Tours and Excursions Near Sanibel Island

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.**

Burroughs Home
2505 First St
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 332-6125

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
(239) 275-3435

Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours
Tours of Sanibel, Captiva, and Southwest Florida
(239) 245-7383

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
(239) 964-0375

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
(239) 348-9151

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
(239) 334-3614

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
(239) 472-1559

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
(239) 992-0311

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.

Manatee Park

East Ft. Myers, FL
10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd)
Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 690-5030

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
(239) 543-1130

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
(239) 337-3332

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.

Spectator Sports Near Sanibel Island

The Southwest Florida area is home for spring training for Major League Baseball teams including the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. You can also see the Everblades hockey team and the Fort Myers Miracle Baseball team. You can even visit the Naples-Fort Myers Dog Track, if you’re feeling lucky. Southwest Florida has something for everyone.

Boston Red Sox Spring Training

Jet Blue Park
11581 Daniels Parkway
Ft. Myers, FL 33913

Tickets: (239) 334-4700
Administration: (239) 334-4799

Minnesota Twins Spring Training

Lee County Sports Complex
14100 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy
Ft. Myers, FL 33912

Tickets: (800) 338-9467
Administration: (239) 768-4225

Miracle Professional Baseball

Lee County Sports Complex
14100 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy
Ft. Myers, FL 33912
(239) 768-4225

The Miracle team is a member of the Florida State League. Games are held April through August.

Florida Everblades Professional Hockey Team

Everblades Arena
Interstate 75 and Corkscrew Road
10900 Everblades Pkwy
Estero, FL 33928
(239) 948-7825

Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track

Everblades Arena
10601 Bonita Beach Rd SE
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
(239) 642-9537