If you are in Fort Myers, be sure to see and do the following things:
Sanibel Island has superb beaches where you can relax or have fun looking for shells, as it is famous for being filled with lots of kinds of shells. Be sure that you know it’s illegal to take a live shell home, so only take empty ones.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, on the Caloosahatchee River, covers more than 20 acres. Learn about the lives of Thomas A. Edison and Henry Ford. There are nine buildings, as well as botanical gardens.
J. N. "DING" DARLING NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
This refuge is named after J. N. "Ding" Darling, a famed "Des Moines Register" cartoonist and conservationist. There are over 6,000 acres of wetlands, beaches and mangrove forests. There are over 250 kinds of birds, as well as otters, alligators, manatees, snakes and turtles.
Fort Myers Beach Pier
At Fort Myers Beach Pier you can fish, take pictures, look for dolphins, walk around, relax or just people watch. It’s next to Times Square at Fort Myers Beach. It includes a bait shop, snack bar and gift shop and weekends there is music and other entertainment.
Lee County Manatee Park
See manatees up close for free at Lee County Manatee Park. They come to this 17 acre park from November to March. There is also a visitor center, gift shop and kid’s playground. You can also rent a canoe or kayak.
Southwest Florida Museum of History
Learn about area history at the Southwest Florida Museum of History. It is inside the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, which was built in 1924. The exhibits include information on Paleo-Indians, Calusa, Seminoles, Spanish explorers, a replica of a 19th century pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 France LaPumper, and an Esperanza Rail Car.