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Popular Kid Friendly Southwest Florida Activities

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Escape Zone Skate and Fun Center

© Escape Zone/ucindy1978

You and your family are planning a trip to visit the Grandparents. You know where you’re staying because you’ve already booked your rental home, but what will you do to keep your family entertained?

Here’s a list of popular kid friendly activities in Southwest Florida:

Escape Zone Skate and Fun Center
5370 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Amusement Parks, Playgrounds & Playspaces

J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, Florida 33957 | (239) 472-1100

The Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette Road, Naples, Florida 34102 | (239) 262-540
Animals, Nature & Gardens, and Playgrounds & Playspaces

Imaginarium: Hands-On Museum and Aquarium
2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33916 | (239) 337-3332
Museums & Monuments and Animals

Sun Splash Family Waterpark
400 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral, Florida | (239) 574-0557

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33905 | (239) 275-3435

Tigertail Beach
400 Hernando Drive , Marco Island, Florida 34145 | 239-254-4000
Playgrounds & Playspaces and Beaches & Lakes

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Edison and Ford estates in Fort Myers: 5 Reasons to Visit

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

There is a cool breeze in the air now and you’re itching to get to Florida for the winter, but as a seasonal renter or annual renter, what are some things to do in Southwest Florida once you get there? The Palm Beach Post had a great article entitled, “5 reasons to see the Edison and Ford estates in Fort Myers“. This is just one of many great outings you can expect to enjoy this season.

Don’t forget to check out SelectDwelling’a top 5 things to do in Fort Myers.

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7 Things to Do with Kids in Naples, Florida

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Your snowbirding parents have been renting a condo in Southwest Florida since October and you thought it was high time you escaped the cold and visited them. You suddenly panic! What are some activities you can do with your children in “baby boomer” paradise?

Here are 7 things to do with your children in Naples, Florida:

1. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Admission: Child $11.95, Adult $19.95, Seniors $18.95
(Tickets purchased online are sometimes cheaper!)
1590 Goodlette Rd
(239) 262-5409

2. Clam Pass County Park
Admission: Free parking for visitors with a beach parking sticker
Seagate Drive and Crayton Road
Naples, FL 34103
(239) 353-0404

3. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Admission: Children under 6 FREE, Student $4.00, Adult: $10.00
(Wheelchair and Stroller accessible)
375 Sanctuary Road West
Naples, FL 34120-4865
(239) 348-9151

4. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Admission: Various programs, call for current ticket prices
1450 Merrihue Dr
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 262-0304

5. Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club
Admission: Call 2 days in advance for Tee Times
Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club
3525 Northbrooke Drive
Naples, FL  34119-7920
(239) 592-7860

6. King Richard’s Family Fun Park
Admission: Single Ticket $5.00
(check website for other package deals)
6780 Airport Pulling Rd N
Naples, FL  34109
(239) 598-2042

7. Everglades Airboat Excursions
Admission: 1/2 day Child $60.00, Adult $89.00 / Full day Child $89.00, Adult $129.00
1010 6th Avenue
South Naples, FL  34102
(239) 262-1914

No matter what you choose—Beaches, Parks, Nature Preserves, Golfing or a day at the Zoo—all of these kid activities in Naples will be great fun for the entire family. Then after a day of fun, check out 10 Restaurants not to be missed in Naples!

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100 Things to Do in Southwest Florida

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Fish off pierWhen you rent a home in Southwest Florida, you’d like to know what there is to do, right?  Maybe you’d like to:

  • Fish off the Matlacha bridge or pier
  • Take an Eco Tour or Sightseeing trip
  • Dine at Doc Fords
  • Cruise the Caloosahatchee River
  • Lunch at the Tarpon Inn in Pineland
  • Camp out on Cayo Costa
  • Go kayaking at Ding Darling
  • See a movie at Island Cinema
  • Eat a grouper sandwich; blackened!

To see the full list check out the Top 100 Interesting Things in Southwest Florida. Want more information? Visit our free Southwest Florida Travel Guides today!

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10 Restaurants to try when renting a house near Charlotte Harbor.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Here are 10 restaurants to try when renting a house near scenic Charlotte Harbor and the surrounding barrier islands.  To find more nearby restaurants in Sanibel/Captiva Island and Boca Grande, check out our Southwest Florida Travel Guides for more local information.

Portofino-Waterfront Dining
23247 Bayshore Road
Port Charlotte, FL‎ 33980
(941) 743-2800‎

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
1152 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
(941) 613-1114

La Esperanza Restaurant‎
2150 Tamiami Trl # 24
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 235-3642

The Captain’s Table
Fishermen’s Village

1200 West Retta Esplanade #55
Punta Gorda, FL 33951
(941) 637-1177

Ice House Pub‎
408 Tamiami Trl # 111
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 575-0866

Perfect Caper‎
121 East Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 505-9009

Laishley Crab House‎
100 West Retta Esplanade
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 205-5566

Wood Street Grill Catering‎
221 Wood Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 815-1899

Bin 82 Tasting Room
258 W. Marion Ave.

