Nestled inland along the Caloosahatchee River, and separated from Fort Myers Beach by several miles of urban sprawl, the city of Fort Myers is often defined by what it's not: it's not an upscale, arty beach town like Sarasota or Naples, and it's not as urbanely sophisticated as Tampa or St Petersburg. While it isn't a city to base a trip around, it's worth a trip to browse its brick-lined main street and visit Thomas Edison's winter home and laboratory.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Fort Myers.
MuseumEdison & Ford Winter Estates
Florida's snowbirds can be easy to mock, but not this pair. Thomas Edison built his winter home in 1885 and lived in Florida seasonally until his death in…
Nature ReserveSix Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
With more than 3500 acres of wetlands, this park is a great place to experience southwest Florida's flora and fauna. A 1.2-mile boardwalk trail is staffed…
Science CenterIMAG History and Science Center
Exciting changes are afoot at this already fascinating science center, which will soon add interactive exhibits and even virtual reality, weaving in…
Wildlife ReserveLee County Manatee Park
December through March, manatees flock up the Orange River to this warm-water discharge canal from the nearby power plant. The waterway is now a protected…
Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Fort Myers.
The Florida Keys & Key West
From Key Largo to Key West, the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, every inch of The Florida Keys is part of a 2,900 square nautical mile National Marine Sanctuary. And there’s always an opportunity for visitors to give something back and get so much more in return. For the latest protocols on health & safety in The Florida Keys, please visit our website.