Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
10150 Metro Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: (239) 938-0100
Fax: (239) 938-0370
This guide company offers flat, open fish, and sport fish boats for fly, pass, back bay, and deep sea fishing excursions. Customized trips, boat and nature tours, shelling charters, water taxi service, and lunch or dinner cruises are also available.
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a natural animal corridor between northern Lee County and Estero Bay. You can see alligators, wild pigs, otters, and more. During the dry season (October to June), birds like herons and egrets flock to the flag ponds. A 1.2-mile boardwalk winds through the 2,200-acre wetland, and includes a photo blind to get up-close photographs of the animals, and two observations towers. There are guided tours year-round, and self-guided tour brochures. Parking is $.75 per hour, maximum $3 (cash only). Bring food and drinks. Call to know the open hours.
Southwest Florida has a growing number of golf courses, and the Fort Myers Country Club is one of the oldest. Designed in 1916 by famed architect Donald Ross, the public course is a par 71. The greens are small, and watch that ninth hole! The Fort also hosts the annual Beck's Open, a pro-am tournament. Only soft spikes allowed. Riding fees start at USD47, walking fees at USD32. There is no driving range. Reservations are accepted one day in advance, and rental clubs are available. Bradford's is open to the public.
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium combines nature with education. The 105-acre site contains a museum, aviary, winding nature trails, a gift shop, and meeting and picnic areas. The museum has information on Florida's history, especially the Calusa Indians who ruled southwest Florida for nearly 1,000 years. There are daily animal shows, snake feedings, and aviary tours. Admission to the Center is $4 for adults, $2.50 for kids under 12. Admission to the Planetarium is $3 for adults, $2 for kids under 12. Check the schedule for Planetarium show times.
Located in the Fort Myers High School, Edison Stadium occupies and important place in the social and cultural life of the school and people. The stadium hosts various sports and social events and is home to the schools athletic team. However it holds many other events and festivals like the Edison Festival of lights, the Grand Parade etc. Also don't forget to check before hand as some of the events that are held are ticketed.
City Of Palms Park is one of the premier venues for spring training baseball. Numerous palm trees dot the outfield, hence the name of the park. The Park isn't used during summer. The concourse has numerous concession stands as well a nice gift shop. It's the perfect place to take in a sprint training game.
One of Florida's fastest growing sports (amazingly) is hockey. Amateur ice hockey is common, and kids play roller hockey in the streets. For a smoother (and safer) playing surface, try Fort Myers Skatium, located across from City of Palms Park. The complex has a NHL-size ice rink, and an in-line rink. There is a pro shop, laser tag, and snack shop. General skating hours are varied, due to lessons and teams, so call ahead for times. Price is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Skate rental is $3.
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Fort Myers is the Edison Ford Winter Estates. Inventor Thomas Edison began wintering along the Caloosahatchee River in 1886. In 1916, Edison's friend Henry Ford built his winter home, Mangoes, next door. Both are open to the public and include Edison's botanical gardens and laboratory (just as Edison left it), the largest banyan tree in Florida and a museum. Guided tours are required. Admission is USD12 for adults, USD5.50 for children. The historic electrical boat river tour costs an additional USD4.
For anyone who has ever wondered where the "fort" in Fort Myers was, the answer to that question and many others can be found at the Fort Myers Historical Museum. Housed in the restored Atlantic Coast Line Depot, the museum traces the history of the area from prehistoric times to the present day. Exhibits include a Pullman car, a replica of a late 1800s "Cracker" home and a World War II P-39 Cobra. Call ahead to know about admission prices and other details.
Walk among live oaks and lush gardens, relax in a rocking chair on the veranda as you watch the river roll gently by, but first, join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers' oldest homes - The Burroughs Home. Built in 1901, this Georgian Revival Mansion was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers' elite including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time. The Burroughs Home has come alive once again under the management of Uncommon Friends Foundation.
This is the sister course to both Tiburon and Raptor Bay. WCI Communities has done it again! Located in Ft Myers, the great layout and price point make it a favorite. Whether you're an avid golfer, or just learning the game, this 18-hole championship course will be both challenging and rewarding. Pelican Preserve's abounding water, sand and grass hollow hazards are perfectly complemented by generous landing areas and the gentle contouring of TifEagle "Ultradwarf" greens. Five sets of tees for each hole provide player-friendly opportunities for every skill level. This is one of our best courses offered with a favorable price point.
Hammond Stadium at the Lee County Sports Complex looks like a Southern plantation, but inside, America's past time is in full swing. During spring training, the Minnesota Twins are in town, while from April to August, the stadium is home to their Class A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle. Some of the best seats in the house are in the covered Bull Pen Picnic Pavilion, and kids can add their handprints to Kids Corner.