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
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
City of Fort Myers