4171 Boatways Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone: (239) 694-9200
Fax: (239) 690-0180
Manatees are one of Florida's most interesting animals, and unfortunately endangered. Manatee World provides boat tours to see manatees in their natural environment. The boats are open and seat 44 people on benches. The narrated tours last an hour and a half, and depart at 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm Monday through Saturday during the summer. Reservations are recommended, and small coolers are allowed. There's no ramp for wheelchair access, but wheelchairs can be carried on to the boats. Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children under 1
Become a "Member for a Day" and enjoy this fantastic Bob Cupp design in north Fort Myers. With the Old Orange Course at Verandah, they've recaptured a Golden Era of golf. In keeping with The Bonita Bay Group's reputation for some of the finest courses in Southwest Florida, they have created 18 holes in such a way that the landscape is not only preserved, but also enhanced. You'll know it when you tee off amongst a canopy of live oaks. Or when you take in views of the historic Orange River from the fairways. NOTICE:Non-members are allowed on only during the special "Member for a Day" promotion, which is intended to expose the club to potential new members.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus I and Jack Nicklaus II, the Whispering Oak golf course at Veranda is a beauty. The natural background is expertly combined to create a course challenging enough for the for the best golfers. The challenges at this 18 hole course will test your skill. A great course where nature and imagination meets for an ultimate golfing experience.
Hunger is an international problem, and the farm and nursery at ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) educate visitors on fighting world hunger. They are an inter-denominational non-profit Christian organization providing farmers in third world countries with information and seeds. A 90-minute tour of the ECHO farm reveals tropical food plants, a simulated rain forest, and more. The free tour is offered Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10a. After the tour, visit the Edible Landscape Nursery, where you can purchase the plants and seeds seen on the tour.
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium combines nature with education. The 105-acre site contains a museum, aviary, winding nature trails, a gift shop, and meeting and picnic areas. The museum has information on Florida's history, especially the Calusa Indians who ruled southwest Florida for nearly 1,000 years. There are daily animal shows, snake feedings, and aviary tours. Admission to the Center is $4 for adults, $2.50 for kids under 12. Admission to the Planetarium is $3 for adults, $2 for kids under 12. Check the schedule for Planetarium show times.
Walk among live oaks and lush gardens, relax in a rocking chair on the veranda as you watch the river roll gently by, but first, join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers' oldest homes - The Burroughs Home. Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers' elite including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time. The Burroughs Home has come alive once again under the management of Uncommon Friends Foundation.
For anyone who has ever wondered where the "fort" in Fort Myers was, the answer to that question and many others can be found at the Fort Myers Historical Museum. Housed in the restored Atlantic Coast Line Depot, the museum traces the history of the area from prehistoric times to the present day. Exhibits include a Pullman car, a replica of a late 1800s "Cracker" home and a World War II P-39 Cobra. Call ahead to know about admission prices and other details.
One of Florida's fastest growing sports (amazingly) is hockey. Amateur ice hockey is common, and kids play roller hockey in the streets. For a smoother (and safer) playing surface, try Fort Myers Skatium, located across from City of Palms Park. The complex has a NHL-size ice rink, and an in-line rink. There is a pro shop, laser tag, and snack shop. General skating hours are varied, due to lessons and teams, so call ahead for times. Price is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Skate rental is $3.
City Of Palms Park is one of the premier venues for spring training baseball. Numerous palm trees dot the outfield, hence the name of the park. The Park isn't used during summer. The concourse has numerous concession stands as well a nice gift shop. It's the perfect place to take in a sprint training game.
This is the sister course to both Tiburon and Raptor Bay. WCI Communities has done it again! Located in Ft Myers, the great layout and price point make it a favorite. Whether you're an avid golfer, or just learning the game, this 18-hole championship course will be both challenging and rewarding. Pelican Preserve's abounding water, sand and grass hollow hazards are perfectly complemented by generous landing areas and the gentle contouring of TifEagle "Ultradwarf" greens. Five sets of tees for each hole provide player-friendly opportunities for every skill level. This is one of our best courses offered with a favorable price point.
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Fort Myers is the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Inventor Thomas Edison began wintering along the Caloosahatchee River in 1886. In 1916, Edison's friend Henry Ford built his winter home, Mangoes, next door. Both are open to the public and include Edison's botanical gardens and laboratory (just as Edison left it), the largest banyan tree in Florida and a museum. Guided tours are required. Admission is USD12 for adults, USD5.50 for children. The historic electrical boat river tour costs an additional USD4.
This guide company offers flat, open fish, and sport fish boats for fly, pass, back bay, and deep sea fishing excursions. Customized trips, boat and nature tours, shelling charters, water taxi service, and lunch or dinner cruises are also available.