Fort MyersUnited States of America

Next to a river along southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, this vacation destination of two historic figures contains superb beaches, waterfront gardens and wildlife.

With beaches, shopping, wildlife and history, Fort Myers has an abundance of diverse attractions. Here you can watch manatees at play, unwind on sandy beaches and tour the vacation homes of two famous innovators.

Visit Edison Park, one the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers. It encompasses the adjacent vacation homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The inventor of the light bulb and the founder of the Ford Motor Company were great friends and often wintered here.

Take a tour of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates set amid a 17-acre (6.9-hectare) botanical garden. See period furniture from the turn of the 20th century, explore Edison’s laboratory and peruse photographs of Edison and Ford with their families. Enjoy the garden’s colorful plant life. See more than 1,000 species from around the world, including palms, orchids, cycads and an African sausage tree.

Find more plant life and history in the antique-rich rooms and subtropical garden of Burroughs Home & Gardens. This is a beautiful three-story Georgian Revival Mansion and grounds on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

While you are close to the river enjoy the sublime setting with a picnic in Centennial Park. This 10-acre (4.4-hectare) expanse by the water has picnic shelters and children’s playgrounds.

Between November and March large numbers of manatees swim up the Orange River to the warm water discharge canal of a power plant. Observe these large marine mammals from the viewing platforms of Manatee Park. If you want to see more wildlife, visit the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a wetland ecosystem that covers more than 3,400 acres (1,375 hectares). Walk on the elevated boardwalks and look for turtles, otters, alligators and wading birds.

Fort Myers is served by Southwest Florida International Airport. Once you land, you can get around by public transportation, taxis and rental cars. Located inland along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the city is about a 30-minute drive to the nearest beach.

Top Hotels in Fort Myers

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, Fort Myers, FL
The price is CA $203 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of Sanibel Harbour, Causeway Islands Beach and Causeway Islands Park B. Causeway Islands ...

4.3/5Excellent! (978 reviews)

"Great location with beautiful views. Spacious with multiple pools."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2020

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
4 out of 5
275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $325 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Fort Myers Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bowditch Point Park, Fishing Pier Fort Myers Beach and Times Square. San Carlos Island ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,090 reviews)

"My family and I loved this hotel. Nice staff and clean. I would recommend to anyone. We are planning to go back really soon."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2020

Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites
The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
1051 5th St, Fort Myers Beach, FL
The price is CA $147 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Times Square and Fishing Pier Fort Myers Beach. San Carlos Island and Ostego Bay Marine Science ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,028 reviews)

"Without a doubt my favorite place to stay... Not just in FMB but anywhere."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2020

The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites

Popular places to visit in Fort Myers

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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Edison and Ford Winter Estates

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Explore the winter estates of two of the most famous men in American history. Tour their houses and gardens and learn more about their lives in the museum.

Top things to do in Fort Myers

Cycleboat Fun Cruise Fort Myers
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Cycleboat Fun Cruise Fort Myers

CA $60
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Boca Grande Inshore Fishing
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Boca Grande Inshore Fishing

CA $232
Per adult
Cape Coral Inshore Fishing
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Cape Coral Inshore Fishing

CA $248
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Florida
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Florida

CA $27
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Florida
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Florida

CA $14
Per adult
Guided Kayak Tour- Manatee and Dolphin sightings
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Guided Kayak Tour- Manatee and Dolphin sightings

CA $93
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Fort Myers

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4/5 - Good

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Dec 12, 2019

Fort Myers was amazing, hotel staff were difficult

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 5, 2019

Beautiful beaches!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 25, 2019

We stayed on Sanibel Island, a destination we have visited for more than 20 years

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 28, 2019

Loved staying in this area. We stayed in Cape Coral and would stay here again. We were close to everything and we found it very easy to get around.

4/5 - Good

R.

Mar 24, 2019

Variety of nice Restaurants. Minimal traffic congestion. Clean/Modern

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2019

Traffic in March is horrific. Many drivers shouldn’t be on the road. The traffic at bridge crossing to Fort Myers Beach is ludicrous. From 1993 to 2016, visited for the month of March for Redsox Spring Training. Rented a house for March. Now that tra

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