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The Edison Festival of Light

In 1885, Thomas Alva Edison built his winter home in Fort Myers, Florida on the Caloosahatchee River. Throughout the 50 years Edison wintered in Fort Myers, he dedicated time in support of local charities and projects. He died in 1931, having successfully received over 1,000 patents for his ...

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison and Ford Winter estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, contain a historical museum and 17-acre botanical garden on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford beside the Caloosahatchee River in southwestern Florida. It is located along historic and ...

Summer on Sanibel and Captiva

Visitors come to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva every year to enjoy the beach and the outdoors with fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or bird watching, yet for those who live in this tropical paradise it can be challenging to find something new and exciting to do.Life gets pretty busy on the ...

Island gardening

For locals with a green thumb, the City of Sanibel also hosts guided tours of the grounds of City Hall where islanders can get ideas about planting vegetation that requires little maintenance, no fertilizer, and no supplemental irrigation. Attendees meet at City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Make it a day: Things to do on Pine Island

Matlacha:Matlacha ParkPicnic tables, swings, basket-ball court, fishing pier andboat launchMatlacha DrawbridgeFishing sightseeing, bird,dolphin and manatee watchingSt. James City:St. Jude Nature TrailStabile RoadPassive recreationPine Island FlatwoodsPreserveStringfellow RoadPine Island ...