Looking for a little culture this weekend? If you’re looking for something a little lesser known, not too touristy and not too crowded, these four cool venues in Fort Myers are just the ticket! They are cultured, but not stuffy, and are just what the doctor ordered to add some sophistication to your summer!
This cultural museum is a very cool place to spend a summer day. It has both permanent and rotating exhibits, and even the building is historic. It was once the Atlantic Coastline Railroad Depot. Inside the museum you will learn all about the beginnings of Southwest Florida, including its Prehistoric days (you will even meet a 12-foot tall giant sloth!) The museum also has an authentic 1929 private Pullman rail car and you can view an authentic replica of a pioneer “cracker” house. Admission is $9.50 for adults and the museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Check out what's on the schedule at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. From comedians to dance performances to concerts to their Broadway series, there is always something new gracing the stage. You can't get more cultured than this!
Of course, a night at the Florida Rep is always a wonderful way to bring some culture into your life. The Florida Rep has been in Fort Myers for 17 years, and consistently wins awards. It is the only theatre of its caliber in Southwest Florida. It is one of the most important cultural and educational institutions around, and has been named “Best Performing Arts Group” time and time again by Florida Weekly and Gulfshore Life Magazine. Buy a season pass or a single play ticket – you won't be disappointed!
The Southwest Florida Symphony is a wonderful way to enjoy the sound of music—whether it be one of their 'Masterworks' series, a 'Pops' concert, one of their holiday concerts, or one of their small stage performances. The Symphony performs at a number of venues, and all of the performances are a marvel to hear. Check their calendar for a schedule and for ticket information.
What are your favorite southwest Florida cultural venues? Tell us in the comments.