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

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
Fort Myers featuring interior views and a house

Fort Myers River District

Known for Excursions, Urban, Culture

4.5/5(43 reviews)

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.

Caloosahatchee
The canal systems of Cape Coral are an amazing realm of tranquility.
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Caloosahatchee

Known for

4/5(148 reviews)

Though Caloosahatchee might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Sun Splash Water Park and Fort Myers Country Club.

South Island
If you take a short walk south from Pinchers on Fort Myers beach, you’ll find these old pilings from what I believe was a private pier or dock. I’m really glad they are still around so I have something to shoot during sunset. #beachtips #fortmyersbeach #longexposure #sunset
trover photo by Michael Jaskolka

South Island

Known for

4.5/5(104 reviews)

While South Island might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Lovers Key State Park and Times Square.

Pelican
It's a beautiful morning in Cape Coral Fl
trover photo by Stephanie Karasek

Pelican

Known for

4.5/5(34 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Pelican, Tarpon Point and Rotary Park Environmental Center are top sights worth seeing.

Mid Island
Another amazing SW Florida Sunset
#goldenhour
trover photo by Stephanie Karasek

Mid Island

Known for

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Mid Island might not have many top sights, but Lovers Key State Park and Times Square are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Edison Park Historic District
Edison and Ford Winter Estates showing a garden

Edison Park Historic District

Known for 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.

Top Hotels in Fort Myers

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
4 out of 5
275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
$161
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,166 reviews)

"great place friendly staff bongos bar was excellent"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
3 out of 5
1231 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
$121
per night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4.2/5Excellent! (835 reviews)

"The room keys did not work properly and the required bracelets (with a threat of a $35 charge if lost) were too big. Front desk clerks were not helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park
2 out of 5
10150 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL
$59
per night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4.1/5Very Good! (2,019 reviews)

"The property caters to construction road crews. They are up late in halls making noise and up at 950 doing the same. My door had light coming into room all around so I heard everything"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Myers Near JetBlue Park

Popular things to do in Fort Myers

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Edison and Ford Winter Estates

4.5/5(482 reviews)

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(281 reviews)

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(124 reviews)

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.

1/2 Day Morning Charter Fishing Naples Marco Everglades Sanibel
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1/2 Day Morning Charter Fishing Naples Marco Everglades Sanibel

$138

Itinerary I am here to invite you to to fish explore and enjoy the amazing fishery 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.

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