On the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, islandology is a way of life. It’s historical and cultural itineraries, eco-adventures and guided tours. It’s vivid arts and entertainment experiences, shopping and festivals. This natural paradise offers adventures on land and sea, where groups will never run out of things to do.
“This is an ideal destination for creating authentic memories,” said Candice Cocco, tourism group sales manager at the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Our white-sand beaches, dolphin cruises and historical Edison and Ford Winter Estates offer a wide array of experiences. There is always something to do to keep everyone happy, which makes planning group itineraries easy and fun.”
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Stop in at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, the winter homes of inventor Thomas Edison and automobile industrialist Henry Ford. Take a tour of Edison’s 14-acre estate, laboratory and experimental gardens. The 3-acre winter home of Ford, nicknamed “The Mangoes,” features a display of Ford vehicles dating to 1914.
Fort Myers River District
Just minutes from the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, groups can head over to the Fort Myers River District for a fresh, filling lunch. Enjoy a variety of outdoor cafes, shopping and art galleries, or a guided historic tour of downtown with True Tours. Thanks to the preservation of many historic structures in the district, it’s easy to picture the River District’s past and relive its history.
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Head to Sanibel Island for a tour of J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge consists of over 6,400 preserved acres, constituting one of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems in the country. It is world-famous for its migratory bird populations but is also home to a diversity of wildlife species.
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
Visit the only museum in the United States solely devoted to shells and the mollusks that create them. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island displays shells from around the world with a focus on the southwest Florida region. Groups can join a scientist for a beach walk and learn about shells that wash ashore.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel/Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau