Just like the endless beaches of Fort Myers, the list of things to do and see there is limitless. You are only one flight away on Allegiant from South Bend International Airport to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda (PGD). Whether it is a family getaway or a couple’s vacation, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Founded in 1886, Fort Myers boasts everything from lively cuisine to sunny beach fronts to local one-of-a-kind shops. And, if there is any place to take a guided tour, Fort Myers and Sanibel Island are the places to be. For every foodie, history buff, marine wildlife enthusiast or adventurer, the “City of Palms” is sure to have you planning your next trip back before its even over.
When you are this close to the ocean, you have to try some of the freshest seafood in Fort Myers at the Dixie Fish Company. With live music, happy hours and everything from steamed “pink gold” shrimp to “Catch of the Day”, this restaurant with a waterfront view will not disappoint. If you want an Insta worthy drink with an even better name, check out the “Motor-jito”, “Mustang Mary” or the “Edison Mule” at Ford’s Garage and pair it with a one-of-a-kind burger. If you manage to save room for dessert, Norman Love Confections has to be next on your foodie list. With every chocolate under the sun as well as cakes, coffee, pastries and smoothies, your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied here.
If history and guided tours are your kind of thing, don’t miss a historical walking tour of the Fort Myers River District with True Tours. This guided tour showcases the aspects of Fort Myers you wouldn’t see unless you dig deeper. With expert guides, you will hear how the town transformed from a Civil War fort to the strip of shops and restaurants it is today. You can also soak in more history by visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, where you’ll have access to both historic homes and gardens as well as the museum and Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory. Then, cap your day by walking to the Marina at Edison and Ford to go on a Caloosahatchee River Cruise to take in the city and sunset.
For every golf lover, Shell Point Golf Club ought to be on your to do list while in Fort Myers. With great views and palm trees abound, the 18-hole course is sure to be a day well spent. Baseball has a major presence in Southwest Florida, and the Boston Red Sox have called JetBlue Park their home for spring training since 1993. Call ahead and register for a tour and get a behind-the-scenes look at the history of their training at the field built to resemble Fenway Park. Find more about other sports-related happenings.
Beaches are key to life in Fort Myers, and you can embark on boat tours, go on private excursions with a marine biologist, learn “look and release” fishing, take paddleboard lessons and snorkel for shells. These trips with New Wave Eco Charters are sure to be a blast for any person of any age and show you the marine wildlife of Florida in a safe and sustainable way. Sanibel Island has even been named a designated Bicycle Friendly Community and has more than 25 miles of bike paths that offer unforgettable views of preserved wetlands and subtropical beaches. Every seasoned and amateur biker will get to soak in the sun and views on a bike or on foot at whatever pace they like. And, while you’re out on the trails, see how many of the 245 native and migratory bird species you can find!
For an all-around experience that goes well beyond your typical mall, Coconut Point Mall is the place to be. With over 140 stores, 25 restaurants and a movie theatre spread out on a “main street-style complex” lined with palm trees, you can easily spend a day here and still want to come back for more. If you are searching for that gift for a friend or family member that they won’t be able to find anywhere else, take a walk through Local Color right on Fort Myers Beach. This shop boasts local charm through artwork from local artists, handmade jewelry, custom clothes and different home décor.