Fort Myers for Families: Kid-Friendly and Parent-Pleasing Activities

Does the term ‘family vacation’ produce feelings of excitement or anxiety, or perhaps something in between? The logistics of these getaways can require a bit of effort, from where to stay and eat to what to do. Thankfully the Fort Myers area has the ‘what to do’ question more than covered.

The beautiful beaches are an easy choice to accommodate any age range in your family. But if you want something other than salt water to cool off in, Sun Splash Family Water Park will do the trick. There are slides with great speed and large drops, as well as a relaxing river to float along.

If you want a little education mixed in with your fun, walk through the preserves at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, where you'll spot reptiles and other native creatures.

There are a number of ‘one stop shop’ kind of places too, where families can interact with animals, participate in educational activities, and also enjoy sports and games. At these places, everyone is a kid, no matter what your ID says.

These 10Best family friendly activities are sure to entertain the little guys while still pleasing the big ones too.

Sanibel Island
Billy's Bike Rentals
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Certain times of the year, it's faster and easier to maneuver 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



Little ones can learn and also have fun at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers. Spanning over 100 acres with elevated board walks and a museum, this interactive education center lets families get up close to Florida's native...  Read More



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



HeadPinz is a one-stop shop for family entertainment. This 48 thousand square foot entertainment complex is centered on bowling; three unique rooms totaling 28 lanes and a killer sound system. However, the first thing to catch ones attention is...  Read More

The Shell Factory & Nature Park


If you're looking for a day of 'Old Florida' fun, you'll find it at the Shell Factory and Nature Center. The Nature Center is full of exotic and native animals from camels and zebras, to alligators and hissing cockroaches. Kids will enjoy the...  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. The small water park is free for kids to cool off and concessions are available. Check out the...  Read More

IMAG History & Science Center
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The IMAG History & Science Center is an incredible museum meets aquarium hands-on experience, that promises to entertain and even inspire creativity. Here, children and their adult companions enjoy diverse diversions like running through...  Read More



Mike Greenwell's Family Fun Park is ideal for the active and competitive family. Former Boston Red Sox left fielder, Mike Greenwell, built the park more than twenty-years ago with the intention of giving kids a fun, safe place to hangout. Big...  Read More



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



Fort Myers Beach is perhaps the most popular place for families to explore. A day at the beach provides an endless amount of things to do, from parasailing and jet skiing, to shelling and building sand castles, to simply relaxing. The gently...  Read More


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