The gateway to Southwest, everyone needs to visit Fort Myers during their visit to Florida. Alongside glorious beaches and fantastic shopping spots, it’s the perfect place to learn more about two of America’s most famous inventors – Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. They both had winter homes in the city, which now bring tourists to the destination year after year.
When to visit
Based on price and weather, between March and May is the best time to visit Fort Myers. The temperatures are heating up, well into the high twenties, and the prices still remain low. The only thing to look out for is Spring Breakers, particularly in March, but the crowds are certainly not as big as they are during the summer months.
Many of us dream about escaping the cold British winter, and October to February is a great time to visit Fort Myers. Prices for hotels tend to rise around late November, but the city tends to be on the cheaper side in comparison to other destinations in Florida.
If you do visit between June and early September, make sure you don’t forget to bring an umbrella! Most of Florida’s rainfall is dropped during this time of year and it can become very hot and humid.
Events not to miss
Alongside its warm sunny beaches, advanced golf courses and popular deep-sea fishing, Fort Myers plays host to some unmissable events. If you’re flexible with your dates, you might want to consider booking your trip around Fort Myers biggest events.
Edison Festival of Light
Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival, make sure you donât miss the Edison Festival of Light. Running annually every February, the celebration of Thomas Edison’s life and contributions aims to educate as well as entertain. You’ll find plenty of craft and food stalls, car shows, a specialist parade for dogs, and a celebratory parade with fireworks.
When: Columbus Day weekend
Fun for adults and kids alike, the annual Pirate Festival at Fort Myers Beach promises a swash-bucklingly good time. Discover fantastic music, pirate-themed magicians and impersonators, and live ship battles throughout the weekend. Adults can join the crew the evening before and enjoy a pub quest – costumes are encouraged!
Whenever you choose to visit the charming Fort Myers, make sure you don’t forget to visit the city’s muse-see attractions.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Steeped in history, a visit to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates makes for a wonderful day out. You’ll get to explore the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford alongside the botanical laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum. Take a guided tour to learn more about the inventors, and wander around the estate and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Caloosahatchee River.
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Immerse yourself in nature at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, home to otters, alligators, turtles and more. There’s over 3,000 acres of wetland to explore and guided walks are perfect for spotting the animals in their natural habitat. The non-profit preserve has an Interpretive Centre too where visitors can learn more about the Slough, talk to a friendly volunteer or explore the gift shop.
It might be lacking the hustle and bustle of Miami and Orlando, but Fort Myers is steeped in history and surrounded by nature and beautiful beaches. Ideal for families, couples and even solo travellers, a visit to Fort Myers will never disappoint.