Whether it’s exploring an remote island or visiting the famous Edison home – there are plenty of tours and excursions to do and see on land and on the water while visiting Sanibel Island & Captiva Island.**
2505 First St
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Guided tours of this turn of the century home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, are available. The home is open Tuesday – Friday for scheduled tours; closed Monday; Saturday – Sunday are reserved for parties.
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Ave (near interstate 75, exit 136)
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours
Tours of Sanibel, Captiva, and Southwest Florida
Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours is a concierge service providing tours of the Sanibel, Captiva, and Southwest Florida. Tours cover interests and themes such as history, nature, the beach, a family pirate hunt, or nearly any adventure our guests can imagine. Create your own tour or enjoy one of the tours we’ve already developed.
Cayo Costa State Park
Overnight accommodations must be booked well in advance (preferably 6-8 months) Twelve cabins each sleep six people – $20.00 per night.
Cayo Costa is accessible only by boat: Find Boating & Sailing Charters
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Road West
Naples, FL 34120
Located south-east of Bonita Springs, 15 miles east of Interstate 75, exit 111. Owned and operated by the National Audubon Society.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901
The Edison home, located adjacent to the winter home of Henry Ford, features the inventor’s laboratory and botanical gardens. Henry Ford bought the property next to the Edison’s and visitors can tour the home of the world’s first billionaire as well as the Edison home. Tours are from Monday – Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Everglades Day Safari & Captain Bob’s Excellent Adventure
P.O. Box 1193
Fort Myer, FL 33908
An Everglades eco-tour of bird watching and wildlife photography of alligators, panthers, manatees, reptiles and other zoological and botanical interests in southwest Florida’s Big Cypress preserve and Everglades outback . A full day of nature by riverboat, hiking, airboats and van exploration with highly trained guides. Let us do the driving. Departs daily from Sanibel, Ft. Myers Beach and Naples/Marco Island area.
Koreshan State Historic Site
South Cleveland Ave (Hwy 41)
Estero, FL 33928
Members of the colony known as Koreshan Unity, believed that the universe existed in a hollow sphere. They set out to prove their theory on the beaches of Lee County. In 1961, the last four members deeded the land to the state. Today, visitors can fish, picnic, boat, and hike where survey experiments to prove the horizon on the beaches of Lee County curves upward were once carried out. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the settlement or a ranger-guided tour.
East Ft. Myers, FL
10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd)
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Opened in 1996, Manatee Park is a 17 acre regional park. The park serves at the winter home for the Florida Manatee. See manatees up close while kayaking or canoeing. Or spend time chasing butterflies in the year-round butterfly garden.
Fully accessible – NO pets. Group Program Requests: 239-690-5030 Park Hours (Year round) 8am to sunset daily – Visitor Center / Gift Shop / Seasonal Programs (November-March) 9am to 4pm daily. Parking: $1 per hour/$5 per day Kayak Rentals: $10 per hour or $30 per day.
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center
41660 Horseshoe Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Octagon provides a healthy recovery and living environment for abandoned and abused exotic wildlife.
Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors Age 55+ and Kids 8-17, Children 7 & under Free
2000 Cranford Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33916
The “Hands-On Fun” programs involve the audience in learning about live animals, chemistry, physics and other topics. “Hands-On Fun” is free with admission to the Imaginarium.
Public hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday noon-5:00pm (groups may schedule to come as early as 9:00am).
You may show your teacher ID for a preview visit free of charge. Please call in advance to schedule your preview visit with a member of the education staff.