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Naples and Fort Myers are the two main cities and both are popular with winter visitors

10 Things to Do in Fort Myers star
Fort Myers with its restored downtown district has far more to offer than shopping and dining. There are tours, art walks, museums, theaters and gardens to keep any resident or visitor occupied.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel star
One of Sanibel Island’s most interesting attractions is the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, considered the most comprehensive museum in the western hemisphere for shells. Sanibel is considered one of the world’s top shelling destinations in the world.

Behind the Scenes at the Edison Ford Estate star
The Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers is one of Florida's most visited attractions. Take a "virtual tour" of the homes, gardens, museums and laboratory of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, two friends whose inventions changed the world.

Chic Naples - Shopping on Fifth Avenue star
Naples Florida is a genteel city with a charming downtown area. Stroll along the boutiques and outdoor cafes or relax on the idyllic beach. Read why Naples is such a delightful place to visit, packed with things to do for all ages.

Exotic Naples Botanical Garden star
Known as the Gardens with Latitude, Naples Botanical Garden focuses on plants found between the 26th latitude south and the 26th latitude north. Read about the lush themed gardens and discover the surprise waiting for you at the top of the waterfall!

Feed giraffes at Naples Zoo! star
Naples Zoo is one of the top attractions in southwest Florida. Although not extensive, the 52-acre gardens are the ideal size to explore even on the hottest day. If you want to feed a giraffe or ride a camel this is definitely the place for you!

Florida Wildlife at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary star
The Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a great way to enjoy a walk with nature. It features a 2.25 mile-long boardwalk with interpretative boards along the way. Take a stroll the easy way by reading on...

Fort Myers History star
Fort Myers, the gateway to southeast Florida has only existed for just over 120 years. Read about its Seminole history and how Thomas and Mina Edison left a wonderful legacy with their summer home and Queen Palms.

Historic Burroughs Home and Gardens star
I’ve just spent a very pleasant afternoon touring the Burroughs Home and Gardens in downtown Fort Myers. Set in subtropical gardens on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the Burroughs Home epitomizes life for one elite family on Millionaire’s Row in the early 20th century. Take a tour....

Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Myers star
Read about the Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Myers, picture the architecture, and discover how the rivalry between two businessmen led to the building of these noteworthy Art Deco and neo-classical buildings

Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers star
The hands-on Imaginarium Museum and Aquarium at Fort Myers is truly an experience beyond your wildest imagination! Kids will love the fun activities both indoors and outside, and adults will not be able to resist having a go themselves. Here's an account of my visit...

Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers star
If you live within reach of Fort Myers, the Lakes Regional Park is a superb amenity for families. In summer the free splashzone is ideal for youngsters to cool off, or enjoy walking trails, boat hire and a train ride!

Sanibel Island is Frommers #1 Destination star
Sanibel Island is a beautiful barrier island near Fort Myers, famous for its shelling beaches. Bring lunch and plan to hire a bike or canoe to explore the birds and wildlife among the protected mangroves of Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve star
Discover more about natural Florida with a visit to this peaceful preserve and boardwalk.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve at Fort Myers star
Discover more about natural Florida with a visit to the peaceful Six Mile Cypress Slough preserve and keep your eyes moving to spot grey squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, nesting birds, egrets, ibis, herons as well as the more elusive bobcats, raccoons and playful river otters.

Southwest Florida Museum of History star
Established in 1982, the Southwest Florida Museum of History welcomes over 15,000 visitors every year. Discover what’s inside the original railroad station buildings of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad by reading on…

Things to Do with Children around Fort Myers star
The summer holidays are here and as a parent or grandparent you may be glad of some ideas for things to do around Fort Myers that don't cost a fortune to keep the kids amused.

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