Fort Myers Beach
City of Palms
Fort Myers, a beautiful barrier island, feels more like California than Florida - very hip, but at the same time, laidback and west-coast relaxed. T-shirt stores that defy imagination, world-class dining and some of the best shopping south of the Mason-Dixon Line will keep you busy should it rain. While the discount beaches attract families during the day, the nightlife draws crowds when the sun goes down.
Fish, hike, swim and take in the breathtaking golden sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Myers offers a wide range of natural and historical attractions, and a multitude of sports, recreational and cultural activities to keep you busy. Check out the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce for details.
- Edison-Ford Winter Estates: Two of America's greatest inventors are honored here. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. These historic homes offer a botanical garden, museum and laboratory, open to the public.
- Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium: This 105-acre site boasts nature trails, as well as a museum, Planetarium, butterfly conservatory and aviary full of birds.
- Imaginarium Hands-On Museum: Kids love to get up close and personal with more than 60 fabulous hands-on exhibits that will have you touching clouds, patting iguanas and stretching your imagination.
- Edison Festival of Lights (end of January - February): This three-week celebration includes a regatta, Science and Inventor Fair, the City of Palms Block Party, orchid shows, a Gala Ball and three days of crafts along the river. The festival finishes with fireworks and the longest night parade in the state.
You can dance in the open air by the ocean at the Lani Kai Beach Resort, or take the family to a movie at the Beach Movie Theater - right on Fort Myers Beach.
Surprisingly affordable, Fort Myers offers a wide range of accommodations from major hotel and motel chains, to condos and private rentals.
Need to Know
- Average annual highs are 75 F.
- In summer, temperatures reach into the 90s.
- Stretches with lifeguards
- Barbecue grills
- Picnic tables
- Boat ramp
- Observation tower
- Restrooms with wheelchair access
- Ample parking
- Note: The more secluded sections have no facilities or lifeguards.
Fort Myers lights up in more ways than one. Find out if a Fort Myers vacation is right for you.
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