Fort Myers, FL, USA

Fort Myers, FL, USA

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The fort that's traded its weapons for wildlife and warmth

Fort Myers is a quieter, cozier seaside city than some of the party-hardy vacation destinations in Southwest Florida, so prepare yourself for peaceful streets lined with the trees that give the place its nickname, City of Palms. Retirees head here to enjoy the winter retreat that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford discovered back in the 19th century, but families and young people find a lot to do, too. There are endless opportunities to explore wetlands and chase down manatees (just kidding. Don't chase them.), plus neighboring towns and islands with postcard perfect beaches.

Fortify yourself with a restorative vacay in Fort Myers

People come to Fort Myers to relax, take it slow, and give themselves time to soak up all that warm weather. Stroll through downtown on the picturesque main road or on side streets lined with palms, or sign up for a guided tour hosted by a well-versed local expert from the Southwest Florida Museum of History. Hone your golf and tennis skills, take a dolphin-watching cruise or a sunset boat ride on the Gulf of Mexico. Day trips to the pristine beaches of nearby Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, or the Captiva Islands are a popular pastime.

If Fort Myers didn't exist, Edison would've invented it

The story goes that Thomas Edison was cruising down the Caloosahatchee River when he spotted Fort Myers and immediately purchased 13 acres. Book a Fort Myers vacation rental near the city center and you might be able to walk to his winter retreat, Seminole Lodge, the perfect place to learn about Edison's work and visit his restored lab. Henry Ford's winter estate is next-door and also open to the public. To keep little ones in your party happy on a rainy day, take a trip to the Imaginarium, a museum of hands-on exhibits that help kids explore scientific concepts.

Summer is sweet, but don't forfeit Fort Myers in wintertime

The tropical savanna climate in Fort Myers creates a warm-weather atmosphere that's inviting all year long. Summer is the most popular season for visitors. Temps hit the 90s and rainy days are common, so bring your rain gear and look for a Fort Myers vacation rental with air conditioning. Winter earns a close second in the popularity contest. Average temps don't sink below the 60s, and walks on the beach are still pleasant. If you're looking for fewer crowds and bargain rates, book in spring or fall.

Shy sea cows, springing dolphins, and snapping alligators

Set on the Caloosahatchee River and speckled with dozens of ponds, Fort Myers is a wetland wonder. Manatee Park is set around one of the rivers tributaries and provides access to a fan favorite: the shy, slow-moving, 100-pound manatee. They're easiest to spot in winter, but in summer, visitors can still enjoy the butterfly garden. The area has tons of rivers made for kayaking and canoeing. Watch out for alligators and some of Southern Florida's 250 bird species. Boat charters take nature lovers out to the Gulf of Mexico to look for dolphins or catch redfish, snook, and snapper.