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Give the Mother’s Day Gift of Special Experiences

We’re not saying you have to forgo flowers or chocolates for your Mother’s Day gift. But if you really want to impress your mom this year, try a trip to Fort Myers’ islands, beaches and neighborhoods. No matter what floats her boat — maybe it’s an actual boat? — find the activities and adventures that will make her feel loved.

If she needs alone time …

Spa day it is! Treat her to a day of self-care from head to toe at a luxury day spa. In between treatments and fresh, local food there are lots of other ways to indulge in wellness activities — maybe introduce her to some flamingo yoga?

Mother daughter shelling

If she needs space to unwind …

Give her the gift of a day at the beach. Whether she wants to enjoy her time sunbathing, dipping into warm waters or collecting seashells, there are plenty of sandy stretches to explore. Bonita Beach Park is a great place to spend a day and enjoy a beachfront dinner at Doc’s Beach House, and Bowman’s Beach on Sanibel Island is an easy-to-access seashell collector’s paradise.

If she’s feeling artsy …

A day in Matlacha will indulge her creative side. Explore local galleries and artist workshops, and spot handcrafted creations in the most unexpected places — like a brightly painted van and colorful mailboxes.

Family Biking

If she’s ready to roll …

Rent bicycles for the whole family and get going. Sanibel Island has an incredible 25 miles of paved trails that transport you to all the highlights, like the vistas of Lighthouse Beach Park and the scenic pathways through J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Cross the bridge from Sanibel to Captiva and treat her to cocktails at The Mucky Duck.

If she prefers to stroll …

Choose from exhilarating walks and hikes through lush foliage to spot wading birds. Idyllic for couples and families alike, the Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs contains a 3-acre botanical garden and rescued wildlife. Find more nature preserves and other mom-approved places to stroll here.

If she loves the wind in her hair …

Remember that boat idea? We’ve got a million different ways to experience boating in Fort Myers. Move through the waters on a catamaran to watch dolphins at play or spend a leisurely day on a fishing charter. You can reach secluded beaches only accessible by water or hop aboard a boat headed to the famous Cabbage Key Inn and Restaurant to enjoy lunch with a view.
 
However the mom in your life wants to celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ll make it easy to give her the gifts she deserves.