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Kid-Friendly Activities to Enrich Your Vacation

Between playing on the beach and eating ice cream in the sunshine, there’s a whole other side of the greater Fort Myers area where you can make memories with your kids. Expand their horizons with these family-friendly museums and activities.

There’s always something new to learn at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in downtown Fort Myers. Inspiring stories about these innovators give you a glimpse into what life was like in the early 20th century. Curious young minds can also learn from STEAM-focused camp programs, two-hour etiquette classes, and science and history summer camps hosted in a living laboratory. Adults can also join in the fun with monthly gardening talks, art classes and remote digital discussions.

Don’t miss out on the IMAG History & Science Center, an attraction that centers around interactive STEM activities and celebrates the natural history of Southwest Florida. Hunt for treasures in the Caloosahatchee Fossil Hunt, get hands-on in a touch tank, meet 30 different species of reptiles and amphibians in the Animal Lab, and marvel over the native fish in a 32,000-gallon saltwater tank.

Learn the fascinating history of railroads at the Railroad Museum of South Florida, where 3,200 square feet of space is devoted to exhibits and artifacts from the Civil War era through today. Climb aboard the Lakes Park and Gulf Railroad, a mini train that takes you around the beautiful scenery of Lakes Park.

Set on more than 100 acres of wild land, the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium celebrates the beauty of nature in Southwest Florida. Among the variety of activities, you can explore three nature trails that cross through pine flatwoods and a cypress-dome swamp, admire the bright colors in the butterfly garden, and join a nighttime hike to seek out nocturnal creatures and gaze up at the night sky.

Whether you’re looking to cool off indoors or want to immerse yourself outdoors in nature, you’ll find family-friendly activities all around the Fort Myers area.