Planning the perfect vacation involves searching through hundreds of blogs and pages online to find the must-visit places. If you’re preparing for your holiday in Fort Myers, chances are you’re seeking the best, most exciting spots you should visit.

With salt and freshwater surrounding the area, Fort Myers offers visitors many beautiful spots to check out. From exciting local wildlife to stunning views, this place has a bit of everything! Here we discuss the top 6 things you need to do near Fort Myers.

Times Square

Located at the heart of Estero Island’s downtown, the fantastic Times Square features a variety of restaurants. With patio seating, ice-cream parlors, exciting souvenir stores, and surf shops, this lively place is perfect for visitors. During the cool evenings, you will even find street performers and have a great view of the sunset sky.

Manatee Park

The Manatee Park in Fort Myers is home to the endangered Florida manatee. During the colder months, they look for warmer waters, so they tend to navigate towards this park. But there is more to do besides watching these creatures, there are picnic tables, butterfly gardens, and kayak/canoe rentals.

Haunted History Tour

Fort Myers has an exciting and historic haunted past, perfect for those who love hearing ghost stories.  There is a Haunted History Tour hosted by True Tours that shows you the undocumented history of the city on a 90-minute night stroll. This tour takes place in Fort Myers historical downtown and is sure to be a fun experience.

Fort Myers River District

A historic and must-visit place in Fort Myers. The River District is home to various restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, and many other attractions. It was first created by a group of business and property owners with the intent to revive the Fort Myers downtown district and promote redevelopment in the area.

Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers is often the favorite spot for tourists and locals alike. There are many options for paddle boarding, parasailing, boating, and much more. If you are an ocean lover and enjoy sunbathing or cruising under the sunset, this is the place to be.

There is also a great variety of bars, restaurants, and gift shops to best complement your day at the beach.  A couple of favorites among visitors are Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille and Heidi’s Island Bistro.

Babcock Ranch Eco Tours

Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours is the perfect experience for those who love nature and would like to learn about Florida wildlife. Located in Punta Gorda, this 90-minute swamp buggy tour takes you through the historic Babcock Ranch Preserve home to more than 13 endangered species including the Florida panther.

Here you will get a peek at plenty of Florida’s unique species including softshell turtles, woodpeckers, sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbill, alligators, and more! Book your tour today and be sure to bring a camera with you to keep a memoir of the fascinating animals and picturesque views you will see!