Fort Myers, FL

Travel Guide
Fort Myers Beach featuring a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Stretching out along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, this attractive town offers rich fishing grounds, quality golf courses and an attractive waterfront.

Fort Myers is a sunny, warm-weather city where you can fish for tarpon, spy alligators and birds at wetland reserves and learn about two of the city’s most famous winter residents: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

The town’s premier attraction is the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, the neighboring properties where the two great inventors spent their winters. Browse the exhibits in the museum, which occupies their side-by-side abodes and details the work and achievements of the two pioneering businessmen.

For further insight into local history, visit the IMAG History and Science Center. Here, displays include an animal lab showcasing alligators, iguanas, pythons and prairie dogs among other creatures. Don’t miss the dinosaur-focused exhibit where real fossils are on show.

Abundant outdoor activities and wildlife-watching opportunities can be found in the Fort Myers area. Play a round of golf at Fort Myers Country Club or at Eastwood Golf Course. Venture upriver to Lee County Manatee Park between December and March to see the “sea cows” swimming in the warm waters. Stroll along the boardwalk trail of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, where everything from migrating birds to alligators can be spotted.

Don’t leave without driving or taking a stroll down McGregor Boulevard. This stately road is lined with attractive royal palms, some of which, according to local legend, were planted by Thomas Edison. Admire the historic houses lining the riverbank and stop for a drink or a meal in one of the roadside cafés.

The nearest airport to Fort Myers is Southwest Florida International Airport, which is about 25 minutes from Fort Myers by car. Although bus and coach routes connect Fort Myers with other major Floridian cities, such as Miami, Orlando and Tampa, renting a car is the best way to travel around the area itself. If you fancy some beach time, the white-sand stretches of Fort Myers Beach are just a 30-minute drive away.

Where to stay in Fort Myers

Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4400 Ford Street Ext, Fort Myers, FL, 33916
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $72 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Fort Myers. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (963 reviews)
"GOOD breakfast and location."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Best Western Fort Myers Inn & Suites
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
2 out of 5
10150 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL, 33913
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $74 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Fort Myers. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,155 reviews)
"Staff was very professional and courteous."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
Hyatt Place Fort Myers/at The Forum
Hyatt Place Fort Myers/at The Forum
3 out of 5
2600 Champion Ring Rd, Fort Myers, FL, 33905
Fully refundable
The price is $109 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Myers. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Plan on staying again."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Hyatt Place Fort Myers/at The Forum
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Bayview Tower 632 at Sanibel Harbour- Private Beach with Great Amenities
Bayview Tower 632 at Sanibel Harbour- Private Beach with Great Amenities
Fort Myers, FL
The price is $331 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this resort in Fort Myers. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Times Square and Sanibel Island Lighthouse are located nearby. ...
Bayview Tower 632 at Sanibel Harbour- Private Beach with Great Amenities
STUNNING NEWLY RENOVATED 2 BED CONDO WITH SUNSET VIEW FROM PRIVATE LANAI
STUNNING NEWLY RENOVATED 2 BED CONDO WITH SUNSET VIEW FROM PRIVATE LANAI
Fort Myers, FL
Stay at this vacation home in Fort Myers. Enjoy a TV, cable/satellite TV, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions Times Square and Sanibel Island Lighthouse are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Just as pictured!
"We had a great time here! Very clean and updated, AMAZING location, loved the private beach. The beach there was better than any of the public beaches we went to. Perfect place to catch the sunset too. Would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

STUNNING NEWLY RENOVATED 2 BED CONDO WITH SUNSET VIEW FROM PRIVATE LANAI
Pyramids in Florida
Pyramids in Florida
2.5 out of 5
7020 Constitution Loop, Fort Myers, FL, 33967
Stay at this condo in Fort Myers. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (94 reviews)
We had a great time
"Will stay again....everything was perfect"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2021

Pyramids in Florida
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Getting around Fort Myers

Local bus routes are overseen by LeeTran, which provides service to Fort Myers and the wider Lee County area. Away from downtown, a trolley service runs along Fort Myers Beach. Cycling is a great way to explore both the city itself and the region’s beautiful state parks, while for the greatest freedom you should consider renting a car, which is easily done in town. Visit the Lee County Department of Transportation website.Browse Fort Myers rental cars.

Best time to visit

The weather in Fort Myers is hot throughout the year, owing to the area’s tropical climate. In the summer, temperatures often reach average highs in the mid 90s F (mid 30s C), and during these months the city also sees a lot of rainfall. For that reason, it’s better to visit in spring or fall, when temperatures are a little more manageable and it’s drier. Fort Myers is popular with spring breakers.

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