This gem on Florida’s southwest coast was the adopted hometown of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Their Ft. Myers homes are now museums chronicling the lives and innovations of the two prolific inventors.
Edison began planting palm trees along McGregor Boulevard in the city now known as the City of Palms. Stately Edison Park, located across from the Edison and Ford estates, houses many of the area’s most prominent homes.
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Visitors can get a feel for Ft. Myers on a brunch or sunset cruise onboard the luxurious Sanibel Harbour Princess Yacht.
During the winter months, ArtFest is held on the riverfront in downtown Ft. Myers, along with the Edison Festival of Light, a two-week long celebration of Edison’s birthday boasting one of the Southeast’s largest nighttime parades.
During your visit to Ft. Myers, be sure to visit the magnificent Matanzas Pass Preserve on Estero Island. Hike along winding trails through mangrove forests and discover some of the area’s most diverse wildlife, including owls, hawks, and turtles in this 60-acre sanctuary just off Ft. Myers’ coast.
Curious natural wildlife, stately homes and museums, and stunning vistas of sea and sky make Ft. Myers a prime destination in southeastern Florida.
Mingle with the locals along the enchanting Caloosahatchee River in the city’s captivating River District.
Get to know some of the resident sea creatures swimming at the 17-acre Lee County's Manatee Park between November and March.
Feel like a real beachcomber on beautiful Sanibel or Captiva islands, searching for seashells and porpoises. You’ll find more types of shells around Ft. Myers than any on any other beaches in North America. There’s even a shell museum here, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.
Take a sunset cruise on Sanibel Harbour. Tee off in the morning for a pleasant round of golf. Later, enjoy a refreshing pot of afternoon tea at one of the area’s tearooms.
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