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South Florida city guides - Naples, Marco Island, Everglades, Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Ft Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Golden Gate Florida

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Southwest Florida Attractions

Sanibel

While most vacationers are drawn to Sanibel Beach Florida for it's famous shelling opportunities, there's plenty more to see and do once you tear yourself away from the beach.

Start with the J.N . "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier refuges in the US Fish and Wildlife Service's System. World famous for its winter migrating bird population, the Refuge welcomes visitors with an exciting Visitor's Center. Here, you will find interactive exhibits that entertain and inform, a gallery of refuge photography, a short video explaining the origin of the Refuge and its importance in the area ecosystem and much more.

A 2.6 mile road winds through its acres of mangrove forests, and brackish impoundments where herons, egrets, ibises, sandpipers and many other birds feed and roost. The Refuge is home to more than 220 different species of birds. Drive your car, take the naturalist-operated tram, or bike through, making as many stops as you wish to enjoy the surprises this sanctuary offers....read more »


Thomas Edison and Henry Ford wintered here, and today it is the favored spot of retirees and vacationers alike. Fort Myers, Florida, located in the popular-for-good-reason Southwest part of the state, has appeal to spare thanks to its natural beauty, wide-ranging activities, and healthy sense of fun.

Along with Sanibel Island, Captiva Island and Cape Coral, Fort Myers brightens up the coast of Florida with a dazzling display of vacation delights. It sets itself apart in certain ways, however, making it more than worthy of being the focus of a long-overdue vacation. When the time has come to get out of town, this is a fitting place to flee to.

Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River and nestled on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers has a prime view of all that makes a getaway memorable. This conservation-oriented settlement combines recreation with a respect for Mother Nature, meaning that the result is a town that covers all the bases in terms of brains, beauty and beaches. A touch of history holds all of these ingredients together, so no aspect of a complete holiday escape will be overlooked.

The downtown region is filled with shops, restaurants and parks – meaning that this is the perfect spot to stroll, people watch, grab a bite to eat or check out one of the festivals or special events that occur on a regular basis....read more »


Southwest Florida Fishing
Florida can be a fisherman's paradise – the different types of angling available, combined with the excellent climate and perfect angling conditions make angling trips in Florida both unique and enjoyable. Choosing a trip here can mean both freshwater and salt water angling in the same vacation, which is great for that true fish lover...read more »

Chokoloskee Charters - Florida Everglades National Park guided fishing adventures. Fish Everglades National Park & 10,000 Islands. Light Tackle and Fly Fishing in the pristine waters of the Everglades Backcountry. Over one million acres of sheltered waters, excellent year round weather, fine accommodations, a richly diverse fishery ... A traveling fisherman's ideal destination!

Dawn Patrol Charter Fishing - fishes the backcountry (bays, creeks, rivers and passes) adjoining Marco Island and the Ten Thousand Islands and the nearshore artificial reefs.


Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
239-417-6310
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center has a two-story visitor center with world-class exhibits, aquariums, art gallery, nature store, daily programs, guided kayak tours and more. The center is open Monday - Saturday from 9 - 4 and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12.

Also we host a few annual events. Coming up January 16-18, 2009 is the 5th annual Southwest Florida Birding and Wildlife Festival. With presentations, slide shows, field trips, kids activities and live birds of prey, this event provides an excellent opportunity for people to learn about birds, wildlife and habitat. Cost to participate is $20 for three days or $10 for one day. Pre-registration and additional fee is required to participate in field trips. More details and online registration is available at www.rookerybay.org


Southwest Florida Tours

Everglades Area Tours - Enjoy a guided boat tour in the 10,000 Islands; Experience kayak fishing in the Everglades National Park backcountry; Canoe through magnificent mangrove tunnels; Enjoy a guided bicycle tour amongst old-growth cypress hammocks; Catch tarpon and snook on a guided fishing trip; Hike into the prairies, wetlands and sloughs to find rare orchids; Take a guided birding trip; or over fly the entire area in a float plane.

Speedy's Airboat tours - 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!

Everglades Island Airboat Tours - and Totch's Island Tours - the only tour in Everglades city that gives you a choice of back country or open water to Totch's Island.

Cool Beans Cruises
Set Sail Onboard "Cool Beans" our 42 Ft. Catamaran for up to 20 Guests, or "Cool Beans II" - our 33 Ft. Catamaran for up to 6 Guests, and Have the Time of Your Life!

Specializing in small groups per boat, you can escape from the crowds for a Personalized 3 Hour Day Sightseeing or a 2.5 Hour Champagne Sunset Cruise in the beautiful pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. See Naples and Marco Island the way they are meant to be seen, By Water!

The Dolphin Explorer - Discovery, Exploration & Adventure. Take Our Eco-Tour - We See Dolphin Every Day!


