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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!
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.
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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.
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3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
This place has a lot of stuff going on! It's a nature center, with hiking trails, wild animals, butterfly gardens, and it has a planetarium! It's actually the only planetarium in SWFL, so it's pretty neat! That's actually my favorite part, too!
Things you can do:
While other places nearby might do the animals better or the hiking trails better, this place's Planetarium and inexpensive cost make it worth a visit.
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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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!
7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33966
Located in Fort Myers, Florida, visit hundreds of acres of preserve wetlands! Filled with cypress trees, small lakes and ponds, and a variety of birds and creatures, this little gem is a MUST SEE! At a dollar an hour to park your car, there's no reason not to get out here and get some fresh air and take in the sights.
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