Top Attractions for First-Timers
With its prime location on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers serves as the gateway to some of the state’s top beaches, nature preserves, historical sites, and family attractions. To experience the best of Fort Myers on your first visit, make sure to hit up these must-see hot spots.
No trip to Fort Myers is complete without relaxing on our world-famous beaches! Just a short ride from downtown, you’ll find miles of pristine shoreline along Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. Dig your toes in the soft white sand, go shelling along the water’s edge, or try beach activities like stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
For outdoor enthusiasts, a visit to the Everglades National Park is a true bucket-list experience. Just 45 minutes inland, you can explore Florida’s unique wilderness area on guided boat rides, swamp buggy tours or hiking trails. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, colorful birds, and other native wildlife!
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Step back in time at the former winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, located right in downtown Fort Myers. Tour their private laboratories, botanical gardens, and extravagant estates to learn all about these pioneering innovators. It’s a history buff’s dream!
Imaginarium Science Center
Hands-on science exhibits make the Imaginarium a hit with kids and adults alike. Experience hurricane-force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils in a giant sandbox, and get up close with live animals. It’s both fun and educational!
Local Arts & Culture
In addition to great museums like the Edison & Ford Estates, downtown Fort Myers has a vibrant arts scene. Take in live music and theater at the Alliance for the Arts, or browse through the galleries along First Street to discover up-and-coming local artists.
Baseball Spring Training
Catch preseason Major League Baseball action in February and March, when the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins take the field for spring training exhibition games. Nothing says spring in Fort Myers like an afternoon at the ballpark!
Shopping & Dining
Indulge in some retail therapy during your Fort Myers vacation! Downtown, you’ll find charming boutiques, jewelry stores, and galleries along First Street and McGregor Boulevard. For big name brands, head to the Edison Mall or Miromar Outlets for discount deals. Don’t forget to fuel up at one of our fantastic local restaurants while you shop. Seafood lovers will be in heaven with fresh grouper, mahi mahi, and more!
Nightlife & Entertainment
When the sun goes down, the fun heats up in Fort Myers! Downtown comes alive after dark with live music venues, microbreweries, comedy clubs and laid-back wine bars. The River District is especially lively, with a fun pub crawl vibe. Or check out a concert or comedy show at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall for a night of laughs.
Anglers won’t want to miss the amazing fishing opportunities around Fort Myers! Book a charter trip out of Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel to reel in tarpon, redfish, snook and more. Offshore you can hook sharks, snapper, cobia and grouper. No gear or experience? No problem – the pros will take care of everything on board.
With over 100 courses dotting the landscape, Fort Myers is a golfer’s paradise. Rent a set of clubs and challenge the lush greens at classy country clubs or affordable public courses. Top picks include Fort Myers Country Club, Shell Point, and Lexington. Just remember to pack your sunscreen and hat!
Boat Tours & Charters
See Fort Myers from the water! Cruise along the scenic Caloosahatchee River, relax during a sunset sail in the Gulf, or try thrilling jet ski tours. Fishing charters and eco tours are also popular ways to get out on the water. For boating without the hassle, hop aboard sightseeing boats and cruises departing from Fort Myers marinas daily. Don’t forget your sunnies and sea legs!
How to Get Around Fort Myers
Fort Myers offers a variety of transportation options to help you get out and explore everything our city has to offer. Here are some of the best ways to get around during your stay:
LeeTran is the main public transit system, with bus routes serving most major destinations around Fort Myers. Exact change is required when boarding. Buses generally run every 30-60 minutes.
Taxis and Rideshares
When you need quick, direct transportation, taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft are convenient options. For larger groups, consider booking a van ahead of time.
For group travel, renting a charter bus is the way to go! Our comfortable fleet of buses at A+ Transport can accommodate parties of any size, whether you’re a family reunion, wedding group, sports team, school field trip or corporate event. Leave the driving to us while you sit back and enjoy the sites. Call 239-288-0558 for a free quote on group transport during your Fort Myers vacation.
Ready to Get Started?
With an amazing array of attractions, convenient transportation options, and our signature tropical sunshine, Fort Myers has everything you need for an unforgettable Florida vacation. Use this first timer’s guide to plan your itinerary, then get in touch with Fort Myers Party Bus Company to book group transport during your stay. From incredible beaches to unique museums and beyond, our paradise by the sea will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Get ready for the Fort Myers getaway of a lifetime!