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You may come for the beaches and the sunshine, but a trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel also offers some memorable historic sites. You may want to add the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, a 19th-century lighthouse, and the largest concentration of historic buildings in the region to your must-see list.
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2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
Soak up some creative inspiration along with beautiful Southwest Florida nature at the historic winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The two American innovators were good friends who built their winter homes next to each other in Fort...
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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...
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Overlooking the sparkling waters and pristine beaches of the Boca Grande Pass off the southern tip of Gasparilla Island, the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse has been a beacon of safety to sailors since it was erected here in 1890. With a completely...
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1520 Broadway #104, Fort Myers, FL 33901, USA
The best beach towns have lively urban areas to enjoy away from the sand, too, and you'll find that—and more—along the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers in the Historic River District. Within a few compact and photogenic blocks, you can...
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Matlacha, FL 33993, USA
The first thing to know about this colorful fishing village just east of Pine Island is how to pronounce it: Matt-luh-SHAY. The second thing to know is that you're going to love it. An artists' enclave full of brightly painted galleries, fish...