Fort Myers Guide to Attractions, Places to Stay, Restaurants and Resources

Fort Myers guide to attractions, places to stay, restaurants and local resources - all designed to help you plan and enjoy a better vacation: has info about things to see and do, where to eat and shop and info about hotels, resorts, motels, beaches, boati

Welcome to Fort Myers

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:35

Fort Myers is the gateway to many beach areas and islands that make up the Lee Island Coast - a beautiful collection of destinations that offer unique settings and offerings.

Modern Fort Myers dates back to the 1880's when Thomas Edison turned a small fishing village into his winter home. His home and the laboratory are now a museum complex that is well worth the visit.

Henry also introduced his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, among others, to Fort Myers. This paved the way (figuratively and literally) for the development of Fort Myers into a wintering refuge for many of the Industrial elite.

It seems natural that Thomas Edison would develop a fascination with palm trees - having spent so much of his time in the northeast - and he is responsible for Fort Myers being known as "The City of Palms". Royal Palm lined streets of McGregor Blvd and others owe their thanks to Mr. Edison.

Fort Myers

While Fort Myers proper doesn't have the same appeal to modern travelers that it once had - it's several miles to the beach areas - it is the gateway to the Lee Islands Coast which are some of the best beach areas in the state. Fort Myers Beach is lively, fun and a bit funky with lots and lots of restaurants, clubs, and shops and other really interesting things to explore.


The Fish Monger
Good, affordable and fresh seafood - need we say more? Just the place to bring the family for a evening of fun family dining. Little ones can been keenly entertained with fishing equipment and aquariums as decoration. 19030San Carlos Blvd on SR 865

Munch Box Family Restaurant
This classic mom-and-pop diner has its finger on the pulse of what families looking to stay within their budget and at the same time get home cooked and for good food for themselves and their children. Open for breakfast and lunch only. 6101 Estero Blvd

Places to Stay

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa
Straddling 12 acres of beach on Fort Myers Beach, the Pink Shell offers over 200 beachfront suites, a large pool complex, full-service spa and a camp for kids. The Pink Shell has a great location on Fort Myers Beach with numerous recreational activities on site. 275 Estero Blvd.

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Dramatic setting overlooking San Carlos Bay on 85 natural acres. Most rooms feature balconies with unrestricted panoramas. A full service resort with six restaurants and an equal number of pools. Numerous activities and superb spa and fitness center. 17260 Harbour Point Drive.

Homewood Suites
If shopping is recreation, then there's no excuse no to shape up while staying at this Hilton branded extended stay hotel - located within the Bell Tower Shops complex. Heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center and free breakfast. .


Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates are now open to the public and offer an intimate window into the lives of these two famous men. Edison's estate features a Banyan tree - the largest in the Continental US - that was a gift from his friend Harvey Firestone. 2350 McGregor Blvd.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium
Designed for the active and curious minds of exploring children, this site features over 50 interactive exhibits and many live animals that constitute Southwest Florida. 2000 Crawford Lane

Lee County Manatee Park
Catch a glimpse of these peaceful sea cows from several observation platforms. Optimal viewing season is from November through March. 10901 SR 80 - take exit 141 from Interstate 75 and go east a mile and a half.  

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
Indoor exhibits and activities include planetarium and numerous local animal exhibits. Outdoors, there's a walk-through butterfly exhibit, estuary exhibits and well over 2 miles of nature trails - tours available. 3450 Ortiz Avenue.  

The City Yacht Basin
Within walking distance of the Fort Myers downtown restaurants and shopping is Fort Myer's City Docks. Private slips available as are several passenger ships awaiting to give tours of the Caloosahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. 1300 Lee Street.  

Manatee and River Tours
River cruise of about two hours along the Orange River where Manatee populations congregate - particularly during the Winter months. Open seasonally from November through April. SR 31 at Sweetwater Landing.  

Southwest Florida Museum of History
Located on the site of a old train depot, this facility houses artifacts and exhibits covering the human history of Southwest Florida from the Paleo-Indian era to current times. Restored and brought back to her hay day, the Esperanza is the largest of the private railroad cars built by Pullman. Other exhibits include a Florida Cracker House and the Train Depot. 2031 Jackson Street.  

Local Resources

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
2310 Edwards Dr

Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
17200 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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