Recreation & Community Services

Points of interest

  • Art League of Bonita Springs – an arts organization that hosts both local and traveling art exhibitions, arts classes and other community events. (Website)
  • Bonita Beach Park – a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) beachfront park that features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegetation surround a gazebo and 8 picnic shelters. (Website)
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve Park – is 342 acres (1.38 km2) of natural land and one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast. It is located on the border of Collier and Lee Counties and accessible by Bonita Beach Road. (Web Site).
  • Little Hickory Island Beach Park
  • There are also 10 beach accesses with public parking located up and down Bonita Beach.
  • The Everglades Wonder Gardens features a large collection of Florida wildlife including exotic birds, panthers, alligators, flamingos and bears. The facility, originally opened in 1936 as both a wildlife exhibition and a refuge for injured animals, also boasts a botanical garden and a natural history museum.
  • The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.

Nearby is the home of the Fort Myers Miracle baseball club of the Florida State League, and is the spring training locale for the Boston Red Sox. The Minnesota Twins hold their spring training in suburban South Fort Myers.

Fort Myers shares the Florida Everblades ECHL hockey team and Florida Firecats af2 arena football, with nearby Naples.

For the golfing enthusiast, the Fort Myers Area (Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, Sanibel Island and Venice) is home to over 50 of Southwest Florida’s renowned 130 public and private golf courses. Florida’s climate combined with the scenic and nature of these courses makes the area a perfect stop for the vacationing or retiring golfer.

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization. Set on a 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas

Edison-Ford Winter Estates
, Fort Myers

Tours include the museum, which has Edison’s phonographs, electric lights, and some of his other inventions.
Attraction type: Garden; Historic home

Other Points of Interest:

Manatee Park, Fort Myers
Look for the West Indian manatee.
Attraction type: Nature reserve; Park

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Nature reserve

Seminole Gulf Railway’s Dinner Train Theater, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Dinner theater

The Schoolhouse Theater Sanibel
Attraction type: Theater

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers
Attraction type: Theater, Headline Entertainment

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, Fort Myers
Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.
Attraction type: Nature center; Observatory/planetarium

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum, Fort Myers
Hands on exhibits and 3D theater make this aquarium fun for the whole family.
Attraction type: Aquarium; Children’s museum

McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Street

Centennial Park, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Park; Urban park

Manatee World, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Nature center; Tour

Fort Myers Historical Museum, Fort Myers
Attraction type: History museum

Burroughs Home, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Historic home

Edison Park, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Neighborhood; Historic home

Sun Harvest Citrus, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Factory tour

Lee County Sports Complex Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Arena/stadium/field

Thomas Edison Congregational Church, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Religious site