What to Do in Fort Myers: Top 6 Things to Do on Your Fort Myers Vacation

August 12, 2019 20 Comments

Looking for what to do in Fort Myers on your vacation? There’s so much more than just going to the beach! (But the beach is amazing and you should go). Fort Myers is packed with history, wildlife, and dolphins (dolphins are everywhere), and if you’re looking for some unique experiences in Florida, these are the top 6 things to do in Fort Myers! 🙂 

What to do in Fort Myers on your vacation

What to Do in Fort Myers: Top 6 Things to Do on Your Fort Myers Vacation

Go to the beach

Bonita Springs beach

You’re in Florida, so you have to go to the beach! The water on the Gulf Coast is beautiful, and I don’t think I’ve been to the beach without seeing at least one dolphin or manatee swimming close to the shore. I like the beaches in Bonita Springs right outside Fort Myers, and there’s also a dog friendly beach nearby (Annika went swimming for the first time there!).

While you’re at the beach, you can rent things like paddleboards or wave runners, or you can just go for a stroll and go shelling or watch kite surfers!

Bonita Springs beach

Bonita Springs beach

Bonita Springs beach

Dolphin in Fort Myers

Palm tree at Bonita Springs beach

Go for a wildlife walk

Sunrise at Six Mile Cypress Slough

You don’t have to go far in Fort Myers without seeing an alligator (there used to be one in the pond in my parents’ backyard). There are also some wildlife preserves in the area to walk around and see alligators and other wildlife, and Six Mile Cypress Slough is a great place to go! The alligators were still laying low in the winter when I went so I didn’t see them at the slough, but there are tons of birds and different plants to see, too.

Hawk at Six Mile Cypress Slough

Sunrise at Six Mile Cypress Slough

Six Mile Cypress Slough

Fog at Six Mile Cypress Slough

Birds at Six Mile Cypress Slough

Walk around downtown Fort Myers

Mural in downtown Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers is so pretty and colorful! There are lots of shops and restaurants, and they have some pretty fun events. They have art walks and music walks on Fridays and lots of other events throughout the year.

If you want to do even more shopping, you can check out Miromar Outlets for some good deals!

Downtown Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers

Downtown Fort Myers

Visit the Burroughs Home

Burroughs Home in Fort Myers

Right in downtown Fort Myers is the Burroughs Home! The Burroughs Home was built in 1901 by a cattle rancher from Montana, and a few different families lived in it before it was owned by the city in 1978. The Burroughs family was the last to live there. It was a pretty significant home throughout the decades, and Edison, Ford, and Firestone were known for visiting there. The Uncommon Friends Foundation (named for that group of friends) manages the home now, and you can take tours and rent it out for weddings!

Burroughs Home in Fort Myers

Burroughs Home in Fort Myers on the river

Trees at Burroughs Home in Fort Myers

Stained glass windows at Burroughs Home in Fort Myers

Burroughs Home in Fort Myers

Burroughs Home in Fort Myers

Tour the Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Ford and Edison Estates in Fort Myers

I mentioned that Edison and Ford would visit the Burroughs Home, and they had houses next to each other that you can tour at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates! Edison built his winter estate (Seminole Lodge) and lab in 1885, and Ford bought the home next door (The Mangoes) in 1914. They would stay in Fort Myers in the winter with their families, and their houses and gardens look the same from when they lived there. Even the wicker furniture is the original! Edison planted many different plants for his experiments, and you can actually buy some of the plants and flowers for your own gardens.

Ford and Edison Estates in Fort Myers

Ford and Edison Estates moonlight garden in Fort Myers

Ford and Edison Estates pool in Fort Myers

Ford and Edison Estates in Fort Myers

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Ford and Edison Estates in Fort Myers

Go for a boat ride and see some dolphins

Dolphins in the wild in Florida

I’ve been on several boat rides to different areas around Fort Myers, and I’ve seen dolphins every time! They come up close to the boat and even swim underneath and would follow us around! I have also seen lots of manatees and a variety of birds. Plus, the views of the water are beautiful everywhere, and you can explore some new islands by boat.

Dolphins in the wild in Florida

Dolphins in the wild in Florida

Dolphins in Fort Myers

Dolphins in the wild in Florida

Dolphins in the wild in Florida

Dolphins in Fort Myers

Manatee in the wild in Florida

Manatee in the wild in Florida

I hope I’ve convinced you to see more of Fort Myers than the beach! It’s an awesome place to go on vacation in Florida any time of the year 🙂 

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20 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tricia

    August 24, 2019

    You convinced me! What a great eye you have. The photographs are beautiful!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 26, 2019

      Thank you!

  2. Reply

    Obligatory Traveler

    August 16, 2019

    Oh wow! So many dolphins. I’ve only seen one dolphin in the wild so far and it was such a cool experience. I need to go to Ft. Myers to see more. It looks like a beautiful and relaxing place to visit. It’s nice that there is a good mix of nature and history to enjoy.

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 26, 2019

      Yes you need to go! It’s such an amazing place!

  3. Reply

    Noelle

    August 16, 2019

    Your photos are gorgeous!! What a beautiful place!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2019

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Lori Foxworth

    August 16, 2019

    Great suggestions for what to do in Fort Myers and lovely photos!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2019

      Thank you!

  5. Reply

    Jordan

    August 15, 2019

    What a great guide! I’m headed to a wedding a bit north of Fort Myers in October and am crossing my fingers the water is still warm!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 16, 2019

      Thanks! October should be plenty warm for you!

  6. Reply

    Nabiha

    August 14, 2019

    Never heard of this place earlier but I so want to visit it now after reading your post 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 14, 2019

      I hope you can go! 🙂

  7. Reply

    tonya

    August 14, 2019

    I love that you get to see so many dolphins in Fort Myers.
    Is the blue heron trying to steal the fish from the fishermen?

  8. Reply

    Kristen

    August 14, 2019

    I can’t believe all the wildlife you saw! What kind of bird was that standing on the beach by the fisherman?

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 14, 2019

      It’s crazy how close you can get to all the wildlife! I think it was a type of crane, I’ve seen lots of them up close in Florida.

  9. Reply

    Heidi Roland

    August 14, 2019

    Looks delightful! Love the sand and the sea!

  10. Reply

    Pauline

    August 14, 2019

    This looks like a stunning place! I would love to go on the boat ride to see dolphins, would be so nice if you could swim with them too haha! Really informative post, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 14, 2019

      I hope you can go soon! 🙂

  11. Reply

    Coni

    August 14, 2019

    This looks gorgeous! I always imagine Florida to be about partying and getting a tan. But this is exactly my cup of tea! Pristine sea and hiking trails in one destination? Sign me in, please! I’m really happy I ran into this post 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      August 14, 2019

      Yes there is so much more to Florida than what you see in movies! It’s an amazing place with so much to do! 🙂

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