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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 ...

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers(239)275-3435www.calusanature.comLearn about the night sky, feed snakes and witness a live reptile presentation at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. The 105-acre facility not only has a museum, but also a Planetarium, three nature trails and a Butterfly ...

CROW

Resident environmentalists should schedule a visit to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel, which not only assists over 3,000 injured animals each year but also hosts hands-on exhibits and live videos to present animal stories. The clinic is also seeking out islanders ...

J.N. “Ding” Darling

The island's natural beauty is accessible anytime for residents who want to spend a day at the beach or ride a bicycle down the city's shared use path system.The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is open all year long, although the hours fluctuate based on the time of year. The ...

Pine Island in the summer

Sometime between mid-March and Easter the "snowbirds" migrate back from whence they came. Snowbirds are typically retirees in Florida who wish to avoid the winter snow and cold of their home state. They begin arriving in November and stay until the weather up north improves generally in March ...

North Fort Myers

One doesn't necessarily have to cross the bridge anymore to find something to do in North Fort Myers. The city, with its country atmosphere and Old Florida feel, has something for everyone, from major attractions to out-of-the-way fun in the country, if you look hard enough.And because it's ...

The Shell Factory & Nature Park: 2014

No area attraction speaks of North Fort Myers more than the Shell Factory, located between Old and New 41, which has been open for more than 75 years.The Shell Factory is the top family entertainment destination in Southwest Florida, and it has enough attractions to make it the perfect place ...

Fishing regulations, licensing

Saltwater fishing licenses are sold online at License.MyFWC.com, at all county tax collectors' offices and at many license agents. Licenses may also be obtained over the telephone by dialing toll-free, 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet ...

The Shell Factory & Nature Park

The Shell Factory & Nature Park2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, 995-2141Open every day: 10 a.m.-9 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 ...