Southwest Florida Things to Do
1. Bonita Jetski & Parasail
The company offers a number of Wave Runner rentals, parasail rides, paddle bikes, kayaks, Back Bay Dolphin eco tours and Hobiecat sailboats.
2. Asolo Theatre Company
They produce upto 5 plays simultaneously with a single resident company and perform at short intervals.
3. Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
This nature center is spread over 105 acres and consists of three nature trails, a museum, butterflies and bird aviaries, picnic areas and a gift shop. Visitors can have some really personal and close view of the creatures residing in the park through the daily educational programs run by the authorities.
4. Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens
This 52 acre botanical garden provides an opportunity to see various animals from close quarters. The Safari Canyon multimedia show airs wildlife footage from a number of well known conservation organizations across the world.
5. Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Visitors can explore the nature in South West Florida through several presentations, boat tours, kayak rentals, nature trails and hands on exhibits organized in the conservancy.
6. Everglades Museum
The museum showcases the history of Everglades region and puts before its visitors the story of human habitation supported by artifacts and pictures. The museum hosts lectures, educational programs and events throughout the year.
Gatorama is spread over 15 acres and its main attractions include bobcats, raccoons, monkeys, panthers, geese, crocodiles of six species including the American crocodile and peacocks. It has gained the distinction of being the largest captive breeder of Acutus Crocodile in the entire North America.
8. Mike Greenwell’s Bat-A-Ball Family Fun Park
As the name suggests, this park is home to some major league fun. This is a fun and safe environment for people of all ages with a 19 hole miniature Golf course, Paintball field, 8 batting cages, 4 Go Cart tracks and 6000 Sq Ft arcade.
9. Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium
At the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium, learning becomes fun for the whole family. Here you can experience being blown by a hurricane, touch live sea life or run against a rainstorm. The entry package assures hours of fun and entertainment through practical science exhibits.
10. Palma Sola Botanical Park
This botanical park has a section dedicated to nut trees and other exotic fruit trees. Each tree has an identification post as well. It provides excellent learning environment and instills appreciation of nature and landscaping.
11. Sanibel Historical Museum & Village
This museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Sanibel. The museum was founded in 1984 and tells the story of Sanibel right from the Spanish and Calusa settlers to the early pioneers who found and settled on the island in 1800s.
12. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
These botanical gardens house more than 20,000 tropical plants with an amazing collection of bromeliads and orchids. It also has a learning centre, a museum, a greenhouse and 20 gardens.
13. Golf Safari
This 18 holes golf course boasts of waterfalls, chickee huts and free prizes for kids under 12 years of age.
14. Coral Cay Adventure Golf
If you are fond of tranquil tropical settings among waterfalls, harbor and trees, this is one place you cannot ignore to visit. Here you can relax among lush green and quiet surroundings and enjoy drinks, ice slush or ice cream besides trying your luck at the crane machine.
15. Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
This dinner theater can cater to 450 guests. It hosts 8 professional theatrical productions every season followed by a buffet.
16. Sun Splash Family Waterpark
Whatever is your age, you will not hesitate from sliding into adventure at Sun Splash Waterpark with its water slides and pools spread over 14 acres.
17. Circus Sarasota
Popularly known as the “Circus Capital of the World”, Sarasota now has a five star international circus of its own.
18. Edison & Ford Winter Estates
The estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in the City of Fort Meyers give you an insight into the lives, inventions, friendships and their fascinating history.
19. Fishermen’s Village
The fisherman’s village has the most interesting waterfront complex in the entire Punta Gorda and South West Florida. The place takes care of all your vacation needs with 7 restaurants, 47 Time Share Villa Resort and 37 unique shops. You can also hire fishing boats, cruise boats, speed boats, bicycles, sail boats and jet skis. The village is known for one of the best sunsets in the entire Florida.
20. Historic Spanish Point
This historical site overlooks the mesmerizing Sarasota Bay. The visitors to this 30 acre site go inside a pre-historic shell to witness an archaeology exhibition on the earliest inhabitants of the region.
The laboratory is a unique place to learn about marine research and have close encounters with marine life. The laboratory houses the nation’s third Giant Squid Specimen Exhibit as well as Molly Mollusk. You can get to see manatees, sharks, sea turtles and many more oceanic creatures.
The museum is recognized as the Art Museum of Florida. The campus has a Circus Museum which gives you an insight into the history, fun and fanfare of the American circus, Ca’d’Zan which was the mansion of the Ringlings with 30 rooms, the Asolo theater from Venice which is known as the heart of art and culture in Sarasota, a museum of American and Western European art, an educational center and Bayfront gardens which make it evident that not all beauty can be confined to art galleries.
23. Sarasota Jungle Gardens
These gardens have been made an ideal setting for a leisurely stroll and photography due to acres of beautiful gardens and nature trails.
24. The Shell Museum
The museum is aimed at educating its visitors about shells and mollusks through library, educational programs and publications.
25. Southwest Florida Museum of History
This museum is housed in the erstwhile Alantic Coastline Railroad depot. Here you can meet Paleo Indians, Spanish explorers and the Calusa. A replica of “cracker house” and private Pullman rail car of 1929 vintage form a part of the museum tour.
26. South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium
The facility houses the Florida History Museum which showcases aboriginal artifacts, paleontological materials, local history and fossils. The Manatee aquarium is home to two live manatees. The planetarium accommodates 220 people and conducts star and laser shows.
This theater aims at celebrating creative expression, fostering human understanding and mesmerizing the audience with high quality art.