Fun things to do in Fort Myers Beach

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    Visit Dog Beach

    by DogTravels Written Jun 6, 2012

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    If you're traveler with a dog, check out Dog Beach, just south of Estero Island on Lovers Key next to the state park where you can take your dog to the beach, let them run off leash and swim to their heart's content with other beach bum dogs.

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    Parasailing

    by jnewton Written Oct 28, 2011

    Parasailing on Fort Myers Beach is an absolute blast! Paradise Parasail has an amazing staff that helps make the experience fun for the entire family. It is so neat to be able to see the whole island from 1200 feet in the air; plus all the marine life, including a family of dolphins! The shuttle boat is a life saver, because you don't have to walk out in the water past your ankles. You definitely want to make parasailing with Paradise Parasail a part of your next vacation.

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    J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    by AnnS Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Refuge is just a short drive from Fort Myers Beach, on neighbouring Sanibel Island, and is well worth a visit. It's home to over 220 species of birds and is a great place to observe them in their natural habitat. It's also a wonderfully peaceful location for a walk.

    Entrance costs $5 per car (less for a cycle or on foot). A well-maintained road runs the length of the Refuge and you can stop wherever you like. You can also park the car and walk along several trails. If you keep your eyes peeled you'll see lots of wonderful things. I visit at least once every time I'm in Florida and always see something different. I've even seen a couple of alligators.

    I would recommend visiting either early morning or early evening, when the birds are more active. The Refuge is open every day except Friday, from 7:30am until sunset.

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    Private Charters, Dolphins, Manatees & Shelling

    by dolphin1278 Written Feb 10, 2010

    As much as I like boat rides, I expected the usual tourist trip with points of interest narrated by a bored tour guide who had done it all 1000 times before...

    That was before we met Mark and Terresa on his fantastic boat ! Mark is the most enthusiasic and willing host, absolutly nothing was too much trouble, he wanted to know what we wanted out of the day what our preferences were and not only did he try but succeeded in giving us the best day we have ever had on the water.

    Sitting up top, through our binoculars we would spot dolphins way off in the distance, Mark would open up the boat for a thrill ride to where they were swimming, turning up his "special " dolphin music as we went,, he has a way of inviting them to follow the boat and start dancing,spinning-jumping-turning all around the boat..

    Mark supplied drinks and nibbles on board but having fun brings on an appetite for lunch ! No problem Mark had a few suggestions one which we followed and enjoyed some of the freshest food around not to mention the good company, the locals knew Mark and made us feel very much at home and adopted us as "locals" too.... My Birthday was complete.

    Or so I thought, after lunch we explored the islands and beaches and some high speed runs towards Fort Meyers - oh yes did I mention dolphins ? :)

    We cant wait to get back....
    Terry & Caroline
    Somerset. U.K.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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    taking a stroll in the little downtown area

    by tvdandy Written Nov 17, 2009

    It only consists of several blocks, located near Times Square. But it is fine if you want to kill an hour or two and check out some funky beach stores and the whole ambviance of a beach town. Lots of surfer shops.

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  • Waverunner Dolphin Tours

    by gweber Written Jul 13, 2009

    Riding a waverunner through the mangroves and back bay areas of Fort Myers Beach is an excellent way to explore the area and have the thrill of riding the waverunners. The trip lasts for an hour and a half to two hours and you have your own tour guide to lead you. Mid Island Water Sports has been in business for over 18 years and does freestyle waverunners rentals, guided dolphin tours, parasailing, sailboats and complete beach service with chairs and umbrellas. Visit their site or call for reservations and information!!

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    the pier

    by doug48 Written Nov 20, 2008

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    the fort myers beach pier is located downtown on estero blvd. you can walk out to the end of the pier to fish or to get a beautiful view of the gulf of mexico. a great spot to view a sunset when in fort myers beach. there is metered parking next to the pier.

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    downtown

    by doug48 Written Nov 20, 2008

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    once you cross the bridge to fort myers beach you will be in the heart of the fort myers beach downtown area. this area is right on the beach and there are numerous beach shops, restaurants, and bars. a fun place to visit on estero island.

