South West Florida

Naples and Fort Myers are the two main cities and both are popular with winter visitors

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel star
One of Sanibel Island’s most interesting attractions is the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, considered the most comprehensive museum in the western hemisphere for shells. Sanibel is considered one of the world’s top shelling destinations in the world.

Exotic Naples Botanical Garden star
Known as the Gardens with Latitude, Naples Botanical Garden focuses on plants found between the 26th latitude south and the 26th latitude north. Read about the lush themed gardens and discover the surprise waiting for you at the top of the waterfall!

Feed giraffes at Naples Zoo! star
Naples Zoo is one of the top attractions in southwest Florida. Although not extensive, the 52-acre gardens are the ideal size to explore even on the hottest day. If you want to feed a giraffe or ride a camel this is definitely the place for you!

Florida Wildlife at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary star
The Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a great way to enjoy a walk with nature. It features a 2.25 mile-long boardwalk with interpretative boards along the way. Take a stroll the easy way by reading on...

Historic Burroughs Home and Gardens star
I’ve just spent a very pleasant afternoon touring the Burroughs Home and Gardens in downtown Fort Myers. Set in subtropical gardens on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the Burroughs Home epitomizes life for one elite family on Millionaire’s Row in the early 20th century. Take a tour....

Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Myers star
Read about the Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Fort Myers, picture the architecture, and discover how the rivalry between two businessmen led to the building of these noteworthy Art Deco and neo-classical buildings

Imaginarium Science Center in Fort Myers star
The hands-on Imaginarium Museum and Aquarium at Fort Myers is truly an experience beyond your wildest imagination! Kids will love the fun activities both indoors and outside, and adults will not be able to resist having a go themselves. Here's an account of my visit...

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve star
Discover more about natural Florida with a visit to this peaceful preserve and boardwalk.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve at Fort Myers star
Discover more about natural Florida with a visit to the peaceful Six Mile Cypress Slough preserve and keep your eyes moving to spot grey squirrels, pileated woodpeckers, nesting birds, egrets, ibis, herons as well as the more elusive bobcats, raccoons and playful river otters.

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