Fort Myers Spotlight: Things To Do In The City of Palms
Known for its majestic beaches and lush greenery, there are many unique cities in the state, but one of Florida’s hidden gems is none other than Fort Myers. To outsiders, cities like Fort Myers might seem like any other city people choose to retire or simply visit in the winter. In reality, the city is considered one of the fastest growing in America as well as one of the safest cities in the country.
While Hurricane Ian disturbed dispensary hours at our Summerlin locale, we’re back and ready to serve those throughout Fort Myers! To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do in the city either before or after your visit one of our three Fort Myers MÜV Dispensaries.
Note: we remind you to always consume cannabis as directed by Florida laws.
Water Activities In Fort Myers
Florida wouldn’t be Florida without the many waterways and coasts the state has to offer. With experiences in fresh and saltwater, Fort Myers is a unique place for water lovers. Unlike the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast offers visitors clear blue waters, white fine sand, and calmer waters.
Sun Splash Water Park
As Florida's largest waterpark, Sun Splash Water Park boasts 14 acres filled with slides, pools, and so much more. Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker looking to fly down a five-and-a-half story free fall or you prefer the gentle pace of a float down the river, there is no doubt you can find a way to beat the Florida heat. When you’ve had enough adrenaline for one day, grab a cabana or a sunbed and lay back and enjoy the sunshine.
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Wind and Water Sports
Are you ready to have some fun on the Gulf of Mexico waters? Call Wind and Water Sports. Whether you are ready to soar above the water on one of their must-do parasailing adventures or you want to get up close and personal with the local dolphins on a guided tour, the water experts at Wind and Water Sports have a complete saltwater lineup. Want to create your own adventure? Rent a jet ski and let the experts point you in the right direction to get out and ride along the coast. If you prefer calmer waters, hop on one of the banana boats and leisurely enjoy the turquoise sea.
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Fort Myers Beach
More than just sand and waves, Fort Myers Beach is a barrier island that offers seven miles of shoreline dotted with restaurants, hotels, nightlife, and plenty of the daytime activities one would expect from Florida’s coast. You can enjoy a stroll down the beach across the famous sugar white sands scouring for seashells, or you can lay back on your chair soaking up the sunshine. When it's time to cool off from the Florida sun, take a dip in the Gulf. Then, head up the beach to any one of the local restaurants or bars and find an icy beverage to help cool you down.
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Lovers Key State Park
If you’re ready to do some exploring, check out the many biking and hiking trails at Lovers Key State Park. Here you will find canals and lagoons full of Florida wildlife. As a part of Fort Myers Beach, you’ll still get the same great coastline with more nature and fewer people.
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Fort Myers River District
This option is not strictly a place for water activities, but the Fort Myers River District lines the Caloosahatchee River and offers a charming, vibrant area full of fun. Like Fort Myers Beach, this area is where you will find all the activities for your “land legs.” Nestled downtown, the River District offers local fare, shops, gardens, and nightlife that will keep you entertained well into the evening.
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Finding fun for the whole family can sometimes be difficult, but not in Fort Myers. Whether you are looking for that true “something for everyone” vibe or once-in-a-lifetime memory makers, these family friendly outings are sure to please.
Manatee Kayaking Company
Florida is known for its heat, and that makes Fort Myers a year-round travel destination. When visiting in the winter months, you will find the perfect opportunity to see one of Florida’s most majestic animals, the manatee. These once-endangered, friendly “cows of the sea” can be found grazing on the leaves of the many mangroves that line Florida’s waterways. Although the Manatee Kayaking Company provides kayaks year-round, you’ll likely be limited to river otters, turtles, and birds on the Orange River during the warmer months. To see the majestic manatee, you may wish to take part in one of the guided tours from November through April.
Image Credit: Manatee Park, Ft. Meyers
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Today, the properties known as the Edison and Ford Winter Estates allow visitors to explore 20 acres of botanical gardens, visit a museum, and even venture into Edison’s research library. Living in the area or spending the summer or winter in Fort Myers? Check out one of their classes for kids and adults that will inspire you through an immersion into Ford’s and Edison’s world. This site is a wonderful stop for any history buff.
Game Time Fort Myers
With entertainment options for everyone, Game Time provides space to let the family play, eat, and relax for hours. Offering children (even grown ones) over 120 games, simulators, and prize machines, this space will hit all the internal sensors. For those parents who want something else to do while the kids play, there will be plenty to watch on one of 65 HDTVs. You can top it off with a cool drink from the full bar.
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Copacetic Sailing Charters
After a quick search of Copacetic Sailing Charters, you will find 5-star reviews across multiple sites. With experiences that range from onboard morning yoga classes to sunset sailings and everything in between, Copacetic Sailing Charters is a family-operated venture that invites visitors to explore all Fort Myers’ waters have to offer. Wildlife encounters are regular occurrences, so have those cameras ready to capture moments with the family that will last a lifetime.
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Fun for 21 and Up
People of all ages can enjoy Fort Myers, and we’ve found that there are plenty of options for the 21 and up club. Leave the kids at home (or in the hotel - if they’re old enough, of course!) for these outings. From local breweries to fine dining, there are a variety of experiences available, each offering its own charm.
Fort Myers Brewing Company
What started as a hobby amid a long-distance relationship has now become a must-visit destination in Fort Myers. A winner of many brewing awards, the Fort Myers Brewing Company offers an assortment of year-round brews and consistently rotates small batch seasonals. You can also experience the variety of food trucks that rotate through, giving you a chance to try a multitude of local flavors.
From the minute you arrive at Angelina's, you’re transported to an eatery with an authentic Mediterranean ambiance. Since 2008, Angelina’s has been one of Southwest Florida’s most awarded restaurants. After you’re greeted by live piano music, you will walk to your table past the wine tower containing a staggering 4,000-plus bottles. Not interested in wine? Be sure to try one of Angelina’s craft cocktails, such as the Manhattan topped with house-made Maraschino cherries.
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Millennial Brewing Company
When you think of millennials, you might think of a group of young professionals who are connected, tech-savvy, and always trying to multitask. At Millennial Brewing Company, all of these traits are combined into one primary goal—to create a connection among beer lovers. By bringing passion back to the world of beer and giving back to the local community, this brewery is setting the new standard for local beer.
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Coastal Dayz Brewery
Offering 16 different beers on tap, Coastal Dayz Brewery has provided a friendly, chill atmosphere for decades. When you’re hungry, try one of the rotating food vendors, feel free to bring your own food, or you can even order delivery. With different activities offered each week, there is sure to be something going on anytime you step inside. No matter your spot, this pet-friendly location is home to good beer, good people, and good times.
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Get MÜVing in Fort Myers
The allure of the city is infectious, and it certainly appeals to a diverse population. Understanding the different needs of the population is not only something city planners and tourism agencies focus on, but it is a focus for us at MÜV as well. That’s why we’ve set up multiple locations in and around Fort Myers to meet everyone’s needs.
Come see us at any of the following Fort Myers locations:
Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.