We took a recent trip with our three small children to Fort Myers Beach, FL. We stayed with family so were able to save money on hotels and splurge on adventures! Here are the 10 things to do in Fort Myers with kids.
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10 Things To Do in Fort Myers With Kids
Sometimes the best things in life really are free. Sanibel has an East-West orientation, which allows gulf waters to gently push along the ocean floor, bringing many shells that are intact. You’ll want to leave any that have a creature living inside as they’re protected (and super gross looking!)
Red Sox Spring Training (March)
Where else can you score $20 Red Sox tickets and meet not only current stars, but up-and-comers? For afternoon games at “Little Fenway,” be sure to arrive around 10am if you want an autographed ball or glove, and buy tickets in advance.
Be sure to call ahead, as they update manatee sightings daily. Spanned across 17 acres, there are playgrounds, kayak rentals, and entrance into the park is free, save a $1-$5 parking cost.
Kids under 2 are free, as is parking. The Imaginarium has a stingray touch tank, a “running through a rainstorm” exhibit, and a fun Dino Discovery Dig area.
From alligators to lemurs, The Shell Factory has over 400 animals, bumper boats, and a little café so you don’t have to bring lunch.
There are a lot of mini golf places in the Ft. Myers area, but we’ve been coming to Smugglers Cove for years. You can feed baby alligators and they have a coupon on their website, plus everyone gets a chance to win a free round at the mystery hole.
Day Trip: Sanibel
It’s $6 to get over the bridge from Ft. Myers to Sanibel, but once you are there it’s like a beautiful tropical oasis. Lighthouse beach is super kid-friendly with a gentle shore. A kid-friendly restaurant we loved was the Island Cow, which has parrots in the back and bean bag toss lawn games while you wait for a table. They also bring every table free sprinkle muffins before you place your order! Sanibel has 25 miles of bike trails, and you can have a bike delivered to your hotel from Billy’s Bike Rentals.
We all gave a mighty “Argh!” pirate-style when we climbed aboard Pieces of Eight, the family-friendly 90-minute cruise which sails around Fort Myers harbor thrice daily. The pirates truly try to include each and every kid in games, captain mutiny, dancing, and general rebel rousing. My sons loved earning gold coins for participation from the crew, and getting tattoos drawn on their arms to look tough.
Located near Little Fenway, Fine Folk Pizza serves up delicious thin crust pizza, and the best part is they give kids a little ball of dough to practice throwing in the air.
Norman Love is a world-class chocolatier with shops popping up all over Southwest Florida. It’s his gelato we love most, and with two chocolate salons and one artisan gelato salon in Fort Myers, you can easily satisfy your child’s sweet tooth, or yours!