10 Activities for a Multigenerational Trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
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10 Activities for a Multigenerational Trip to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff
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If the past year has taught us anything, it’s the importance of quality time with family. For your next vacation, look no further than The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. This pocket of Southwest Florida is known for one-of-a-kind seashells, rich marine life, and nature preserves, to name a few. Here are 10 of our favorite memory-making activities for the whole family.

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s the importance of quality time with family. For your next vacation, look no further than The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. This pocket of Southwest Florida is known for one-of-a-kind seashells, rich marine life, and nature preserves, to name a few. Here are 10 of our favorite memory-making activities for the whole family.

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Kids running towards the beach / Courtesy The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel / Jason Lindsey
Seashells / Sanibel Island
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Hunt for seashells

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has been named the best place in the U.S. for shelling (collecting seashells). In fact, it's known as the Seashell Capital of the World. Here, mellow surf washes up thousands of picture-perfect seashells each day. Collect the Lightning Whelk, Lace Murex, or Alphabet Cone — all make great souvenirs. End your trip with a visit to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has been named the best place in the U.S. for shelling (collecting seashells). In fact, it's known as the Seashell Capital of the World. Here, mellow surf washes up thousands of picture-perfect seashells each day. Collect the Lightning Whelk, Lace Murex, or Alphabet Cone — all make great souvenirs. End your trip with a visit to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

Island hopping
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Go island hopping

Island hopping isn’t exclusive to the Caribbean. In fact, it's incredible in Southwest Florida. There are a variety of cruise types to suit the entire family. A few favorites include the dolphin wildlife cruise, shelling cruise, and ecotour. Plus, there are private charters available for those who’d like to cruise on their own time. 

Island hopping isn’t exclusive to the Caribbean. In fact, it's incredible in Southwest Florida. There are a variety of cruise types to suit the entire family. A few favorites include the dolphin wildlife cruise, shelling cruise, and ecotour. Plus, there are private charters available for those who’d like to cruise on their own time. 

The Bubble Room desserts
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Eat at the Bubble Room

”It’s always Christmas” is the motto at The Bubble Room, Captiva Island’s most beloved restaurant. Open since 1979, the once-modest establishment is now a maze of wonder with kitschy themed rooms, moving trains, and thousands of vintage toys. The food is equally unique with items like bubble bread, carolina moons, Sorca cheese, and massive desserts.

”It’s always Christmas” is the motto at The Bubble Room, Captiva Island’s most beloved restaurant. Open since 1979, the once-modest establishment is now a maze of wonder with kitschy themed rooms, moving trains, and thousands of vintage toys. The food is equally unique with items like bubble bread, carolina moons, Sorca cheese, and massive desserts.

Turtle on the beach
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Visit a wildlife refuge

The 7,600-acre J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is home to 51 reptiles and amphibians, 32 mammals, and 245 species of birds. Your family can explore by guided boat, paddle, or tram tour; don't miss the Wildlife Drive, where visitors can bike, walk, or drive to stop anywhere along the 4-mile trip. Pro tip: Bring your own binoculars to play a game of wildlife bingo. 

The 7,600-acre J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is home to 51 reptiles and amphibians, 32 mammals, and 245 species of birds. Your family can explore by guided boat, paddle, or tram tour; don't miss the Wildlife Drive, where visitors can bike, walk, or drive to stop anywhere along the 4-mile trip. Pro tip: Bring your own binoculars to play a game of wildlife bingo.

Paddleboarding
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Try watersports

There are myriad ways to have fun on the water in Fort Myers and Sanibel. Enjoy a canoe or kayaking trip, or test your balance on a paddleboard. (Don’t worry, it’s a breeze on the calm waters.) Adventurers can zip around by jet ski, go parasailing, and take sailing courses.

There are myriad ways to have fun on the water in Fort Myers and Sanibel. Enjoy a canoe or kayaking trip, or test your balance on a paddleboard. (Don’t worry, it’s a breeze on the calm waters.) Adventurers can zip around by jet ski, go parasailing, and take sailing courses.

Kids on the beach
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Hit the beach

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel boast picturesque white-sand beaches and warm water. Gather the entire family for a day at Lovers Key State Park, or any of several dozen public beaches. Those traveling with four-legged family members can post up at Dog Beach. Snap a family photo at sunset for your family album.

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel boast picturesque white-sand beaches and warm water. Gather the entire family for a day at Lovers Key State Park, or any of several dozen public beaches. Those traveling with four-legged family members can post up at Dog Beach. Snap a family photo at sunset for your family album.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
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Spot wetland creatures

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers encompasses more than 3,500 acres of natural wetland habitat, protecting a diverse population of wildlife and plants. Stroll the boardwalk trail (take along a free explorer’s guide) and look for alligators, wading birds and butterflies. Don’t miss the preserve’s interpretive center, with interactive displays for children.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers encompasses more than 3,500 acres of natural wetland habitat, protecting a diverse population of wildlife and plants. Stroll the boardwalk trail (take along a free explorer’s guide) and look for alligators, wading birds and butterflies. Don’t miss the preserve’s interpretive center, with interactive displays for children.

Edison Winter Estates Home
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Take in some culture

Choosing an educational activity that the entire family will love is no small feat. Luckily, there are plenty in Southwest Florida. The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is a great place to learn about the plants, animals, and environment of Southwest Florida. The IMAG History & Science Center offers hands-on science exhibits and an aquarium museum. And the splendid gardens at Edison and Ford Winter Estates offer space to roam and explore. 

Choosing an educational activity that the entire family will love is no small feat. Luckily, there are plenty in Southwest Florida. The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is a great place to learn about the plants, animals, and environment of Southwest Florida. The IMAG History & Science Center offers hands-on science exhibits and an aquarium museum. And the splendid gardens at Edison and Ford Winter Estates offer space to roam and explore. 

Family bicycling
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Go Biking

With pleasant weather year-round, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are perfect for exploring by bicycle. From the paved trails on Sanibel, to lush and lovely parks, to cycling along the water on Fort Myers Beach--getting around on two wheels not only offers exercise--but lots of fun. 

With pleasant weather year-round, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are perfect for exploring by bicycle. From the paved trails on Sanibel, to lush and lovely parks, to cycling along the water on Fort Myers Beach--getting around on two wheels not only offers exercise--but lots of fun. 

Birds at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
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Go birdwatching

Fort Myers and Sanibel are hotspots for birdwatching, an activity the entire family can enjoy. Some of the area’s famous feathered friends include the Osprey (watch these birds dive head-first into water to capture fish); the American White Pelican, a massive water bird with the second-largest wingspan in all of North America; and the Roseate Spoonbill (you’ll think you’re looking at a wild flamingo until you notice this pink-feathered bird’s spatula-shaped bill).

Fort Myers and Sanibel are hotspots for birdwatching, an activity the entire family can enjoy. Some of the area’s famous feathered friends include the Osprey (watch these birds dive head-first into water to capture fish); the American White Pelican, a massive water bird with the second-largest wingspan in all of North America; and the Roseate Spoonbill (you’ll think you’re looking at a wild flamingo until you notice this pink-feathered bird’s spatula-shaped bill).

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