- WhereSanibel Island, Florida, USA
Beautiful well cared for Resort close to the beach. Beautiful grounds and very quiet. Gated community with great staff. By Eileen Gross
Located on Pine Island this tropical KOA offers lakeside sites, two clubhouses, a large heated pool, a spacious hot tub. For physical activities there is a lighted tennis court, a bike path that goes around the island where you can explore mango groves and farms. You can do some beachcombing or fish the waters off the Gulf Coast. For a taste of Fort Myers' elegant past, visit the winter estates of Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford. Enjoy the plentiful seafood as well. Walk to the beach or ride your bike along the island roads. Whatever your choice an RV rental allows you to experience it.
The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of a larger complex that includes the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, The Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The 8,000 acres are mostly nesting and roosting islands. There are 245 birds that live in this refuge and there are many migratory birds that consider this a save passage, reptiles and mammals and many other endangered species such as the manatee can also be seen.
Visit one of the best shelling spots in all of Florida, the Blind Pass is a natural channel of water that separates the two islands, Sanibel and Captiva. It also joins the gulf with the bay. You can fish for species such as the tailing redfish or the snook. Since the Blind Pass faces the west you can view incredible sunsets from here.
With over 14 acres of waterslides, a lazy river, and a children?s play area your family is sure to have a memorable day. This amusement park also offers an ecological boardwalk on Lake Kennedy.
Get a taste for the old Florida amusement park, you can enjoy go-karts, carnival rides, mini-golf, batting cages and arcade games. You can also enjoy unique events such as a Haunted Hike, Safe Trick or Treat, and the Easter Bunny Trail.
You can feel the community spirit as many locals gather to buy fresh produce. With a 21 year track record the market attracts thousands of loyal customers who come to support the finest vendors. The market is open each Saturday from October to May. You can find specialty items such as gulf-fresh seafood, German breads and pastries, micro-greens, and even handcrafted soaps and lotions and much more. You can also catch musical acts and buskers.
Thomas Edison, the inventor, and Henry Ford, the car giant, owned houses next door to each other in Fort Myers, Florida. They are set in beautiful grounds, which have been kept as they were when Edison and Ford lived there. It is a great place to visit, and you can choose to do a tour either as an audio experience so that you can see everything at your own pace, or with a guide. There are over 20 acres of beautiful botanical gardens, nine historic buildings, including Edison's botanic research laboratory, and a museum, which contains an amazing collection of artifacts, inventions, and special exhibit galleries. Here you will be able to learn about all of Edison's inventions and how he influenced the discovery of many things. The doors and windows to the houses are open and you can peek in, but you are not allowed inside. All the rooms are furnished in the way they were when Edison and Ford lived there. After the two to three hour tour, you can relax and have a meal in the Banyan Refreshment Area.
Stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from a beautiful and pristine beach. A prime spot for watching wildlife, fishing, snorkeling the reefs, and enjoying a picnic. You can fish from the shore or if you have a boat you can go to Turkey Bay and launch from there. You can explore the fragile natural estuaries of the Cocohatchee river, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico. Learn about the park through expert guided tours and grow your appreciation for nature. n
14,000 acres which harbor natural biological systems, otters, turtles, white-tailed deer, alligators and countless birds. You can discover the flora and fauna by walking the 2.25 mile boardwalk, which takes you through pine flatwoods, marshes and into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in the U.S. These trees are massive they tower over you at 130 feet into the sky and are 25 feet in diameter. This is a wetland of international significance and your visit supports the conservation of this unique habitat. n
Over 170 acres of cultivated gardens and preserved land, which recreate seven different habitats and ecosystems, and featuring over 1,000 species, you have much to learn and discover at this botanical center. There are plenty of events year round be sure not to miss the largescale exhibitions, concerts, flower shows, holiday celebrations and family friendly events.
You can't come to Siesta Key and not experience the beach. In fact, there are three named beaches here on this 8-mile stretch of coastline ? Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. All offer a fantastic island experience, with coral formations, white sand that stays cool under your feet and fantastic shelling opportunities. If you are looking for a great family beach, this is it.