Estero River, Hendry Creek, Caloosahatchee River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
Indulge in an assortment of alluring activities in Lee County, travel back in time at historical places, get lost in the wildness of preserves, and involve yourself in the vibrant art and cultural scene. Let us explore the lesser-known beauties that make Lee County an amazing location unlike any other.
Enjoy nature and wildlife by embracing the natural beauty of Lee County through visiting the area’s wildlife sanctuaries and nature preserves. The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, with various bird species and mangrove forests to explore. The Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers is another serene spot for visitors to take nature walks, observing local flora and fauna.
Lee County also has several aquatic preserves. Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, spanning over 11,000 acres, is one of Florida’s first aquatic preserves. It encompasses a variety of coastal habitats, including seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and oyster reefs. Visitors can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and wildlife viewing, where they might spot manatees, dolphins, and a plethora of bird species. Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve is a pristine estuarine system consisting of seagrass beds, salt marshes, and tidal flats. It is an excellent spot for fishing, birdwatching, and exploring the untouched beauty of Florida’s natural landscape. Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve is known for its tranquil waters and is located near Pine Island. The preserve is a haven for kayakers and boaters, providing access to hidden coves and mangrove-fringed islands. Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve, while part of this preserve lies in neighboring Charlotte County, it also extends into Lee County. The preserve features a diverse ecosystem, including seagrass beds, tidal flats, and freshwater marshes. The aquatic preserves not only offer recreational activities but also provide vital habitats for marine life and contribute to the overall health of Florida’s coastal environment.
So, for visitors that love nature, these many areas are go-to spots that will have you wrapped in nature. Where you can embrace the natural beauty of Lee County.
For travelers that like to seek new art, the county also has an impressive art scene with various galleries and cultural centers. Head to the Alliance For The Arts in Fort Myers. To catch performances, exhibitions, and arts workshops. The Sidney & Bernie Davis Art Center is a historic venue in downtown Fort Myers, hosting various cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Shopping and dining in local districts is also an excellent way to see the area. Stroll through the charming downtown areas of Fort Myers River District and Sanibel Island Periwinkle Way. You will find unique boutiques, art galleries, and delightful restaurants. These districts offer a taste of local culture and a chance to indulge in some retail therapy and delicious cuisine.
Lee County hosts one of the most renowned events, the Edison Festival of Light, celebrating the legacy of Thomas Edison, who had a winter residence in Fort Myers. The multiday extravaganza features a grand parade, dazzling illuminated floats, and a multitude of entertainment options. Visitors can also take The Fort Myers Art Walk, where local artists display their talents in charming galleries, making for an enchanting cultural experience. These festivals not only showcase the county’s rich history, natural beauty, and artistic flair but also provide an inviting and memorable experience for tourists exploring Lee County.
There is an abundance of interesting activities ready to fascinate every tourist in Lee County. Participate in the region's intriguing history at well-known locations, savor the tranquility of nature at various aquatic preserves, and delight in the lively arts and culture scene. Lee County provides a lovely retreat that will leave you with cherished memories and a profound appreciation for the beauties of this gem in Florida's southwest, whether you're looking for outdoor experiences, intellectual pursuits, or simply a moment of peace. Come explore Lee County's heart and spirit, where fascinating discoveries are waiting for you around every corner.
September 20, 2023 - 3:15pm
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