Attractions

Things to do

Miniature Golf

  • Golf Safari – Safari Animals, Chickee Huts, Waterfalls Open 10am-10pm 7 Days a Week
    239-947-1377
  • Smugglers Cove – Best Course in Florida !  Come feed our Gators!  Open 7 days a week 9am-11pm ,www.smugglersgolf.com, 239-466-5855

    Golf

  • Stoneybrook A Golf Community – 18-Hole Championship Course open to the public, full pro shop, GPS carts, rental clubs, driving range, PGA staff pros, 21251 Stoneybrook Golf Blvd, Estero, www.stoneybrookgolffm.com, 239-948-3933
  • Bonita Springs Golf Club – Challenging Par 72 18-Hole Championship Course with long tree-lined fairways, golf shop, rental clubs, open to the public, 10200 Maddox Lane, Bonita Springs, 239-992-2800 . For a comprehensive list of the various courses in the area go to :-http://www.thegolfcourses.net/golfcourses/FL/FortMyers.htm

    Shopping

  • Miromar Outlets – Over 120 manufactures’ outlets featuring top designers & famous brand names with discounts up to 70% off retail prices!239-948-3766  www.miromar.com/florida.html
  • Tanger Outlets – Shop over 45 brand name outlet stores, www.tangeroutlet.com 888-471-3939
  • Bell Tower Shops – Saks Fifth Avenue, Bed, Bath & Beyond plus a unique collection of specialty shops and restaurants and the area’s only 20 screen cinema.  Everything you’re looking for, all in one beautiful place. www.thebelltowershops.com, 239-489-1221
  • Tin City – 33 fantastic waterfront shops & restaurants, not be missed during your Naples visit. In Naples on US 41, East Goodlette Rd. , www.tin-city.com , 239-262-4200

    Everglades

  • Everglades Excursions – Safari guided transportation to the Everglades , full & half day tours with professionally trained eco-tour guides.  Take an airboat tour through the 10,000 islands.  Break for a taste ofEverglades luncheon.  After lunch go on a Jungle Cruise through Everglades National Park …and much more!www.everglades-excursions.com, 239-262-7300
  • Jungle Erv’s Airboat World – Small Airboat, Pontoon Boat Tour, Wildlife Safari, Boardwalk, Alligator Park , 800-432-3367
  • Everglades Private Airboat Tours – Travel through miles of privately preserved grasslands, hardwood hammocks & mangrove wilderness on our environmentally friendly airboats. www.epat.cc, 800-368-0065

 

Fishing & Boating

  • Fishing – A family oriented trip geared for novice anglers who would like to learn the basics of the sport.  License, equipment and bait provided along with patient instruction for beginners of all ages.
    10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – *Adults $26 – *12 & under $13
  • Back Bay Tour – Cruise the waters of Estero Bay while learning the basic functions of the rich Back Bayecosystem and how it supports the birds, marine mammals and other wildlife.  9 – 10 & 1 – 2
    Adults $16 * 12 & under $8
    Also Available –  Shelling, sunset tours, group tours, private charters for business, family, church, schools, seminars.
  • Getaway Marina  – Deep Sea Fishing – Half Day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $30  –  Full Day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $50.  Rod, reel, tackle, bait & license provided.  Reservations preferred.  18400 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach  /  (239) 466-3600 www.getawaymarina.com
  • Good Times Tours –  Sightseeing & Sunset Tours.  Coolers Welcome – Restrooms onboard – Reservations Recommended Not Required.  Located at Fishtail Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach  / (239) 437-8773
    • 1 Hour Sightseeing Tours – Birding & Dolphin Encounters
    • * Adults $15 * 12 & under $10
    • 1 Hour Sunset Cruise * $10 per Person
  • Beach Sailing  – Guided Jet Ski Tours – See the Dolphins & Fishing Charters  / (239) 765-7245
  • Good Times Charters – Back Bay Fishing, Sightseeing, Shelling, & Sunset Cruises.  Custom trips created for one to six people.  Bait, Tackle & License Provided.  Restroom on Board.   Normal half-day charters are 8 a.m.to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   Full day charter hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   These can be combined with shelling, sightseeing, etc. Fort Myers Beach / (239) 437-8773.
  • Everglades Airboat Tours on Speedy Johnson’s Airboat Rides It’s an adventure like no other.  The only airboats in Everglades City with elevated seating for better visibility.  Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.    (239) 695-4448 or 1 (800) 998-4448
  • Beach Sailing Jet Ski Tours – Island & Dolphin Tours from the Grandview Resort everyday unless raining.  Tours include: secluded beaches, great photos, shells, and wildlife.  1 hour tours between 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.   Call (239) 765-7245 for availability.  Jet Skis $90 / $10 for additional person. Call (239) 272-1505

    Fishing Charters

  • Bayside Charters – Backwater Fishing • Light Tackle • Fly Fishing with Capt. Kelly Kaminski,www.BaysideCharters.com, 239-454-4270
  • Reel-Action Charters – Back Bay & Offshore Snook – Tarpon – Reds – Trout – Grouper, Capt. Chuck Bulicz,www.reel-action-charters.com, 239-593-6071

    Deep Sea Fishing

  • Capt. Tony Fishing Adventures – Half Day and Full Day Charters with Night Fishing Fridays 7pm – 1am, 18800 San Carlos Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach, www.capttonys.com 239-415-0515
  • Getaway Marina – Faster Boats…Less Riding…More Fishing, All Day 8am-4:30pm • Half Day 9am-3pm • Air Conditioned • Full Galley, 18400 San Carlos Blvd., www.GetawayMarina.com, 239-466-3600

