Fort Myers and Sanibel for Families
Collected by Terry Ward, AFAR Local Expert
You’ll find something for everyone to enjoy in this part of Florida, whether your family loves exploring nature, boogie boarding on the beach, or visiting attractions like water parks and children’s museums.
1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
Florida’s nature is alive and well at this wildlife refuge, located on the north side of Sanibel Island. Rich with mangroves and seagrass, the protected, subtropical habitat is home to more than 230 species of birds as well as alligators,...
1200 Main St, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA
For all the beautiful beaches in Fort Myers, one of the coolest things you can do here is take the ferry to Key West. In just three-and-a-half hours (much quicker and more relaxing than driving), the double-decker catamaran carries you down the...
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916, USA
There's plenty of rainy-day fun to be had at this Fort Myers science center, where kids can enjoy 3D movies, pet stingrays and horseshoe crabs in a touch tank, and get up close to ball pythons, bearded dragons, prairie dogs, and...
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905, USA
Tour this butterfly house in Cape Coral to observe all four stages of the life cycle, from caterpillar to cocoon to beautiful butterfly. As soon as the butterflies lay their eggs, the staff releases them into the surrounding gardens, allowing...
2787 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL 33903, USA
Home to the world’s largest collection of seashells, the Shell Factory and Nature Park also boasts botanical gardens full of such exotic creatures as lemurs, coatimundis, and zebras. Once you’ve toured the park, visit Florida’s...
Fort Myers, FL, USA
Getting out on the water is, of course, one of the best ways to experience Cape Coral. For the perfect day, Sail SWFL offers sightseeing cruises captained by experienced boaters, during which it’s typical to spot playful dolphins jumping in...
2776, 15001 Punta Rassa Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908, USA
For whatever reason, Sanibel Dolphin Tours is based out of Fort Myers. While there are other, less confusingly named tour operators in the area, this one limits itself to private groups of six people, ensuring an intimate experience. During...
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990, USA
Located in Cape Coral, this fascinating wetland offers a window into the real Florida and its denizens. Just be liberal with the bug spray when you visit. Families will enjoy taking the boardwalk trail through the preserve for a chance at spotting...
3883 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA
At the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), the staff nurtures injured animals from Sanibel and the surrounding areas with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Among the "patients" you may meet here are gopher...
400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991, USA
With so many beaches to explore in the Fort Myers area, a waterpark might be the last place you think to visit. However, when traveling with kids, it’s just the place to while away a hot Florida day. This park in Cape Coral covers 14 acres...
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