanibel Island

    The shape of Sanibel Island and the currents of the Gulf of Mexico make the beaches here top-notch for finding one-of-a kind shells.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to get your "Stoop" on in the early morning to beat the crowds, hot sun and find the best shells."

  • 2

    Jet Blue Park (Boston Red Sox Spring Training)

    It's a great time to see your favorite Red Sox Players but players from more than a dozen other pro teams, up close and personal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get to the park early and after the game, shop in the team store until traffic thins out. "

  • 3

    Hammond Stadium & The Minnesota Twins

    Spring Training Home of the Minnesota Twins, it's easy to catch your favorite players in the batting cages and on the field.

    Local Expert Tip: "The stadium is home to many fun festivals and concerts if you visit in the off-season"

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    Edison & Ford Winter Estates

    The lush estates house the actual lab of America's greatest inventor, Thomas Edison as well as original Model T's from his friend Henry Ford.

    Local Expert Tip: "The self-guided audio tour is a good value, allowing you to explore the estates at your own pace."

  • 5

    Florida Repertory Theatre

    Professional performances in a beautiful, historic venue, theater lovers will give a standing ovation to the Florida Repertory Theater!

    Local Expert Tip: "The Rep offers discounted preview shows for each production. Check their website for date and times."

  • 6

    J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    • Type: Reserves
    • Neighborhood: Sanibel Island

    The refuge is regarded as a top birding spot and popular with wildlife photographers, more than 6000 acres to explore by boat, bike or foot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring bug spray and binoculars or a camera with a good zoom."

  • 7

    Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier

    The fishing pier is fun day and night, with great views of the beach and sunset, covered seating and space for casting a line.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a parking lot adjacent to the pier, but if it's full, the parking lot behind Winds has a park-all-day fee."

  • 8

    Lee County Manatee Park

    A free park and one of the best ways to see these giant sea cows up close, in their natural habitat.

    Local Expert Tip: "No dogs allowed in this park"

  • 9

    Sanibel Lighthouse & Fishing Pier

    It's historic, has a fishing pier and a beach full of shell, the Sanibel Lighthouse is one of the must see structures on the barrier island.

    Local Expert Tip: "You need a license to fish off the pier and buy one at the Bait Box or Bailey's General Store "

  • 10

    Southwest Florida Museum of History

    This museum offers a comprehensive look at the history of the Fort Myers area without taking up your entire day.

    Local Expert Tip: "The museum offers a 1.5 hour guided walking tour of downtown Fort Myers "


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