- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Fort Myers is popular for its beaches, fishing, shopping – and the opportunity to learn about two of the nation’s most famed inventors and business leaders. You and your family can experience one-on-one natural encounters, play on top-notch beaches and treat yourselves to endless family-friendly attractions, restaurants and resorts in Fort Myers and surrounding areas along southwest Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast. And don’t miss the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates. Back in 1916, Ford bought land in downtown Fort Myers, next door to Edison, his mentor. Now, both estates serve as museums that honor their founders and remind all of us about what they overcame and what they accomplished.
Fort Myers is known for:
Both the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins conduct their annual spring training in Fort Myers, each in their own ballfield. Late February sees legions of baseball fans flocking to southwest Florida for spring training games - which run through the end of March - against MLB rivals like the New York Yankees or Chicago White Sox. It's a lot of fun and the best weather of the year. Fans get tan and baseball bliss all at the same time.
Nearby Islands & Beaches:
Southwest Florida has legendary beaches. Sanibel Island is world-renowned for shelling; its seashell-laden beaches are filled with treasures year-round. Tiny Captiva Island faces west, so its beach is a bastion of happiness at happy hour, nightly. Fort Myers Beach, on Estero Island, is a laid-back beach with tourist bars serving drinks right in the sand. Pristine Lovers' Key is for paddling and sunning in seclusion. A few other beaches are reached by charter boat or water taxi only. All have white sand and most have lots of wildlife.
Vacations are often built around sunsets in southwest Florida. Whether you watch sunset from the beach with a cocktail, or from the deck of a tour boat, to the sounds of a tropical guitar player . . . your sunset memories from Fort Myers are sure to be remarkable. Watch for the "green flash," a seaside phenomenon that ony happens in certain weather conditions and shoots a 1-2 second bright green flash across the watery horizon.
Fishing, tennis, golf, walking, paddling, shelling . . . Fort Myers is all about these activities. A full calendar of sunny days and temps which are rarely cold (or never cold, depending upon your home latitude) give Fort Myers visitors their choice of outdoor activities. Fishing is great offshore or on; golf and tennis clubs pepper the area. Lakes Park is a particularly popular area to get outside, with its long hiking trails and canoe rentals. The Calusa Bluewway - a water-based trail for paddlers - brings kayakers galore to the Fort Myers area.