Smallwood's Ole Indian Trading Post and Museum - 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.


Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Destination Video:


Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located in Collier County on the southwest coast of Florida. Established in 1996, this 35,000 acres refuge protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species...read more »

 

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Annual Southwest
Florida Activities

January
Art League Members Show
Marco Island, FL

Cape Coral Festival of the Arts
Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL

Kiwanis Lee County Medieval Faire
Veteran’s Park - Homestead Road br> Lehigh Acres, Florida
Contact info: medieval-faire.com
Phone: 369 – 6881

Thomas Edison Regional Science & Inventor's Fair
Harborside Convention Center Fort Myers, FL

Tour de Cape Bicycle Race
Rotary Park
Cape Coral, FL

Artfest Fort Myers
Downtown Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL

Collier County Fair
Collier County Fairgrounds
Naples, FL

Edison Festival of Light
City of Palms Block Party
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Edison Festival of Light
Crafts on the River
Centennial Park
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Edison Festival of Light
5K Run and Light Party
Centennial Park
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Greek Fest
Greek Orthodox Church of Southwest Florida
Fort Myers, FL

Lee County Fair
Lee Civic Center
Fort Myers, FL

Native American & Pioneer Heritage Days
Collier-Seminole State Park
Naples, FL

Swamp Cabbage Festival
Labelle, FL

February
Everglades Seafood Festival
(first Saturday and Sunday of February)
Everglades City, FL

March
All-Florida Champion Rodeo
Arcadia, FL

Bluegrass Jamboree
Koreshan State Historic Site
Estero, FL

Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz
Jaycee Park
Cape Coral, FL

Irish Heritage Festival
Centennial Park
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Lehigh Spring Festival
Veterans Park
Lehigh, FL

Outdoor Jazz Concerts
Lee County Alliance fo the Arts
Fort Myers, FL

Sanibel Shell Show and Fair
Sanibel Community Center
Sanibel Island, FL

Shrimp Festival
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Spring Boat Show
Lee Civic Center
Fort Myers, FL

Tomato Seafood Festival
Recreation Complex
Bonita Springs, FL

April
Latin Jazz Fest
Centennial Park
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Outdoor Jazz Concerts
Lee County Alliance fo the Arts
Fort Myers, FL

River & Blues Festival
Centennial Park
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Sanibel/Captiva Taste of the Islands
Gulfside City Park
Sanibel Island, FL

May
Cinco de Mayo Block Party
Cape Coral, FL

Great Canoe Race
Crayton Cove
Naples, FL

Offshore Grand Prx Boat Races
Fort Myers Beach, FL

June
Caloosa Catch & Release Fishing Tournament
Fort Myers, FL

Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

July
Fourth of July on the Beach
Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Independence Day Festival
Centennial Park
Downtown Fort Myers, FL

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
Sanibel Island, FL

Mango Mania
2101 SW Pine Island Road,
Cape Coral, FL

Red, White and Boom
Cape Coral Bridge, July 4th
Cape Coral, FL

Silver King Celebration
Downtown Boca Grande, FL

Summer Fun Fling
Lakes Regional Park
South Fort Myers, FL

Taste of the Beach
South Fort Myers, FL

August
Summer Slam Pro/Am Flats Fishing Tournament
South Seas Resort
Captiva Island, FL

Ugly Dog Contest
Flamingo Island Flea Market
Bonita Springs, FL

September
Annual Labor Day Open House - Big Cypress Gallery - exhibits, lectures, music, movies

POLO Club's Big Wheel Rally
To benefit March of Dimes

October
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
Fort Myers Country Club
Fort Myers, FL

Haunted Walk
Calusa Nature Center
Fort Myers, FL

Oktoberfest
German-American Social Club
Cape Coral, FL

Oktoberfest
Fifth Avenue
Naples, FL

Southwest Florida Folk & Blues Fest
KOA Campgrounds
South Fort Myers, FL

Swamp Buggy Races
Florida Sports Park
Naples, FL

November
Fort Myers Beach Sandsculpting Festival
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Fort Myers Boat Show
Downtown Fort Myers Waterfront
Fort Myers, FL

Taste of the Town
Downtown Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL

December
Caloosahatchee Cracker Festival & Civil War Reenactment
Caloosahatchee Regional Park

Christmas Luminary Trail Open House
Sanibel & Captiva Islands, FL

Holiday House at Edison-Ford Winter Estates
Downtown Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL

Holiday Art Show
Lee County Alliance of the Arts
Fort Myers, FL

Holiday Boat Parade
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Old Time Holiday Festival
Koreshan State Historic Site
Estero, FL

The Downtown Countdown
New Year's Eve
Downtown Fort Myers