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By Staff | Nov 1, 2017

Edison & Ford Winter Estates features 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEE COUNTY VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU

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.

Alliance for the Arts

Event, education, fairs, exhibit and theater and arts, green market and other cultural activities. Nonprofit and user funded.

artinlee.org (239)939-2787

Barbara B. Mann

Performing Arts Hall

Off-Broadway, live performances, holiday events.

www.bbmannpah.com (239)481-4849

River District

Nestled in downtown Fort Myers, several blocks of fun and exciting activities and opportunities are available: The Harborside Event Center, ArtWalk/MusicWalk, the Fort Myers yacht basin, Florida Rep Theatre, Burroughs Home & Gardens, the Fort Myers Film Festival/Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Lab Theater of Florida, the Butterfly Estates, Fort Myers Skatium, the Edison Sailing Center, river/evening walks, shopping, a new Lee County library, dozens of dining and entertainment options.

www.myriverdistrict.com

Florida Repertory Theater

Downtown Fort Myers 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.

www.floridarep.org (239)332-4488

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.

www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

(239)334-7419

Calusa Nature Center

and Planetarium

The Calusa Nature Center has a museum, nature trails, aviary and planetarium. Visit the museum to learn more about southwest Florida’s natural history. Calusa’s 105-acre site has plenty of picnic areas in the grounds.

calusanature.org (239) 275-3435

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

The Off-Broadway theatre entertains over 170,000 annual guests. The facility includes a 450-seat dinner theatre, a 100-seat “black-box” theatre called The Off Broadway Palm Theatre, a 120-seat dining room and a 30-seat space just off the main lobby.

broadwaypalm.com (239) 278-4422

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum

This science museum features more than 60 interactive exhibits. Fun and educational exhibits allow children to learn about the environment, weather physics and other topics. Attractions include animals, aquariums displaying marine life, a touch pool, hurricane simulator, puppet theatre and interactive areas for preschoolers.

www.theimag.org (239)243-0043

Cruise the Caloosahatchee River

Cruise the Caloosahatchee River/Intercoastal Waterway to Lake Okeechobee from the Yacht Basin in downtown Fort Myers. Alternatively head out towards the Gulf of Mexico on cruises which depart either from the Yacht Basin, from the Marina at Fort Myers Beach, or from Port Sanibel Marina. Take in the views of southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast with its many islands, watch dolphins swimming alongside the boat, or just sunbathe on deck and relax.

For those who would rather venture alone, rent a sailboat. There are plenty of boat rental companies, some of which offer sailing classes to the novice; rent a kayak or a canoe. Plan your own route or take an excursion with a naturalist guide. There are hundreds of miles of back bays, aquatic preserves, estuaries, creeks and rivers to explore. Start at cityftmyers.com.

Fleamasters

FleamarketPick up a week’s supply of fresh produce, and stroll through the hundreds of bargain-packed/covered booths. Along every aisle, discover small owner-operated shops specializing in unique items — new and old, arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, several food courts. New stores open weekly.

Fleamall.com (239) 334-7001