Sunsets, Baseball and Pirates: Early Entertainment in Fort Myers

Most visitors to the Fort Myers area like to engage in some kind of evening entertainment, but not everyone likes to stay up until last call. It’s a good thing that options for early entertainment are quite numerous.

A permanent fixture that makes early amusement easy is the water. Sunsets are a big deal in Southwest Florida especially on the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches are widely accessible and the viewing here is free, minus a possible parking fee.

But watching a sunset on the water is extra special and if you’re aboard the Pieces of Eight Pirate Ship, it is extra fun. The 65-foot Spanish Galleon-style ship also sets sail earlier in the day.

Another fun activity that won't keep you out too late is baseball, assuming there are no extra innings. The Fort Myers Miracle, a minor league team of the Minnesota Twins, play every April through September with both day and night games. Not only is fun to watch these players on their way up to the big leagues, team owners put a big emphasis on fun for the fans, with unique promotions and events.

The best part of most of these 10Best early activities is that they are free or cost very little to enjoy, that is unless your luck runs out at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Racing Track.


Get ready for some swashbuckling action with pirates including Captain Jack, Peg Leg Meg and Pick Pocket Pete, aboard the Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise in Estero Bay. Your adventure begins at Salty Sam's Marina, just before the big bridge to...  Read More

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The Blue Coyote Supper Club Sanibel is a trendy restaurant at the Sanibel Island Golf Club Golf Course, where diners are greeted with a spectacular view of the well-maintained greens. But if you are not a golfer, you'll never see what really...  Read More

Yappy Hour
Photo courtesy of The Bell Tower Shops

If you love animals or are looking to connect with someone who does, the monthly Yappy Hour at The Bell Tower Shops is just for you. This free event takes place the second Friday of each month from 6-8 in the outdoor shopping malls center court....  Read More

Happy Hour
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Happy Hour is a widely embraced activity at almost every restaurant and bar in the Fort Myers area. It is a designated time in which drinks can be drastically reduced in price, and not just drinks but also select appetizers. Some establishments...  Read More

Art Walk
Photo courtesy of Andy Howl/Reverie and Rock Gallery

The Downtown River District of Fort Myers really comes alive during the monthly Art Walk, the first Friday of each month. Galleries, museums and shops stay open late, with special exhibits, activities and lots of music. Many even offer wine,...  Read More

Fort Myers Beach Sunset Celebration
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Beaches in the Fort Myers area are full at sunset. Some people watch in reverence as the sun slips away into the great Gulf of Mexico. However others like to celebrate, like victory in a sporting event, the conclusion of another day. These are...  Read More

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Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker
Photo courtesy of Gina Birch

There is always something going on at the dog track, even if there aren't any live races. The poker room is quite popular with daily early bird and high hand specials as well as tournaments. But the biggest draw surrounds high hands on...  Read More

Fort Myers Miracle
Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson

The Fort Myers area is an exciting place for baseball lovers. Not only for major league Spring Training games, but also for the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A Minor League team for the Minnesota Twins. The Miracle have games in the afternoons...  Read More

Beach Sunset
Photo courtesy of Gina Birch

One of the most popular early evening activities for visitors to the Fort Myers area as well as locals is catching one of the amazing sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. It doesn't matter what beach you pick, the sand is guaranteed to be filled...  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. 

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