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Fort Myers: The City of Palms

By Staff | Nov 14, 2019

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, world class dining, fun in the sun, artistic expression or peace and quiet, there is truly something for everyone, every dream, every interest.

Any visit to “old Fort Myers” starts in the River District.

Nestled in downtown Fort Myers, several blocks of fun and exciting activities and opportunities are available: The Harborside Event Center, the Fort Myers Yacht Basin, Florida Rep Theatre, Burroughs Home & Gardens, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Lab Theater of Florida and more including a wealth of shops, galleries and dozens of dining and entertainment options.

Take a walking tour along the brick-pavered streets or visit the historic Downtown Fort Myers Yacht Basin where day cruises are offered.

Visit www.myriverdistrict.com for what’s trending.

Other options in and around Fort Myers include:

Alliance for the Arts

10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers

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

13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers

Off-Broadway, live performances, holiday events.

www.bbmannpah.com 239-481-4849

Florida Repertory Theater

2268 Bay St, Fort Myers

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

Southwest Florida

Museum of History

2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers

The Jackson Street location houses the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, as well as the history of Southwest Florida. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of the featured exhibits. An authentic replica of a pioneer “cracker” house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car are also part of the tour. The museum also houses an extensive artifacts collection detailing early civilization, the fort, the first settlers, the cattlemen, turn of the century, the military and agriculture, boating and fishing industries in Fort Myers.

myriverdistrict.com/business/southwest-florida-museum-of-history 239-321-7430

The Calusa Nature

Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers,

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, a not-for-profit environmental education organization, is located on Ortiz Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The center is located on 105 acres and offers a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries and picnic areas. The jam- packed calendar of activities offers such events as live animal presentations and solar observing.

www.calusanature.org 239-275-3435

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre entertains more than 170,000 guests annually. The facility, at 1380 Colonial Blvd. includes a 450-seat dinner theatre, a 100-seat “black-box” theater called The Off Broadway Palm Theatre, a 120-seat dining room called Cafe Cabaret and a 30-seat space just off the main lobby called, The Art Cafe.

VisitBroadwayPalm.com for a complete list of upcoming show times, ticket prices and more, or call the box office, 239-278-4422.

Imaginarium Science Center

2000 Cranford Ave.

Imaginarium Science Center is a fun and educational learning spot that features live animal encounters in special guest appearances throughout the year, as well as question-and-answer sessions followed by meet-and-greet activities, giving Imaginarium guests an opportunity to get up close and personal with featured creatures. Visitors also explore and have the opportunity to touch a stingray, hold a horseshoe crab, and meet an assortment of sea animals including hermit crabs, sea stars, urchins, marine snails, and even some featured fish specimens such as flounder and puffer fish. The Imaginarium is a particularly enjoyable location for children and families.

theimag.org 239-243-0043