One of the top places for visitors to explore the coastal beauty, Fort Myers is popular for fishing and its beautiful beaches. This destination is the gateway to South Florida, popular among families who seek to explore the great family-friendly activities on offer. Nestled on Estero Island, this picturesque town offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico, a location whose serenity makes it an apt getaway from the stresses of daily life. When here, be sure to visit the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center, one of the most popular attractions in Fort Myers, with a fascinating display of marine life. Alternatively, simply lay on the beach, soak up the sun and feel the cool ocean breeze sweep you to comfort. As you plan your trip, check out our list of things to do in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
1. Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise
The cruise lasts approximately 90 minutes, climbing aboard the 20-meter (65-foot) Spanish Galleon. The crew consists of different pirate characters interacting with the children. On arrival, children will get their pirate pack: Water Pistol, Eye Patch, Pirate Hat, Pirate Hook and a Pirate Booty Bag with Coins guaranteeing a more interactive experience with the pirates! Activities include treasure hunts, face painting, and pirate games. Snack and drinks are available to be purchased on board. The cruise also provides running talks of the golden age of pirates and the history of the subject. Information about the beautiful Fort Myers Beach history is also a part of the talks. Children get a chance to also man the ship with lots of photo opportunities for the family to treasure.
Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise
Address: 2500 Main St, 33931-3416 Fort Myers Beach, FL
Website: Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise
The Everglades is one of the most knowledgeable and popular among tourists visiting. After all, what’s a trip to Florida without visiting the Everglades? The tour begins with a pick up by your guide and a short ride to the glades, there you will embark on a thrilling airboat ride through the Everglades guide through saw grass.
The tour includes a break with lunch which is included in the price. The final part of the tour is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone. The interactive animal experience allows visitors a chance to hold friendly alligators, 23-kilogram (50-pound) snakes, parrots, and macaws.
Holding the animals is optional- but when else will you get a great photo opportunity with a 5.5-meter (18-foot) snake? The final stop of the tour is a nature drive through the freshwater swamp area. The tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends roughly at 5 p.m.
Private Tour: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride and Wildlife Adventure
Price: from 32 USD
Number of Reviews: 101
3. Paradise Charters
Sea and nature lovers will love this tour, beginning at Snook Bight Marina on the beach. Whether you choose a morning or afternoon you are in for a glorious adventure coasting through the oceans to seek out Dolphins, manatees and other natural inhabitants along a beautiful secluded beach. For nature lovers along the secluded beach boasts the most intriguing collection of seashells and sea life such as sand dollars, starfish, and conches. All charters sail for a minimum of four hours.
Address: Paradise Charters (239) 247-8288, 4765 Estero Blvd, 33931 Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Website: Paradise Charters
4. Magic Wind Sailing
This has been hailed as the best charter in Fort Meyers since 2009. With glowing reviews as a must-do during your trip, you should board the relaxing trip to take in the glorious sites of the Gulf Coast and the chance to see dolphins! Tripadvisor has some fantastic reviews. A Tripadvisor member states:
“My husband George, mom Nancy and her friend Cheryl came out for a four-hour sail aboard Star of Orion today and were not disappointed! Captain Dan and Dianne were friendly, skilled and knowledgeable, answering all our questions and telling us all about the Fort Myers area. We sail smaller boats in Michigan so the experience of being on a larger craft like this was a new one for us. We really enjoyed it, found it peaceful and relaxing and well worth the cost. Would do this again and recommend it to anyone!”
Magic Wind Sailing
Address: 2500 Main St, 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL
Website: Magic Wind Sailing
5. FMB Fly Board
This is the number one place to come to try a massive variety of water sports, FMB offers four different types of rentals. Including Kayaking, Fly board, and paddle boarding. The most popular of the rentals is the Fly board, the best way to look like an extra in James Bond. Rentals start from 100 USD for 30 minutes.
FMB Fly Board
Address: 18400 San Carlos Blvd, 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL
Website: FMB Fly Board
6. Fish Tale Marina
Everything you need and more for a fun day in the sun, everything is available, including powerboat rentals, dolphin cruises, sunset tours, fishing charters, and kayak rentals. Just minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico, there are many nearby locations that can be accessed as well as pristine beaches, country fishing, and entertainment. Fish-Tale Marina gives you a chance to experience a fun boating experience in the southwest.
Fish Tale Marina
Address: 7225 Estero Blvd, 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL
Website: Fish Tale Marina
7. Estero Bay Express Dolphin & Sunset Boat Tours
One of the most highly recommended dolphin tours in the area, this tour is great for people of all ages, but especially for families with young children. The tour is guided by a captain and his ‘first mate’ who dispenses knowledge on the area and the inhabitants. Leaving port from Fish Tale Marina, board the Estero Bay Express on an exclusive experience to Mound House.
Estero Bay Express Dolphin & Sunset Boat Tours
Address: 7225 Estero Blvd, 33931 Fort Myers Beach, FL
Those looking for a relaxing and easy way to see the Gulf Coast, then look no further. The Express Ferry heads south towards the island of Key West, this is a wonderful and relaxing way of traveling faster than driving and is cheaper than flying. The ferry departs from two different locations, the Fort Myers to Key West boards as early 7:00 a.m., with departure at 8:30 a.m. This is the easiest way to access Key West, the ferry is well air-conditioned, with sun decks, couches and reclining air style seating to get your adventure set off in style.
Key West Glass-Bottom Boat Tour with Sunset Option
Price: from 41 USD
Number of Reviews: 44
Exploring the waters
This is one of the best places to explore the beauty of the Fort Meyers area, be on the lookout for dolphins and alligators. The only way is by luxury cruises or cruising the swamp areas.
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