• CROW Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife museum, exhibits Sanibel Island, FL USA. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com
  • Edison & Ford Winter Estates Fort Myers, Florida USA. Must Do Visitor Guides. Photo by Nita Ettinger
  • Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey

Attractions

It is no stretch to say there is something for everyone who visits the Fort Myers Beach area. The vacation attractions throughout Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Captiva offer a combination of natural paradise, unique history, and an unlimited amount of things to do.

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Nature in the Fort Myers Area

Exquisite beaches, mangrove forests, marine estuaries and more, all brimming with wildlife and subtropical flora, are right at your fingertips in Fort Myers. Featuring more than 300 species of birds, the Fort Myers area was named the best place for birding in the country by USA Today. Just like other visitors from the north, many birds make their winter home in Southwest Florida. You can catch these feathered friends on a hike, walk, bike or kayak in one of the area’s many refuges and preserves. Watch Eagles on Pine Island. At 17 miles long, this is Florida’s largest island of the western Gulf coast. Just 15 minutes from Cape Coral, this amazing Island consists of five very different communities. In the middle of these communities is Little Pine Island, a preserve and wetland restoration project in progress. There are 25 pairs of American bald eagles who nest here, as well as osprey, spoonbills, herons, ibis, and egrets. You’ll also spot manatees and dolphins in the surrounding waters.

Fort Myers Historical Locations

History enthusiasts will discover just as much to fascinate them. Native Americans, pirates and world-famous inventors have all called the Fort Myers area home. The Calusa Indians ruled Southwest Florida for thousands of years before the arrival of famed Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in the early 1500s. Meaning “the fierce people,” the Calusa lived in communal houses, some big enough to hold 2,000 people. Communal garbage mounds of discarded shells called middens can still be seen today. The shell mounds mark the highest elevation in the area, and most of Useppa Island is on reclaimed land, built up by the compacting of discarded shells over hundreds of years. Accessible only by boat, Mound Key is now a state park and a significant archeological site.

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island’s oldest structure is a popular attraction you’ll want to visit—and photograph. Everyone does. The Sanibel Lighthouse has a unique open tower, designed to weather hurricane-force winds, allowing them to pass through the structure without causing major damage. The original grounds included two identical lighthouse keeper’s dwellings, a storehouse, an oil house (which provided the fuel … later changed to gas and then electricity), and a wharf. Today, you can fish from the lighthouse pier, wander the nature trails and watch the sun rise or set in the peaceful park. The houses, however, are homes to employees who maintain the buildings and grounds and are off limits. As for the lighthouse, it is best appreciated from the outside looking in.

One attraction no one should miss is watching the sunsets. Whether it’s a January day with an average high of 73 degrees or a steamy summer night with temperatures in the 90s, the sun still shines incredibly. The warmth of its orange-red hues will caress you long after your vacation is completed.

Full of extraordinary natural attractions and unequaled history, the Fort Myers area will leave you amazed and enriched.

See more things to do in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and Captiva Island and check out Sarasota and Naples.

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Must Do Attractions

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J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. Ding Darling is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. This 6,400-acre refuge is home to more than 270 types of birds, 35 species of mammals, and 60 different reptiles and amphibians and is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird population. Tours, hiking and biking trails, fishing, kayaking are some of the activities available at Ding Darling.... Read More
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Historic Edison & Ford In 1886, inventor Thomas Edison purchased land along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers and constructed a winter home dubbed Seminole Lodge where he and his wife Mina wintered until the inventor’s death in 1931. Wanting to spend the winters with the Edison's, their friends Henry Ford and his wife Clara purchased the adjacent property in 1915 and built... Read More
MustDo.com | Tour the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Sanibel Island, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Sanibel Island's Pioneers The Village and Museum are a tribute to the early pioneers who homesteaded Sanibel Island in 1888. The Museum was founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve, protect and share Sanibel Island history. The village is comprised of eleven buildings, eight of which have been historically restored and some dating from 1898. Read Sanibel Historical Museum & Village's featured blog... Read More
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Everglades Wonder Gardens

The History of Everglades Wonder Gardens Entrepreneurs and Bonita Springs settlers Bill and Lester Piper established the original garden in 1936. They developed it as a roadside attraction to rehabilitate injured wildlife and allow visitors to get up-close and learn about these native animals. The attraction was created by the two brothers as the Bonita Springs Reptile Gardens. By the 1950s it... Read More
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Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

See more than 30 exhibits featuring mollusks from around the world. The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum provides education on shells and mollusks (the shell makers) with exhibits, educational programs, library services, and publications. This top Sanibel attraction is considered the most comprehensive shell museum in the western hemisphere! Children's Learning Lab A learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games and a tank with... Read More
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Seminole Casino Hotel

Play and Stay at Seminole Casino With over 1,300 of the newest slot machines, a WPT poker room, 38 live table games, there are plenty of things to do and lots to win. If you’re into cards, try your luck at Blackjack, Pai Gow poker, Mini-Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, or Let it Ride.  Slot bets from 1¢ to $100. Table Games starting at $10.... Read More
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Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.)

Wildlife Sanctuary on Sanibel Island Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) is one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation hospitals for native and migratory wildlife. This unique visitor education center located on Sanibel Island, Florida features daily Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) presentations! View the Wonders of Wildlife Calendar of Events. In addition, visitors and families with kids will enjoy... Read More
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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Dazzling Shows and Award-winning Dining Experience an award-winning buffet and dazzling Broadway musicals featuring a live orchestra at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Lunch and dinner buffet menus include salad bar, rolls and butter, and assorted desserts. They also offer a plated dinner menu of Friday and Saturday evenings. All meals include coffee and hot and cold tea. Sodas and all other drinks are... Read More
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Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Consistently voted "Best Place to Take Kids" by Gulfshore Life and Naples Daily News. Families will discover rarely seen species like Malagasy Fosas or a Komodo dragon. While you may have seen the viral video about the African honey badgers, you can now see them in person at the Naples Zoo; these fierce creatures can only be seen at four zoos in the nation! You’ll... Read More
Built in 1921, The Mound House is the oldest standing structure on Estero Island (Fort Myers Beach) and sits atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound directly on Estero Bay. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

The Mound House

Fort Myers Beach's Oldest Structure Built in 1921, The Mound House is the oldest standing structure on Estero Island (Fort Myers Beach) and sits atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound directly on Estero Bay. The house serves as a multi-level museum, showcasing Calusa artifacts and interactive exhibits. Visitors can learn about Florida prehistory, Calusa Indians, and early pioneer settlements through the Museum's educational... Read More
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