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Fort Myers Beach - Beaches, preserves, parks - and more!

October 11, 2013
FL Guide

Fort Myers Beach has plenty to offer those who live here, visit or plan a vacation.

Cultural sites on the Beach include Mound House, Estero Island's oldest standing structure that sits on an ancient Calusa Indian Mound; and Newton Park, a beach front property and historic home rich in island history associated with Jim and Ellie Newton whose extensive friendships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Charles Lindbergh, and others are recorded in Jim Newton's book, "Uncommon Friends." Other historical sites to visit include the Historic Cottage, Annex and Rain Barrel at 161 Bay Road.

There are several beach parks to visit, including Bowditch Point Regional Park, Lynn Hall Memoirial Park, The Beach Pier, Crescent Beach Family Park and Lovers Key State Park. Matanzas Pass Preserve is the island preserve with nearly 60 acres of unspoiled sanctuary for hiking at 199 Bay Road Bay Oaks Recreational Campus at 2700 Oak Street (turn east onto School Street or Bay Road) offers many activities and programs and offers the Town Municipal Pool.

If you are looking for night life, there are many restaurant/bars that offer live entertainment. At Times Square, there is a Sunset Celebration each weekend where the businesses feature outdoor dining, shopping, street performers and live outdoor entertainment.

If you have puppies in tow, Fort Myers Beach is dog friendly as long as your pooch is on a leash. There is a beachfront off-leash dog park called "Dog Beach" just off the south end of the island and right before New Pass Bridge on the west side.

Estero Island is also home of Beach Elementary School, an "A" rated school in the Lee County School District.

During the winter months, the Town of Fort Myers Beach offers a Farmer's Market under Matanzas Bridge. The Town also operates a mooring field, which boasts 70 mooring balls for public rental and upland services for cruisers provided by Matanzas Inn.

The Beach features three parades: the Shrimp Festival Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade and Fourth of July Parade. Festivals and events happen on the island on a nearly every weekend basis. Major events include the Beach Lions Shrimp Festival and the Blessing of the Fleet in March, Taste of the Beach in April, Fourth of July Festival in July, Pirate Fest in October, the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, Paint the Beach and the American Sand Sculpting Championships in November and the FMB Chamber Boat Parade in December as well as the Town incorporation birthday party in Times Square on Dec. 31.



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