North Fort Myers

Alive and growing.

North Fort Myers' rural beginnings have given way to a growing community filled with affordable and convenient lodging, dining and entertainment choices. Hike inland trails, learn to sail and hunt for the perfect shell at The Shell Factory and Nature Park. The longtime area attraction is just one reason to get off the beaten path and head north.

North Fort Myers Community

"If you're ready to hit the water, fishing, boating and charters are available at nearby marinas."

Located on the northern shore of the Caloosahatchee River, North Fort Myers offers visitors a blend of town and country. Experience true Southern ambiance with ancient moss-draped oaks, gracious horse farms and tropical riverbanks. In addition, the area is home to a delightful arrcalay of interesting shops and local restaurants.

Inland nature trails offer a great opportunity for horseback riding, a unique way to explore the landscape and observe area wildlife. If you're ready to hit the water, fishing, boating and charters are available at nearby marinas.

No visit would be complete without a stop at the Shell Factory, which houses the world's largest collection of shells and coral. Kids will be fascinated by the seaside treasures found there. The area also sports a kitschy flea market, the Northside Drive-In.

A frequent visitor to our area waters the sea cow, or manatee, remains one of nature's shyest and gentlest mammals. The species originated 65 million years ago. Now these endangered animals are attracted upriver by warm inland waters and often can be seen in this natural setting. One way to observe the gentle manatee is aboard a tropical river tour.

Northeast of the area you’ll find Babcock Wilderness Adventures, which offers Swamp Buggy Tours that take visitors through four distinct ecosystems. You'll have a chance to see alligators, Florida panthers, deer, wild turkey and boars in their natural settings.

North Fort Myers Quick Trips

"Head out on a swamp buggy ride through an old cattle ranch, go kayaking on the Great Calusa Blueway or take a nature cruise."

Go Where the Cracker Cattle – and Alligators – Roam: Near North Fort Myers, Babcock Wilderness Adventures’ (800-500-5583) rollicking swamp buggy ride takes you back in time to the area’s logging and cattle-ranching eras, while introducing its cast of wilderness pageantry: alligators, Florida panthers, sandhill cranes, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and Florida Cracker cattle.

Look for Fins and Snouts: Each day brings new surprises when you set sail on a nature cruise. Some tours cast seine nets to introduce visitors to tiny creatures from the sea. Others go in search of dolphins, manatees and birds where they live.

Follow Ancient Trails: Paddle your way from one end of the county to the other along the Great Calusa Blueway (239-533-7275), a marked and GPS-plotted coastal waterway trail named for a native tribe that covers 190 miles.

Captain Your Own Destiny: Or at least your own salty, exciting day riding the waves: Rent a powerboat from one of the local marinas. Explore secluded beaches, visit uninhabited islands and cast for your fantasy fish.

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