Living in Fort Myers is like being on a perpetual vacation. Not only is the city itself a hub of lively activities, there are a number of scenic and entertaining attractions within a two-hour drive. Here are five great trips to put on your calendar for this summer.
This fascinating park is one of the more unusual attractions you'll find in Florida or any other state. Mound Key is actually a man-made island built out of shells almost 1,000 years ago by the Calusa Indians and is accessible only by boat. Kayaks can be rented at Lovers Key State Park. There is a self-guided tour along the nature trail or you can take a guided paddling tour.
Matlacha is the most colorful of the five distinct but equally charming communities that make up Pine Island, often referred to as "Florida's Creative Coast." Located on the island's eastern waterfront, Matlacha is home to many artists, musicians and writers. Browse the art galleries and boutiques for one-of-a-kind handmade items to accent your Springs Fort Myers apartment home. Listen to live music as you enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the island's restaurants or bars.
Iconic Everglades National Park is full of the scenery and wildlife that make Florida so unique. For 22 years straight, the Day Safari has been voted the Everglades' best tour. A friendly, knowledgeable guide leads you through a nature walk and points out sights on a boat cruise through the mangrove forest. After lunch (with alligator appetizers!) you'll take a drive through the cypress forest and finish with an airboat ride. Shuttle service is available from many hotels in the Fort Myers area.
Fisherman's Village is a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. Spend a fun-filled day or stay for a romantic weekend. Shops in the esplanade carry everything from clothing and accessories to home decor to original artworks. There is even an upscale pet boutique! If you're looking for some outdoor activities you can rent kayaks, jet skis and stand-up paddleboards or head out for deep-sea or back-bay fishing.
The von Liebig is a virtual year-round arts festival. In addition to staging a number of annual street fairs around Naples, the center hosts a full schedule of themed exhibits to promote art education and appreciation among its visitors. Several workshops are conducted each month to provide opportunities for hands-on experience.
We'd love to hear about your favorite activities in and around Fort Myers. Tell us about them in the comments!