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In Florida, water is a way of life. Residents can spend the day on or in the water and dine on delectable seafood in the evening. Fort Myers is one of the most popular areas to live in Florida because of its proximity to the water. Additionally, the variety of businesses, a thriving food scene, and a wide range of entertainment venues appeal to residents of all ages.
Fort Myers is a city in and the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 62,298 and in 2019 was estimated at 87,103.
Area: 49 mi²
Weather: 81°F (27°C), Wind E at 8 mph (13 km/h), 74% Humidity
Population: 83,505 (2020)
Local time: Sunday 11:43 PM
Area code: Area code 239
Mayor: Kevin B. Anderson
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, located near Fort Myers, Florida, is a 3,500-acre wetland that filters rainwater on its route to Estero Bay. A 1.2-mile boardwalk route, interpretive center, and amphitheater are all part of the preserve. The slough is a nine-mile-long, one-third-mile-wide wildlife corridor that allows animals to migrate safely within the city limits of Fort Myers. The slough drains a 57-square-mile watershed. The boardwalk at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is open year-round from dawn to night. Tuesday through Sunday, the Interpretive Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parking price is $1 per hour per vehicle, with a daily limit of $5. This location accepts Lee County Annual Parking Stickers.
In Fort Myers, Florida, the IMAG History & Science Center (previously Imaginarium Science Center) is a hands-on science and aquarium museum. Dinosaurs and fossils, Calusa culture, live native and non-native small creatures, aquariums and touch tanks, and interactive displays about science and scientific topics such as weather and nanotechnology are among the highlights of the exhibit. A summer camp is available at the museum.
On the opposite sites of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford's holiday residences beside the Caloosahatchee River in Southwestern Florida, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a history museum and a 21-acre botanical garden. There is also a garden center where you may buy hundreds of plants and trees. It can be found at 2350 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates were added to the American Institute of Architects' Florida Chapter's list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places on April 18, 2012. The Edison Botanical Research Laboratory at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society on May 25, 2014.
Manatee Park is a seasonal location for viewing non-captive Florida manatees in Lee County. Manatees visit the park in search of warm water during the cooler days in winter when the temperature in the Gulf of Mexico is below 68° F (20° C). The warm water in the Manatee Park canal comes from the Florida Power and Light Power Plant across the street and is created as a byproduct of cooling off their equipment.
Mid-December - March: Manatees are more likely to be seen at Manatee Park when the temperature in the Gulf of Mexico drops below 68° F (20° C).
April-November: Manatees are most likely to be seen in coastal habitats near the Gulf of Mexico.
Lakes Regional Park is a 279-acre public park located just south of Fort Myers, Florida, along Gladiolus Drive. The Lee County Department of Parks & Recreation operates it, which opened on April 21, 1984. The main feature of the park is 158 acres of man-made freshwater lakes. A rock mine that operated on the land in the 1960s created the lakes. The park, along with the John Yarbrough Linear Park and other destinations, is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and Lee County's Tour de Parks bicycle route.
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers, Florida, is a non-profit environmental education institution. The Center comprises a natural history museum with live native and teaching animals, as well as exhibits about Southwest Florida's creatures, flora, and environment. The 44' diameter planetarium seats 90 people and offers fulldome full-surround planetarium shows seven days a week, with the performances changing monthly; they also have a meteorite collection on exhibit. Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium personnel perform educational outreach to area schools and civic groups on a quarterly basis, and the planetarium hosts evening laser shows. Three nature paths, a planetarium, a butterfly house, and a raptor aviary with rescued raptors are among the attractions. A gift shop, conference space, classroom, and picnic spots are also available.