Spend Your Summer by the Sea

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If your winter break was put on hold, now is a great time to think about traveling again. There’s a certain kind of magic on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in the summer months, and some activities even seem like they were tailor-made for the season.

Southwest Florida’s wetlands and waterways will beckon you to explore more. Go kayaking and canoeing through the Great Calusa Blueway, a 190-mile-long paddling trail that meanders around Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound and various coastal islands. The well-marked waterways grace you with up-close views of playful dolphins, curious manatees and an abundance of wading birds. Glide through mangrove tunnels and explore shell mounds created by the Calusa people for a glimpse into how nature and history intersect.

Click here to learn more about what you’ll see along the paddling trail.

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Indoor fun is just as rewarding as being out in nature, especially when you can slip in some summer education along the way. Families of all ages will learn something new at the IMAG History & Science Center, an enriching space featuring everything from live marine animal encounters to artifacts showcasing Southwest Florida’s role in World War II. At the iconic Edison and Ford Winter Estates, acres of landscape and gardens lead to historic homes and the 15,000-square-foot Edison Ford Museum.

Discover more indoor spaces and living museums to explore during your stay.

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Cool off in the most satisfying way possible: by loading up on amazing, locally inspired ice cream. The Best Ice Cream doesn’t kid around with its made-from-scratch ice cream featuring ingredients like fresh-cut strawberries or swirls of Nutella. You can even have it vegan, made to order. Look for Queenie’s Homemade Ice Cream, founded by Captiva local Vanessa “Queenie” Viglione, all over Southwest Florida (Pine Island mango is a highly anticipated seasonal treat).

Need more inspiration? Read up on four insanely delicious frozen treats to try.

Plan your summer days on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and create the vacation you’ve been dreaming about. From a morning wildlife hike to an afternoon under the shade of a beach umbrella to evenings watching street performers in Times Square, every day can show you something entirely new.

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