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Going to Ft Meyers with Family (10 and 13 year old), will be there one week.
Looking for amusement park, natural areas, not too far of a drive to do with kids. ( I heard Busch Gardens is a 4 hour drive) Also looking to fish without breaking the bank. I was there a number of years ago and did a state park charter out of Lover's Key. Does anyone know if they still do that? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance ( would have went to Wells but those folks are nuts)
How are the strip clubs there? I heard they are of the no touch variety....
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Busch Gardens is maybe 2 hours away, not 4, unless you drive to Orlando and then Tampa.
If you are going durign high season, fishing will probably be a bit pricey. There are probably charters or boats that take 20-30 people that will anchor out there, might be the best economical way. I think you are somewhat close to Siesta Key, which I heard good things about as far as bars go in Sarasota. If you want to gamble there are a few casinoes not too far away, or dog tracks if you want to play poker and bet on dog racing. If you want a boring drive, you could go into Alligator Alley and look at the everglades, but just imagine Iowa being underwater and it is the same thing more or less.
I'm sure there are more people that live on teh west side of the state that know the area better, I've only driven through it and maybe stopped to get something to eat there.
Cross over the causeway to Sanibel and make a day of it. Drive thru the wildlife refuge. Sometimes its free.....may see a gator, bald eagles, osprey, spoonbill,crabs etc. Plus, decent places to grab some grub , and then , of course , theres the beach. Go to the south side with your fishing poles ; decent pier . Plenty of amberjack, grouper, puffers, etc.....fun fish to catch or watch get caught.
One hour south to Marco; I actually enjoy fishing around these parts since there is some cool fish in and around the 1000 islands. Cheaper to fish in these parts as opposed to going miles out on the gulf. Efficient use of time also. Kids will get a kick out of some the cypress islands that literally have thousands of birds scattered amongst the branches....
If you go in this direction , you can tie it in to a trip to the Big Cypress State Park along alligator alley. Kids love this stretch of road since there is water/swamps, and a few hotspots to pull over and see gators, manatees, and birds.
Hope this helps.
As InTenSity said, Busch Gardens is only about 2 hours from Ft. Myers. So it's not too tough of a day trip from Ft. Myers. Orlando is 2 1/2 to 3 hours, I believe, if you're interested in any of those.
Sanibel Island is a must, at least for a day. There's the public beach on the South end of the island (if you aren't staying on the beach to begin with). If not, it's still a nice little drive, and has a couple of unique shops and restaurants (not shopping/retail areas, but think more like random areas of Northern Michigan).
Further up on Sanibel, there's a nature preserve that you can walk through, since you mentioned natural areas.
There is a ferry that you can take from Ft. Myers to Key West. You can do it in a day if you're ok leaving pretty early and coming back late.
You're probably a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours from good Everglades/Airboat tours, if that's of interest. There are several south of Naples/Marco. Pick up any of the area's travel guides, and you'll find several coupons, or look online. Some places are little more than a shack, a dock, and a couple of airboats. Others have alligator wrestling, shops, etc., but once you get near one, there are usually several others close by, so you can drive a few miles past and see if anything looks better (I'm a lot more familiar with the ones closer to Miami, so I don't have any specific recommendations near Naples, other than to say that I now they're there).
Naples Zoo (less than an hour from Ft. Myers) is nice. Not huge like a major city zoo, but pretty nice. It also has a big alligator pond area, so you don't need to go to the Everglades to see gators.
Busch Gardens is about two and half hours from ft meyers and is all highway---- 75 all the way. It is a great family place and many people in florida like it as much as the orlando area. Also-- Siesta Key is just west of Sarasota and is a beautiful place with one of the best beaches in florida or anywhere else. But it is not really kid friendly-- very busy and not much for kids to do. Some good restaurants there but not many bars for you and your wife. (plus it is at least 90 minutes from where you will be) Tampa has a good zoo and other things and Sarasota has many tourist things to do. Right now there is a great circus in sarasota with Nik Wallenda the guy who just walked over Niagara Falls not long ago.
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What about the strip clubs????
There are a lot of them in Tampa--- not sure about Ft Meyers--- and none really in sarasota!!
I thought there were a couple in Bradenton on 301?
Isn't there a manatee preserve on the south side of Ft Meyers?
