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Fort Myers Area
This famous Florida city carries the name of General Abraham Charles Myers, a distinguished officer in the United States Army. The city was developed in the later years of the 19th Century, and is now a popular destination in South West Florida. Famed for safe, beautiful white beaches (' world' s safest family beaches' because of the gentle slope into the gulf) and with many other attractions, Fort Myers is well worth a visit.
Fort Myers was also the winter home of Thomas Edison. Henry Ford, his friend, bought the estate right next door to him and together they worked and toured in some of the first Model T Fords. The Edison Home was donated to the city in 1947 and tours are available year round. The legacy of Thomas Edisons time in Fort Myers is in evidence with The Thomas Edison Congregational Church and Edison Park.
The Boston Red Sox visit Fort Myers for spring training.
From Six Mile Cypress Nature reserve to Fort Myers Museum and the Imaginarium, there are attractions for all the family. Why not visit Manatee Park for a great kayaking experience?
There is the opportunity to see wildlife in a way that you would never experience on the shore, a great experience. Is there anything better than seeing manatees up close. Visit when the Gulf water cools and see manatees come in to shore, you may be lucky and see a large group. Knowledgeable volunteers are available to answer any questions you may have.
Cape Coral is well equipped with marinas, golf courses, and tennis. In Pine Island, you can see the influence of when fishing was the area' s top industry. This little island is known for the ' Fishingest Bridge in the U. S. A.
An unspoiled sabal palm and live oak hammock await your visit at the Matanzas Pass Wilderness Preserve. The preserve is a pristine, barrier island forest with abundant wildlife and diverse, native, plant species. After crossing two bridges on the entry trail, visitors encounter a boardwalk winding through the mangrove swamp. At the end, a pavilion overlooks the water with a spectacular view of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, with wading birds, jumping fish, and manatee. Parking is free.
Seminole Gulf Railway owns around 100 miles of Florida track from Arcadia to North Naples. Why not enjoy a “Murder on the Seminole Express”? Up to 200 passengers are seated in one of four vintage railroad cars (Sanibel, Marco, Gasparilla, and Captiva) for a multi-course feast from fruit and cheese through soup, salad, entrée and dessert, plus a juicy murder to chew over. All food is prepared on board in the Marco kitchen. The train also has a bar, and 24-passenger dining room. Passengers decide who the murderer us and the method used to kill their victim, a prize is awarded to one sleuth in each railcar.
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