Just across the bridge from downtown Fort Myers, North Fort Myers is its own bustling community with plenty to see and do. If you find yourself on the other side of the Caloosahatchee River, take advantage of some free attractions and take in some local flavor.
Comprised of 2,600 acres of protected forests, marshes and prairies, Prairie Pines Reserve is a great place to take a walk and see the varied plants and wildlife native to the area. The reserve is especially good for spotting the many species of water birds that call the area home, as well as many varieties of reptiles and amphibians. Twenty miles of maintained trails and boardwalks cut through the preserve, making it easy to access the sights and sounds of this peaceful spot.
Not every trail is on land. The Great Calusa Blueway is made up of almost 200 miles of kayak and canoe trails that wind around Estero Island, Pine Island, Matlacha Pass and into the Caloosahatchee River. From North Fort Myers, you can launch into the river section of the Blueway where you’ll see abundant marine life, shore birds and crustaceans.
No, this isn’t where they make all those shells that wash up on Sanibel. The Shell Factory is an entertainment destination with museums, shops, restaurants and rides that make for a fun afternoon with the family. Parking and admission are free while tickets are available for sale to get into the nature park.
Powell Creek Preserve is excellent for an afternoon stroll or morning walk. The 1-mile trail follows old-growth pines along Powell Creek, a tributary of the Caloosahatchee River. The 77-acre preserve protects this important waterway that helps filter the Caloosahatchee River and keeps Southwest Florida clean.
5. Northside Drive-In Flea Market
Home of the funky and eclectic, hundreds of booths line up at the Northside Drive-In to sell both new and used goods of all varieties. Aside from antiques, knickknacks and curiosities, you can pick up some truly fresh Florida citrus here.
With so many affordable attractions for everyone, we’re sure you won’t want to wait to visit North Fort Myers. Check out other features from this community and start planning your trip today.
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