Tampa is famous for their clubs (Mons Venus)....what about SW Florida, I may be making a trip down that way this summer and need to know if I need to make plans for a large stack of $1 bills or not.
You can't go wrong with any of the beaches in Naples. Vanderbilt, Clam Pass, Loudermilk, & Barefoot beaches are some of the best on the planet - the water temp was 72 a week ago and should only be going up from there.
There are free guides all over the area showing beach locations all which have food/drinks and toy (kayak/ski jet/ paddle board, etc.) rental.
Naples Pier also offers fishing where no license is required. You can take your catch to participating restaurants and they'll prepare it to your request. You can check with the locals on the pier for the restaurants offering this service. There's always a good chance you'll see dolphins off the pier as well which is pretty cool. The beach at the pier entrance is also very nice with shopping nearby.
Everglades National Park is fairly close and nothing you can really experience anywhere other than South Florida.
Miami/South Beach/Ft. Lauderdale is only about 2 hours east across I-75 (Aligator Alley) if the Atlantic side peaks your interest.
Plenty of bike trails throughout the area and Sanibel Island which access some amazing scenery.
Fort Myers Beach is better for the night life. The beaches are not as nice, but FMB also caters more to the spring break college crowd.
It's an incredible area to vacation, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding nearby activities for your family to fill a week.
There is only one e in Ft. Myers
Also, for the OP, if he'll be there during Spring Training, the Red Sox and Twins play in Ft. Myers (unless the Twins moved within the last few years). Either last year or the year before, the Red Sox just opened up a new stadium that is supposed to be pretty awesome. Green Monster replica, etc.
This post was edited by MiamiSpartan 17 months ago
But there are two e's in Denver. Just sayin'.
Take them to the Flea Market on North side of town. Seriously. That place has EVERYTHING from the stupidest little trinket to fresh caught fish. Can't give the specific directions but ask any local.
If you have some extra time in the evening, check out Club TBL. You'll love it.
Thanks spartans you never disappoint. My wife is going too, I just wanted to avoid the whole pics thing. These are fine, fine ideas. I'm sure we will enjoy our stay at Forte Meijers.
I'll have to pass on the strip club. Most of the dancers are cotton tops in Florida anyway, aren't they?
It's already mentioned but highly recommend the ferry trip to key west for the day
They wifey will like the shopping and the beaches in Naples are nice and not too far a drive
If you go to the dog track make sure to say to hi to Sparky
This is pretty good advice. Also lots of places to fish from shore or piers where it's free.
Is the OP 13? Writing style seems like it. And for God's sake man, its Fort MYERS!
Madge gives a hell of a lap dance. For a little extra tip, you get your choice of wrinkles to stick it in.
In FMB, Nervous Nellie's has good food, and the Cottage is an interesting bar to check out right on the beach. (I'm cereal, no homo)
If you want to get rid of the wife for a day tell her to go to the Best of Everything store and shop in Naples. Best of Everything store has tons of jewelry and purses and crap for cheap (<$10 per most items). Its super popular since its actually pretty decent stuff.
We enjoy Sanibel, but I much prefer the public beach on the middle part of the island. The south beach is too busy for my liking.
Siesta Key/Sarasota is about an hour north of Ft. Myers. Tampa/St. Pete is another 1-1.5 hours. Orlando is another 1.5 hours on top of that.
You don't have to go all the way to the everglades to get an airboat tour. There are tons along Tamiami trail between Naples and Miami. Just watch out for the sketchy ones, some tour guide had his hand bitten off baiting alligators a few months ago.
There are tons of drives and hikes along tamiami as well.
Naples Botanical garden is nice
Theres a neat museum of sorts, it was Ford/Edisons southern retreat where they did experiments.
Venice Beach is supposedly where you can find shark teeth in the surf, I haven't had much luck there yet.
Myakka River State Park is pretty cool for some hikes. Closer to Ft. Myers is Corkscrew Refuge, they have cool boardwalks and animals there.
Unless your kids are really into amusement parks I wouldn't drag them all the way up to Busch gardens. Its far for kids to ride for a day and its way over priced. At least for people like us who expect Cedar Point level rides.
If you see a guy with scabs all over his legs, a head-scarf, and a dingy backpack with diluted vodka in it, tell him I want my money back. The ecstasy did nothing. Nothing!
PLease don't suggest to go to a zoo to see gators in Florida.
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