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Approximately 62,000 people live in this part of Southwest Coast Florida.
If you venture 480 kilometres northwest of Fort Myers, you'll find Tallahassee, the state capital. Travel 25 kilometres northeast and you'll come upon Alva.
A few hours at Sun Splash Water Park or Veterans Park is a perfect chance for some quality time with the family. If you're up for a bit more excitement, Castle Golf and Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf are some other possibilities.
Lean against the glass and observe a variety of underwater creatures as they navigate the tanks at Ostego Bay Marine Science Center.
Even if you're not the betting kind, it's always a rush to visit a casino. And the Big M Casino is definitely no exception. Play a hand or two of blackjack or just grab a cold drink and soak up the buzzing atmosphere.
Learn a thing or two about the native flora while you vibe off the exquisite gardens at the Sanibel Moorings Botanical Gardens.
Nestle in with a novel, throw a ball around or just watch the clouds pass overhead at Centennial Park and Gulfside City Park. Alternatively, spend the day outside at Lakes Regional Park or Causeway Islands Park A.
Get the most out of your stay in Fort Myers by getting some advice from the friendly staff at Lehigh Acres Welcome Center. Sanibel and Captiva Island Visitor's Center and Sanibel and Captiva Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center also provide a variety of useful resources such as maps and guides.
If the ocean is calling your name, grab your shades and head to Turner Beach or Alison Hagerup Beach Park. Eager to keep adding to your shell collection? You can also stop by Captiva Beach and Bunche Beach.
If you're hoping to recharge those batteries, you'll uncover plenty of nature reserves and parks to explore. Begin with a deep breath of fresh air in the invigorating surroundings at Lovers Key State Park or Cayo Costa State Park. Two further areas to check out are Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.
Walk the tranquil halls, study the engaging displays and talk to the accommodating staff. Art of the Olympians Museum and the Railroad Museum of South Florida are comforting places to compose yourself and maybe even learn something new. If you've got time, also go to Schoolhouse Gallery and the Barbara Sumwalt Museum.
The fascinating scientific artefacts and gadgets on exhibition at the Imaginarium Hands - On Museum could keep you fascinated for days on end. To get stuck straight into the good stuff, you might like to see if there are any upcoming presentations or talks.
It can be both mystifying and thought-provoking to see just how vast and diverse the creations of the natural world are. See them all in one place at the Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum.
If you like to think of yourself as a bit of an art lover, be sure to set time aside to see some galleries. The Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens is a fine place to begin. Next on the map are the exceptional collections of Griffen American Center for Haitian Art and the Jungle Drums.
Take a journey back through time and explore the characters and events that have left an indelible mark on Fort Myers at the Fort Myers Historical Museum and the Useppa Museum. For even more insight into days gone by, also check out the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village and the Cape Coral Historical Museum.
Time spent exploring history is never a pointless exercise. Let Edison and Ford Winter Estates and Burroughs Home help you discover more about Fort Myers' past. Why not also swing by Mound House and Sanibel Historical Village and Museum?
Want to learn about the local faith? Make time to see Captiva Chapel By the Sea and Thomas Edison Congregational Church. You should also check for guided tours at Captiva Chapel By-The-Sea.
You'll probably feel like there's nothing left to do after seeing Fort Myers' popular sights, but don't fly home just yet. There are still some surprises left. Why not venture to McCarthy's Marina and Castaways Marina? Don't forget to stop by Port Sanibel Marina and the Cypress Lake Country Club either.
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