Unplugged Activites: Enjoy Life on the Beach Tech-Free
Families flock to Fort Myers for our sandy shores and affordable accommodations, but it’s also the perfect place for a digital detox. With plenty of kid-friendly attractions and excursions, phone-free fun is at your fingertips.
1. Sun Splash Family Waterpark
This expansive oasis has everything from spiraling slides to a river tube ride to cool pools. Waterslides like X-celerator and Cape Fear are known for their speedy, steep falls while the Sand Dollar Walk challenges youngsters to make it across the pool without falling in. After a few hours here, you’ll understand why spending time poolside is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Florida.
2. Adventures in Paradise Boat Tours
With different cruises setting sail throughout the day, you’re sure to find something that floats your boat. Practice the “Sanibel stoop” and collect tiny treasures on the popular shelling and lunch cruise. If you’re looking for something even more up close and personal, hop in the water for a chance to view animals like starfish and sea horses, with the help of professional guides, on a sea life excursion. There is always the option to simply sit back and relax during a dolphin cruise, a crowd favorite your family can enjoy in the morning, afternoon or evening.
3. Everglades Day Safari
Pickup locations in Sanibel, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach and Estero
These outings take families into the Florida wilderness by foot, by bus and by boat for a day of exploration. Spot gators from afar while your expert guide teaches you a thing or two about the area’s natural landscape. Tiny trailblazers can try Captain Bob’s Excellent Adventure, a half-day getaway that includes an airboat ride and interactive reptile experience—where kids will have a chance to hold young alligators, king snakes and Bertha, a giant boa.
4. Escape Tactics
This 1920s-themed escape room attraction is a great place to spend an afternoon unplugged (and in the air conditioning). Over the course of an hour, you can team up with your teens and race against the clock to solve puzzles and pop locks. With two rooms to choose from, you can help a notorious mobster pull off a bank heist or break free from a swanky speakeasy before the cops bust the operation.
Looking for other ways to disconnect together? Want to know which beaches the little ones will like best? There’s plenty more for the whole family.