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Fort Myers for Every Generation

Planning a trip to Southwest Florida means you’re free to create a vacation that’s just as unique as your family. Whether you’re planning for the whole extended family across all ages or are simply seeking a small family getaway, the Fort Myers area has it all.

Finding your happiness may mean watching your little one’s eyes light up as they spot a perfect seashell for the first time. It can be a lowkey way for grandchildren to bond with their grandparents over shared interests like shopping and dining. Larger families have space to explore in a variety of accommodations, whether in a waterfront vacation rental or in a trendy downtown hotel.

Learn about the five generations of women who keep coming back to Fort Myers and why they love it so much.

Cayo Costa State Park
Cayo Costa State Park Cayo Costa State Park

Having such effortless access to nature is the first step to disconnecting from daily stresses and reconnecting with your loved ones. Endless sandy beaches strewn with seashells, secluded islands dotting warm Gulf waters, meandering waterways and mangrove forests all lead you toward outdoor adventures to remember.

Try out side-by-side paddle boarding along the Great Calusa Blueway, amongst local wildlife like manatees and dolphins. Go island hopping on a boat ride to more remote barrier islands such as North Captiva Island and Cabbage Key. Glide along the 25 miles of bike-friendly pathways on Sanibel Island and more than 90 miles of interconnected routes in Cape Coral. A family vacation is also a perfect opportunity for grandparents and parents to pass along their favorite hobbies, like watching migratory birds in season and wading birds in the wetlands.

See Southwest Florida anew through your children’s eyes.


The best part about exploring the Fort Myers area is there’s something for everyone to do — no matter what your age — and you don’t always have to do it all together. You can send one group on a cultural excursion to the theater or an art show while others go shopping for souvenirs or local artwork.

Regroup when it’s time to eat where you have a feast of choices from seafood restaurants on the water to fast-casual favorites. Teach little ones how to crack open fresh stone crabs in a family-friendly place or celebrate a special occasion in a private dining room designed for intimate groups.

Make more #MyFortMyers memories with travel ideas for all ages.

Whether you’re traveling as a group of three or 30, you can shape your Fort Myers family vacation to be everything that you want.