Disconnect to Reconnect with Your Loved Ones
Expansive white-sand islands and beaches — with family-friendly activities in every neighborhood — make it easy to enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Make it part of your plan to unplug and put away your phone (after a few selfies, that is) with these fun-filled adventures.
Splash into Adventure in Cape Coral
Slide into family time at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, the largest waterpark in Southwest Florida. Spanning 14 acres of wet and wild fun, this oasis has everything from thrilling waterslides to a tranquil lazy river and plenty of swimming pools. Feel your adrenaline rise as you plunge down the speedy, steep falls of X-celerator and Cape Fear, and challenge young ones to cross over the pool on the Sand Dollar Walk.
Feel the fresh breeze as you set sail through Gulf waters on a cruise with Adventures in Paradise. Each voyage is tailormade for different kinds of adventures. You probably won’t be able to avoid grabbing your phone to snap photos of dolphins and other marine life on an exhilarating cruise narrated by a knowledgeable guide. Cruise to secluded beaches where you can collect shells from pristine sands and grab a casual meal by the water.
A Day in Nature
Enjoy a tech-free outing in natural surroundings at The Shell Factory & Nature Park. Encounter life-sized dinosaur statues and the live critters that call these grounds home — everything from alligators to zebras with hundreds of other animals in between. There are plenty of family-friendly activities like bumper boats, a zip line, miniature golf and paddle boats, as well as comfort food at the popular Southern Grill. The Shell Factory itself is a perfect place to browse a huge collection of seashells and shell souvenirs.
Travel Back in Time
Take a stroll through history along the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Randall Research Center on Pine Island. Stretching nearly 1 mile, this accessible walkway crosses through ancient sites. Learn more about the Calusa people who once inhabited large swaths of Southwest Florida and view the ancient Pineland shell mound site that extends more than 100 acres from the coastal mangroves. Explore the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach where you can view a 2,000-year-old shell mound and other Calusa artifacts, followed by a leisurely kayaking excursion through the mangroves of Estero Bay.
With so many experiences waiting for you in and around Fort Myers, it’s easy to immerse yourself and disconnect from your devices. Find more family-friendly escapes and affordable places to stay to create a vacation full of memorable adventures.