While there’s plenty to do in Southwest Florida, some activities just aren’t fit for large groups of people all at once. Get the lowdown on some fun outings and adventures tailored for group and corporate travel retreats.
What better way to break the ice and build teams than to figure out the workings of a sailboat? Spend an afternoon on the Gulf and get to know each other while learning a thing or two about sailing with the experienced instructors at a place like the Offshore Sailing School. It’s not all “heave-ho” though; the boat will do most of the work while you enjoy the water.
If sailing sounds a little too intense for you, kayaking is more a relaxed way to spend a day on the water. Rent some gear and head to Ding Darling, a wildlife reserve made up of more than 5,200 acres of undeveloped mangrove forest, where you’ll see all kinds of animals unique to the area, including hundreds of species of birds. Exploring in a kayak will allow you to go places you can’t get to in motorboats or on foot. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel Island, Florida. Contact the refuge to book your group event at 239.472.1100.
Probably the most relaxing of boating options, Captiva Cruises will take your group to beautiful locations like Cabbage Key, Useppa Island or Cayo Costa. They also offer a sunset serenade cruise with cocktails and live music, as well as a dolphin-watching tour. Captiva Cruises is located at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane in Captiva, Florida. For outings and group reservations, call 239.472.5300.
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford both made their winter homes in Fort Myers, building massive estates for their leisure time. Filled with beautiful gardens and sprawling landscapes, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers group tours of the grounds, and it’s a perfect venue for team-building exercises and meet-and-greets. Visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL or call 239.334.7419 to book your group tour.
One of the many things that bring people here is the wide variety and abundance of seashells that make their way onto our shores. Go on a guided shelling tour, or have a group scavenger hunt to find different types of shells on the beach. Shelling is a must-try activity for any group visiting the area. In fact, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is the home of National Seashell Day and the renowned shelling expert and blogger, Pam Rambo.
Over 11 miles of wetland right in Fort Myers, the deceptively named Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a great spot to explore Florida’s wetlands without even getting your feet wet. Walk the boardwalks with your group and try to spy as many wetland creatures as you can along the way. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located at 7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida. Dial 239.533.7556 to book your group tour.
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