Fort Myers, a tranquil town
located on Floridaâ€™s west coast, is known the world over for the Festival of
Lights that celebrates its famous resident, Thomas Edison. It is even better
known for the fact that visitors can experience some of Floridaâ€™s most beautiful
beaches just minutes from downtown.
The city is one of the most frequented winter
destinations as people from the north escape the cold for the warm, tropical
breezes of south Florida. Winter is by far the busiest season as many visitors
from the cold north come to visit this tranquil Florida paradise. Any time of
year is good for golf. With a variety of challenging public courses available,
there is one to fit any level and with the beautiful scenery of the area, itâ€™s a
wonderful experience, regardless of the score.
With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, one
â€śmust doâ€ť sport is the art of â€śshellingâ€ť. Picture a warm breeze, soft sand, the
Gulf waters gently rolling onto the beach, while walking right at the waterâ€™s
edge searching for that perfect shell that is about to roll in with the tide.
Of course there are many attractions, museums,
restaurants, sports opportunities, and shopping available as well. Of
particular interest to anyone visiting the area, is the Edison & Ford Winter
Estate. As one of the nation's most visited historic homes, the Estate
includes 20 acres of historic buildings and gardens, Edison's original rubber
lab, a large museum, food and retail areas, and river cruises on a replica of
his electric launch. Itâ€™s truly electrifying!
For a unique experience, the Imaginarium is the
place to visit. Conveniently located in town,
the Imaginarium is a hands on museum that offers
exciting interactive exhibits for all ages including live animals, a hurricane
simulator, wide-screen movie theater, dino dig, and an early-childhood
To enjoy a variety of attractions in one venue,
be sure to visit The Shell Factory and Nature Park
to enjoy nature, ride the rides, 'shop til you
drop,' or see some of Mother Natureâ€™s finest creations.. Not only does the
Shell Factory include a collection of common and rare shells, sponges, coral,
fossils and sea life specimens; there are a host of other things to do and see.
For the fun seeker, there are arcade games, miniature golf, and even a radar gun
to test the speed of a pitch. If you want to get bumped around a little, bumper
boats are available. In addition, the Nature Park features a petting zoo,
environmental education center, and a botanical trail and garden. Itâ€™s a day of
education and fun for the entire family.
And what visit to south Florida would be complete
without seeing an alligator or two? The Everglades Day Safari offers daily
departures from town to the famous Florida Everglades.
Itâ€™s an exciting adventure through the different
kingdoms that make up the "Everglades." Guests are accompanied by highly trained
guides who discuss the past, present and future of this truly unique area.
Youâ€™ll want to bring your camera for this one.
After a visit to this wonderfully tranquil, yet
exciting Florida City, youâ€™ll know why Thomas Edison made it his home and why
Henry Ford personally opened the first Ford dealership here. It is a vacation
destination you will love to visit and that you wonâ€™t want to leave.