Situated near the western end of the Gulf Coast of Florida and along the Caloosahatchee River is the bustling city of Fort Myers, Florida. It is a gateway to Southwest Florida, and is officially recognized as the county seat and commercial nerve center for Lee County.
Fort Myers started life as an outpost against Seminole Indians during the Indian Wars before becoming a Confederate trade outpost during the Civil War. After the conflicts, a community was established by steamship captain Manuel A. Gonzales in 1866. The town, which has grown into the second-largest community in Cedar Key, would later be incorporated in 1885. Thomas Alva Edison would buy a few acres of land and build his winter home in the area a year later. Automobile magnate Henry Ford also settled in with his own vacation home, and became Edison’s neighbor. Throughout the rest of the 19th and the entire 20th Centuries, Fort Myers would grow into a top resort and commercial destination thanks to the development of advanced transportation facilities, like new train lines, roads and bridges like the iconic Edison Bridge. Today, the city remains one of Florida’s top-performing communities.
Fort Myers Local Amenities and Points of Interest
When it comes to things to do, Fort Myers does not disappoint! Between outdoor activities, cultural and historical attractions, shopping and entertainment there is always something to do in the great city of Fort Myers!
Here is a list of just a few points of interest:
Art of the Olympians Museum
– non-profit organization home to unique exhibitions of Olympian art, Olympic memorabilia and educational activities. Unfortunately, this place is no longer open. (August 5, 2016 Update)
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
- a private, not-for-profit, environmental education organization. Boasting 105 acres, the nature center includes a museum, three nature trails, a planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas.
(Photo from http://calusanature.org )
City of Palms Park
- home of the Boston Red Sox spring training program, close to downtown Fort Myers. It is also home to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
– On the grounds can be found a historical museum and a 17 acre botanical garden on the adjacent sites of the winter homes of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford beside the Caloosahatchee River.
- an enclosed, super-regional shopping mall containing more than 160 stores including J.C. Penney, Sears, Macy’s and Dillard’s plus a dedicated lifestyle center section.
- beautiful waterfront entertainment & shopping district.
– Built in 1901 this historic home in Ft. Myers provides living history tours once a week. It was the city’s first year round luxury home.
Along with the attractions listed above, tourists and locals are also drawn to the eclectic mix of shops and clubs emerging as part of the downtown revitalization in Fort Myers. Boating along the scenic Caloosahatchee River, tropical gardening; and 43 golf courses provide something for everyone.
Fort Myers Real Estate
The real estate scene in Fort Myers is one of the most attractive in the entire Gulf Area. Situated in the picture-perfect setting and with the enjoyable weather to boot, living in this city has never been more enjoyable. Homes in Fort Myers are designed to provide maximum comfort while keeping a major focus on functionality. Whether it’s an entry-level detached home, a middle-sized open property for a growing family, or an estate that can double as a vacation home, there is sure to be a Fort Myers property that fits your need. They come in a host of different styles too, such as:
- Custom Contemporary
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