Historic Downtown

Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 916.9581

Cafe Ruelle Coffee House and Wine Bar
117 West Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
(941) 575-3553

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Top 5 Things to do in Fort Myers

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

When you visit Southwest Florida here are the top 5 things to do in Ft. Myers:

1. Edison and Ford Winter Estates – The museum offers exhibits on two of America’s most famous inventors: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Visitors can also tour the botanical garden.
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901   239-334-7419

2. Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium – Interact with over 60 exhibitions including a touch tank and a weather experience like no other. A wonderful place to take the kids!
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916 

3. Lovers Key State Park – Go to the beach and observe nature. Home to a slew of wildlife, you may see dolphins, spoonbills, marsh rabbits and more while you swim and frolic at the beach.
8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931    

4. Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium – Attention Wildlife enthusiast!  The museum and planetarium offers over 100 acres of things to see. Get up close with native animals and watch feedings, and you may even get to touch one of the animals. Great outing for families.
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905 

5. Lee County Manatee Park – Opportunities abound at this year round park, as visitors can canoe, kayak, fish, or picnic with friends and family, but the best part is that you get a chance to see live manatees.  
10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd) Fort Myers, FL  33905  239-690-5030

Want to know more things to do when visiting Fort Myers and the Southwest Florida region? Check out our Free Florida Travel Guides for Fort Myers.

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Luxury shopping in Naples, Florida

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Waterside Shops Naples, FloridaQuintessential luxury shopping in Naples, Florida is done at the Waterside Shops. Located at the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Tamiami Trail North, this impressive retail lifestyle center offers valet, personal shoppers, complimentary wheelchairs & strollers, and more. Dine at one of the on-site restaurant establishments like Brio and Bricktop’s while you’re there. With over 60+ stores, you may find that one day of shopping at the Waterside Shops isn’t enough!

Want to find out more things to do in Naples? Check out our Naples, Florida Travel Guides.

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Where to eat in Sanibel Island, Florida? Try Doc Ford’s.

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is a restaurant experience not to be missed on Sanibel Island, Florida. Named after Dr. Marion Ford, a fictional character that local novelist Randy Wayne White writes about in his novels. The restaurant serves up a fresh menu of gourmet food. Be sure to try the fish tacos made with papaya and fresh grouper fish, a house favorite. Read more about local author Randy Wayne White.

Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille Sanibel Island, Florida
975 Rabbit Road
Sanibel Island, Florida 33957
Phone: 239-472-8311

And don’t forget to check out their other location:

Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach Rum Bar & Grille
708 Fisherman’s Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931
Phone: 239-765-9660

Check out more dining options in Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Dining in Naples, Florida? 10 restaurants not to be missed.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The 2009–2010 season is beginning to warm up in Southwest Florida as snowbirds and seasonal travelers are making their way back to Naples for the winter season. If you are new to the Naples area or even a returning veteran of this charming gulf coast town, we have compiled a list of ten fantastic restaurants that you should check out during your stay.

The Turtle Club Restaurant

9225 Gulfshore Dr
North Naples, FL 34108
(239) 592-6557

M Waterfront Grille

4300 Gulf Shore Blvd.
Naples, FL
(239) 263-4421

Naples Tomato

14700 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL
(239) 598-9800

Tommy Bahamas Tropical Cafe

1220 Third Street South
Naples, FL  34102
(239) 643-6889

Campiello Naples

1177 Third Street South
Naples, FL
(239) 435-1166

Bleu Provence

1234 8th Street South
Naples, FL
(239) 261-8239

The Dock At Crayton Cove

845 12th Avenue South
Naples, FL
(239) 263-9940

EVOO Market & Bistro

13240 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, Florida  34110
(239) 444-2020

Rib City Grill

East Naples: 3871 East Tamiami Trail
Naples, Florida

North Naples: 9191 North Tamiami Trail
Naples, Florida
Other locations in South Fort Myers,
Cape Coral, and Immokalee

Hansome Harrys Third Street Bistro

1205 Third Street South
Naples, FL
(239) 434-6400


What are some of your favorite restaurants in Southwest Florida?
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Wildlife Walkabout in Naples, Florida

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Boardwalk

“My husband and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Southwest Florida. One of the highlights was Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, just northeast of Naples, Florida. This 2.25 mile boardwalk, maintained by the National Audubon Society, is a fun activity for the entire family. It winds through an amazing variety of ecosystems—more than I’ve ever seen in one place before. We strolled through a pine upland, wet prairie, a marsh and a cypress forest, all from the comfort of a wooden boardwalk.”

“There were plenty of benches and rain shelters in case we wanted to rest, or just stop and take in the views. There was excellent wheelchair and stroller accessibility, many informative signs with pictures and drawings, and best of all, many knowledgeable Audubon Society volunteer guides. Their interest and excitement was contagious. They even loaned us their binoculars so we could see the things they were pointing out. On our trip, for example, we saw a yellow-neck warbler, perched owl, mating storks, and a mother hummingbird and her nest.”Spoonbills

“But that’s not all. We also spotted graceful white and pink wading spoonbills, feeding ibis, and a few alligators floating silently like a log. And of course the foliage and plant life is beautiful. All in all, it was a lovely, leisurely stroll through a beautiful spot. Somehow it was both relaxing and exciting at the same time. For Florida vacationers and residents, we highly recommend a visit to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. My husband and I both plan to go again the next time we’re in Southwest Florida.”


Hours: April 11-Sept. 30: 7 AM to *7:30 PM — Oct. 1-April 10: 7 AM to *5:30 PM
*Check their website for specific closing times.


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