2250 Broadway Ft. Myers, FL 33901 +1 239 461 3145 x 35
One of Florida's fastest growing sports (amazingly) is hockey. Amateur ice hockey is common, and kids play roller hockey in the streets. For a smoother (and safer) playing surface, try Fort Myers Skatium, located across from City of Palms Park. The complex has a NHL-size ice rink, and an in-line rink. There is a pro shop, laser tag, and snack shop. General skating hours are varied, due to lessons and teams, so call ahead for times. Price is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Skate rental is $3.
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium combines nature with education. The 105-acre site contains a museum, aviary, winding nature trails, a gift shop, and meeting and picnic areas. The museum has information on Florida's history, especially the Calusa Indians who ruled southwest Florida for nearly 1,000 years. There are daily animal shows, snake feedings, and aviary tours. Admission to the Center is $4 for adults, $2.50 for kids under 12. Admission to the Planetarium is $3 for adults, $2 for kids under 12. Check the schedule for Planetarium show times.
Southwest Florida has a growing number of golf courses, and the Fort Myers Country Club is one of the oldest. Designed in 1916 by famed architect Donald Ross, the public course is a par 71. The greens are small, and watch that ninth hole! The Fort also hosts the annual Beck's Open, a pro-am tournament. Only soft spikes allowed. Riding fees start at USD47, walking fees at USD32. There is no driving range. Reservations are accepted one day in advance, and rental clubs are available. Bradford's is open to the public.
Look for the yellow and green dinosaur next to the water tower and you know you have found Imaginarium, a hands-on science museum for kids of all ages. Try your hand at being a weatherman, excavate a T-Rex in the "dig pit" or chart a course on a boat. The simple explanations make learning fun and easy to understand. There is even a living coral reef and alligator lagoon. Admission is USD8 for adults, USD7 for seniors and USD5 for children under 12. Parking is free.
For anyone who has ever wondered where the "fort" in Fort Myers was, the answer to that question and many others can be found at the Fort Myers Historical Museum. Housed in the restored Atlantic Coast Line Depot, the museum traces the history of the area from prehistoric times to the present day. Exhibits include a Pullman car, a replica of a late 1800s "Cracker" home and a World War II P-39 Cobra. Call ahead to know about admission prices and other details.
2505 First Street Ft. Myers, FL 33901 +1 239 337 0706
Walk among live oaks and lush gardens, relax in a rocking chair on the veranda as you watch the river roll gently by, but first, join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers' oldest homes - The Burroughs Home. Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers' elite including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time. The Burroughs Home has come alive once again under the management of Uncommon Friends Foundation.
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Fort Myers is the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Inventor Thomas Edison began wintering along the Caloosahatchee River in 1886. In 1916, Edison's friend Henry Ford built his winter home, Mangoes, next door. Both are open to the public and include Edison's botanical gardens and laboratory (just as Edison left it), the largest banyan tree in Florida and a museum. Guided tours are required. Admission is USD12 for adults, USD5.50 for children. The historic electrical boat river tour costs an additional USD4.
15630 McGregor Boulevard Suite 19 Ft. Myers, FL 33908 +1 239 454 3111
Seahorse Scuba provides instruction, boats, and equipment for scuba diving. The business in family owned and operated. They sell, rent and service a variety of equipment. The charters leave in the morning to visit area wrecks and reefs, and are back by lunch. The charter includes snacks and a guide. Tanks and weights are provided free, and other equipment can be rented. Reservations are required, with a limit of six. For beginners, they offer a three-day certification program, and summer camp for kids.
The Ostego Bay Foundation's mission is to promote understanding of marine life and the delicate balance of marine ecosystems through education and community involvement. At the Marine Science Center, exhibits, touch tanks and aquariums introduce visitors to marine life. There are also exhibits on fossils, shells and endangered species. The Science Center offers a walking tour that includes the Center, the Coast Guard station, the waterfront and shrimp boats, and explains how the industry works. Parking is free under the bridge.
BIG ARTS, which stands for Barrier Island Group for the Arts, is a cultural organization presenting everything from Jazz and Brahms concerts to classes in pottery. There are over 160 workshops and 20 concerts every year, as well as films and lectures. The BIG ARTS has a dance studio, art galleries and sculpture garden. Most events have a fee. Reservations for events and classes are necessary.
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For anyone who has ever wondered where the "fort" in
Fort Myers was, the answer to that question and many others can be found at the Fort Myers Historical Museum. Housed in the restored Atlantic Coast Line Depot, the ...