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J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is one of 560 refuges across the United States. Named after editorial cartoonist and conservationist Jay Norwood Darling, the refuge features nature trails, excursions, and wildlife programs inside the Visitor & Education Center. There ...

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge came into existence in 1945 when President Harry S. Truman signed an Executive Order creating it as the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge. It was renamed in 1967 to honor syndicated editorial cartoonist and pioneer conservationist Jay Norwood ...

The Shell Factory & Nature Park

2787 North Tamiami Trail,North Fort Myers (239)995-2141Open every day: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Offers wide variety of shells, coral, fossils and rare specimens. The Nature Park has a large petting zoo. The Fun Park includes miniature golf and bumper boats. Captain Fishbone's restaurant offers live ...

Butterfly Estates

1815 Fowler Street, Fort Myers(239)690-2359www.thebutterflyestates.comButterfly Estates is a serene, peaceful place that gives visitors the opportunity to get closer to nature. Combining a butterfly conservatory and botanical gardens, this eco-friendly attraction is a one of a kind experience ...

Parks | VIEW ALL

Lovers Key State Park

By Charles Sobczak Florida Realtor & a Florida Author Consisting of four barrier islands, Lovers Key State Park encompasses 1,616 acres that include a stretch of 2.5 miles of white sandy beaches, 744 acres of mangrove-fringed waterways, and 8 miles of hiking and nature trails that thread ...

Visit Bowditch Point Regional Park

Bowditch Point Regional Park is 17 acres that is located at the northern tip of Estero Island. It is actually a dual use facility in which approximately seven acres are a developed park for passive recreational use and the remaining 10 acres a restoration/preserve area.The Gulf front is more ...

Times Square/Public Pier Lynn Hall Memorial Park

Considered the heart of Fort Myers Beach, the bustling Times Square area is located to the right of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. After gaping at the panoramic view of the island from the bridge's summit, drivers take a short turn to the right and immediately to the left is metered parking ($2 an ...

Bay Oaks Recreation Campus

This is a Town of Fort Myers Beach facility that is open to both residents and visitors. The rec center is next to Beach Elementary School at 2731 Oak St.; phone number is 765-4222. Proper attire is required, including sneakers. Admission and sports activities are free to members. Inquire about ...

Sporting Events | VIEW ALL

Fort Myers Miracle season schedule – May – Aug. 2014

Remaining Regular Season GamesMay 19 - vs. Daytona, 10:35 a.m.May 20 - at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m.May 21 - at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m.May 22 - at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m.May 23 - at Dunedin, 6:30 p.m.May 24 - vs. Jupiter, 6:05 p.m.May 25 - vs. Jupiter, 4:05 p.m.May 27 - at Clearwater, 7 p.m.May 28 - at ...

Southwest Florida offers a sport for every enthusiast

Southwest Florida offers a variety of sporting events and activities to suit many tastes.With Fort Myers and Cape Coral located on opposite banks of the Caloosahatchee River and miles of shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico, it's easy to see why watersports and fishing rank at the top of the ...

Recreation Highlights for Fort Myers

The city of Fort Myers has a number of recreational facilities - everything from parks and community centers to skate facilities and pools. Here are some highlights:Fort Myers Skatium2250 Broadway, Fort Myers321-7510The Fort Myers Skatium is an ice rink, offering an ice skating arena, an ...

Major League Baseball: Spring Training

Southwest Florida has been a hotbed for Major League Baseball spring training for decades. Legends of the game such as Roberto Clemente and George Brett once roamed the grounds at Terry Park in Fort Myers.Currently, there are three MLB teams that train in Southwest Florida. The Minnesota Twins ...

Local Wildlife | VIEW ALL

Take an eco-tour

Learn about the area’s ecology and marine life on a guided boat tour. The tours will take you to islands that are only accessible by boat. You’ll certainly see dolphins and possibly even an elusive manatee.

Sanibel Sea School

The Sanibel Sea School’s vision is a world where all people value, understand and care for the ocean. Its mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. Dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems — animals, people, plants, land, ocean and ...

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Founded in 1967, SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on the islands and in the surrounding watershed. From its earliest days, it was known as a land trust with an impressive acquisition record. The Nature Center features an interlocking maze of four ...

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is one of 560 refuges across the United States. Named after editorial cartoonist and conservationist Jay Norwood Darling, the refuge features nature trails, excursions, and wildlife programs inside the Visitor & Education Center. There ...

Theatre, Galleries & Museums | VIEW ALL

Randell Research Center

Located in Pineland on Pine Island the Randell Research Center site was a Calusa Indian village for more than 1500 years. Enormous shell mounds still overlook the waters of Pine Island Sound. The Randell Research Center is a permanent facility dedicated to learning and teaching the ...

