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Fort Myers Attractions

Considered the gateway to Southwest Florida, Fort Myers is more than just a resort town on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. In 1885, Thomas Edison selected this former military stronghold as the perfect place to build a sprawling winter estate. In 1916, his close friend Henry Ford joined him. Today, in addition to the must-see Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers beckons with a host of tropical-weather activities. From fishing for redfish and tarpon to the chance to spectate a spring training baseball game—it's all here in the City of Palms.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Fort Myers

The city of Fort Myers is home to charming historic districts and a bustling downtown that features some of the best shopping in the Sunshine State.

Fort Myers River District

Stroll along First Street in Downtown Fort Myers and you'll find yourself in the heart of the Fort Myers River District—a scenic stretch of independent art galleries, retail boutiques, and esteemed local eateries. Grab a to-go lunch and head to Centennial Park to picnic with waterfront views.

Dean Park Historic District

A collection of craftsman bungalows and English Tudor homes line the drive in this district within walking distance of Downtown Fort Myers. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dean Park Historic District appeals to history buffs as well as those who want to stretch their legs after a filling meal at one of Fort Myers' top-notch restaurants.

Bunche Beach

At Bunche Beach, extensive tidal wetlands and incredible wildlife can be found. In addition to sunbathing and swimming in San Carlos Bay, a birding trail appeals to nature enthusiasts and a kayak outfitter allows you to experience the region from the water.

Things to See in Fort Myers

Of all the things to see in Fort Myers, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates belong at the top of every traveler’s sightseeing bucket list. In addition to admiring the vacation complexes of the American inventors, stroll the botanical gardens and tour the rubber laboratory, built to develop a domestic rubber supply for the booming auto industry. Looking to take in a play during your travels? The Arcade Theater, which was used to show Edison's first films, now houses the Florida Repertory Theatre. Young travelers also delight in the Imaginarium—Fort Myers' kid-friendly interactive science center.

Sightseeing in Fort Myers

Whether you're looking for a bit of retail therapy or an idyllic riverboat cruise, Fort Myers delivers. For a shopping experience plus a chance to interact with Florida's native butterflies, head to the Shops at Butterfly Estates. If it's designer clothing you're after, check out Edison Mall. Nature lovers rave about the river cruises that get you up close to manatee and osprey. Sports fans who visit in spring won't want to pass up the chance to watch the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox preparing for baseball season at the nearby sports complexes. Finally, there’s no need to limit your adventures to the Fort Myers city limits—consider a memorable getaway to the Everglades for the ultimate Florida outdoor experience.

Free Things to Do in Fort Myers

Leave your purse in the hotel. It's a cinch to entertain yourself in Fort Myers without spending a cent.

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center - This is a wonderful place to get your culture fix and learn more about the area's artistic side.

Dunbar Park - Plenty of excitement is what's waiting for you at this enjoyable attraction.

Vietnam War Memorial - Wander around this historic attraction and discover a couple of secrets from yesteryear.

Lee Cancer Care Center - Spend some time here and learn about the importance of this place to the community.

Thomas Edison Congregational Church - Whatever your religious leanings, this site will invoke a sense of reverence in you.

Centennial Park - Grab your blanket, pack some food and find a cozy spot to be at one with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Fort Myers

Fort Myers River District

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

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Pelican

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

Mid Island

While Mid Island isn't home to many top sights, Times Square and Fishing Pier Fort Myers Beach are some notable places to visit nearby.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Fort Myers on a sunny day?

If you're in the mood for a little fun under the sun, you'll love these outdoor adventures:

What should I not miss in Fort Myers?

If you want to explore the best of this place, slot these attractions into your itinerary:

  • Lovers Key State Park
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates
  • Manatee Park
  • Sun Splash Water Park

Are there cheap things to do in Fort Myers?

A Naples Trolley Tour guarantees a good time without costing too much.

What can you do in Fort Myers for free?

You could even leave your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these attractions won't cost you a thing:

  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Sanibel Island Southern Beach
  • Times Square
  • Captiva Beach