Even though we are fortunate to have beautiful weather nearly year round here in Southwest Florida, there's still reason to celebrate. Because of the abundance of almost-perfect weather, spring is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy the diverse offerings we have here in the area. We've gathered a few of our favorites to give you some ideas below.
1. Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
Intersection of Alligator Alley (I-75) and State Road 29, Immokalee
Situated on 26,400 acres located in Big Cypress Basin, a visit to Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge presents the ultimate sightseeing experience for both native Floridians and the state's transplants alike. With the refuge being about 90 minutes away from both Springs at Six Mile Cypress and Springs at Gulf Coast, it's easy to make a day trip to hike along its two public hiking trails. In addition to enjoying pine flatwoods, hardwood hammocks and vast prairies, lucky visitors might also see the Everglades mink, Big Cypress fox squirrel, wood storks and even the Florida panther, one of the country's most endangered mammals.
2. 9th ART ATTAK on the Green
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers
On the Alliance for the Arts beautiful park-like grounds, located in the historic River District and the heart of the Southwest Florida art scene, a transformation will occur on the weekend of April 7 - 8. Join about 10,000 attendees and enjoy crafts, food, music and wine -- along with some of the area's most stunning art -- in a beautiful and tasteful setting.
3. 9th Annual BBQ, Bands and Brews
Centennial Park, 2000 W First Street, Fort Myers
If you like BBQ, great music and a selection of fabulous brews, you'll find the family-friendly BBQ, Bands and Brews event to be the perfect way to spend April 9. Beginning at 11 AM and running until 6:30 PM, visit local vendors, listen to live music and play games all day long. Of course, there will be lots of beer and tasty barbecue as well as this outside event held at popular Centennial Park.
What are your favorite ways to welcome spring to Southwest Florida? Share them with us below!