Enjoying A Day At The Park In Fort Myers

It's hard to beat a day at the park. Residents in the Fort Myers area love the outdoors and the number of unique parks serves as proof.

Lakes Regional Park is one of the biggest and most popular with picnic pavilions, volley ball courts, exercise stations, a kids water feature and a miniature train ride among other things. You might even see alligators here. If it's manatees you prefer, catch a glimpse of the gentle giants at Manatee Park from observation platforms or in the water. Kayak and canoe rentals are available.

A day at the park doesn't have to be relaxing. It can also be a fun place to find a pick up game of volley ball or basketball and many community parks offer an abundance of these opportunities. However, some of the most popular places for recreation, walking and wildlife observation are at parks found along the water.

At opposite ends of Estero Island or Fort Myers Beach, you'll find Lover's Key State Park and Bowditch Point. All have activities to suit any age or lifestyle.



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



The Cypress Slough Reserve offers visitors a chance to explore Southwest Florida's unique ecosystem from the relative safety of a raised boardwalk. There is no telling which native Floridians (reptiles, and other wildlife) you'll encounter along...  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



A winding drive through a residential neighborhood in Cape Coral leads you to this waterside park with a public beach and boat ramp. If dipping your toes into the Caloosahatchee River is not up your alley, this park has a public pool too. It's...  Read More

Bowditch Point Park
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This is the last possible stretch of beach on Estero Island, sitting on the Northern tip of Fort Myers Beach. It's a great place to watch all kinds of watercraft, make their way into the Gulf of Mexico. The park includes walking trails, guided...  Read More

Three Oaks Community Park
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The Three Oaks Community is an inviting, family friendly area with wide streets, lots of sidewalks and an expansive community park for the public to enjoy. Here you'll find baseball and soccer fields, as well as tennis, racquetball and...  Read More

Lovers Key State Park


Lover's Key is made up of four barrier islands between Fort Myers and Bonita Beaches. For years it was only accessible by boat so "lovers" would travel there for solitude. These days, trams and boardwalks help you to navigate the two miles of...  Read More

Estero Community Park
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With a recreation center, picnic shelters and pavilions, this park is well suited for larger parties. The playground is full of well maintained structures for climbing and bouncing, and is surrounded by two multipurpose fields for pick up games...  Read More

Centennial Park
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Centennial Park could be considered two parks in one. Most visitors to downtown Fort Myers see the 8-acre stretch along the Caloosahatche River. The park meanders for blocks and under the US41 bridge before opening to a large lawn and pavilion...  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


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