Fort Myers Places
Fort Myers is bustling metropolis with environmental, historical and cultural attractions, a Southwest Florida city where there’s always something extraordinary to experience. Known as the “City of Palms” for its scenic, palm-lined streets, Fort Myers is also a tropical town with a laid-back feel and the gateway to several beloved island communities, including Sanibel and Captiva islands.
Downtown Fort Myers, also known as the River District, forms the core of the city and stretches for miles south along the Caloosahatchee River. The Caloosahatchee is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, and flows through Lee County offering many recreational opportunities as well as fabulous waterfront properties.
Some of the most beautiful beaches and resort hotels in the world are within a few miles of downtown Fort Myers. Residents and visitors will also find shopping across the spectrum – high-end outlets, antiques, boutique and shopping malls. Dining and nightlife entertain in the evening, and there’s always the chance to watch a spectacular “show” as the sun sets over the Caloosahatchee.
Named for a Civil War-era army colonel, Fort Myers’ history parallels that of Florida itself. Indigenous peoples inhabited the area’s nearby islands. Later, pioneers settled the pine flatwoods, and cattle drivers escorted their charges down what is now McGregor Boulevard to ships docked at Punta Rassa. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford put the town on the proverbial map when they chose the City of Palms as their winter getaways.
In addition to historical attractions, Fort Myers offers opportunities to enjoy an array of performing arts, golfing, museums, a planetarium and more. Natural wonders abound as well, such as ecological parks, miles of sandy beaches and abundant wildlife.
Fort Myers is the destination of choice for homebuyers with a passion for the pursuit of paradise.