Museum of the Islands

The Museum of the Islands is housed in what was once the island’s first public library, built by volunteers in the early 1960s. The Museum of the Islands (MOTI) is a museum dedicated to preserving Island history and lifestyle. Over the years Islander’s have donated many interesting items ...

Visit the Mound House

Visit the Mound House and see how one of the oldest cultures, the Calusa Indians, lived on Estero Island. Go underground to view the 2,000-year-old shell mound that the Calusa Indians built their homes on, that the museum is currently built on. Visit moundhouse.org for ticket prices and hours ...

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse

The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, built in 1890, is a popular site to visit at the south end of the island. The lighthouse is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday from November through June. The months of June through October – except August when it is ...

Beaches | VIEW ALL

Cayo Costa

Visit the pristine island of Cayo Costa State Park. Nine miles of beaches for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling and acres of pine forests for bicycling, camping, wildlife viewing, picnicking and touring. Cayo Costa is only accessible by private boat or ferry. Tropic Star departs from Jug ...

Sanibel

Stunning sunrises and sunsets, beautiful white beaches perfect for swimming, diving or snorkeling the Gulf of Mexico's warm waters, a vast assortment of shells, endless shared use paths for exercise, resorts, restaurants and art galleries galore continue to bring visitors to Sanibel and Captiva ...

Captiva

It is easy to get hooked by Captiva, where there are incredible sunrise and sunset views from the white-sand beaches. There are also amazing opportunities to stroll, shop, recreate, pause from life's work outside of paradise.Sister island to Sanibel, Captiva is just over a small bridge at Blind ...

Boca Grande

The drive along the Boca Grande Causeway features turquoise-blue waters plied by boats ranging from yachts to kayaks. Completing the picture: Sandy beaches, a historic train trestle, high-end shopping and more fishing holes than anyone without a skilled guide can find.Boca Grande's beautiful ...

Fishing, Fishing Charters and Boating | VIEW ALL

Cayo Costa State Park

A short boat ride away is the pristine island of Cayo Costa State Park, described by the state park's system as an unspoiled Gulf Coast island that “evokes images of wind-shaped trees, dunes, beaches and freedom to explore.” The island park known as one of the best shelling beaches in the ...

Bokeelia Fishing Pier

For over 100 years people have enjoyed fishing from the Bokeelia Fishing Pier. Located at the northern tip of Pine Island stretching into the waters of Charlotte Harbor, the Bokeelia Fishing Pier is known by many as the place to come for some of the finest fishing. No license required! Just ...

Go fishing on Pine Island

Folks from far and wide visit Pine Island for a variety of reasons, but possibly one activity that has increasingly become a draw is the fishing that is available in the waters surrounding the island. Anglers can wet a line in Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound or San Carlos ...

Go Fishing

Fort Myers Beach offers inshore and offshore fishing. Anglers can choose to fish from the shoreline, bridges and piers, or to go on a fishing charter. Inshore fishing supplies year-round opportunities to catch snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, sheepshead, jack crevalle, mangrove snapper and ...

Yacht Clubs & Marinas | VIEW ALL

Lee County Marinas

Barefoot Boat Club, 5025 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs (239) 498-6112 www.barefootboatclub.usBig Hickory Seafood Grille & Marina, 26107 Hickory Blvd, Bonita Springs (239) 992-0991Boca Grande Marina, 220 Harbor Drive, Boca Grande (941) 964-2100 www.bocagrandemarina.netBonita Bay ...

Lee County Marinas

Barefoot Boat Club5025 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs(239) 498-6112, www.barefootboatclub.usLocated just off Bonita Beach Road, in beautiful Hickory Bay, Barefoot Boat Club offers facilities and amenities second to none. Our 90 indoor boat storage rackominiums and 18 wet slips for sale or ...

Pine Island: Fishing gear and marinas, 2015

Matlacha:D&D Bait and Tackle3922 Pine Island Road(239) 282-9122Seven Seas Bait and Tackle4270 Pine Island Road(239) 283-1647Olde Fish House Marina4530 Pine Island Road(239) 283-9577Bokeelia:Center Bait and Tackle10707 Stringfellow Road(239) 558-8085Four Winds Marina16501 Stringfellow ...

Lee County marinas, 2015

Barefoot Boat Club5025 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs(239) 498-6112, www.barefootboatclub.usLocated just off Bonita Beach Road, in beautiful Hickory Bay, Barefoot Boat Club offers facilities and amenities second to none. Our 90 indoor boat storage rackominiums and 18 wet slips for sale or ...