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How to Spend 3 Days in Fort Myers

How to Spend 3 Days in Fort Myers

While Florida as a whole is known for its beautiful weather, its theme parks and its art deco architecture, the Florida of the southwest, particularly that of the Fort Myers area, is a step back into the simpler pleasures of life. Both a lively modern city and something of a throwback to old Florida, Fort Myers is an artful blending of both worlds – and while walking the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, there’s no denying this town’s charms. If you’ve got three days to spend in Fort Myers, you’ve got three days of sunshine, nature and relaxation ahead of you.

Day 1: Get Oriented

Part of the charm of this city is seeing Florida as it used to be. Step back in time for a bit and explore the houses of two of America’s greatest inventors – Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The two friends built mansions along the banks of Fort Myer’s waterways and today visitors can explore the extensive grounds, tour the museums and lounge under the shade of the large banyan trees while imagining Florida as a simpler time. For more revelry in bygone times, head to the Burroughs House to see how Florida’s wealthy elite lived, stayed, and played.

Day 2: See Florida’s Wildlife

Florida has some of the wildest ecosystems on the planet. And while in Fort Myers it’s an easy trek to view some of the world’s most elusive creatures – the American crocodile and alligator tend to hang out in the murky swamps and mangroves, while the manatee prefers the open fields of sea-grass in the Manatee Park. Head over to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve to walk the otter pond, spot some Florida Flamingoes and maybe even a python or two. Spend dinner at Veranda, a cornerstone of downtown Fort Myers dining. French cuisine in two historic Florida mansions will have you saying “oo la la.”

Day 3: Hit the Beach

There’s no doubt about it. One of the pinnacle activities for any time spent in Fort Myers is time spent at the beach. The sands here are powder-fine, white, and spread for miles. If you’re into deep sea fishing or resort living, head over to Fort Myers Beach, a small town about 20 miles south of Fort Myers. If you’d prefer the sleepy solitude of having few others around, try Sanibel Island. Both offer that flour-soft sand you’ve been looking for, and Sanibel has the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge which boasts the largest undeveloped mangrove swath in the U.S. 

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Everglades Family Adventure Tour from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

Everglades Family Adventure Tour from Greater Fort Myers/Naples Area

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Escape to the Florida Everglades from the Greater Fort Myers area on this guided airboat adventure at Everglades Day Safari. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the marshes and swamps of the Western Everglades while looking for wildlife, namely birds and alligators. In fact, per acre, there are more alligators here than anywhere else in the world. This tour includes an interactive reptile show. Hotel transport included from select locations.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$480.00
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Kayak Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

Kayak Eco Tour in Everglades National Park

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Escape to the wilderness of the Florida Everglades on this small-group eco-adventure. Explore a variety of lush landscapes by foot, kayak and boat looking for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, bald eagles and more. Hike along the beach, dunes and mangrove swamps. Kayak to Barrier Island Beach — no kayaking experience necessary. And take a boat ride through some of the most remote areas of the park. It’s the ultimate Everglades experience rolled into one unique, half-day adventure.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.95
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Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco Tour

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Discover the exotic beauty of the Everglades’ mangrove forest on a kayaking eco-tour. Spend time winding through sleepy creeks and under mangrove canopies, getting up-close views of resident herons, alligators, ducks, otters and more. With an expert guide, learn kayaking technique and enjoy exploring this unusual wetlands setting.
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  • 3 hours
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