Finding Culture in Fort Myers and Sanibel
Collected by Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
The Fort Myers area has more than enough cultural, historical, and artistic attractions to keep you busy when you’re not at the beach, whether you’re interested in storied museums or small, co-op galleries.
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
Though this historic site was the winter retreat of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, it's clear that neither man was exactly relaxing while staying here—the buildings and grounds are filled with evidence of their busy minds and hands. There's...
544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990, USA
Full of charm and residential character, the Cape Coral Historical Society showcases the city’s history in three separate buildings. In the Gulf American Land Corp. Building, guests can learn about the area’s Native Americans...
3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928, USA
Visitors to Southwest Florida have their choice of fantastic beaches, restaurants, and attractions, but for a fascinating glimpse into some of the area’s more unique history, don't miss the Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero, just north...
112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
Florida’s many lighthouses are a storied bunch, especially the rather different one on the east end of Sanibel Island, which was built back in 1884 before the area was even settled. Constructed to withstand hurricanes, the...
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919, USA
Perfect for when you need a culture fix in Fort Myers, this concert hall on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College offers a diverse range of programming throughout the year. Broadway productions are usually among the offerings, as well...
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
A fun cultural visit, this co-op gallery features the work of 23 artists in a classic bungalow on Sanibel Island. The works—both on display and for sale—are delightfully diverse, covering such mediums as raku pottery, paintings on...
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