Cool wildlife. Watery touch tank encounters. Exciting sea life cruises. The Fort Myers Sanibel area is full of all-natural ways to fascinate kids.
Creature Meet & Greet
Meet creatures from bugs to gators up close in the exhibits and on the trails at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
in Fort Myers. The Insectarium is crawling with live bugs. Kids can even dress up like an insect. There are also snake feedings, baby gators and live turtles inside the nature center. Outside, the trails take you to a butterfly house, aviary, touch tank and an area with a bobcat and foxes.Beach Scavenger Hunt
Challenge kids to turn up conch shells, egg cases, crab holes, sea stars, turtle grass, clams and more on the miles of white sand spread throughout The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Programs offered by Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
and Adventures in Paradise
help them identify their beach and inshore findings.I Spy Wildlife
Start with a visit to the new eco-friendly, interactive visitors center at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
in Fort Myers before heading out on the boardwalk trails to see how many birds and other creatures they can spot. Volunteers lead 90-minute guided walks daily and often bring along a spotting scope for zeroing in on bald eagles and gators. Also in Fort Myers, Manatee Park’s
“Eye on Nature” self-guided activity is a hit with families – kids receive a magnifying glass upon completion.