Fabulous and Free: Things to See and Do in Fort Myers

The Fort Myers area is full of famous attractions and many of them are very affordable. But forking over a few dollars here and there eventually adds up. Don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do that wont cost you a dime, while providing hours of enjoyment. The beach is considered and generally assumed to be a free activity, so that is why none are mentioned on this 10Best list. There are lots of public beaches that won’t cost anything but a little effort to walk through the sand; and possibly parking.

Here you will find family friendly activities like Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers, the first Friday of each month. Galleries stay open late and provide entertainment along with special exhibits. For free fun in the great outdoors, don’t miss Lee County's Manatee Park. At this spot you can see the gentle marine giants gathering in the warm waters produced by a nearby power plant. The best time to see the most sea cows is between November and March.

In fact these months host lots of free events as they are considered the area’s “high season” for tourists wanting to escape the cold. That being said, there enough freebies year round to keep you and the family entertained in Fort Myers.

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

Located on Estero Island, Matanzas Pass Preserve is one of the few natural habitats left on the island that is also home to Fort Myers Beach. Not only is it free to the public but also home to 1.25 miles of trails that wind through mangroves,...  Read More

Walking the 2.5 miles of paved and unpaved paths at Lakes Park is free and there are fitness stations scattered around the water for your workout. The small water park is free for kids to cool off and concessions are available, however the boats...  Read More

Sanibel Lighthouse & Fishing Pier

Budget-conscious travelers don't have to sacrifice anything by visiting the Sanibel Lighthouse, as a stroll around the historic landmark is 100% free. Since 1884, this stunning structure has been guiding ships into port along Florida's west...  Read More

Sunset Celebration Cape Coral
Photo courtesy of Cape Coral Yacht Club

Few things are more sacred in Southwest Florida than the sunset. The Sunset Celebration at the Cape Coral Yacht Club has grown to become quite a popular place to be the first Wednesday of each month. The Yacht Club Beach offers several pavilions...  Read More

Cape Coral Festival of the Arts
Photo courtesy of Cape Coral Festival of the Arts

In existence for thirty years, the Cape Coral Art Festival made history by becoming the first art show in the country held in January. It happens on the second weekend of the month, when one of Cape Coral's main thoroughfares (Cape Coral...  Read More

Each year, on the first weekend in February, ArtFest is held on the riverfront in downtown Fort Myers. It has grown to become one of the most respected art events in the area, with some 70,000 people participating in the three-day festival....  Read More

Green Market-Yoga
Photo courtesy of Santiago De Coch/Alliance For The Arts Green Market

The Green Market takes place every Saturday, all year long, at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Promoting more than just healthful eating, the market hosts a popular, free yoga class on the lawn. There are some shaded spots but the sun...  Read More

The Downtown River District of Fort Myers really comes alive during the monthly Art Walk and Music Walk events. Art Walk is held the first Friday of each month, where from 6-10 p.m. Galleries, museums and shops stay open late, with special...  Read More

One of Fort Myers' most popular annual events, the Edison Festival of Light is a three-week spectacle that honors the area's most famous winter resident around his birthday, Thomas Edison. The festival has grown from its inception in 1938 to...  Read More


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