Fort Myers River District

Fort Myers River District at SunsetOnce the site of a fort built on the Caloosahatchee River as an outpost against the Seminole Indians, the historic downtown Fort Myers River District is filled today with art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, financial and professional offices as well as a smattering of condominiums.

There are 13 art galleries in the River District, all within walking distance of each other. They include Arts for ACT Gallery, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Art League of Fort Myers Gallery, Art of the Olympians, Coloring the World, Syzygy Gallery, daas Gallery, HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, Green-n-Groovy Gallery, In One Instant Gallery of Photography, Mad Hatter Gallery, Lovegrove Gallery and Space 39.

Nearby antique shops include Main Street Antiques & Collectibles and Ivy Cottage, with Enjewel, Franklin Shops, Green-n-Groovy and Arts for ACT adding chic, trendy boutique shopping to the downtown landscape.

For rest and relaxation between gallery visits, art lovers can dine or refresh themselves at the Veranda, Twisted Vine Bistro, French Connection restaurant and café, United Cafe Bar & Bistro, Café Matisse, Morgan House restaurant, Ichiban Chinese & Japanese Cuisine, Red Rock Saloon, Spirits of Bacchus, Hideaway Sports Bar, Downtown House of Pizza, What’s Up Dogs, Starbucks or the Cigar Bar.

Artistic landmarks include the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, which occupies the renovated 1933 neoclassical revival former U.S. Post Office and federal courthouse, Caloosahatchee Manuscripts, a light sculpture that illuminates the downtown in the evening with an alphabet soup of lighted lettering, and Parallel Park, the outdoor art installation created by noted abstract artist Marylyn Dintenfass that has converted the 5-story Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage into a work of fine art that has the whole community talking.

If a touch of history is your preference, the Southwest Florida Museum of History is within walking distance and both the Edison House and the Imaginarium are within five minutes by car.

Other River District Information

References

SWFL art content provided by Thomas Hall of www.ArtSWFL.com



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