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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 ...

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 ...

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Sun Splash Family Waterpark has more than 14 acres of wet and dry attractions, including three speed slides, a Lazy River, Tot Spot for small children, family pool, and open and enclosed water flumes.400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. 574-0557.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum

2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers(239)321-7420imaginariumfortmyers.comThis 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 ...

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers(239)334-7419edisonfordwinterestates.orgThomas Edison and Henry Ford's winter estates, the nation's ninth most visited historic homes, feature lifestyles of the two giants in American history. Take an extended guided tour of the homes, museum, laboratory and ...

Fort Myers Historical Museum

2031 Jackson St, Fort Myers(239)321-7430swflmuseumofhistory.comThe Fort Myers Historical Museum is housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot on Peck Street in downtown Fort Myers. Find information on early settlers of southwest Florida including the Calusa, Paleo and Seminole ...

Randell Research Center

Located in Pineland on Pine Island the Randell Research Center site was a Calusa Indian village for over 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 archaeology, ...