Thomas Edison, Fort Myers most famous snowbird, once said, “There’s only one Fort Myers and 90 million people are going to find out.” As he predicted, Fort Myers, located on the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, has become the metropolitan hub of the Southwest Gulf Coast. Here is the international airport where visitors from all over the world arrive, making tourism the #1 industry in Southwest Florida and everywhere you go you’ll find a warm welcome.
Fort Myers downtown area is historically significant and the city has nicely preserved the many historic buildings, adding riverfront Centennial Park which is a venue for many art shows and festivals throughout the year. The riverfront and
historic district offer myriad dining opportunities where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets and catch a glimpse of the lucky “Green Flash.”
From the downtown area, travel toward the Gulf beaches along McGregor Boulevard, which is lined with majestic royal palms thanks to the beautification efforts in the late 1800s of Inventor Edison and his wife, Mina. These magnificent royal palms, some towering at 75 feet, give the City of Palms its nickname. Edison built a winter home here on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River in 1885, complete with laboratory. Soon his good friend, Henry Ford, built next door. The Edison and Ford homes are now open to the public and favorite tourist attractions.
Today, Fort Myers offers vacationers of all persuasions something to smile about – it’s one, big, overgrown playground for “kids” of all ages!
There are long stretches of beautiful beaches to occupy you during the day at Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel and Captiva Islands and, when the sun sets, you’ll find a good selection of nightlife. Visitors seeking cultural and art and entertainment events have a broad choice, including the Barbara B. Mann Performing Art Center, The Broadway Palm Theater, The Florida Repertory Company for performing art and the Alliance for the Arts and Art for ACTS Gallery for fine art. This town knows how to party and many festivals are held throughout the year, such as The Festival of Lights, which celebrates its famous winter resident, Thomas Edison and Taste of the Town which showcases local restaurants.
Shoppers can choose among upscale malls such as Bell Tower Shops and Edison Mall, find bargains at Tanger Factory Stores or browse among five million sea shells and shell novelty items at The Shell Factory. Fleamaster's Fleamarket is a popular weekend shopping destination. Or,iIf communing with nature is a favorite vacation activity of yours, The Calusa Nature Center has a museum, nature trails, aviary and planetarium. See Florida’s gentle giants at Manatee World and paddle the waterways as the Indians did centuries ago along the Great Calusa Blueway.
Children's natural curiosity can be given free rein at.the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and baseball, cowboys and Indians, and saber tooth tigers will pique their interest in the past at Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Sooth your baseball fever in the springtime at The Lee County Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins or watch World Series Champs, the Boston Red Sox, take grounders and flies at City of Palms Park. The Lee County Sports Complex is also the full-time home of the minor-league Fort Myers Miracle.
Golf is always a favorite pastime in Southwest Florida and Fort Myers offers a good selection of municipal and public courses. Many vacation rental homes and condos are available that offer golf privileges on private courses.
Round out your vacation with an easy day trip to the Sarasota area to the north or the Naples area to the south.