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9370 Dynasty Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33905
I've always liked trampolines, as have my kids, but this was the first time we'd ever been at an indoor Trampoline Park! I'm definitely going back, with or without my kids! Haha! I'll take them. They loved it.
It seems like a lot of money for an hour at first, but if you have younger kids, they have deals for parents to go with them. They even have 2 and under time so you don't have to worry about your little ones getting squished or stepped on.
And as for that hour, most people will be tired after an hour of constant climbing and jumping. I play basketball every week, and this had me using muscles I don't normally use for that. You can also pay for 1.5 or 2 hours if you want.
The socks are $3, but you can reuse them until they wear out. They're tight at first, but give you great grip on all surfaces.
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505 Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
This is easily one of the best beaches in SWFL. It has sandy white beaches, clear water, and a fair amount of shells.
Get here early or come on an off day, because all the parking areas can be full! At $8 for parking, it does seem to be a little more exclusive than the cheaper access beaches just up the road, but it still manages to fill up on weekends and holidays. It almost feels like a bit of a secret, as it's off a 3-5 minute slow drive past a really nice row of mansions.
Different times we've been here, we've found sand dollars, hermit crabs, dolphins, pelicans, sandpipers, and a bunch of shells!
11901 Rod and Gun Club Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Can't get enough nature and fresh air? Check out the Wild Turkey Strand Preserve! With some military history and lots of trails, you can explore the 3000+ acres of nature preserves south of Lehigh Acres in the Fort Myers area.
It's a great area to find wildflowers, check out local birds, and possibly even see some wildlife! Bring some water and some hiking boots. A good portion of the trail is paved or boardwalk, but around half of it may be marshy or even under water during the wet parts of the year. Winter and early spring might be your best times to visit, but you can do the solid trail parts all year!
3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928
Looking for a bit of history and adventure in SWFL? Check out the Koreshan State Historic Site. It's not too far from US-41 and I-75, off of Alico Rd.
Visit the location of the historic Koreshan Unity community. With several preserved buildings and beautiful grounds, you can get a clear look into the culture of the group, dating back over 100 years! The volunteers and staff are knowledgeable, too. There are all sorts of tales and interesting anecdotes to hear about this Hollow Earth society!
At his location, you can also:
This trip is definitely worth taking!
St. Augustine, FL
There's so much to say about downtown St. Augustine and even more to see...
There are dozens of great sites to take a peek at, and they've really built the city for tourism. Trolleys and buses are all over the place, and parking wasn't that hard to find, either. For $2.50 an hour, you can definitely see some stuff without breaking the bank.
We visited the waterfront by the Bridge of Lions, then went through the park, hit Flagler College, and also visited the Lightner Museum. There are dozens of small shops and restaurants, and you can't forget the Castillo de San Marcos, either!
This is a great place to take your time and spend 2-3 days looking around!
215 Seminole Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Looking for a great beach on the Atlantic side of Florida? Ormond Beach is a great one! It's not as busy as some of those nearby, which is great when you don't want to go shoulder-to-shoulder with swimmers. But, it still has all of the charm of an Atlantic beach.
Sometimes the winds and waves get strong enough to try surfing or boarding. You can drive a car down the length of the beach if you get a sticker, too.
This is definitely a beach worth checking out!
1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Like castles, forts, and military history? Want to know more about colonial America? Check out the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida! It's the oldest and largest masonry fort in America. It's seen a lot of history, with Spain, England, and America all holding the fort at different times.
You can view cannons, living quarters, the watchtowers, and the central courtyard of the fort, and then go walk the walls and the moat. Take in the bay and check out the city view from the fort!
Let's get exploring!
4931 South Peninsula Drive - Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Looking to climb some steps? Look no further! Climb the Ponce De Leon Lighthouse at Ponce Inlet, Florida. It's the highest Lighthouse in Florida!
Also check out the lighthouse keepers' homes and lifestyle memorabilia. Additionally, there is a whole building dedicated to the beacons and lights from lighthouses! Some of them are just HUGE!
78 E Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Tired of all that sun and beach and just need a few minutes to decompress? When you're in the Daytona and Ormond Beach area, this is a great little stop-off to just catch your breath for a few minutes. Whether you spend 15 or 50 minutes here, there's something to see for you and for your kids.
It's free parking, free entry, and fresh air! Check it out for sure. A suggested $2 donation for the museum part won't break the bank, either!
38th St W, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Ready for some more nature? Ready to get away from the crowds?
Hit this early on a weekend and you might see a car or two, maybe someone walking a dog, but the rest of the 500 acres you'll just have to share with the birds and fish! It's pretty much in Lehigh near Buckingham, despite the Fort Myers address.
Harns Marsh Preserve is a natural wetland and active stormwater facility, where rainwater and heavy rains can be shifted to filter and drain through. It's home to hundreds of types of creatures, from bugs, to birds, to fish and reptiles!
This is a fun place for:
Five Minute Field Trips
Learn about all sorts of cool places to visit alone or with your family. We look for inexpensive but fun places to visit. Educational is a plus!