It can be easy to get caught up in the more publicized attractions in Fort Myers and miss some of the lesser-known but equally entertaining ones. Are you ready to try something a little different? Check out one or more of these activities we've tracked down for you.
This kayak sales and rental facility is ideal for families or individuals with little to no boating experience. A free introductory lesson is included with rentals, which are available by the hour, day, weekend or week. The friendly, knowledgeable staff are happy to recommend routes that offer maximum wildlife and scenery viewing.
While Southwest Florida is justifiably famous for its outdoor activities, cultural entertainment is also well-represented. The Florida Rep was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of "America's Top Repertory Companies." Shows are performed in the historic Arcade Theatre, where Thomas Edison viewed his first movies alongside friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Enjoy discounted pricing when you attend preview performances of new shows.
Baseball doesn't end once the pros head back north after spring training. The Fort Myers Miracle, the Minnesota Twins affiliate in the Advanced-A Florida State League, play their home games at Hammond Stadium. The park has been completely renovated to include roomy box seats, an outfield boardwalk where you can enjoy 360-degree views, and a beautiful water fountain plaza at the main entrance. Nearly every game features a special event or giveaway like Books & Bats Night and the pet-friendly Dog Daze of Summer.
This 718-acre park is not the type of beach that normally comes to mind when you think about Southwest Florida. Bunche Beach is a natural tidal wetlands area situated on San Carlos Bay. It is sometimes referred to as "Old Florida" because the beach is representative of the state's landscape before the introduction of exotic plants. Enjoy amazing sightings of sandpipers, herons, osprey and other birds as well as occasional dolphin appearances. Be sure to stay late for the sunset views that are ranked among the best.
Do you have any under-the-radar attractions included in your summer plans? Let us know in the comments!