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Couple walks along the beach at Lovers Key State Park

Discover Fort Myers Attractions
Beyond the Beach

Lessen the stress of travel planning and lean on the professional team at Sandpiper Gulf Resort to choose your Fort Myers Beach adventure. Whether traveling solo, as a couple on a romantic beach getaway, or with the entire family, explore a nearby attraction everyone will enjoy.

Nature & Recreation on Our Islands

Aerial View Of Nearby Sanibel Island

Nature & Recreation on Our Islands

Whether exploring natural beauty or seeking some family friendly adventures outdoors, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to do on Sanibel and Estero Islands. From shell museums to wildlife refuges, check out our list of all of the best nature and recreation activities in Fort Myers.

If you’d like an even longer list, find out even more to do in Fort Myers through the Chamber of Commerce.

Catch a Wave Toward Adventures & Attractions Nearby

Attractions & Adventures Near Fort Myers Beach Florida

Catch a Wave Toward Adventures & Attractions Nearby

Sand, sun and gulf fun aren’t the only things The City of Palms is known for. There are so many other things to see and do – from fishing off of the iconic Fort Myers Beach Pier to shopping at Times Square and everything in between. Check out our list of the top Fort Myers attractions to find out more.

Events & Festivals Around Fort Myers Beach

Food Festivals

Taste of the Beach: Features the area’s most popular restaurants putting their best food forward to impress judges and the public.

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival: Every March, we celebrate local shrimpers with contests, expos, and a 2-mile parade down Estero Boulevard.

Year round food festivals on Fort Myers Beach, like Taste of the Beach

American Sand Sculpting Championship Festival: One of the biggest events of its kind in the United States, this 10-day festival in Fort Myers Beach features local art, food, music, and of course the Sand Sculpting Championship. 

Annual Sand Sculpting Fest near Sandpiper Gulf Resort

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival: An event for film fans, filmmakers and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on the beach sharing their passion.

Paint the Beach: Showcases local in several categories for competition and for purchase by the public.

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival: 3 days of family fun events for pirate lovers. Rated the #2 pirate festival by USA Today!

Cultural festivals in Fort Myers Beach, like the annual Pirate Fest.

Downtown Farmers Market: Fresh fruits and vegetables are only half of what you’ll find at this unique market in Fort Myers. Open every Thursday year-round from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., it features everything from BBQ and French bread to homemade soap and island botanicals.

Beach Baptist Farmers Market: Continue to shop local at the weekly Beach Baptist Farmers Market. The market takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and features more than 40 vendors selling a variety of products ranging from handmade soaps and jewelry to baked goods and local Florida seafood.

Fort Myers Beach Farmers Market

Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade: Celebrate the season at the annual Christmas boat parade in Fort Myers. The parade of festively lit boats starts at Salty Sam's Marina and travels toward Pink Shell and through the back bay!

Birthday of Fort Myers Beach: Ring in the New Year in Fort Myers Beach and celebrate the town's birthday on Dec. 31! Enjoy live music, a ball drop and more in Times Square.

Note: 2020 fireworks have been cancelled due to COVID-19

Edison and Ford Holiday Nights: Don't miss the annual Holiday Nights at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Each year, thousands of dazzling lights and holiday decor are set up for visitors to see and experience. The family-friendly event takes place through Jan. 3, 2021!

Santa's Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise: Explore the waters around Sanibel Island with Santa and be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins! This 30-minute cruise is perfect for guests of all ages. Don't forget to take your photo with Santa!

Group holding sparklers at the beach during sunset.