Most Fort Myers visitors are deep-sea fishermen, golfers, or lovers of islands and beaches along the Gulf Coast. Galleries, shops, clubs, and restaurants are part of the downtown city’s waterfront renovation. The islands of Captiva and Sanibel, nearby Naples, and the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates are attractions enjoyed by visitors.

Edison Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Myers. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were great friends. They often wintered in this area. The Ford and Edison Winter Estates are set amid a botanical garden 17 acres in size. On display visitors find turn of the century furniture, Edison’s library, and photographs of Ford and Edison with their families. The garden plant life is a sight to see. More than 1,000 species coming from around the world are on display. Orchids and palms are included.

A popular Fort Myers recreational area is Lakes Park. There are 158 out of the 279-acres that have fresh water canoeing, fishing for catfish and bass, and swimming. Lifeguards are on duty beginning Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is a 2.5 mile paved path for biking, roller blades, or running. The Fragrance Garden is a unique experience for the senses. Showers, boat rentals, miniature train rides, concession stands, and picnic areas are available. Pets and alcohol are not allowed.

If you’re planning a vacation to this area, you’ll most likely want to stay on one of the beautiful beaches. Fort Myers Beach is just the place with many vacation rentals available so we’re sure there is one that’s perfect for you. Sleeping arrangements vary from a studio rental to homes having six bedrooms. Visitors can choose from locations that are right on the beach, have a beach view, or are a short walk to the beach. There are rentals that offer suitable options for pets, no pets, handicap access, and kid friendly. Check out all of your options and start planning your vacation today!