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  • Sea Rocket USA thrill ride

    by samantha4444 Written Feb 16, 2008

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    I had to share this ride with all of you. We didn't know what to do on vacation in Fort Myers Beach. We saw the red, white & blue cigarette style boat sitting in the water by the pier. We called their number and booked a ride. WOW!!!! What an amazing experience! My family still talks about it. We got up to 70mph, raced across Fort Myers Beach up to Sanibel, did high-speed 360 degree turns, jumped wakes and laughed the whole time. We even stopped to watch a pod of dolphins play! You guys have to try this. HAVE FUN because we'll be back for sure next year!

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    Sanibel & Captiva Islands

    by AnnS Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Just a short drive away are the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. They are both beautiful, with an almost 'tropical' atmosphere. There are wonderful beaches, elegant shops in delightful small complexes and great restaurants. There are also numerous gorgeous homes to admire.

    You pass through Sanibel on your way to Captiva, which is the quieter of the two and a perfect place for an evening walk on a beautiful beach.

    The islands recently suffered terrible hurricane damage which wiped out a lot of the greenery but they did a great job of cleaning things up and it's still a very beautiful place.

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    Matanzas Pass Wilderness Preserve

    by AnnS Written Oct 24, 2006

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    The Matanzass Pass Wilderness Preserve is a nice place for an evening walk. Boardwalks and paths take you through mangrove swamps to a pavilion overlooking the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.

    When we were last there, we saw a variety of birds, including a woodpecker, and a pair of squirrels who'd taken up residence in a bird nesting box.

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    Lovers Key State Park

    by AnnS Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Lovers Key State Park is another excellent place to observe nature. It's a barrier island, just south of Fort Myers Beach and has nature trails and two miles of beautiful beach. There is a visitor centre and if you don't want to walk from there to the beach, you can catch a little tram.

    It's an area of great natural beauty and it's easy to spend a whole day there. You can buy drinks and snacks at one place on the beach but if you prefer solitude, it's very easy to find.

    You can obvserve many birds and animals in the Park and every time you go, you are likely to see something different.

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    Wonderful Wildlife

    by AnnS Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    I am a great lover of wildlife and the Fort Myers Beach area is a terrific place to see a wide variety of birds and other creatures, up close and in their natural habitat. Wildlife conservation is very important to the area and is rigorously protected.

    Water birds are everywhere and you will find yourself sharing the beach with them... especially at sunrise and sunset. There are herons, egrets, sanderlings, dunlins, ibis, pelicans and many more. If you go for a walk in quieter areas, you will also see shyer birds such as woodpeckers, cardinal birds, osprey and roseate spoonbills.

    As well as the birds, you can easily find other creatures... alligators, manatees, dolphins, crabs of various kinds, gopher tortoises, squirrels and raccoons (considered pests but I like them). There have recently been sightings of iguanas but I've yet to see one of those.

    Turtles come up the beach to lay their eggs in the sand at certain times of the year and there are heavy fines for interfering with them. People in beachfront accommodation are asked to screen lights at night because the turtles use the moon to find their way back to the ocean and lights on the land confuse them. I've never seen a turtle but I've seen their nests.

    Wildlife is all around you in Florida but there are also several wildlife preserves in the area of Fort Myers Beach which are easy to drive to and there you will see many different species.

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    Bird watching at Sanibel

    by tpangelinan Written Sep 10, 2006

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    If you take a ride over to Sanibel to go swimming, check out Lighthouse Beach to the left on Periwinkle Way. The water is calm, good views of the lighthouse, and plenty of birds that are not affraid of people, I got within a few feet of these beautiful birds. So make sure you bring your camera here with lots of batteries and film! There is plenty of other woldlife to see while you are swimming too.

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    Harbor at Fort Myers Beach

    by tpangelinan Updated Sep 10, 2006

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    This is another great photo op! If you take San Carlos over the bridge in to Fort Myers Beach, take a right then another and go under the bridge you can park there for a small fee and walk out to the intercoastal harbor for some great photos. If you're the adventure type you can walk up the bridge and take photos from the top of the bridge overlooking the harbor, very nice. I took this on the fly, we'll call it a drive by shooting. Don't try this at home folks or at least don't get in an accident trying.

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