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Centennial Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Just minutes from Fort Myers’ historic downtown district, this park’s centerpiece is the statue honoring three of the city’s most famous citizens. 

On the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Centennial Park offers the perfect place to relax during your day in downtown Fort Myers. The 10-acre (4-hectare) park was built to commemorate the city’s one-hundred-year anniversary.

Don’t miss the centerpiece of Centennial Park, the sculpture paying tribute to the unique friendship between Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Their important contributions to society aside, these three men also shaped the history of Fort Myers.

Uncommon Friends depicts Edison, Ford and Firestone gathered around a campfire on an island surrounded by a pool filled with alligators, manatees, otters, fish and frogs. Note the symbolism. These men, who called themselves “The Vagabonds,” established Fort Myers as a recreational vacation destination.Their frequent trips to the Everglades drew in friends. Soon others followed.

People of all ages can enjoy the park. Let children expend some energy carousing on the swings or racing down the slides in the playground. Play a spontaneous game of volleyball or throw a Frisbee on the green lawn. Head to the picnic area to enjoy a meal outside in the welcoming Florida weather. A sidewalk runs around the perimeter of the park and along the Caloosahatchee River. Go for a jog or enjoy a leisurely stroll. The riverside views are particularly spectacular at sunset. Head out to the fishing pier and try to catch local bass; be sure to have a valid Florida fishing license.

The pavilion at the park regularly hosts concerts and other events. Once a week, there is a farmers market under the Caloosahatchee Bridge which abuts the park. If you visit on a weekend, watch for the group of drummers gathered in the park for a jam session.

Centennial Park is located minutes from the commercial hub of Fort Myers. After relaxing in the park, walk to the Historic Downtown Waterfront District and explore the 69 landmark buildings there. Have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants. Browse the large variety of boutiques and shops lining the streets.

Top Hotels Close to Centennial Park

Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
3.5 out of 5
1520 Broadway, Fort Myers, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $161 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Fort Myers River District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centennial Park, Edison and Ford Winter Estates, and Imaginarium Hands - On Museum. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (604 reviews)
centrally located

"Nice accommodation right in downtown where you can walk to all the shops, restaurants, and even a cigar bar."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $289 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Fort Myers River District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Florida Repertory Theater and Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Harborside Event Center ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay. It was a very modern and clean hotel with lots of great food options nearby."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
2 out of 5
2038 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $159 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Fort Myers River District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Centennial Park and Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Fort Myers Country Club is ...

4.2/5Excellent! (239 reviews)
Great place for the price!

"Was much more than expected. Very roomy. Staff was wonderful!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Centennial Park

Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
3.5 out of 5
1520 Broadway, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $161 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $289 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
2 out of 5
2038 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $159 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
2.5 out of 5
2431 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL
The price is $86 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Holiday Inn Fort Myers - Downtown Area
Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
3 out of 5
13021 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL
The price is $119 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront
3000 Oasis Grand Blvd #803
3000 Oasis Grand Blvd #803
4 out of 5
3000 Oasis Grand Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
3000 Oasis Grand Blvd #803
10127 Colonial Country Club Blvd #1607
10127 Colonial Country Club Blvd #1607
3.5 out of 5
10127 Colonial Country Club Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
10127 Colonial Country Club Blvd #1607
10623 Vicenza Ct
10623 Vicenza Ct
4 out of 5
10623 Vicenza Ct, Fort Myers, FL
10623 Vicenza Ct
10319 Prato Dr
10319 Prato Dr
4 out of 5
10319 Prato Drive, Fort Myers, FL
10319 Prato Dr
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