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Nature Parks

Nature Parks

The area around Fort Myers offers beautiful, diverse landscapes, which you can admire in the many nature reserves. It's not only about the ocean - inland, you'll find river banks lined by woods, and coastal wetlands. Bird-watching lovers should head to J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge: established in 1945 on Sanibel Island, it hosts 245 different bird species, along with mammals and other sea creatures. It also offers activities for guests, such as kayaking, tram tours and fishing. 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL +1 239 472 1100 www.fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling dingdarling@fws.gov The 3500-acre-wide Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve also makes for good hiking grounds. On its 1.2 mile boardwalk, between dense trees and bayous, you'll admire herons, egrets, alligators, turtles, and other typical fauna. 7791 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL +1 239 533 7557 www.sloughpreserve.org
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Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Another popular way of getting to know Fort Myers's landscapes and nature is choosing a boat trip. Eco River Tours provides trips along the Caloosahatchee and Orange rivers, with a naturalist on board to provide explanation on the local flora and fauna. Different options are available, such as manatee tours (only December to March), which allow visitors to get close to these uncommon sea creatures, and sunset tours. Book your trip on their website. Sweetwater Landing Marina, 16991 State Rd. 31, Fort Myers, FL +1 239 693 1434 www.manateeandecorivertours.com swfl.ManateeTours@gmail.com Magic Wind Adventure Sailing is run by an enthusiastic couple and offers sailing trips on the gulf for up to 6 passengers. It is possible to book on their website or by phone. Salty Sams Marina, 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers, FL +1 800 975-5824 www.sailmagicwind.com captdan@sailmagicwind.com
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Art Walk and Music Walk

Art Walk and Music Walk

For some cultural entertainment, add Fort Myers's Art Walks and Music Walks to your agenda: these free happenings animate the social scene of the downtown River District at fixed times every month, while shops, art galleries and restaurants stay open until late at night, providing drinks on the sidewalk. The Art Walk takes place every first Friday of the month, 6pm-10pm, and features 13 art galleries which offer self-guided tours and meet-ups with the artists. www.fortmyersartwalk.com The Music Walk starts every third Friday of the month at 7pm, with bands and singers taking over the streets, performing in a wide range of music genres. facebook.com/fortmyersmusicwalk
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