Fort Myers

Photo by PROWalter

Fort Myers Itineraries

Finding Fort Myers’ Hidden Restaurants

Fort Myers for Families

Fort Myers in 48 Hours

An old river city gets younger and more vibrant

Save to my Account

Located on the Southwest coast of Florida, Fort Myers lies on the Caloosahatchee River and is the doorstep to popular resort islands Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, and Bonita Beach.

Downtown Fort Myers

Despite its place in Florida’s retirement demographics, Fort Myers has been “youthening” up a bit in past decades, particularly in its downtown area. Known as the Historic River District, it boasts a number of fun restaurants and bars. The Caloosahatchee River has historically grown the town, since its earliest days as a Seminole Wars outpost named Fort Harvie, to a later era as a cow town through which cattlemen from central Florida drove their herds to port for shipping, growing rich in the process.

When famed inventor-genius Thomas A. Edison came to town, cattle still free-ranged the road in front of his house now known as McGregor Avenue. He discovered the riverfront land on a steamboat mission to locate property that would help cure his ailments and produce plants for his experiments. A stand of bamboo clinched the deal – he was considering using it for light bulb filament.

Top Attractions

Edison moved to Fort Myers in the late 1880s and built two identical homes, a lab, and extensive gardens. Later he convinced his friend Henry Ford, car manufacturer, to build alongside of him. Today the Edison & Ford Winter Estates constitutes Fort Myers’ most popular tourist attraction.

Downtown also has IMAG History & Science Center, plus the Butterfly Estates, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, and Arcade Theatre to attract families and cultural visitors. Its monthly Art Walk and Music Walk street parties draw visitors and locals alike. A number of good restaurants and bars keep the party going, while galleries and shopping appeal to a higher brow level of downtowner.

To further “youthen” the downtown area, recent renovations have beautified its streets and expanded its waterfront real estate.

Fort Myers’ Islands

But downtown is only one piece of the Fort Myers puzzle. It supports a vital resort beach scene on its coastal islands – Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, and a number of small islands accessible only by boat.

Fort Myers’ Surrounding Communities

On the mainland, Fort Myers faces the communities of Cape Coral and North Fort Myers across the Caloosahatchee. They offer the Shell Factory and Sun Splash Family Water Park to family vacationers.

To the south, Florida Gulf Coast University has sparked growth spurts and a younger demographic in the past decade. Fort Myers blends into the newly minted village of Estero and the city of Bonita Springs. The latter, a doorstep to neighboring Naples, is likewise known for its golfing.

The Sporting Scene

Besides golf courses, the Fort Myers area offers sporting types a full menu of year-round water and land sports from boating and fishing to tennis and biking. A network of bike paths accommodates cyclists throughout Fort Myers’ Lee County.

As far as spectator sports, Fort Myers is spring baseball training capital with two teams up to bat – the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park’s Fenway South and the Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex. In addition, professional summer baseball and winter hockey teams play locally.

Sunny Weather

But when it is all said and done, the biggest attraction to Fort Myers and environs is the weather. So-called snowbirds and tourists flock to the area, as soon as the thermometer dips up north, to take advantage of snow-free, sunshiny, warm days on the beach and to be active in Fort Myers’ wealth of parks, preserves, and other green spaces.

Explore Fort Meyers Itineraries:

Finding Fort Myers’ Hidden Restaurants … Bring a GPS and an appetite
Fort Myers for Families … Four days of beaches, nature, and a taste of culture
Fort Myers in 48 Hours … Downtown to down-time

What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in $US.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$$ => Tickets $26 per person

$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $300 for a double

$ => $1-15 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$ => $16-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

N/A => Not applicable

$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-25 per person
$$ => Tickets $26 per person


You need to login to favorite a post.

Need to sign up? Create an account here.

Forgot your password? Reset your password here.