Day Trips

Don’t be deceived by the laid-back island atmosphere on Matlacha—international artist Leoma Lovegrove’s Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens if filled with her vibrantly colorful paintings. | Must Do Visitor Guides

Visiting Historic Matlacha, Florida

If you want to experience the colorful charm and laid-back lifestyle of turn-of-the-century Florida, the old fishing village of Matlacha is the place to visit. With a population of under 800, this waterfront... Read more
Jet ski rentals and tours, water sport activities on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Sanibel, Sarasota, Siesta Key. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. | Must Do Visitor Guides,

Things to Do in Southwest Florida

The beautiful region of Southwest Florida runs from the south end of Tampa Bay down the barrier islands and estuaries of Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples to the vast uninhabited acres of the... Read more
The Sanibel Lighthouse is an iconic landmark at the east end of Sanibel Island. You can’t climb the 130-year-old lighthouse, but the grounds are always open for walks along the boardwalk and nature trails. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides,

Things to do on Sanibel, Florida

Frequently featured in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the USA, Sanibel Island is a tiny barrier island reached by a causeway from Fort Myers, Florida. This laid-back island is 12 miles... Read more
Kayaking is a great way to discover nesting waterbirds, wading herons, and other Florida wildlife in their native habitat. Must Do Visitor Guides,

Things to Do in Fort Myers Florida

Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the city of Fort Myers is one of Florida’s top tourist destinations. One of the main attractions is beautiful Fort Myers Beach on a long... Read more | Luna, a leucistic (or albino) screech owl, is one of Peace River Wildlife Center's most popular residents. Punta Gorda, Florida.

A Visit To Peace River Wildlife Center

Located on the Ponce de Leon Park overlooking Charlotte Harbor, the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda is within easy reach of both Fort Myers and Sarasota. The center has two aims:... Read more | With Cinderella’s Castle and six themed areas, DisneyWorld really can be more than just a one-day visit. Your admission includes Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Liberty Square. As well as meeting famous Disney characters, the park has plenty of rides, shops and things to do, from a Jungle Cruise to It’s a Small World.

Visiting Orlando Theme Parks

By: Gillian Birch Orlando is less than two hours’ drive from Sarasota, making it easy to make a day trip to Disney, SeaWorld, Epcot, Harry Potter and the other amazing attractions in Orlando. Bear... Read more | Restored Z-28 Camero Muscle Car City museum Punta Gorda, Florida

Muscle Car City is One Man’s Dream Car Collection

Anyone who has a fascination with classic cars will want to visit Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda – and never leave! This amazing 99,000 square foot museum is dedicated to American motor... Read more
View meaningful exhibits of over 1,000 donated artifacts, documents, and original photographs from the Holocaust and World War II at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SW Florida in Naples, FL.

Encounter World War II History at The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL

An important part of 20th century history is contained in The Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida. Conveniently located on US 41 in Naples, Florida, the Museum has a fascinating collection... Read more
Fishermen's Village entrance Punta Gorda, Florida

Shop, Dine and Stay at the Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda

Located right on the waterfront in Punta Gorda, the collection of shops, restaurants and resort accommodation is in beautiful warehouse-style buildings. Free to visit with plenty of parking, this recreated Fishermen’s Village makes... Read more | Take an airboat ride with Everglades Day Safari Fort Myers, Florida.

Discover Florida’s Wild Side on an Everglades Day Safari

The Everglades National Park is as synonymous to the southwest of Florida as Disney World is to Orlando, and attracts a huge number of visitors every year. It’s a wild and natural adventure playground,... Read more
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