Some of the popular attractions nearby --


We keep a small collection of books about the history, cooking, plants, animals, fishing, sailing, and tourist attractions of Southwest Florida in the apartments for your enjoyment while visiting. The latest details about some of the local attractions can be found on the internet:
1. Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary -- a 2.25- mile raised boardwalk through a cypress swamp. Large alligators usually visible -- from a safe distance; wading birds; owls; hawks and one of the main reasons the sanctuary exists -- wood storks. Handicapped accessible and wheelchairs available
2. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island -- Habitat for more than 220 species of birds, including roseate spoonbills. Bicycling, interpretive boardwalk (.25 mile), fishing, canoing, tram tours. Good birdwatching (especially at low tide, early morning, and evening) from the Indigo (hiking) Trail or the 4-mile, one-way “Wildlife Drive,” crossing through a mangrove forest
3. Lover’s Key State Park, Ft. Myer’s Beach -- Less than 5 miles away, Lover’s Key, like Sanibel, is a barrier island rich with wildlife. Bikes and boats, chairs and umbrellas available for rent. Biking/Walking trail, picnic areas, tram to the beach. Dog beach available on Hickory Blvd before you get to the park.
4. Koreshan State Historic Site, Estero -- Ranger-guided tours of the historic settlement -- a utopian colony founded in the 1890’s. Also, nature trails and canoeing on the Estero River.
5. Thomas Edison - Henry Ford winter estates in Ft. Myers -- Tour the museum, homes, gardens and laboratory of these two giants in U.S. industrial history
6. Naple’s Zoo at Carribean Gardens, Naples, formerly known as Jungle Larry’s African Safari ... lions, tigers, bears, apes...
7. The art galleries and posh boutiques and shops in Naples -- or maybe the Naples Philharmonic at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
8. Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Copeland -- Includes a bald cypress and royal palm forest with rare and endangered plants, including 44 native species of orchids and 14 native bromeliads. Wildlife includes Florida panthers, white-tailed deer, Florida black bears, Eastern indigo snakes, Everglades mink and diamondback terrapins. This is the home of the Ghost Orchid, featured in Susan Orlean’s novel, The Orchid Thief
9. Collier-Seminole State Park, Naples -- Fishing, canoeing, biking in the park, which is part of the Everglades
10. Spring training, Major League Baseball -- aka The Grapefruit League -- Play and train in Florida from late February to early April. Catch the Boston Red Sox or the Minnesota Twins playing against a dozen or so other Major League teams at their stadiums in Ft. Myers
11. Naples-Ft. Myers Greyhound Racing at the Bonita Springs track