Things to Do on Vacation in Fort Myers, Sanibel & Captiva Island Florida

Everyone’s ideal vacation looks a little different. From exploring history, seeking thrilling adventures, or simply just lounging poolside with a drink, one size does not fit all when it comes to a Florida vacation. Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva are no exceptions to this rule. Let’s put you in the driver’s seat. Buckle up, as we discover what YOU like to do on vacation!

South Florida is the place to be for fresh seafood and tropical year-round outdoor seating. With fine dining and family-friendly options the Fort Myers area has endless options that are sure to please any palette. Check out Must Do’s top 10 Dining and Tips for Dining Out While on Vacation to get you started in your quest for a great meal.

If you want something fun for the entire family, you’ll find plenty of options to keep the kids interested. When they have had enough sun, beach and pool time, head out on a pirate adventure, family fishing trip, museum, amusement park, or science center with hands-on kids activities. Here are some more family fun things to do.

If you love to explore history and culture consider the many museums and live performance options in the area. Explore exhibits and artifacts about Southwest Florida and its earliest settlers or learn about shells and mollusks from all over the world. Must Do recommends, Southwest Florida Museum of History and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Explore more of Fort Myers attractions.

If you’re looking for a little adventure you’ll be impressed! You won’t have to go far to find adventurous activities. From water sports to sunset sails, wildlife cruises, and miles of bike paths to navigate at your own pace all provide a spectacular environment to explore. You’ll find fun around every corner.

If you’re hoping to catch a close-up glimpse of wildlife, you’re in luck! The area is filled with native Florida wildlife including dolphins, manatees, bald eagles and more. Explore in cruise boats, kayaks, airboats, jet boats and more – this mix of adventure and wildlife is sure to keep the whole family smiling. Check out these opportunities to get up close to some Florida wildlife while on vacation.

And if you just don’t feel like doing much at all….head to the beach! The captivating barrier islands are home to some of the best shelling in the world. Enjoy an afternoon or evening beachside picnic, stroll along the beach collecting shells, build sand castles with the kids or simply lounge in beach chairs under a cool umbrella. Must Do recommends Dog Beach Park for dog lovers, Lynn Hall Memorial Park on Fort Myers Beach for families and Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach for a secluded day of relaxation. Check out Must Do’s top 10 beaches or the Best Fort Myers Florida Beaches Infographic if you’re having a hard time deciding which beach to visit.

Don’t forget to check out the Must Do coupon section before heading out on your Florida vacation so you can do more for less!

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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