Looking into a trip to Lee County, Florida? In need of a few activities to keep you entertained? If the above questions reflect your current predicament, you’re in luck.

Lee County is full of attractions and events waiting to keep you on your toes. You just have to know where to find them.

Need a starting point to plan your visit to Lee County, Florida? Keep on reading. Everything you need to know about Lee County’s hidden attractions is right below.

1. Manatee Watching

If you’re looking for a unique way to connect with nature while visiting Florida, the Lee County Manatee Park has you covered.

Here, you can watch swim freely manatees in their natural habitat as they venture to warmer waters. Manatee Park also offers kayak rentals, educational programs, and a large butterfly garden for visiting individuals/families hoping to gain a deeper connection to the world around them.

Guests are welcome at the Manatee Park year-round, but December- February is the best timeframe for manatee watching. During the above months, Flordia’s water is the perfect temperature for manatees to sustain a healthy life.

2. Have a Dog Beach Day

Most Floridians and guests would argue that you cannot visit Florida without taking a trip to the beach.

So, why not bring your furry friend along for the ride? Dog beach, located in Lee County, offers your pet the excellent opportunity to feel the sand beneath their toes while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Parking is free, leashes are optional, and dog (or human) washing stations are available upon exiting the beach. Just remember to bring doggie bags, plenty of water, treats, and clean up after yourself before you go.

Left Your Pooch at Home?

If you left your furry friend at home this time around, don’t worry, your beach day is not ruined. Instead, spend your beach day at the Causeway Islands. These two islands grant you safe and secure beach access along with clean restrooms, charcoal grills, and picnic areas.

You and your family will have everything you need for the best dog-free beach day possible,

3. Visit ArtFest

If you find yourself in Lee County during the first weekend of February, check out Southwest Flordia’s art festival also known as ArtFest.

ArtFest is a free art display that allows you and any guests to view American-made art on the Fort Meyers waterfront. Along with the viewing of over 200 hundred art displays, visitors will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in live entertainment and unique food.

Children will likewise get to participate in dozens of games, activities, and art classes while you spend your time admiring the works around you. This festival is a unique experience and opportunity for you and the rest of your family to familiarize yourselves with Lee County’s community.

4. Shopping Spree

A trip anywhere is never complete without a souvenir or three and Lee County has the best place to ensure you check that box. From jewelry stores to home decor, Coralwood shopping center has all your favorite places to shop all in one location. The best part is, parking is free and you can shop as long as you need (just remember the mall closes eventually).

The location also has 5 restaurants and a movie theater for additional entertainment. If you plan on eventually living in Florida, Coralwood is a must-see during your trip. Chances are, it will become your one-stop-shop for all your essentials.

5. Visit IMAG History & Science Center

Looking for a little less leisure and a little more learning during your trip to Florida? Dedicate a day to the IMAG History and Science Center. Your brain will thank you later.

At the IMAG Center, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on with sea life, learn about the dinosaurs, experience the science of weather, journey to space, and much more. The IMAG Center is the ideal place to take your kids for the day, but you can choose to experience it on your own as well. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to bring your thinking cap.

Lee County, Florida Restaurants

After spending your days at the above locations, you’ll find you’ve worked up quite the appetite. Fortunately for your stomach, Lee County is full of deliciously unique restaurants. Who said the fun had to stop at dinner time?

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill is a popular seafood restaurant in the Lee County area. You can choose to enjoy your salad, seafood, drink, etc.) inside the restaurant or with a patio view of Flordia’s tropical atmosphere. Either way, you and your guests will eat alongside the sound of live music and the temptation of Doc Ford apparel waiting in their gift shop.

Heidi’s Island Bistro

If you’re looking for a place to expand your palate and experiment with new foods, Hedi’s Island Bistro is the place for you. After 30 plus years in the restaurant industry, Heidi’s has perfected their mix of German and American dishes.

Making it an excellent location for you to immerse yourself in new cultures and dishes including German Meatloaf,  Weiner Schnitzel, Potato Pancakes, and more.

Just don’t forget to check out their impressive selection of baked goods before you go.

Moving to Florida

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Don’t believe us? Visit our website to read reviews from past clients, view floorplans, or contact us today. We hope to get you settled into your new home soon!