Rainy Day Fort Myers Kids Activities

By Laurén Ettinger

Have your plans for fun in the Florida sun gone awry? Don’t fret! Use this handy guide to keep your kids entertained for hours until the sun shines again.

Take in a Flick at a Movie Theater

See what is playing at the independent and family owned Island Cinema on Sanibel Island or Beach Theater on Fort Myers Beach for a traditional rainy day activity. Load up on popcorn and snacks, then sit back and enjoy the show!

Explore a Museum or Wildlife Center

Visit one of the many kid-friendly museums in the Fort Myers area for an experience that is both educational and fun for the whole family.

Sea life exhibit IMAG History and Science Center Fort Myers, Florida. | Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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The IMAG History and Science Center explores the history of Fort Myers from the Calusa Indians to World War II, has over 60 hands-on science exhibits some of which include live animal encounters, and there is also a 3D movie theater.

Kids hands-on learning and discovery at the IMAG History and Science Center Fort Myers, Florida | Must Do Visitor Guides

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Prefer to experience Florida history first-hand? Visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates to see Thomas Edison and friend Henry Ford’s winter homes.

Kids science exhibit Edison and Ford Winter Estates Museum Fort Myers, Florida | Must Do Visitor Guides

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On a rainy day, there are nine historic buildings to tour including Edison’s Botanic Research Library. Keep an eye out for costumed historical reenactors!

Hands-on kids exhibit at Edison and Ford Winter Estates Fort Myers, Florida Museum | Must Do Visitor Guides

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If you are interested in learning about and meeting some of Florida’s native and migratory inhabitants, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) is the place for you!

CROW Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife museum, exhibits Sanibel Island, FL USA. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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A trip to the visitor education center on Sanibel Island features animal ambassadors, interactive displays, and critter cams.

CROW Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife museum, exhibits Sanibel Island, FL USA. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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Head over to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island to tour the most comprehensive shell museum in the western hemisphere.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Fort Myers and Sanibel Island Photo credit Gary Jung | Must Do Visitor Guides

Photo credit Gary Jung

Kids will enjoy the hands-on play in the Children’s learning lab where they can play games and participate in daily arts and crafts.

Live musk tank in the hands-on play area at Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey | Must Do Visitor Guides

Photo credit Debi Pittman Wilkey

Wherever the day takes you, embrace the rain and enjoy all that the Fort Myers area has to offer.

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Written by: Laurén Ettinger | Author Website

Laurén Ettinger currently serves as a Program Officer at World Learning on the U.S. Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (TIES) grant, a program of the U.S. Department of State. She has previously supported short-term exchanges including the Legislative Fellows Program for Pakistan and the US Speaker Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program. She is the Assistant Editor at Siesta Publications for Must Do Visitor Guides and assists in editing three Southwest Florida visitor guides, both in print and online. She additionally assists the Editor in managing social media and creating original content. Laurén Ettinger holds a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her master's thesis is titled "One Man, One Gun, No More: Exploring Successes for Women in Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration". She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Global Studies concentrating in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights with a minor in the German language.

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