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Southwest Florida Info - North Fort Myers


North Fort Myers, a thriving community that is rapidly becoming the hot spot for residential and business growth, stretches from the Caloosahatchee north to the Charlotte County line, and west to the Cape Coral City Limits in Lee County. Within that expanse of about 70 square miles lies a community that offers something for everyone.

On the south side of the Caloosahatchee River, the rhythm of the city blends with staid beauty and history in downtown Fort Myers. People in business suits hurrying from the courthouse of financial offices pass vacationers n shorts meandering through the collection of specialty shops or pausing in the shade of a sprawling banyan tree outside grand, historic buildings. Yachts dock at the marina at Centennial Park and Yacht Basin alongside sailboats and smaller pleasure crafts stopping for a nice meal or a relaxing sunset.

Fort Myers is the seat of Lee County and home of much of the areaís history. Itís apparent in the architecture downtown and in nearby neighborhoods-most notably just south of the downtown area, where Fort Myers most celebrated residents lived. The Edison-Ford Winter Estates-the former homes of seasonal residents and friends Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford-is arguably the cityís most popular spot for visitors. A tour of the estates takes peoples through the winter homes of these two remarkable men as well as through Edisonís laboratory and extensive gardens. Fort Myers celebrated Edison annually with the Edison Festival of Light, featuring pageants, parties, a parade, and other activities and events.

History buffs can learn much more at the Fort Myers Historical Museum about the areaís prehistory when huge armadillo-like creatures walked the earth, to the history of the Calusa Indians, U.S. soldiers, Florida Crackers, and homesteaders who subsequently left their marks on the region.

Sports enthusiasts have terrific opportunities in Fort Myers- apart from the obvious water activities that abound. Baseball fans flock to Fort Myers each spring to watch the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins in spring training. In the summer, the Twins farm team, the Fort Myers Miracle, keep fans at the Lee County Sports Complex happy. Hockey lovers and ice skaters indulge their passions at the Fort Myers Skatium or a few miles south in Estero, where Germain Arena is home to the Florida Everblades team.

Those in search of arts and culture find them at the Arcade Theatre downtown, where Florida Repertory Theater Company stage regular productions, and the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater and its associated Off-Broadway Palm Theater, where professional musicals and other productions take place. Lee County Alliance of the Arts offer classes and presents art exhibits, as well as drama productions and music in its indoor and outdoor venues. Among these are cutting-edge dramas by Theatre Conspiracy, which also hosts the annual playwright contest. And the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, home of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, offers a regular menu of ballet, rock groups, Broadway productions, chamber music, comedians and a pleasing diversity of other arts and entertainment. Families also have plenty of options, including the Imaginarium where children explore science through sensory attractions and activities.


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Links of Interest (3rd party links will open in a new window):
North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc.
City of Fort Myers website 


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