    Boat Rentals

  • Blue Ocean Adventures – Safest & Newest Rental Boats on the Water! Shelling, dolphin, fishing, eco, and sunset trips available. Located at Fort Myers Beach Marina www.BlueOcean-Adventures.com, 239-765-0444
  • Bay Water Boat Rentals – Cruise the inland and back bays of SW Florida, Deckboats, Pontoons, Bowriders & Center Consoles, 5124 Bonita Beach Rd., SW, 239-485-0455

    Tours

  • Lovers Key Boat Tours – Customize your tour.  Pick any 3 activities from Dolphin Encounter, Secluded Beach , Hike Mound Key, Eco Excursion, Waverunners. Tours leave from Lovers Key Resort.  For more information call Capt. Rick at 239-793 PLAY (7529), www.NaplesWaterTours.com
  • Dolphin Jet Ski Tour – This 18-20 mile round trip eco-tour allows you to explore the back bay, mangroves and local plant and wildlife while experiencing the thrill of the waverunner ride! www.MidIslandWaterSports.com, 239-707-2901

State Parks

Lovers Key State Park
Fun for the whole family; experience all of the great outdoor adventures at Lovers Key State Park .  Join a naturalist for one of the many biking and hiking tours of the Black Island Trail, exploring the flora and fauna of this maritime hammock.  Kayak and boat tours will explore the beautiful waterways of Lovers Key State Park and the natural estuary of Estero Bay .  http://www.floridastateparks.org/loverskey

The park’s recreational activities include boating, fishing, swimming and shelling.  Black Island , Lovers Key, Inner Key and Long Key make up this 712-acre state park, which features canals and tidal lagoons, fringed with mangroves, which support an array of fish and other aquatic animals.

This is a favorite area for the West Indian manatees and for a wide variety of bird life including osprey, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and more.  Trout, redfish, snook and tarpon are caught seasonally. Castnetting for mullet in the bay is a popular activity.

A boat ramp is available for access to adjacent Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico . A canoe launch is also available. This canoe launch is the terminus of the 7-mile Estero River Canoe Trail that begins in Koreshan State Historic Site.

Location – 8700 Estero Blvd. , Ft. Myers Beach , 33931  /  (239) 463-4588

  • Caribbean Gardens – Caribbean Gardens in Naples- Home of Jungle Larry’s Zoological Park -is a lush 52-acre jungle with over 50 species of animals. Fun & activities for every generation. www.napleszoo.com, 239-262-5409
  • Everglades Wonder Gardens – Opened in 1936 as a refuge for injured animals, the center has since grown and now is home to exotic birds, panthers, alligators, flamingos, bears and otters. The grounds include botanical gardens and trees from around the world. A natural history museum is also on the premises. Guided tours are available. Open daily 9am-5pm .   The last tour leaves at 4:15 p.m. Adults, $9 and children 3-12 are $5.
    27180 Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs FL 34134   / (239) 992-2591/ www.ohwy.com/fl/b/bonitasp.htm.
  • Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
    3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
    Sanibel Island , Florida 33957
    (239) 395-2233
    http://www.shellmuseum.org
  • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
    3450 Ortiz Avenue
    Fort Myers , Florida 33905
    (239) 275-3435
    http://www.calusanature.com/
  • Everglades National Park
    Various visitor locations in South Florida
    Call the Shark Valley Visitor Center : (305) 221-8776
    http://www.nps.gov/ever

Historical

  • Edison Ford Winter Estates
    Take a tour back in time and visit the homes of these remarkable inventors.  The Edison-Ford Winter Estates offer year round guided tours through the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  In addition to a tour of the home, the estates is now offering a river cruise down the Caloosahatchee River on a replica of the “Reliance”, Edison’s electric launch. www.edison-ford-estate.com, 239-334-7419
  • The Fort Myers Historical Museum 
    The Fort Myers Historical Museum is housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot ( 2300 Peck Street); it is home to the history of Southwest Florida . Calusa Indians, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of the people you will meet as you view our exhibits. A recovered Airacobra fighter plane, a 1900’s pioneer “cracker” farm house, and a 1928 private Pullman rail car (last one made in America ) are also part of the tour.  2300 Peck Street , Fort Myers , Florida 33901 / www.cityftmyer.com/attractions, (239) 332-5955
  • Burroughs Home – The Burroughs Home is a Georgian Revival Mansion built in 1901. Located in downtownFort Myers next to the Edison Bridge overlooking the Caloosahatchee River , considered a prestigious area at the turn of the century.  Guides costumed in style of the WWI era give a ÒLiving HistoryÓ tour.  They portray members of the Burroughs family, as they were when they purchased the house in 1918. The home makes a perfect setting for weddings, luncheons and special events. Call 239-332-6125 for information.  2505 First Street , Fort Myers , FL 33901 / www.cityftmyers.com/attractions/burroughs.htm
  • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
    Seminole Tribe of Florida
    Big Cypress Seminole Reservation
    (863) 902-1113
    http://www.seminoletribe.com/museum
  • Collier County Museum
    Collier County Government Complex
    U.S. 41 and Airport-Pulling Road
    Naples , Florida
    (239) 774-8476

Casinos

  • Seminole Casino – Catch the excitement! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, high-paying gaming machines, live-action poker, fabulous dining at our EE-TO-LEET-KE restaurant. www.theseminolecasino.com, 800-218-0007
  • Big M Casino – A Luxury Yacht You Can Bet On! Featuring Blackjack. Roulette, Let-It-Ride, 3-Card Poker plus…Las Vegas Style Slot Machines with up to 98% payout.  239-765-PLAY. www.bigmcasion.com