Things to do in Southwest Florida
The best Southwest Florida Attractions
While vacationing in Southwest Florida, discover all the adventures the area has to offer.
I selected some of the best Southwest Florida attractions through-out the areas of Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island and Cape Coral below.
Naples Fishing Pier, Naples
The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Naples, Florida. Originally built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. Narrow gauge train rails spanning the length of the pier transported freight and baggage in the early 1900’s. Part of the structure as well as the post office located on the Naples Pier was razed by fire in 1912 and rebuilt thereafter. Naples Pier remains a public symbol of the area’s history. The Naples Pier, now over 100 years old is moving into the 21st century, in a big way! Please enjoy the wonderful sunsets from Naples Pier.
Babcock Wilderness Adventures
35 Minutes way from Punta Gorda on State Rd 26 – Turkeys – Bobcats – Alligators – Panthers – Wild Hog – Admission features ninety minute swamp buggy tour through the ranch wilderness. Turkey, bobcat, bison, alligator, the endangered Florida Panther, and wild hogs are commonly seen.
Directions: I-75 exit 26. East to SR 26. North 10 miles to Ranch.
Summer Hours 9:00 – 11:00
Winter Hours 9:00 – 3:00
Big Cypress Gallery, Ochopee
– Everglades Photography –
52388 Tamiami Trail
HC61-Box 16 Ochopee, FL 34141
Everglades Van Excursions
– All Day Tour of the Everglades –
All day trip into the Everglades via an air conditioned van.
Includes miles of pristine Everglades, lunch, visit to the town of Ochee’s tiny Post Office, Smallwood general store Museum on isolated Chokoloskee Island, an airboat ride, and the animal show at Gator Air Boat Tours. Tours depart daily from hotels in the Naples area.
Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota
- Endangered Species Research and Living Museum
- Touch sea creatures – View the Shark Tank
- Visit the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Center
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
- Day Trips, Dinner Cruising, Sunset Cruises, Naples Bay Cruises Nature
- Sunset Naples Princess
1001 Tenth Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Phone: 239-649-2275 | Fax 941-649-7357, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.naplesprincesscruises.com
Tarpon Tails, Naples
Deep Sea Fishing
584 95th Avenue North
Naples, FL 34108
Bird & Land Conservation: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
375 Sanctuary Road
West Naples, FL 34120
Click here: www.audubon.org
Visitors to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 600 years. A 2.25 mile boardwalk meanders through pine flat woods, open prairie and finally into the largest forest of ancient bald cypress in North America.
These impressive trees, relatives of the redwood, tower 130 feet into the sky and have a girth of 25 feet. Their massive branches are draped with mosses, lichens, air plants, orchids and ferns. The forest is also home to hundreds of Alligators, Otters, Florida black bear, White-tailed deer, Red-bellied turtles, Wood storks, songbirds and others.
Barbara B. Mann performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers
Toll Free: 800-440-7469
13350 Edison Pkwy.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers
Whether you’re visiting The Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers for the first time, or you have made it part of your daily shopping experiences, you’ll discover an entertaining new world here.
The Bell Tower Shops is much more than an ordinary shopping trip. It is a world of inviting open-air spaces, with lush landscaping and fountains. It is a place where you feel both comfortable and stimulated.
Located on US41 in Fort Myers, South off Daniels PKWY.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Fort Myers
Let Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre set the stage for your next event Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, the off Broadway Palm Theatre, Cafe Cabaret and Art Cafe are available for private use. Broadway Palm can provide everything you need to make your next business or social function a unique, unforgettable and successful event!
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is an entertainment complex and the perfect place to host company functions, holiday parties, special celebrations, presentations and meetings for 20 to 450 people.
For more information on the services mentioned above, call (239) 278-4422. 1380 Colonial BLVD., Fort Myers.
Caribbean Gardens, Zoo in Naples
Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a zoo. A natural path almost a mile in length winds past rare and beautiful animals residing within a jungle of exotic plants first planted in 1919 with a fascinating history. In this tropical setting, you can take delight at seeing many of your favorite animals like lions, kangaroos, and monkeys.
In addition, you’ll also discover our feature exhibits and an array of more rarely seen creatures like the African wild dogs or an Asian deer that barks and eats meat.
Directions to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens: 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road just south of Golden Gate Parkway across from the Coastland Center, phone: 239-262-5409.
Edison & Ford Winter Estate, Fort Myers
The Edison Estate was deeded to the City of Fort Myers by Mrs. Thomas (Mina) Edison in 1947 and opened to the public later that year. The Ford Estate was purchased by the Estates in 1988 and opened to the public in 1990. A new non-profit corporation operates both properties, which are owned by the City of Fort Myers.
Tours daily of the historical site include the homes, museum, laboratory and gardens. The last guided tour departs thru 4 p.m. while self-guided tours run until 5:30 p.m.
Botanical tours available on Thursday & Saturday mornings. Group tours and rental arrangements available daily throughout the year.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901, 239-334-7419
Fleamasters Fleamarket, Fort Myers
With over 400,000 square feet of shopping and visitors from around the globe, Fleamasters Fleamarket is Southwest Florida’s no. 1 tourist stop ‚Äî and every shopper’s dream. Visit giant Fleamasters, where there’s so much for everyone to enjoy, you won’t know where to begin.
