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Annual Events Fort Myers, Florida
Grapefruit League - Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins vs. Regional Spring Training Teams (February) - enjoy spring training in Fort Myers
Artfest Downtown Fort Myers (February) - On the first weekend in February, ArtFest enlivens the Fort Myers waterfront with exceptional art, entertainment and children’s art activities. At ArtFest, you’ll discover high-quality, Made-in-USA original art by more than 200 artists.
Fort Myers Shrimp Festival (March) - Giant nautical flea market, huge public boat auction, seafood vendors, marine kids zone, island and reggae music, and massive new and used boat corral. Find bargains, quality and a wide variety of fishing equipment and supplies at this fishing and boating trade event.
Annual Taste of the Beach (July) - Not only will there be restaurants, live music, and plenty of entertaining activities, there will also be a business fair. This year, the chamber has decided to combine the Taste of the Beach with its annual business expo in the form of a business fair.
Fort Myers Beach Sandsculpting Festival (November) -
Over 1000 tons of sand will be piled and sculpted in to unbelievable works of art. More than any competition in Florida. For the first time in its history the American Championships will host both singles and doubles divisions.
Lonely Planet: Fort Myers
(Last updated June 2011)
Just a sleepy resort town in 1885, Fort Myers was pretty enough to entice Thomas Edison to build his winter home here. Among his many visions was palm-lined avenues, which he kicked off with a gift of more than 800 trees. His arboreal legacy lives on, and today 14 miles of McGregor Blvd are lined with more than 2000 palms. It's a nice introduction to what's still a fairly sleepy town; would that the rest of it were as impressive. The visitor & convention bureau has visitor information; call or check online.
See how the early innovators lived at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. In addition to Edison's winter home, you'll see his laboratory, gardens and a museum dedicated to his work, as well as the estate Henry Ford bought next door and the largest banyan tree in the continental US.
Just north of Fort Myers, take a 90-minute swamp-buggy wildlife excursion through pinewoods, freshwater marsh and cypress swamp, led by Babcock Wilderness Adventure.
VisitFortMyersBeach.com - Fort Myers Parks & Playgrounds
Lynn Hall Memorial Park provides bathhouses and parking for beachgoers and people fishing from the 600 foot fishing pier. Balls bounce around the basketball, tennis and volleyball courts at Bay Oaks Recreation Center. Lover’s Key State Recreation Area shelling rivals the neighboring island of Sanibel. Trams ferry visitors over Oyster Bay to Lover’s Key Barrier Island. Visitors can rent kayaks and canoes and take boat tours of the area. Picnic areas and barbecue grills are conveniently located along the Lover’s Key beaches.
The natural environment of the 16- acre Bowditch Point Park at the tip of Estero Island nourishes nature walkers and picnickers. The Matanzas Pass Wildlife Preserve, featuring an historical restored cottage, nurtures 42 acres of wilderness and provides sanctuary for native plants and animals. Boardwalks and bridges over trails allow visitors access to a pavilion along Estero Back Bay where birds such as ospreys and pelicans fish. People in fishing boats also cast their line in search of supper.