Step into a leisurely pace of life on the northern shore of the Caloosahatchee River. With its meandering waterways and natural inland trails, North Fort Myers — positioned just above Cape Coral — is a serene rural retreat that exudes an energy that’s all its own.
One of your first stops will be The Shell Factory & Nature Park, home to a vast collection of seashells, coral, and internationally sourced pearls, along with beautifully crafted souvenirs to bring home. This North Fort Myers favorite is a perfect introduction to the natural treasure that makes this region so unique.
Nature will surely play a starring role in your adventures here. North Fort Myers’ riverfront location makes it easy to get outdoors by water or on land, no matter where your sense of discovery leads you. Paddle out onto the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Great Calusa Blueway, where every bend reveals tranquil views of mossy oak trees and freshwater wildlife. On the northern banks of the river, wander through the Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve where a boardwalk and walking trails are framed by wetlands, hammock, and pine flatwood ecosystems.
Deeper inland, Prairie Pines Preserve offers miles of hiking and horseback riding in protected wet and mesic flatwoods, marshes, and prairie landscapes. Head east to ECHO Global Farm, a small-scale farm that is dedicated to using sustainable practices from around the world to fight hunger. Take a guided tour to learn how to grow your own food using these agricultural solutions and meet the menagerie of goats, ducks, chickens and other farm animals that reside here.