So, you’re thinking of visiting the sunshine state? We are excited to welcome you and your family to our little piece of paradise right here in Ft. Myers, FL! Bring your RV or camping gear and enjoy our cozy environment where you can relax and take in all the area has to offer. Our lovely facilities are perfect for the whole family! Following are 11 fun family summer vacation ideas to make sure your stay in southwest Florida is one to remember.
11 Family Summer Vacation Ideas for a Great Stay in Ft. Myers, FL
1. Western Everglades Adventure Tour
Whether you’re 5 or 85, this half-day tour from Ft. Myers combines an airboat ride and reptile show. Your expert biologist guide will take you across the swampy marshes for an up-close look at the natural habitat. Don’t let the alligators and snakes intimidate you–your guide will explain their nature and keep you safely skimming along as you learn about the local ecosystem. Don’t forget your cameras!
2. Cayo Costa State Park
You probably won’t see a lot of people here at this remote beach, accessible by ferry boat. This is a perfect place for nature buffs to take in the beautiful sands and water. This island nature reserve is known for its interesting shells, so be sure the kids have their sand buckets for collecting these treasures! Pack a lunch and a blanket for a nice beach picnic and be sure to catch dolphin sightings. We suggest bringing the binoculars along!
3. IMAG History and Science Center
The entire family will love the more than 60 interactive exhibits. Explore technology, engineering, science, and more in a truly fun learning environment! The 3,200-gallon aquarium displays turtles, snakes, frogs, tropical fish, sharks, a bearded dragon, and other ocean wildlife. Experience Southwest Florida in the Hall of History, and check out the 3-D movie. We recommend booking your admission ticket in advance to avoid ticket lines. Plan to spend between one and six hours here.
4. Sunset Sail
Join this fourth generation of seafarers on a 36-foot catamaran for beautiful views of one of the best sunsets in the world! There’s no better place to catch the palette of colors than on the water. From pinks to purples, oranges to yellows, you’ll enjoy the sunset like you never have before. They also offer a mid-day marine wildlife sail where you’ll view local animals and plant life, a cruise that kids especially enjoy.
5. Shopping and Dining
There is no shortage of shopping and dining experiences in Ft. Myers. From indoor malls to outdoor walk-through establishments, down-to-earth boutiques to arts and crafts and flea markets, and outdoor cafes to fine-dining eateries, you’ll find it all. Seafood lovers will be in heaven here in Florida, so be sure to visit one of the great restaurants featuring local delicacies. Grab some souvenirs and a bite to eat out on the town with the whole family!
6. Six Mile Cypress Slough Reserve
This reserve is run by a non-profit support organization that works to protect and preserve the area’s natural habitat. The 3,500-acre park offers a 1.2-mile boardwalk trail through Florida’s wetlands where you can view wildlife in a beautifully maintained, natural environment. Also available is an interpretive center and an amphitheater. This attraction is perfect for kids of all ages, from 1 to 100!
7. Private Boating Tour With Guide
If you’re looking for a customized boating trip, Captain Brian is your man! Your full-day trip on the 27-foot catamaran will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view with a knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating guide. Where would you like to go and what do you want to see? Just talk with the captain! With easy access to plenty of exciting destinations, he’s happy to accommodate your requests to make your journey one to remember.
8. Manatee Park
Take the family out on a hiking trip at this waterfront park that features several paved trails. You can also rent a kayak or canoe and get out on the water for some exploring of your own. If you want to get an up-close view of manatees, this is your place! Bring a lunch, sunscreen and cameras for some fun in the sun!
9. Times Square at Fort Myers Beach
This fun area has a variety of restaurants, pubs, ice cream shops, souvenir stores, and surf shops. Pop into a cafe for patio dining and a cool beverage. Pitch an umbrella or towel and relax on the beach, or enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk. A nice place for a walk is along Old San Carlos Blvd to Matanzas Pass. In the evenings, you can watch street performers. So, be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated for an entire day of family enjoyment!
10. The Pier at Fort Myers Beach
Jutting out 560 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, this pier was built in 1921 and has since been rebuilt. This is a great place to catch the sunset, watch the pelicans line up in hopes of finding scraps, or buy a drink, bite of food, fishing supplies, or souvenirs. You might even get lucky and see the dolphins swimming parallel to shore.
11. Lovers Key State Park
This park boasts one of the best stretches of beach in Ft. Myers. You’ll take a short walk over a couple of bridges to access the beach. You may even see alligators along the way. Here, you can canoe, kayak and paddleboard. This is another great beach for collecting shells. And don’t forget to bring Fido along for some splashing around the shallow waters on the dog beach!
Whether you’re out for a long weekend or an extended vacation, our establishment is the perfect family getaway location! Our new, spacious pool complex complete with a hot tub is perfect for everyone. Other amenities include a dark park, fire pits, life-size chessboard, shuffleboard, horseshoes, cornhole, a recreation hall, laundry, and more. Our friendly staff is available for all your needs. Visit us this summer at Shady Acres RV Travel Park!