Fort Myers in Florida is the county seat and commercial centre of Lee County. Fort Myers is known among visitors as the city with excellent warm subtropical climate all year round, great entertainment, and a casual feel in Southwest Florida region. The city covers a total area of 105 square kilometres (40.4 square miles), of which 82 square kilometres (31.8 square miles) is land and 22 square kilometres (8.6 square miles) is water. As of 2010, Fort Myers has 62,298 inhabitants.
What to see & do
Serving as a gateway to the Southwest Florida region, Fort Myers is a major tourist destination in Florida State, with the winter homes of Thomas Edison (Seminole Lodge) and Henry Ford (The Mangoes) as the main tourist attractions in Southwest Florida. Also not to be missed when on a tour in Fort Myers is the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. It is a private, not-for-profit environmental education organisation that houses a museum, three nature trails, a planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop, and meeting and picnic areas. The Historic Downtown or Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District, on the other hand, is a waterfront entertainment district with 69 historic buildings. The nearby McGregor Boulevard is where the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are located. The Imaginarium Science Center is a great place for kids. This hands-on science and aquarium museum offers a summer camp. For a colourful sight, go to the Butterfly Estates in Fowler Street. It is a butterfly conservatory that is home to all the butterfly species that are native to Florida. The area also has a cascading waterfall and a number of exotic plant species. The day ends but the fun never stops. At night, head to Groove Street Grille and Discotheque for diverse restaurant, night spot, and entertainment options. Popular activities in Fort Myers also include fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, swimming, diving, and biking, as well as alligator, dolphin, and bird watching.
How to get around within Fort Myers
Buses that travel within Fort Myers are operated by LeeTran. Fort Myers is also a bicycle-friendly city, with its warm subtropical climate perfect for this kind of activity. However, cyclers must be aware of the pop up showers that occur during the wet season. The Sanibel Island in Fort Myers can be accessed via the Sanibel Causeway, while the Midpoint and Cape Coral Parkway/Colonial Bridge leads to Cape Coral.
How to get there
Travellers getting into Fort Myers via air will land in the county-owned Southwest Florida International Airport. The airport serves the region of Southwest Florida including Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Marco Island, Captiva Island, Bonita Springs, Naples, and Fort Myers, where the airport is located. One of the busiest single runway airports in the United States, Southwest Florida International Airport serves both domestic and international flights. Among the busiest airlines operating in the airport are Delta, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, US Airways, and AirTran.
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