FORT MYERS ATTRACTIONS
Fort Myers is the next major city north of Naples, FL and is diverse in what it has to offer visitors. Set to the east of the Caloosatchee River, the city follows the journey of the river all the way to where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. This is where Fort Myers ends in the south and Fort Myers Beach (which is a city in its’ own right) begins.
Historically, Fort Myers is an interesting place. It became a winter haven for the wealthy in the late 1800’s. Thomas Edison, the prolific and much admired inventor, made Fort Myers his winter home in 1887. His good friend Henry Ford liked Fort Myers so much he built a home directly next door to Edison. Today you can visit their riverfront winter retreats known as the Edison Ford Winter Estates and see what their homes were like.
Fort Myers still has some rather celebrated part time residents today. The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins call Fort Myers home for the month of March when Spring training takes place in their stadiums. Many visitors flock to the area for March to catch a game and watch their team in action.
As the city dates back to the late 1800′s, you will find a varied and well developed town when visiting. There is the historical district in Fort Myers. This is located in the downtown area. It is a funky area of town with boutiques, art galleries and outside dining and well worth checking out.
Elsewhere in Fort Myers you will find a decent and large selection of first class golf courses, some of which are located in gated communities, and open to the public. If beach fun is your vacation leisure pursuit of choice, we have some of the best beaches in the US right on Fort Myers’ doorstep. The barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva are accessed via the toll bridge located in the southwest tip of Fort Myers. Sanibel and Captiva are world famous for their shelling beaches where visitors can pluck personal treasures straight from the shore line. Families will love the facilities found on Fort Myers Beach. Complete with pier, jet ski hire, boat charters and sugar soft sand, this is a great location to visit for everyone. Lastly there is Lover’s Key; easily accessible via a drive south along Fort Myers Beach. Lovers Key was voted Number 4 on the Top 10 Florida Beaches show by the Travel Channel. This secluded and undeveloped beach is the second most visited state park in Florida and a wonderful spot to get away from it all.
Commercially, Fort Myers is very well served retail-wise. All the big national store names are here including multiple locations for JC Penny, Best Buy, Target, Macy’s, and Dillard’s to name but a few. Fort Myers also has an indoor covered shopping mall, called Edison Mall. The mall has 160 stores and offers over 1 million square feet of shopping space. In terms of the dining scene; Fort Myers has a healthy mix of major chains such as Carrabba’s, Outback, and Bonefish. We also have many excellent proprietor-owned dining options such as the award winning Yabo, Christoff’s, and The Twisted Vine.