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Where the Whole Family Comes to Play

You bring the family, we’ll supply the sunshine and activities in Fort Myers. Whether your family dynamic consists of grandparents, parents, teens, kids — or all of the above — we’ve got a guide to your perfect day of building memories together.

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Early risers will want to head straight to the beach for shelling while the tide is low. Assume the “Sanibel Stoop” or the “Captiva Crouch” and take this prime opportunity to show little ones how to keep their eyes trained to the ground and grab new and unusual shells for their collection.

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, your family breakfast options are plentiful. Heavenly Biscuit on Fort Myers Beach is small but delivers big on its promise of fluffy biscuits and mouthwatering cinnamon rolls. Click here for more breakfast picks on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

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The day is still young, so keep your energy flowing on the water. Charter a boat to Cabbage Key for lunch and then make your way to Cayo Costa as wild dolphins and manatees follow in your wake. This island is ideal for shelling and sunning. Or, from Lovers Key State Park, you can set out on a ranger-guided fishing and cast-netting excursion designed for all ages. Paddling through Sanibel’s diverse mangrove ecosystem is also a rewarding way to adventure together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Did someone say, “ice cream?” Wherever you are in Fort Myers, you can find a spot to cool off and hang out over sweet, homemade treats. Check out our tips on the frozen flavors that locals love.

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Chill out under a beach umbrella or retreat indoors to a museum that engages all ages. Whether it’s hands-on learning at the IMAG History & Science Center or an in-depth look at Southwest Florida’s shelling culture at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, there’s always a place to enrich your experience.

Then, when it’s time to dine again, decision-making comes easily. Enjoy open-air dining at Key Lime Bistro on Captiva Island, where fresh seafood and tropical cocktails are always on the menu. Pair food with a whole lot of fun at the Bubble Room — part whimsical toy store, part kid-friendly restaurant where bubble bread and sticky buns accompany every meal. From downtown Fort Myers to the relaxed vibe of Sanibel Island, you can find dining options to suit every palate.