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10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Like nature, walking, animal sightings, and kayaking? I think we've found the place for you. Just off of Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers, there's a nice little park with all of that stuff! It's Manatee Park.
In the colder months you can see manatees. The rest of the year, you can still see wildlife, learn about animals, talk to guides, take a kayak or canoe ride, and more! Even better, other than a minimal parking fee, it's pretty much free!
This is one you're going to want to visit for sure!
3700 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
Heading through Lehigh Acres, you've probably seen this little park, but you've probably never stopped. Do you need a few minutes to decompress after work, or a quiet place to eat lunch? Check out this little park. It has a short boardwalk and peaceful marsh grasses and flowers. It doesn't have a lot of amenities, but it's worth stopping by every now and then.
My daughters love to run the boardwalk, and it really doesn't take long to look, get a breath of fresh air, and then get back in your car. It's usually empty, or there might be 1-2 other cars.
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124
Love American History, Technology, Automotive History, or Aviation History? Get all of that and more in one place at the Henry Ford Museum!
It's truly a tribute to inventors, engineers, and designers. It shows the American spirit of ingenuity through inventions and discoveries over the years. It also has a lot of items of historical importance, from the presidents, to civil rights, to the founding fathers!
This is a Five Minute Field Trip you won't want to miss!
5 Grand Cavern Rd, Grottoes, VA 24441
Are you ready for one of the oldest shown caves in the country or the world? The Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Virginia is a perfect set of caves in my opinion. Not only are they reasonably priced and accompanied by a nice gift shop, but they're a pretty easy walk (Even Amazing Andrea at age 4 managed the 70 minute walk), and they're filled with hundreds of cool structures. No other cave I've been in yet has so many structures in so few steps!
The tour guides are knowledgeable and fun, and there is just so much to see. There might be bigger, longer, or deeper caves, but this one seems about perfect to us!
It's hard to do Washington D.C. justice in less than a couple days. Still, we tried to pack in what we could in one afternoon. We actually went on Christmas Eve, and the crowds weren't too bad!
We started at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, then toured the National Mall, taking pictures of several monuments. There are dozens of smaller monuments and statues that we couldn't get to, as well as several monuments across the river or in other nearby areas that we couldn't reach.
Check out what we got to!
8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Love getting outside? Like farmers markets and fresh produce? Like seasonal events?
Southern Fresh Farms in Fort Myers is the place for you!
Take the kids out to feed the farm animals, tour the farm, feed the fish and turtles, and explore this working farm! They have food trucks, musical events, and even pavilions you can rent for private functions. Plus, they just opened a microbrewery!
This is a great trip for an hour or so with the kids, and it's FREE! Even feeding the animals is an affordable $1.
Check this one out!
1660 S Franklin Lock Rd, Alva, FL 33920
Like water? Like boats? Like fishing?
Check out the WP Franklin Locks & Dam in Alva, Florida! You can see boats come and go, maybe catch sight of a manatee, cast a line or two...
Besides the obvious dam and locks, this location comes loaded with features:
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
Love hands-on museums? Love History & Science? Put all that together and you've got this little spot in Fort Myers, Florida!
Check out the touch tank, play with the Google Earth Wall, be a Stormcaster! There are a lot of options here, and they also have traveling exhibits, like the 50 year Apollo program science exhibit that was available when we visited!
This one is great for kids and adults.
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Like Nature Walks? Love being near the river? The Four Mile Ecological Preserve in Cape Coral, Florida is a great place for you!
It's a hidden treasure right off the Caloosahatchee in the Fort Myers area. It's almost an immediate exit off the bridge in Cape Coral. It's free to visit, although you might need to pay that $2 bridge toll, depending on which way you come in.
It has a finished boardwalk trail for most of its length, with two piers or docks to look out from. With over 300 acres of preserve, you never know what kind of animals, especially aquatic creatures or birds you may see.
Does this look like the trip for you?
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
So you have a love of art? You like beautiful gardens and grounds to explore? Definitely check out the Ringling Museum if you're in SW Florida!
On Mondays, you can take in the Art Museum for FREE! Other days, you can walk the grounds and gardens for FREE! And, you can always tour the Ca' d'Zan home and the Circus Museums if you buy tickets.
The only other thing we've seen in Florida that compares is Vizcaya in the Miami area. This is great, but for different reasons. Here, you can get that art museum!
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. Being an educational spot is always a plus!