Top Activities

Edison & Ford Winter Estates: Both entertaining and educational, a tour of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s riverfront estates is a must-stop for visitors to southwest Florida. Extensive guided tours of the Edison & Ford homes, gardens, laboratory and museum are offered. These are among the most visited national Historic Homes in the country. :

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum : The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is the most comprehensive museum in the Western Hemisphere devoted solely to shells. It’s been listed in “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” and voted “Best of the Islands” in the museum category. Exhibits range from art and history to common southwest Florida shells.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre : Broadway Palm features year-round professional musicals and comedies for adults and children, as well as a lavish buffet. Evening performances take the stage Tuesday through Sunday and matinee days vary. Reservations are recommended. Ticket prices range from $25 to $53. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more.

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge : This 6,400-acre wildlife refuge, named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and pioneer environmentalist Jay Norwood Darling, features wonderful bird watching spots, delightful footpaths, winding canoe trails and three trails that can be accessed from Wildlife Drive. Along the trails, visitors often spot wildlife such as alligators, night heron, or white ibis.

Captiva Cruises : A great island hopping experience! Visitors have access to Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Cayo Costa and Boca Grande. Enjoy cruises to two of the area’s most unique coastal islands, Cabbage Key and Useppa Island, aboard the 150-passenger “Lady Chadwick.” A dolphin watch and wildlife adventure cruise is also available.

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Lakes Regional Park
  • Edison & Ford Winter Estates
  • Lee County Sports Complex Hammond Stadium
  • Manatee Park
  • Southwest Florida Museum of History

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • Port Sanibel Marina
  • Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
  • Castle Gold
  • Seminole Gulf Railway’s Dinner Train Theater
  • Butterfly Estates

Special Events

Senior Projects, Spring 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries of the Bower School of Music & the Arts presents “Senior Projects, Spring 2017 Exhibition,” with an opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Main Gallery in the Arts Complex. Each student will give a brief presentation about their exhibition beginning at 5 p.m. in the U. Tobe Recital Hall in the Music Building on the FGCU campus. The exhibition runs through May 5 and is made possible with the generous support of U. Tobe, Pallette Pals of the United Church of Christ, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

NNPN Rolling World Premiere: Doublewide

A heartfelt and often funny drama that explores how far one family will go to hold onto their American Dream. Be the first audiences in America to see this amazing NEW PLAY!

Tarpon Bay Explorers- Guided Kayak Tour

Tarpon Bay Explorer’s Kayak Trail Tour is a great introduction to Tarpon Bay and the coastal environment. Kayak with an experienced naturalist through mangrove forests along Commodore Creek Trail. Learn about the ecology of the rich mangrove estuary ecosystem and the wildlife that lives there. You’ll be surrounded by red mangroves, wading birds and unsurpassed peace and quiet. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. Call 239-472-8900 to make a reservation.

Local Transportation

Naples Transportation Tours & Event Planning: Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning is dedicated to meeting your individual or group transportation needs. They pride themselves on providing their guests with exceptional customer service. NTT&EP is one of the leading providers of reliable, quality transportation servicing Southwest Florida from Sanibel Island to Marco Island.

Florida Select Transportation & Tours : Committed to ensuring that every client’s travel experience is safe, reliable and convenient as possible, they take pride in providing the highest level of service in the ground transportation industry. Enjoy the pleasure of luxury and comfort with reliable door-to-door service to all Airports, Cruise Lines, Hotels, and Resorts.

Dolphin Transportation Specialist : With more than 20 years of experience gaining the confidence of corporate clients such as ESPN, Merrill Lynch and Fuji Film, Dolphin Transportation’s fleet includes luxury vehicles from sedans to motor coaches.

Distance from Major Airports

  • RSW (Southwest Florida International Airport) to Sanibel Island – 26 miles
  • RSW (Southwest Florida International Airport) to Ft. Myers Beach – 18 miles

Local Tour Guides

True Tours Inc.: Walking Tours for history and public art for downtown Fort Myers, Matlacha and Sanibel. Step on guides available for your bus or motor coach. Groups welcome and luncheon package is available. Detail descriptions on our website. English spoken. For Spanish – arrangements need to be made prior. Contact Gina Taylor (Owner / President) at 239-945-0405 and [email protected]