Fort Myers is known for its incredible beaches and proximity to national parks, itwas also home to two of America's biggest business magnates in the early 20th century: HenryFord and Thomas Edison. You can visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates to find out more about thehistory of these leaders of American industry. In nearby downtown Fort Myers be sure to check out thearchitecture, with turn of the century buildings like the Edison Theater, the whole area is nowdesignated as a U.S Historic District. Also in downtown is the Southwest Florida Museum of History,set in a former railroad depot and showing a mixture of antiques, artifacts and decorative arts related tothe area.
Fort Myers beach is, in fact, Estero Island, a town and a 7 mile long stretch of sandy beach. Along the stretch, there are some wild areas of beach along with nightlife, beach resorts and beach activities, including volleyball, fishing and boat rides. We highly recommend a trip out to the stunning Lovers Key State Park, once only accessible by boat, you can now rent a car and park up on the barrier island. The area is known for its wildlife with manatees, bottlenose dolphins and bald eagles. There is also a range of outdoor activities on offer with the park offering rentals of bikes, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. If you are just here for the beach they also rent out sun loungers and beach chairs!