Things to do in and near Fort Myers, Florida include exploring the 6,300-acre J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, visiting the Edison and Ford winter estates, and observing the Florida manatees at Manatee Park during the winter months. The Darling Wildlife Refuge is on Sanibel Island, west of downtown Fort Myers, and its mangrove forests are home to crocodiles, alligators and a wide variety of birds.Tram tours, canoe, and foot and bike trails provide access to the preserve's wildlife.
Among Fort Myers' free attractions are its First Friday art walks and its Third Friday music walks with strolling musicians and sidewalk food and beverage sales. Another free option is the sunset celebration every Wednesday at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, which includes live entertainment, vendors' booths and food trucks. Some parts of Fort Myers overlook the Gulf Mexico, and there are 30 beach access points in the city. Charter fishing, boat cruises and swimming are all available in the waters off Fort Meyers. Sailing, boating, fishing and camping are available at nearby Lovers Key State Park on a year-round basis.
Fort Meyers sub-tropical climate is hot and humid most of the year, and rain, thunderstorms and mosquitoes are frequent visitors in the summer. Fort Meyer's primary tourist season is January through April.