Some folks think summer is “off-season” in Southwest Florida and if you think that you’re missing all the summer fun on Fort Myers Beach!
Oh sure, maybe once upon a time, summer was the slow season but even then the weather was wonderful – as it is now – the days were glorious – as they are now – and all activities slowed to a crawl.
But those days are long gone. Summer in Southwest Florida is just as glorious as it is the rest of the year. So many activities take place during the summer it’s actually kinda hard to keep track.
Music, movies, theatre, art, minor league baseball, scientific explorations – even Harry Potter – are all part of the summer fare easily reached from your summer beach vacation home on Fort Myers Beach.
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As we pointed out, so much summer fun is happening around here it’s a bit hard to keep up!
That’s why the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau likes to compile a list each week of all the activities scheduled for the upcoming week.
Here’s the list for week of July 17, just as an example:
Hogwarts on Del Prado in Cape Coral
July 22 – Wands up! This second-annual Harry Potter party features spell demonstrations, potions and divination classes, Harry Potter characters, butter-beer, a live performance, a version of the game Quidditch and more. Costumes are encouraged.
Free admission, tickets for classes and activities are $1 each (or $8 for a “wizard pass”), 3-8 p.m., Red Headed Witches, 1910 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-573-6566, redheaded-witches.com
Live animal tank talks at Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
Daily – Learn about some of our local mollusks that make shells and discover incredible insights into the lives of these fascinating creatures.
11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, 239-395-2233, shellmuseum.org
Minor league baseball
July 17, 21-23 – The Fort Myers Miracle play the St. Lucie Mets and Tampa Yankees at CenturyLink Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium.
Ticket prices and time vary, Century/Link Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers, miraclebaseball.com
Summer Movie Express at Regal Cinemas
July 18-19 – Family-fun movies are playing Tuesdays and Wednesdays as part of Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express. This week, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” and “The Adventures of Tintin” will be playing both days.
$1 admission, 10 a.m., Regal Belltower Stadium 20, 13499 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers, and Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & IMAX, 10038 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express
Baby boot camp
July 19 – Certified fitness professionals instruct exercise classes for pregnant, post-natal and ultra-fit moms.
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in WINK Playland, Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero, 239-948-3766, miromaroutlets.com
‘Ask the Curator’ at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
July 19 – Want to know more about the Ford V-8? Join the “Ask the Curator” fun with Brent Newman, chief curator, as he answers this question.
Free for members; nonmembers included with admission; 11:30 a.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-334-7419, edisonfordwinterestates.org
‘Mary Poppins’ at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
July 19-Aug. 12 – Everyone’s favorite nanny takes the stage in this musical adventure. You’ll hear beloved songs such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
Ticket prices vary, includes lunch and show, matinee times and dates vary, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-278-4422, broadwaypalm.com
Shop, Dine, Rhythm & Wine at Periwinkle Place Shops on Sanibel
July 20 – Shop, sip, dine and dance every Thursday throughout June and July at Periwinkle Place’s summer event series. Enjoy live entertainment, complimentary wine, refreshments and special deals from participating stores.
Free, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Periwinkle Place Shops, 2075 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, periwinkleplace.com/ShopDineRhythmWine
Enchanted ballroom dance party
July 20 – Two left feet? No problem! Everyone is invited to come enjoy a very fun atmosphere, music and dancing at this energetic social mixer. Wine and snacks served, RSVP not required.
$10 admission, 7 p.m., Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26795-26851 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 239-908-9492, promenadeshops.com
Camp Creativity: Safari creatures at Michaels
July 21 – Roam the savannah in search of majestic lions with this week’s safari-themed projects as kids get to make lion puppets out of canvas. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises.
$4, 10 a.m.-noon, Michaels (two locations), 13741 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, 239-215-1730 and 8018 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, 239-949-4299, michaels.com
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