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Fort MyersUnited States of America

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

Burroughs Home featuring a garden and a house

Fort Myers River District

4.5/5Wonderful!(57 area reviews)

Unique features of Fort Myers River District include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Centennial Park or Fort Myers Historical Museum while you're exploring the area.

Fort Myers River District
There's a pretty good chance that wherever you live, the trees nearby are home to some species of owl.

However, unless you travel to a few specific locations, it's unlikely these owls live underground in burrows.

One of these places is Cape Coral, home of the largest concentration of burrowing owls

Pelican

4.5/5Wonderful!(46 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Pelican, Tarpon Point and Rotary Park Environmental Center are top sights worth seeing.

Pelican
Another amazing SW Florida Sunset
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Mid Island

4.5/5Wonderful!(108 area reviews)

While Mid Island isn't home to many top sights, Bay Oaks Recreation Center and Times Square are some notable places to visit nearby.

Mid Island
A beautiful beach walk this morning.

Gulf Shores

When in Gulf Shores, you can plan a visit to Captiva Chapel By the Sea and Captiva Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Gulf Shores

Top Hotels in Fort Myers

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, Fort Myers, FL

Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sanibel Harbour, Causeway Islands Beach, and Causeway Islands Park B. Causeway Islands Park ...

4.2/5Excellent! (956 reviews)

"Very nice very clean great location The employees very professional"…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
4 out of 5
275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Nestled on the beach, this Fort Myers Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bowditch Point Park, Fishing Pier Fort Myers Beach, and Times Square. The Big M Casino ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,063 reviews)

"The location is great. The staff is nice. The free breakfast is better than most hotels/resorts. I will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites
The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
1051 5th St, Fort Myers Beach, FL

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Times Square and Fishing Pier Fort Myers Beach. The Big M Casino and Ostego Bay Marine Science ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,071 reviews)

"I love staying here every time I come to Fort Myers beach! It has all amenities so I dont have to spend a ton of money eating out all the time, its right across from all the action and the beach and it has the best pool and bar area!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

The Lighthouse Resort Inn & 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.

Vacation Rentals in Fort Myers

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
3 out of 5
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL

Located in Sanibel, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, BIG Arts Center, and Sanibel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,229 reviews)

"This is a great property for kids. The pool area is awesome, and has a water slide!! The beach access is super close. Just an overall great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Sanibel Inn
Sanibel Inn
3 out of 5
937 E Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL

Located in Sanibel, this beachfront condo resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Periwinkle Way and Sanibel Island Southern Beach. Sanibel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,896 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay at Sanibel Inn so much! The amenities including bikes, kayaks, and paddle boards available to borrow are fantastic! The bar is fun. We were a little disappointed that all of the naturalist-led activities were scheduled from Thursday-Sunday, making it impossible for us to take ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Sanibel Inn
Seaside Inn
Seaside Inn
3 out of 5
541 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL

Nestled on the beach, this Sanibel condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sanibel Island Northern Beach and Sanibel Island Southern Beach. Sanibel Island Lighthouse ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,195 reviews)

"Clean, lots of amenities for kids and adults alike, great service, very attentive staff, priced fairly, convenient location with direct beach access and a short drive or bike ride to all the local restaurants and shopping. Loved our stay! Will be returning!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Seaside Inn
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.

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.

Popular places to visit in Fort Myers

Top things to do in Fort Myers

Reviews of Fort Myers

4.2

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.8076740881099%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.311226906679298%
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2 - Disappointing 1.3737565135007106%
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1 - Terrible 1.0421601136901941%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

Dirty and very rude people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I loved the beach area!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

I like fort Myers for visiting or business. A tad over crowded at times for my liking. Tons of leisure things to do but way too much retail in the way. Overall it can be relaxing yet profitable for business.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 26, 2020

Had a great time visiting family and friends.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2020

Will be back next spring.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

I couldn't go so I really don't have an opinion of the area.

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