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6 Fun Facts About Fort Myers (Which You Might Not Know!)

The Fort Myers area is full of unforgettable attractions and nature-inspired activities. Some of these adventures veer beautifully off the beaten path. Let this list inspire you to explore a new side of Fort Myers’ islands, beaches and neighborhoods.

We have many postcard-worthy sunset spots.

While a picture may be worth a thousand words, basking in the glow of a Southwest Florida sunset will leave you speechless. If you want to capture this magical moment on camera — or just savor the breathtaking beauty — we’ve got some postcard-worthy places to head to when the sun starts getting low. Spend a day adventuring at Lovers Key State Park and then hop over to Lovers Key Beach for a front-row sunset seat. The Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier extends 560 feet into the Gulf of Mexico and offers stunning views of the setting sun. Bunche Beach and Bowditch Point Park all offer amazing views of this nightly spectacle. For a more adventurous atmosphere, consider booking a Sunset Dolphin Cruise with Adventures in Paradise, or stay on land and watch the sun set over dinner and drinks at a variety of beachfront restaurants.

Cayo Costa State Park offers true seclusion.

Accessible only by ferry or private boat, Cayo Costa State Park is a 7-mile island with untouched white-sand beaches and nearly 2,500 acres of preserved Florida landscapes. Located 4 nautical miles west of Pine Island, Cayo Costa’s dunes, beaches and waters are home to shorebirds, manatees, dolphins and sea turtles. You can camp or rent a primitive cabin for overnight stays and spend your days hiking, biking, seashell collecting, wildlife viewing or fishing — the nature activities are nearly endless.

Walk through history at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford made marks on the Fort Myers area, and those learnings are being passed down through generations. Explore their historic homes and gardens — including the 1928 Edison Botanic Research Laboratory — and marvel over artifacts and innovations. Visitors can also participate in monthly garden talks, etiquette lessons in the style of Mina Edison and other enrichment classes found here.

We have a thriving community of artists.

While we may be famous for our beaches, our thriving arts community also makes waves. From Matlacha’s colorful personality to our professional theater scene and art galleries, our creativity is always on display. On the first Friday of every month, downtown Fort Myers comes alive for Art Walk, featuring local artists displaying their works in galleries and booths — you might even catch a painting in progress! Music Walk happens monthly on the third Friday and showcases musicians performing live on the streets and throughout bars and restaurants.

Camping Campground Nature

You can camp in a variety of settings.

While there are plenty of wonderful resorts and vacation rentals, tent or RV camping are easy ways to immerse yourself in the outdoors. Soak up waterfront views from a classic RV site on Fort Myers Beach. Stake out your spot in historic Koreshan State Park where pioneers once lived on the river’s banks. Spend a night in a bird-watching haven at Sanibel Island’s Periwinkle Park & Campground, or take a ferry to a campsite at Cayo Costa State Park. From pristine parks to scenic beaches and islands, there are plenty of choices to camp out in nature.

Island Hopper Songwriter Festival

Fort Myers is full of fun festivals

Ever wanted to attend a festival that celebrates beautiful Pink Gold shrimp? Look no further than Fort Myers Beach! Attend more foodie festivals celebrating everything from craft beer to mangos. Find cultural activities all throughout the year: Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is the region’s biggest attraction in September when musicians perform free shows in venues throughout Captiva Island, downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach; ArtFest Fort Myers is the premier art event by the waterfront that brings together more than 200 hand-selected artists to showcase their works. With so many festivals, you’ll always have something to celebrate in the Fort Myers area.

Family Mother Son Walk Pier

Discover even more surprising facts about the Fort Myers area when you explore during your next visit. You’re sure to uncover your own hidden gems.