Fort Myers, also known as the “City of Palms”, is located along the
eastern shores of the Caloosahatchee River, just east of the Gulf of
Mexico. Visitors fly into the Southwest Florida International
Airport. Fort Myers is north and west of the airport.
Attractions: Fort Myers is the historical heart of southwest
Florida, beginning as a cow town in the 1800’s. This history
continues in the attractions found in and around the area. In 1885,
Thomas Edison made Fort Myers his winter home and, ever since,
northerners have flocked to the area to enjoy the tropical climate,
beaches and activities. In fact, the
Winter Estates is the most well-known Fort Myers attraction –
daily tours are provided. Other attractions you’re sure to enjoy are
the Shell Factory, the
Imaginarium children’s museum and a performance at the
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall or the
Palm Dinner Theater. There are lots of choices for outdoor
activities and nature adventures. Just northeast of Fort Myers,
Wilderness Adventures offers “swamp buggy” rides, and a wildlife tour
with five different ecosystems. For more excitement, you can
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Beaches: The sugary-white gulf beaches are just a short ride
from Fort Myers. You can choose Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and
Captiva Islands, Bonita Springs or Naples for your day at the beach.
Some of the beaches are full of activity and others are secluded,
providing for relaxation. While most of the Fort Myers Beach action
is near the pier, Lover’s Key State Park, at the south end of the
island, is a favorite known for its natural unspoiled beach.
Shelling enthusiasts will want to head to Bowman’s Beach or one of
three other public beaches on Sanibel Island.
Shopping: Fort Myers offers all types of shopping experiences.
Edison Mall is a
typical name brand indoor mall.
Bell Tower Shops is an outdoor boutique mall,
with Saks Fifth Avenue and Bed Bath & Beyond anchoring a variety of shops and
restaurants, as well as a movie theater. Bargain-hunters will want to make a
trip to the
Sanibel Outlets (just before the Sanibel Causeway), the
Outlet Mall (south of Fort Myers in Estero) or
Fleamasters (the largest flea
market in the area). Finally, the Shell Factory is where you want to shop for
all types of shell-related goods, but plan to also enjoy the other attractions
Shell Factory offers.
Dining: There are so many choices for dining in Fort Myers, we couldn’t begin to
make recommendations for you here, but we can give you a few links to sites with
opinions from those in the know! At the
USA Today 10 Best website, get
recommendations for the Fort Myers area’s top 10 restaurants, top 10 romantic
restaurants, top 10 Italian restaurants, top 10 waterfront restaurants and more.
At UrbanSpoon, you can search for restaurant ideas by cuisine, price,
neighborhood and features. You can also find the restaurant location on their
map. Our local food critic, Jean LeBoeuf, offers his recommendations for
News-Press newspaper - check out his Facebook page for his insight.
Accommodations: While most visitors choose a hotel, resort or
condo near the beach, there are many fine accommodation choices in
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