Outdoor Fun in the Fort Myers Sun

The Fort Myers area is surrounded by water, wildlife and warmth, making it ideal for outdoor activities. The only question is, where to start?

The beach may feel like an obvious choice and for most visitors it is, even if only to catch a sunset. However, if you want to spend all day in the sun and surf, there are literally dozens of different beaches to choose from. You’ll find the party people on Fort Myers Beach, the adventurous on Cayo Costa, and nature lovers at Lover’s Key State Park.

Each March, baseball enthusiasts can’t get enough of Spring Training games between the Twins, Red Sox and numerous other teams who have training homes in Florida.  

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors and learn the area's fascinating history at the same time, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a must. The sprawling grounds along the Caloosahatchee River have beautiful gardens, antique cars and an impressively chronical how inventor Thomas Edison and car magnate Henry Ford lived and worked in Southwest Florida.

For active visitors, check out Lakes Regional Park with its walking and biking trails, boat rentals and more. Boating is big all over the Fort Myers area along with fishing and water sports such as parasailing and jet skiing.

Whatever you choose, you'll likely leave wanting more of the great outdoors in Fort Myers. 


Sanibel Island
Billy's Bike Rentals
Photo courtesy of Gina BIrch

Certain times of the year, it's faster and easier to travel by bicycle on Sanibel Island than by car, and it's more fun too. Billy's Bike Rentals is loaded with options to take care of everyone in your family, even those who don't know how to...  Read More

There are so many ways to have fun on the water in Fort Myers and Holiday Water Sports has it all. One of the most popular experiences is flying high above the beach via a parasail. Board the six-passenger winch boat directly from the sand on...  Read More

There is so much water in the Fort Myers area but there is only one, true water park. Sun Splash Family Water Park has more than fourteen acres of water slides, pools and activities for the entire family. Kids go crazy for the adrenaline pumping...  Read More

Walking the 2.5 miles of paved and unpaved paths at Lakes Park is free but if you have a few extra dollars there are boat and bike rentals too. Workout stations with waterfront views are perfect for burning a few calories. The small water park...  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

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Fishing is a favorite past time of locals and visitors to Southwest Florida. Whether from a pier at one of the many beaches, off of bridges to barrier islands, or chartering a boat to go miles out for the big boys, you'll find lots of options...  Read More

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates cover more than 20 acres along the Caloosahatchee River, offering a glimpse into the lives of two of America's greatest inventors: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The estate museum is 15-thousand square feet of...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Gina BIrch

Southwest Florida is surrounded by water. As nice as it is to look at from shore, it is even better to be out on it. While numerous marinas rent boats for you to explore on your own, the waters are shallow and not always as easy to navigate as...  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 hosting two. Every February the boys of summer descend on the city to hone their skills and rosters for the regular season (games get into...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Gina BIrch

The most popular outdoors activity in the Fort Myers area hands down, is enjoying the beautiful beaches here. Almost too many to count, each beach has its own personality, character and charm. For those who want lots of activity and the party...  Read More


Meet Gina Birch

Gina carries the rare title of "Native Floridian". Living in Southwest Florida for 22 years, she is a well known, award winning radio and TV personality. 

Besides brandishing a microphone, Gina...  More About Gina

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