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Dockside Sports Pub is THE place to be if you need to catch your Cleveland Browns in a more public atmosphere. Catch all your favorite sports games on their many tv's, have some munchies and enjoy nice drink specials.
Located near Times Square, at 1130 First Street, Dockside Sports Pub is is a nice place to unwind.
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- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
- School Holidays
TAKE A DRIVE TO NAPLES
While in Fort Meyers, our friend suggested we take a drive to Naples, which is further south from Fort Meyers. What a beautiful town and posh. Everything there just shouts out money. From the beautiful, expensive homes to the ritzy downtown stores and restaurants. All streets are palm lined with manicured lawns and spectacular landscaping. The Vanderbilts have long lived here.
We went to see Naples Pier and some other sites in Naples and then went out for lunch at Red Lobster.
- Family Travel
Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park
Barefoot Beach is well worth a visit if you like nature. It's about a 20 minute drive from Fort Myers Beach, towards Naples, and the best time to go is early evening, when there's hardly anyone around and the wildlife is more active.
To get to it, you drive through an exclusive gated community of luxurious dwellings and you are not allowed to stop the car and gawk at them... sadly. You have to drive very slowly because the Preserve is the home to gopher tortoises and they tend to walk in the middle of the road.
There are a number of car parks, with paths leading through to the beach. We use the last car park from where there is a trail right through to the far end of the Preserve and if you're very quiet, you are likely to see some interesting animals. The best of these for me was an armadillo who came trotting out of the bushes right beside us but unfortunately, it was before I had my digital camera.
At the end of the trail, there's a sound where shore birds and pelicans fish and often a few people are there too, enjoying the evening in their boats.
The beach itself is lovely. It has no services so is very natural and usually almost deserted. You are likely to find some nice shells along the water line and again, you'll see a variety of birds on the beach and ospreys nesting in the nearby trees. It's a wonderful place to stay until nightfall and watch a glorious sunset.
- National/State Park
Go to see the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge
We highly suggest going over to Sanibel and visit the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. If you love bird watching and wildlife it is a must do, you can do a drive, bike or walk through. entrance is $5 per car, $1 per bike or hiker and kids under 15 free. If you have a Golden access passport, Golden age or National park issue card it free, I flashed mine and went right through. It's a go at your own pace, nice easy drive and you can stop any where long the way. Look closely because the wildlife is there. this is a great way to spend the afternoon and educate the little ones. We saw many types of birds even an Osprey mama & baby. Enjoy the relaxing 4 mile drive through the refuge and take time to stop and look around you may be supprised at what you see.
- National/State Park
local art league
Drive down Estero Blvd. right past Red Coconut RV park to the fire station at Donora Blvd. and make a left. The Fort Myers Beach Art League in on the right. It is a wonderful grey and white building which is the studio that houses the artwork of the local artists. Many are members of the Florida Watercolor Society, and they exhibit and sell their art here. During high season starting in October and ending in May, they have juried art exhibits which you can visit and enjoy their works. It is open daily from 10am to 3pm. Classes are also offered for a nominal fee, which are conducted by our talented artists. Enjoy.
- Arts and Culture
While your at Fort Myers Beach you should check out Lovers Key just over the other bridge at the other end of Estero Blvd. This is a neat little island and park. Take a walk out to the beach there and find a cool driftwood filled beach. You must pay an entrance fee of $3.00, but there are pinic areas, bike paths all over, bike rentals, bird watching. Lots to do for the nature lover.
- Family Travel
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