Treat yourself to Fleamaster’s festive atmosphere, pick up a week’s supply of fresh produce, and stroll through the hundreds of bargain packed booths. You’ll discover outlets for many of your favorite name brands, fashions, sportswear and home decor.
Plus an eclectic? mix of arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, yummy food treats and lots more. Over a dozen jewelry stores offer a dazzling array of 14k gold and sterling silver. Some specialize in authentic Native American jewelry and Southwest items, others in custom work. Need a souvenir for the folks back home?
How about a Florida T or tank top, or shell wind chime from one of the dozens of T-shirt or gift shops at Fleamasters. Shell shops sell sea fans, shell night lights, shell jewelry, even alligator heads. Now there’s a one-of-a-kind gift.
Address: Martin Luther King Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida 33816, phone: 239-334-7001.
Miromar Outlet Stores, Estero
Miromar Outlets in Estero features more than 120 top designer and great brand name manufacturers’ outlets, including Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Escada Company Store, Ellen Tracy, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Cole Haan, St. John, Perry Ellis, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Reebok Outlet Store, Bose Factory Store, Lenox, Coach, Nautica and many more!
By buying directly from the manufacturers, shoppers will find savings of up to 70% off retail prices! In addition to great savings and great selection, Miromar Outlets also offers great dining, with restaurants including Luna Rossa Italian Restaurant, LaBamba Mexican Restaurant, Luna Pizza, Key Western Grille, Asian Bistro, Subway and more!
HOURS Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Please call to confirm holiday hours, subject to change, (239) 948-3766
Conveniently located on I-75
Seminole Casino, Immokalee
Catch the Excitement at Seminole Casino Immokalee! Catch the Excitement of over $62 Million Dollars in Cash & Prizes given away each month at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee! Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, the Seminole Casino is the largest, most exciting attraction in the five county region featuring; high paying gaming machines, live action poker and award winning dining. Located in the heart of Southwest Florida, the Seminole Casino neighbors both Naples and Fort Myers. Please also enjoy the Restaurant at Seminole Casino.
Phone: 1-800-218-007, 506 South First Street, P.O. Box 869, Immokalee, FL 34143
Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral
With 12 acres of thrilling waterslides and activities for all ages, Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral is the affordable way to slide into summer fun! Relax on our gently drifting Main Stream River Ride. Thrill at the high-speed excitement of such scream-worthy slides as the Cape Fear, Fun- L-Tunnel, Zoom Flume and the 427-foot Electric Slide. Let the little ones frolic at our Tot Spot. Grab a summertime snack at our Calypso CafÈ and much more. Slide into all the fun at Sun Splash! Sun Splash Family Waterpark is easy to slide into.
We’re at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. just 2.5 miles north of Veterans Parkway in Cape Coral, Florida. If you are traveling on I-75, turn west at Exit 136 and cross the Midpoint Memorial Bridge.
400 Santa Barbara Boulevard
Cape Coral, Florida 33991
Swamp Buggy Races, Naples
Swamp Buggy Races are held every January, March and October at the Florida Sports Park in Naples, Florida. Swamp Buggy, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to three principles:
- To produce fund-raising opportunities to all area charities and civic organizations
- To preserve the tradition of swamp buggy racing and to protect the heritage and culture of Collier County
- To provide affordable entertainment and recreational activities to all citizens of Collier County
TO ORDER TICKETS BY MAIL, SEND CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO SWAMP BUGGY, INC. TO: P.O. BOX 990010 NAPLES, FLORIDA 34116-6060 TO CHARGE:
CALL TOLL FREE 1-800-897-2701 OR 1-239-774-2701
Smallwood’s Ole Indian Trading Post and Museum, Chokoloskee
On the western edge of the Everglades and deep in the heart of the 10,000 Islands, Chokoloskee Island has been called one of Florida’s last frontiers. Here at Historic Smallwood Store you will learn the story of the pioneers and settlers who tamed this vast wilderness.
Historic Smallwood Store
Post Office Box 367, Chokoloskee, Florida 3392, (239) 695- 2989, Fax (239) 695-4454
Speedy Johnson’s Airboat Rides, Everglades
A Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure like no other! Let us take you where no one else can. You will be amazed by the wonders of the Everglades as you travel from the Mangrove Jungles onto the sawgrass prairies. Only on the true airboats can you experience both!
Sail Kahuna, Marco Island
More fun in the great outdoors! The thrill of the adventure. The beauty of nature. It’s all waiting for you, and we can show you the way. Join many loyal customers and let us create “the highlight of your vacation”!!! Our crew are not only highly trained professionals, they’re also expert guides in tracking down fun. Whether you’re just relaxing or looking to scour the beaches for treasure, you’ll find more fun in the Marco Island Gulf, with KAHUNA!
For more information or to make reservations to SAIL KAHUNA!, please use our On-Line Reservation system, or call us direct at: 1-239-642-7704.
Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero
Throughout its history, Florida has welcomed pioneers of all kinds. Cyrus Reed Teed was probably the most unusual, bringing followers to Estero in 1894 to build New Jerusalem for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began fading after Teed¥s death in 1908, and in 1961 the last four members deeded the land to the state. Today, visitors can fish, picnic, boat, and hike where Teed¥s visionaries once carried out survey experiments to prove the horizon on the beaches of Lee County curves upward. A boat ramp and canoe rentals are available. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the settlement or a ranger-guided tour. For overnight stays, the park has a full-facility campground. Campers can enjoy campfire programs every Saturday night from January through March.
Located on U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road. For Information about Koreshan State Historic Site, please call 239-992-0311.
Naples / Fort Myers Greyhound Track, Bonita Springs
Open daily!!! A long time landmark, and popular recreational facility on Florida’s Southwest Coast, the race track operates year ’round with greyhound racing, full card simulcasting of dogs, thoroughbreds and poker. Since the 1970’s the track has served the southwest Florida community with continuous, quality racing, charitable and special events, civic and social amenities, and provided a classic entertainment center for seasonal and permanent residents.
MAIN PHONE NUMBER (239) 992-2411.
Directions: The track is located in Bonita Springs, FL off I-75 (exit 116, Bonita Beach Rd., two miles west) between Ft. Myers and Naples on the southeast corner of Old US 41 and Bonita Beach Road.
Bay Water Boat Rentals, Bonita Springs
At Bay Water Boat Rentals rents a wide variety of quality fishing and touring boats to help you enjoy Southwest Florida’s most exciting resource: the water. Bay Water Boat invites you to explore this unique treasure. The business is family owned and operated, dedicated to providing excellent service to their customers.
email@example.com , Telephone 239-495-0455, Address 5124 Bonita Beach Rd SW Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Directions: From I-75: Take exit 116 (Bonita Beach Road). Go west on Bonita Beach Road for 5.1 miles. From US 41: Take Bonita Beach Road west for 2.1 miles. We’re located on the right just before the bridge.
Cape Coral Historical Museum, Cape Coral
The Museum was established by The Cape Coral Historical Society to preserve the history of Cape Coral and Southwest Florida. Originally, the building was the clubhouse at The Cape Coral Country Club. Then in 1977, it was moved to Four Freedoms Park and used as a multi-functional facility. In 1983 the Historical Society moved the building to Cultural Park for the establishment of the Museum.
544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990-1212, Lee County, US
Greenwells Family Fun Park
Attractions: PAINTBALL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY STORE (CO2 & COMPRESSED AIR REFILLS, APPAREL, & SUPPLIES), 4 DIFFERENT GO CART TRACKS
19 HOLE MINIATURE GOLF (TROPICAL COURSE FULL OF CHALLENGES & ADVENTURE), LARGE ARCADE ROOM (VIDEO & REDEMPTION GAMES FOR EVERYONE)
PAINTBALL FIELD (OVER 22,000 SQ FT OF OUTDOOR PLAYING AREA, FISH FEEDING DOCK,8 BATTING CAGES (SOFTBALL SLOW, SOFTBALL FAST, LITTLE LEAGUE TO FAST PITCH, PLAYGROUND, SNACK BAR (HOT DOGS, PIZZA, BURGERS, FRIES & NACHOS ARE AMONG THE MANY SNACKS AVAILABLE)
GREENWELLS FAMILY FUN PARK, 35 PINE ISLAND ROAD CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA 33909, PHONE: 239-574-4386
Key West Express, Marco Island & Fort Myers
Get away to America’s Caribbean Paradise aboard the fun vessels of the KEY WEST EXPRESS. Sailing daily from the Ports of Ft. Myers and Marco Island (in season) KEY WEST EXPRESS is the fastest, and most FUN way to visit Paradise!
1-888-key-boat (1-888-539- 2628)
King Richards Family Fun Park, Naples
King Richard’s features the always popular go cart track and offers Laser Tag, Dance Machine, and interactive video games. They have a fantastic Birthday Party package, putt putt golf, batting cages, water rides, amusement rides, food and drinks. Address: 6780 N Airport Road, Naples, FL 34109
Naples Troley Tour, Naples Naples
Troley Tours invites you to join them for a fascinating tour of the Naples area. They are proud of the natural beauty, history and charm of Naples, and we are certain you will find the tour interesting, informative and fun.
Address: 1010 6th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102, Phone: 239-262-7300.
Naples Water Tours, Naples
Enjoy playing in the gulf waters or relax on the secluded beaches. Take a ride on a jet ski with Capt. Rick or navigate the waters yourself and if you think you’ve done it all come ride the future on a Segway Human Transport, it’s safe, easy and fun.
1000 10th Ave. South, Naples, FL 34102, 239-793-7529.
Naples Historic District with 5TH Avenue South and 3RD Street
When you’re in Naples don’t miss the Historic District around 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street. Here you will enjoy wonderful street cafes, exquisite restaurant open during day and night, bars and of courses exclusive shops and galleries. While you’re around this upscale area don’t miss the wonderful residences at Gulf Shore Blvd.