• MustDo.com | American Alligator at Shark Valley, Everglades, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey.
  • MustDo.com | Swim with horses in Palma Sola Bay, Bradenton, Florida, USA. BeachHorses offers this amazing opportunity!
  • MustDo.com | Visit the southernmost point in the U.S. in Key West Florida.

Day Trips

You may have planned your visit to the Fort Myers area because of the warm sunshine and beaches, but so many fantastic things to do are close by. Day trips can make worthwhile detours.

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Must Do Day Trips

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Manatee Eco-Tours

See Manatees in the Wild Manatees, also known as sea cows, are large, gentle and slow-moving gray-brown aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a large flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two flippers with three to four nails on each, and their head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout. These gentle giants can grow to 12 feet in length, weigh up to... Read More
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Ave Maria

Things to do in Ave Maria, Florida Ave Maria is a short drive (approximately 1 hour) from Fort Myers. When you arrive at the town center, stop by the New Home & Welcome Center for a town map. Visit the award-winning Oratory architecture and the first major U.S. Catholic university built in 40 years; Ave Maria University. On the facade of the Ave Maria Oratory Church building... 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 Naples, Florida USA. | MustDo.com

The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Holocaust and World War II Education Exhibits View meaningful exhibits of over 1,000 donated artifacts, documents, and original photographs from the Holocaust and World War II. This important and educational museum grew out of a Naples, Florida middle school exhibit created by students and teachers studying the Holocaust. The exhibit was transformed into a museum and educational center in 2001. Today The Holocaust Museum &... Read More
See and learn about exotic and endangered Siberian tigers, African lions, and rare White tigers at Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Also encounter bears, primates, birds, and other animals. Be entertained by the individual personalities of the animals during educational training demonstrations. There are a petting Zoo and special events throughout the year. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota offer a unique opportunity to get up-close to a range of big cats including Royal Bengal Tigers, Siberian Tigers, Lions, Rare White Tigers and cross-bred Ligers. With their beautiful markings and athletic ability they are a joy to watch in action. Adults and children will find it a worthwhile day trip and a... Read More
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BeachHorses.com

Fun and exciting horseback riding on the beach! If you’re planning a day trip to Sarasota you’ll want to include this on your itinerary. All the guides/trainers and horses at BeachHorses.com are experienced, providing a safe and slow ride along the beach at Palma Sola Bay in Bradenton, Florida, which is just north of Sarasota. In addition to riding along the palm-lined shore,... Read More
The Ringling Museum of Art, formerly Sarasota, Florida's John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was built by John-Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, the museum features paintings and sculptures by European, American and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough and more. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

The Ringling

Home to One of The Finest Collections of Art in Florida Sarasota is less than a two-hour drive from the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Art enthusiasts will want to make the drive north to experience The Ringling, which is home to one of the finest collections of art in the entire state of Florida. The beautiful Ringling estate also features spectacular... Read More
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Peace River Charters

Scenic and Exciting Peace River Airboat Tours Experience the nature and beauty of Old Florida. Peace River Charters offers safe, enjoyable, and family-friendly airboat tours and charters. Observe native wildlife such as alligators, deer, wild boar, turkey, and more. Each tour is personalizes based on the group, from an exciting thrill ride, to slow and relaxing. Read our blog article about Peace River Charters ... Read More
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Key West Express

Take the Key West Express to Key West for the Ultimate Fort Myers Vacation Day Trip! Visit the southernmost point in the United States during your Florida holiday or vacation. A cruise on the Key West Express ferry is the fast and fun way to visit the southernmost point in the United States. From lazy lounging on the beach to exhilarating activities on... Read More
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Peace River Wildlife Center

Native Wildlife And Bird Rehab Peace River Wildlife facility sits among the mangroves overlooking Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda, Florida which is a short drive north of Fort Myers making it an easy day trip. The non-profit native Florida wildlife facility rescues, rehabilitates and releases approximately 2,000 birds and small animals each year and currently provides permanent homes for... Read More
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Fishermen’s Village

Explore, Shop, Dine, and Stay at Fishermen's Village Located on pristine Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, Florida, Fishermen’s Village is just a short drive from Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva making it an easy day trip. Visitors can enjoy an array of boutique and specialty shopping, waterfront restaurants, and a variety of recreational activities including fishing charters, out island sightseeing tours, nightly sunset cruises,... Read More
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