Fort Myers Travel Guide

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Fort Myers Things to Do

  • Edison & Ford Winter Estates

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I visited the estate several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, both the amazing gardens and the fascinating history communicated during the guided tour of the estates. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Fort Myers.

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  • Lover's Key state park

    This state park south of Fort Myers and north of Bonita Springs offers beaches, kayaking and hiking opportunities. A lot of wildlife including Manatees can be spotted during hikes or kayaking. A great place well worth the drive.

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  • Tarpon Bay, Darling NWR

    Tarpon bay fills a large part of the eastern portion of Darling NWR. Renting a kayak and getting out on the water is a great way to see a lot of the wildlife of the park. A marked trail brings you back through mangrove forests and brackish inlets.

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  • Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    Encompassing the northern portion of Sanibel island , Darling NWR is home to many species of local fauna from alligators to Pelicans. In a short 5 mile wildlife drive you can spot the best wildlife viewing in the area.

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  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse

    Built in 1884, this lighthouse serves the inlet between Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach barrier islands. This unique steel lighthouse was active until 1972 when it was officially decommissioned, however local residents saved it and it has been operational ever since.

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  • San Carlos Bay/ Bunche Beach Preserve

    This beach and mangrove preserves sits on San Carlos bay by the causeway that leads to Sanibel island. The preserve has a popular local beach, nature trails and kayak rentals for exploring the mangrove streams.

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Fort Myers Restaurants

  • The Shrimp Shack

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wow, this place is great. Small local restaurant, but big on food and service. They have clam bellies, scallops, and all other fresh seafood. If you like New England style food, casual and good this place is for you. Very casual restaurant but the best food I've ever tasted. The Pirates Pleasure. It is broiled and has fish, scallops,shrimp, and...

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  • Noisy but fun

    Typical Florida fare. For me it hit the spot. The Buffalo shrimp were perfect...not overdone and flavourful. Large portions and cheap beer.

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  • Fresh seafood with a view

    This was a Chart House; it's huge windows overlook the docks and waterfront. Servers were attentive, restaurant festive and food good. We shared a huge Caesar Salad and King Crab bucket. Crabs are the think, large menu with many sizes and varieties. Cleverly came in a steam pot with potatoes and corn on the cob.

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Fort Myers Nightlife

  • No good! Stay away

    Danger! Don't ever go there! Verymad is right on and even short on the point about Neo Lounge! The staff is all gang bangers from the south side of Chicago, Illinois, a couple are from Ford Heights, Illinois, and the owner of Neo Lounge is a gangster fresh from East St. Louis, Illinois with a rap sheet that includes but is not limited to assaulting...

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  • local bar.

    the spirits of bacchus is a very nice local bar in downtown fort myers. it is locally known for it's huge wine selection. a fun place to hang out in downtown. casual.

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  • irish pub

    ichabod's is a replica irish pub in south fort myers. really more of a restaurant than a bar but i am posting this as a nightlife tip because of the popular bar in the restaurant. good import beer selection. a fun place to eat and drink when in fort myers. business casual.

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Fort Myers Transportation

  • Rent a car or drive your own

    We think you will definately enjoy Fort Myers much more with your own car or a rental. It is a big town, and with all of the beaches the Lee Island Coast has to offer, you must have a car to see sights at your pace.

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  • Bus and Bike

    The Lee County transportation system is called LeeTran and serves not only Fort Myers but surrounding communities. Basic fare for an adult is $1.00 and 15 cents for a transfer.The buses like this one allow you to carry bikes on the front of the bus.From their website:Rules of the Rack * As the bus approaches have your bike ready to load; remove any...

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  • Rent a car, or drive yours.

    We think you will definately enjoy Fort Myers much more with your own car or a rental. It is a big town, and with all of the beaches the Lee Island Coast has to offer, you must have a car to see sights at your pace.

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Fort Myers Shopping

  • The Shell Factory

    They have everything a body needs for the folks back home. You need a gift? From Magnets to Diamonds. Also a food court, outside there is a whole play area for the kids complete with sitter! That way you can shop in peace! A nature center and Bumper boats outside.

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  • upscale

    the bell tower shops is the most upscale shoping center in fort myers. the bell tower shops has a saks fifth ave. and a number of better specialty stores. there is a crowne plaza hotel connected to the shopping center as well as several restaurants and bars. the bell tower is the best shopping center in fort myers.

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  • Next to the Museum

    I did not actually buy anything at this shop. Fine Writing Collection, Accurate Reproductions and Genius GiftsClothing for Men, Women and ChildrenTour Books and PostcardsGlassware and Freshly Made Jellies & MarmaladesPorter Music Box with Copper-Plated Discs and CD's of it's Heavenly SoundsThe Garden Shoppe

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Fort Myers Local Customs

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    Edison Festival of Light

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 17, 2005

    We happened to be in Fort Myers at about the same time as they were celebrating Thomas Edison's birthday. They had dedicated the statue under the Banyon Tree in the parking lot the day before. The HAM radio club had places set up both in the parking lot and in the grounds of the Edison house where you could send a message to anywhere in the world for free.

