Things To Do In Fort Myers With Kids
Sanibel has many things to do that will keep the whole family happy and on their toes. There are all the island pleasures you expect and many that are special – such as the Lighthouse, the wildlife refuge, SCCF, CROW and others. But there is another world of fun just a short distance over the causeway in Fort Myers. There you will find new adventures and fun for all ages. For instance, here are two that will show you a particularly good time and give you a nice change of pace.
Just a short drive away from Sanibel Island and Captiva Island, families will find tons of things to do with kids in Fort Myers.
Imaginarium Science Center
Imaginarium is a fascinating experience. Their presentations follow the STEM approach (coordinating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to enhance the process of understanding the world we live in). The presentations are timely and easily understood by all ages. There are six major exhibits. The Animal Lab where there are live animals to experience; The Dino Dig where a real dig for real fossils is duplicated; A 3D Movie about deep sea creatures that are seldom seen; The FishEye Lagoon where sea life can be observed and fed; Mind Magic with a number of nature related puzzles to be solved and The Touch Tank with personal engagement and staff demonstrations.
In addition, The Southwest Florida Museum of History has merged with Imaginarium adding a whole new dimension to their presentations. They can now demonstrate the history of Southwest Florida from the Paleo Indians to the Calusa, the Seminoles, the Spanish explorers, the early settlers and on to the cattlemen and the evolution to what Southwest Florida is today. There are a number of artifacts detailing the areas early civilization. All the exhibits are supervised by an experienced staff. This is a wonderfully engaging experience. It’s open from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday and one hour later on Sunday. It’s located at 2000 Cranford Avenue and you can call them at 239 321 7420 for any questions or go online. The entrance fee is $12 for adults over 17 and $8 for students with ID. Children under 2 are free. Your morning has been pretty busy so let’s get some quiet time and lunch at the Oasis.
It’s only about half a mile to the restaurant. Oasis has good food, a friendly, welcoming staff and both inside and outside dining. The menu is extensive and includes American fare from soup to salad, sandwiches or omelet to steaks or chops. It’s located at 2260 Martin Luther King Boulevard. Oasis is a quiet spot where you can have a leisurely lunch and get ready for an afternoon of fun at the fabulous nature center.
This is a gem of a find – over 100 acres of southwest Florida’s natural wonders found in the middle of a city. There are three nature trails, a Seminole Indian village, butterfly and bird aviaries. There are resident animals such as baby alligators, raccoons, foxes, turtles and others that are shown in live animal exhibits presented by the skilled staff. There is also a planetarium with a 44 foot dome. They have three shows a day using telescopes and laser lights. The presentations are awesome. They are located at 3450 Ortez Avenue and can be reached at 239 275 3435 by telephone or online. The entrance fee is $10 for adults and $5 for those under 13. Your whole family will have a great time there and when you’re done it will be time to go home. Maybe you can have a waterfront dinner on the way at Gramma Dot’s in the Sanibel Marina.
Driving back to your vacation condo is a great time to grab dinner. After coming off the causeway turn left on Periwinkle Way and go to N Yachtsman Drive on your left. Turn into the Sanibel Marina and there you are at Gramma Dot’s – right on the docks. Gramma Dot’s is a Sanibel treasure that serves delicious seafood and great tasting meat dishes. Take the whole clan there and there will be something they’ll love – even the kids. There is dining inside or outside, depending on the weather. If you’d like you can explore the various yachts for sale at the marina. They are located at 634 N Yachtsman Drive and you can call them at 239 472 8138.