Historic River District

A.k.a. downtown Fort Myers

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Left gasping for air by urban sprawl – a common Florida story – downtown Fort Myers makes valiant efforts to catch its breath and the glories of yesteryear.

It has a lot going for it with the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the town’s most boastful attraction, plus other museums, a theater, a lively restaurant and bar scene, and monthly ArtWalk and MusicWalk street festivals. 

Happily, most of the town’s early 20th century buildings remain to house commercial enterprises. In recent years, a waterfront expansion and restoration of its brick streets have heightened its charm. The neighboring Dunbar district strives to keep its hold on the city’s African-American history.

Worthwhile attractions: Southwest Florida Museum of History, Butterfly Estates, Imaginarium Science Center.

Accommodations and shopping are sparse. Hotel Indigo is currently my best pick for lodging. For dining, the venerable and historic The Veranda reigns. 

At A Glance

3655 Winkler Ave. #1533
Fort Myers 33916

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