    Fort Myers, FL: Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club, Inc, W4LX. 1500Z Feb 14-2100Z Feb 18. The Edison Festival of Light and Thomas Edison's birthday. 28.430 21.330 14.250. Certificate.

    Ham tent on Edison grounds
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Fort Myers Warnings and Dangers

  • STOLEN CARS AND HUNGRY ALLIGATORS

    Although it does not have nearly the track record of violent crime that Miami has, there ARE incidents in the Ft Myers area. Mainly, it is a mecca for property crimes. Car theftsare rampant in ALL parts of the metro. Even in broad daylight, it is a good idea to havea "club," or some sort of security device to gaurd against car thieves. My wife's...

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  • Traffic very difficult on US 41 at peak...

    During Peak hours even on the off season US Route 41 also known as Cleveland avenue and South Tamiami trail which goes through The city of Fort Myers and South to Bonita Springs could be very difficult. The problems I have seen are first of all many tourists dont know where they going so they make quick turns without out signals. Also i seen many...

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Fort Myers What to Pack

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    Sunscreen is a must

    by babybird Updated Oct 25, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Pack as lightly as you can. You don't want to die of heatstroke lugging a lot of clunky bags or suitcases. Besides you can buy almost anything you would need if you forget an item.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In general, unless you are coming in stormy weather
    or December thru early March, you will not need a lot of warm clothes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A simple first aid kit is a good idea. There are some areas where Jellyfish and Stingrays are encountered. It seems more common around Marco Island and Naples, but they are around every beach.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a lightweight digital or quality "aim and shoot" camera if you are just looking for shots of the beach or pictures of family and friends. That should be adequate. It gets hot lugging heavy camera gear around in 98 degrees.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I don't know WHO in their right mind could stand camping out in muggy 80 degree nights in a tent, but people do it here. If you do, I would definitely take precautions against
    Mosquitoes and other pests. Choose your spots with care.

    Miscellaneous: In general, the weather is subtropical with
    the possible exception of December thru early March. The dry season is generally from November until early June. After that there WILL be a Thunderstorm almost every afternoon. Have an umbrella during this period. Suncreen is extremely important
    because an hour on the beach here is about like six hours on the midwestern beaches.
    Don't overdo!!!

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Fort Myers Off The Beaten Path

  • Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

    The Six Mile Cypress Slough (pronounced “slew”) is over 3,400 acres of wetland in Fort Myers, Florida, that measures approximately 11 miles long and 1/3 mile wide. This linear ecosystem is home to a diverse population of plants and animals, including a few considered to be endangered. The Slough also serves as a corridor for wildlife by providing a...

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  • Banyan Tree

    This Banyan Tree is in the parking lot area in front of the ticket office, and one does not need to have a ticket to look at it. It has a statue of Edison underneath of it. The tree was given to Edison by Harvey Firestone after he saw one on a trip to India. When it was planted in 1925 it was only 4 feet tall and two inches around. It is now the...

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  • See manatees

    Visit the Lee County Manatee Park where its easy to see wild manatees.Tehpark is on State Road 80, Ft. Myers, FL.

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Fort Myers Sports & Outdoors

  • Water Sports

    The City of Fort Myers, which runs the Edison Ford Museum complex also owns a marina quite nearby. I have not stayed at or used this marina. Their website says: "We boast of the largest floating breakwater on Florida's Gulf Coast with 131 Floating Slips to make access to your vessel easy independent of tide conditions. While the lunar tidal range...

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  • Centennial Harbor Marina

    The City of Fort Myers, which runs the Edison Ford Museum complex also owns a marina quite nearby. I have not stayed at or used this marina.Their website says: "We boast of the largest floating breakwater on Florida's Gulf Coast with 131 Floating Slips to make access to your vessel easy independent of tide conditions. While the lunar tidal range is...

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  • Wind Surfing is great here!

    Good wind, clean water, and not that deep in many spots (for safety if you are just learning), this is the perfect spot.

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Fort Myers General

  • Thomas Edison's Winter Home

    The Edison House is now owned by the city of Ft. Myers, and they do an excellent job of keeping it well maintained. It's located right next door to the summer house of Henry Ford, who was a close friend of Edison's, and the two homes are really part of the same "complex". The real attraction however is not so much the houses themselves as the...

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  • Various Places to Check Out

    There is a nice Welcome Center at the Shell Factory. If you need any information about things to do or places to eat, the Welcome center is the place to go. What ever you need to know, they have the answer. You can also find coupons here!

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  • The whole place was a postcard.

    As I have mentioned, when I lived there the whole area was breathtakingly beautiful. Now many areas face the huge challengeof rebuilding from the devastation of Hurrican Charley. It is one of the downsides of living in "paradise." Sooner or later, a hurricaneDOES hit. Ft Myers/ FM Beach and Sanibel/Captiva/Pine Islands had not seen a major one...

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