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Fort Myers, City of Palms

By Staff | Oct 11, 2013

Fort Myers is known as the City of Palms, but the majestic array of palm trees that line city streets only tells a piece of the overall story; Fort Myers has a unique vantage as the commercial and creative center of Southwest Florida by thriving on its storied history, all while building toward an exciting and prosperous future.

It’s this eclectic vision that has drawn people to Fort Myers over the years. Whether it’s sports, ecological activities, shopping, worldclass dining, fun in the sun, artistic expression, or peace and quiet, there is truly something for everyone, every dream, every interest.

At the heart of this burgeoning 21st Century city is the historic river district in Downtown Fort Myers.

Flanking the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the historic river district brings together the city’s most storied and fascinating elements.

City and county funds were combined to retrofit the district with cobblestone streets, lending a distinct feel of another era. Those streets perfectly match the architecture of the district, which houses a number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

The Arcade Theater in Downtown Fort Myers is home to one of the city’s, and county’s, most beloved theater troupes who use their considerable talents to entertain and enthrall from the stage.

Downtown Fort Myers also is home to the Florida Repertory Theater. Founded in 1998, the venue and troupe has become a perennial favorite among art and theater lovers, blending humor, drama, dance, with productions of classics alongside the newest voices of modern play writing.

Centennial Park, the Harborside Event Center, and the Yacht Basin all front the river, offering breathtaking views and access to Southwest Florida’s most famous, and beloved, waterway!

Yet, the River District is only the start.

Heading away from downtown (you’ll need to jump back in your car) and south on U.S. 41, lies Fort Myers’ only indoor shopping mall, Edison Mall, which houses favorite stores such as Macy’s and Dillard’s.

Further south on U.S. 41 is the Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers’ premier open air shopping and dining location. Bell Tower houses specialty boutiques and restaurants along with chain stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, a 20-screen Regal Cinemas, a Crowne Plaza hotel, and Shoeless Joe’s Sports Bar, a local favorite on Saturdays and Sundays during football season. Other places to go include World of Beer, DaRuMa Japanese Steak House and Shushi Lounge.

For those who don’t get a thrill from shopping, then history buffs have the chance to rejoice because one of the nation’s most historic landmarks is housed in Fort Myers.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates, parttime winter homes for two of America’s most brilliant minds, lets visitors travel back in time to walk through the very homes of these two historic giants.

Nearby, in south Fort Myers, both Lakes Park and the Six Mile Cypress Slough gives visitors a chance to experience two of the Lee County park system’s favorite destinations. At Lakes Park, visitors can laze among wonderfully landscaped vistas, while the Six Mile Slough offers a chance to experience Southwest Florida’s primordial past.

Sports lovers also look to Fort Myers each year, as the city plays spring host to two of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises. The Boston Red Sox prep for the regular season at JetBlue Park, while the Minnesota Twins get their season started at Hammond Stadium. Hammond Stadium also is home to the Florida State League Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A+ affiliate of the Twins.

Whether it’s shopping, dining, getting in touch with nature, or snagging fly balls from your favorite Major Leaguer, Fort Myers is a vibrant, exciting, and modern city, all just waiting to be enjoyed!