A day in Downtown Fort Myers

Couple window shopping at Echo Vintage

After a scenic one-hour drive, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a charming waterfront area with rich history. Also known as the historic River District, the brick-lined streets of downtown Fort Myers will guide you into quaint shops, lively restaurants, exquisite art galleries and more. With so much to see and do, here are a few ideas for a fun, fulfilling day.


If you’ve got the kids in tow, start the day at the IMAG History & Science Center. There, families can learn through play in an open environment featuring 60 hands-on exhibits – including interactive touch tanks.

For a purely historical activity, visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Get a look into the lives and accomplishments of American inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who took refuge here from harsh northern winters while continuing their work and research. Here, you can tour over 20 acres of historical buildings, botanical gardens, a museum and Edison’s personal research laboratory.


Antique lovers and art enthusiasts can pique their interests along the brick-lined streets of the River District. Here, you can browse intriguing art galleries and a wide range of mom-and-pop souvenir shops. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find a new type of authenticity. 

When the evening rolls around, you’ll find there’s no shortage of fine dining venues. From the flavorful sensations of The Firestone Grill Room to the intimate atmosphere of The Veranda, your ideal dinner awaits.


After dinner, if you’re still not ready to head back to Captiva, stay a little longer and join in the nightly festivities. Mosey between bars and nightclubs located throughout the downtown district and stop in to grab a drink. Try The 86 Room, a local speakeasy serving handcrafted vintage cocktails.

Once everything’s all said, celebrated and done, we can guarantee you’ll rest easy knowing you experienced the very best of downtown Fort Myers.

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