Fort Myers

United States of America

Fort Myers Beach featuring a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

4/5Top Destination

Get away to Fort Myers! Enjoy the beaches, sunsets, and entertainment.

Fort Myers is a sunny, warm-weather city where you can fish for tarpon, spy alligators and birds at wetland reserves and learn about two of the city’s most famous winter residents: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

The town’s premier attraction is the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, the neighboring properties where the two great inventors spent their winters. Browse the exhibits in the museum, which occupies their side-by-side abodes and details the work and achievements of the two pioneering businessmen.

For further insight into local history, visit the IMAG History and Science Center. Here, displays include an animal lab showcasing alligators, iguanas, pythons and prairie dogs among other creatures. Don’t miss the dinosaur-focused exhibit where real fossils are on show.

Abundant outdoor activities and wildlife-watching opportunities can be found in the Fort Myers area. Play a round of golf at Fort Myers Country Club or at Eastwood Golf Course. Venture upriver to Lee County Manatee Park between December and March to see the “sea cows” swimming in the warm waters. Stroll along the boardwalk trail of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, where everything from migrating birds to alligators can be spotted.

Don’t leave without driving or taking a stroll down McGregor Boulevard. This stately road is lined with attractive royal palms, some of which, according to local legend, were planted by Thomas Edison. Admire the historic houses lining the riverbank and stop for a drink or a meal in one of the roadside cafés.

The nearest airport to Fort Myers is Southwest Florida International Airport, which is about 25 minutes from Fort Myers by car. Although bus and coach routes connect Fort Myers with other major Floridian cities, such as Miami, Orlando and Tampa, renting a car is the best way to travel around the area itself. If you fancy some beach time, the white-sand stretches of Fort Myers Beach are just a 30-minute drive away.

Known for

Beaches, Islands and Sunsets

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Where to stay in Fort Myers

Fort Myers River District
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Fort Myers River District

Excursions, Urban, Culture

4.5/5 (41 Ratings)

Unique features of Fort Myers River District include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Centennial Park or Fort Myers Historical Museum while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Historic District
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Downtown Historic District

If you're spending some time in Downtown Historic District, Florida Repertory Theater and Harborside Event Center are top sights worth seeing.

Edison Park Historic District
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Edison Park Historic District

Family-Friendly, Skyscrapers, Tours

You'll enjoy the restaurants and museums in Edison Park Historic District. You might want to make time for a stop at Edison and Ford Winter Estates or Thomas Edison Congregational Church.

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Top Hotels in Fort Myers

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sanibel Island Beach Resort
3 out of 5
1231 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
$139/night
Aug 21 - Aug 22
4.2/5Excellent! (765 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Sanibel hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sanibel Island Southern Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Sanibel Island Lighthouse. Bailey's Beach ...

4.2/5Excellent! (765 reviews)

"Loved this little resort right on the beach! The hammocks hanging in the back were awesome, my kids and i thoroughly enjoyed them! The room was clean and the beds were very comfortable! I have stayed at many hotels and the shower pressure was amazing (it's the little things that make me happy; nobody ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Sanibel Island Beach Resort
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Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
2 out of 5
10150 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL
$59/night
Aug 21 - Aug 22
4.1/5Very Good! (1,971 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from JetBlue Park at Fenway South and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Legends Golf and Country Club. Lee County ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,971 reviews)

"Great place! Always clean !! This is the second stay and it was great!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
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Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, Fort Myers, FL
$149/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
4.3/5Excellent! (1,884 reviews)

Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sanibel Harbour and within 3 mi (5 km) of Causeway Islands Beach and Port Sanibel Marina. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,884 reviews)

"Everyone was so helpful & friendly from the moment I pulled up until I left. This property is so great for a relaxing getaway, yet if you want to go do things the location makes it easy, particularly if you're going to Sanibel Island."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Fort Myers

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Edison and Ford Winter Estates

4.5/5 (461 Ratings)

Explore the winter estates of two of the most famous men in American history. Tour their houses and gardens and learn more about their lives in the museum.

Manatee Park
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Manatee Park

4/5 (271 Ratings)

Watch Florida’s most famous marine creature, the manatee, swim in its natural habitat at this non-captive park on the Orange River. 

Hertz Arena
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Hertz Arena

4/5 (117 Ratings)

Palm trees may be swaying in the breeze, but inside people are gliding on ice. Select an activity from a roster of things to do at this popular venue. 

Top activities in Fort Myers

Cycleboat Fun Cruise Fort Myers
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Cycleboat Fun Cruise Fort Myers

$44

Friends. Drinks. Music. Ocean. Fun. Lagerhead Cycleboats is Guaranteed to Be The Most Fun You'll Have At Fort Myers Beach! Join us in a fun, action-packed day on the best Fort Myers boat tour you'll find! Our boat is as unique as it is engaging. Don’

Operation City Quest of Fort Myers, FL
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Operation City Quest of Fort Myers, FL

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Fort Myers, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Fort Myers, FL

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Cape Coral Inshore Fishing
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Cape Coral Inshore Fishing

$150

Go on the prowl for the coastal fish that fill the backwaters of Cape Coral and the Caloosahatchee River. This outing takes you straight to some great fishing haunts, home to the many species that call these southwestern Florida waters home, complete with some expert advice from your captain.

Boca Grande Inshore Fishing
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Boca Grande Inshore Fishing

$140

Chart a boat into the inshore areas of Ft. Myers in search for the perfect backwaters for casting a line for the prize catch. Learn from an expert captain and guide and you travel to the perfect fishing hot spots, and pick up a few pointers whether you're a beginner or expert.

Naples Marco Everglades Sanibel Charter Fishing
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Naples Marco Everglades Sanibel Charter Fishing

$138

Itinerary I am here to invite you to accompany me on a trip to explore and enjoy the amazing habitat stretching from the Everglades National Park, Ten Thousand Islands north to Pine Island Sound, including Marco Island, Naples, Fort Myers, Sanibel and countless points in between.

Reviews of Fort Myers

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
577
4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 19, 2019

If you love seafood you’ll love it here excellent choices

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

I love the freedom in Ft Myers. Sundowns are awesome on the beach.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 14, 2019

Nice place to visit just not in summer with all the storms.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 13, 2019

The area we were in seemed kinda dead and quiet during day, but got very lively at night. Downtown was unique and enjoyable! A lot nearby to see/experience too, so great place to stay!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 8, 2019

Things closes too early.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 7, 2019

Relaxed atmosphere

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