13 Fun Things To Do in Fort Myers

Things to do in Fort Myers featured image woman standing between palm trees on Fort Myers Beach

13 Fun Things To Do in Fort Myers

Craving a sunny beach vacation? Head to Fort Myers! No matter what time of year you visit Fort Myers it’s a good time! Fort Myers has an average of 271 sunny days a year so pack the sunscreen. We recently got invited to check out Fort Myers & Sanibel and experience all things to do in Fort Myers. Most people go for the beaches, but there’s so much more to do in Fort Myers. Here’s our guide to the best attractions in Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva!

Things to do in Fort Myers

Womans hands full of shells from Shelling in Fort Myers one of the top things to do1. Search for Seashells

Fort Myers & Sanibel beaches are not only the best beaches in Florida for seashells but the best in all of North America. Fort Myers takes sea shelling so seriously they started National Seashell Day! Just walking down the beach you’ll be tripping over gorgeous seashells. We found some of the best shells on Cayo Costa where there were fewer visitors going for shells. However, there are nice shells on just about all beaches. The best time to find shells is during low tide which happens daily and the winter winds can lead to better shelling too.

Woman walking the beach in Fort Myers Florida - Things to do in Fort Myers FL2. Walk Fort Myers Beach

Walk the entire Fort Myers Beach all 7 miles of the gorgeous white sand coastline. If you need a break go for a swim. Fort Myers Beach has been named one of the safest beaches in the world because there is no undertow and the water is shallow. It really is the perfect beach for a family vacation.

3. Watch an MLB Spring Training Game

The Boston Red Sox & Minnesota Twins spring train in Fort Myers. Watch some of the best players in the MLB get ready for the season. Spring training games are great fun and much cheaper than regular season games. If you are traveling to Fort Myers in March it’s one of the unique things to do in Fort Myers.

Womans feet in a pile of shells near fort myers Florida - Shelling is a top thing to do in Fort Myers and Sanibel4. Go to Captiva Island

Just a short ride away from Fort Myers is the island community of Captiva. Connected to the northern shores of Sanibel Island by a bridge, Captiva is another great place to visit while in Ft. Myers. Long white sand beaches with plenty of visitor accommodation await on Captiva. Besides the obvious, Captiva has a lot of quirky fun actives like a restaurant where it’s Christmas all year long and mermaid play sessions. Don’t miss Captiva while in Fort Myers on your next visit!

Drone photo of Cayo Costa beach near fort myers florida5. Visit Cayo Costa State Park

Jump on a boat and head to Cayo Costa State Park which was blessed with nine miles of beautiful beaches and acres of pine forest. The only way to get to Cayo Costa is by boat. We went with Captiva Cruises from Captiva Island. It’s a gorgeous ride out there and once on Cayo Costa, you can spend the day walking the beaches, searching for seashells, snorkeling, and much more. For an unforgettable night consider camping on Cayo Costa, reservation must be made well in advance but would be an epic place to rest your head.

Fresh Mahi Mahi served over rice and beans at Cabbage Key one of the best things to do in Fort Myers

Fresh Mahi Mahi served over rice and beans with Cabbage Key’s famous pico de gallo

6. Have Lunch at Cabbage Key

Cabbage Key is a great spot to grab lunch if you’re out on the boat all day. Captiva Cruises offers Cabbage Key luncheon cruises with an hour guided cruise to Cabbage Key with 2 hours allotted on the island for lunch and exploring. Rumor is that Jimmy Buffet was inspired to write his famous song “Cheeseburger in Paradise” while visiting the island. We too give the cheeseburgers at Cabbage Key two thumbs up. | TripAdvisor Reviews

Dolphin on a dolphin cruise near captiva one of the best things to do in Fort Myers7. Spot Dolphins

While you’re on the shore and out on a boat keep your eyes open for marine life. We spotted several dolphins when out on the boat. Dolphins frequent the shallow bays and protected waters around Fort Myers so they aren’t too hard to spot and definitely one of the best things to see.

Sea Shells outside of the National Sea Shell Museum - a must visit place in Fort Myers8. Visit the National Shell Museum

Head to Sanibel Island and visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum which is the only museum in the United States that is devoted solely to shells and mollusks. They have amazing shell exhibits of both live animals and shells. Make sure to look at the daily schedule and try to go to the Live Tank Talk. We learned a ton about shells and mollusks and highly recommend it. Before leaving visit the gift shop and pick up a laminated shell ID sheet to bring to the beach with you shelling.

Lobster Tails from Fort Myers on of the top things to eat9. Eat Fresh Local Seafood

There are a ton of amazing restaurants in Fort Myers, but always ask what their daily seafood is. If you are visiting during scallop season (the last Saturday in June til September 24) definitely order the scallops. If you miss scallop season you might be lucky enough to visit during the Stonecrabs season, October 15 – May 15.

10. Grab Some Ice Cream at Love Boat

There is no better way cool off than with an ice cream. Love Boat has been serving up homemade ice cream since 1967 with over 50 flavors. They have locations in Fort Myers & Sanibel but we visited a little shop on Fort Myers Beach that served us a huge bowl with 6 scoops. | TripAdvisor Reviews

Vinatage automoblie at the Edison Ford Winter Estate in Ft Myers Florida - top attractions11. Eddison Ford Estate

In the first half of the last century, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford knew what a gem Fort Myers was and built an expansive winter estate here. The estate was more than just a place to escape the winters, it was also a laboratory and workshop. One of the most interesting aspects of the estate are the trees from all over the world that are found on the estate. They brought plants and trees trying to find a material for the filaments for light bulbs and also rubber for tires. The lush gardens and antique laboratories make the Edison Ford Estate a top thing to see while visiting Fort Myers.

A flight of sample sized beers from Fort Myers Brewing Company in Fort Myers Florida - Must visit places 12. Visit a Fort Myers Microbrewery

The craft beer scene in Fort Myers is on the rise. We spent one afternoon at Fort Myers Brewing Company on a brewery tour followed by several samples. Our personal favorites were the award winning chocolate stout and the chocolate peanut butter porter (yes, you read that right). | TripAdvisor Reviews

Orange and pink sunrise over fort myers beach florida is a must see 13. Watch the Sunrise and Sunset on Ft. Myers Beach

One of my nightly things to do in Fort Myers is watching the sunset. It’s the perfect ending to the day. Every night you could find us down on the beach in front of the Pink Shell Resort watching the sunset with our toes in the sand. Early risers will also appreciate the soft pastel colors that come with a Fort Myers sunrise too!

Have you been to Fort Myers? What is are some of your favorite things to do in Fort Myers?

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Thanks to Fort Myers & Sanibel for inviting us to visit, as always all opinions are our own. 

2 Comments
  • Nita
    Posted at 08:13h, 18 July Reply

    Nice article!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 18:16h, 19 July Reply

      We loved our time in Fort Myers and we found so many amazing things to do in Fort Myers we could have stayed a few weeks.

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