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.
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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.