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Look for the yellow and green dinosaur next to the water tower and you'll know you have found the Imaginarium, a hands-on science museum for kids of all ages. Try your hand at being a weatherman, excavate a T-Rex in the "dig pit" or chart a course on a boat. The simple explanations make learning fun and easy to understand. There is even a living coral reef and alligator lagoon.
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium aims to promote a better understanding of the natural history below as well as the cosmological one above. The 105-acre (42 hectares) site contains a museum, an aviary, winding nature trails, and a gift shop alongside meeting and picnic areas. The museum has information on the Calusa Indians, a tribe also known as the Shell Indians because of their subsistence on the gulf shores and estuaries. In addition to a glimpse back in time, the museum provides interactive animal exhibits like snake feedings and aviary tours.
With views out over the Caloosahatchee River and nearby many attractions in the historic downtown River District, the Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites offers class, comfort and affordability right near the marina. The amenities here include complimentary breakfast, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service and the spacious rooms are perfect for large groups. The rooms include microwave, refrigerator and flat-screen TVs.
Lakes Park is one of the most popular recreational areas in-and-around Fort Myers. The 279-acre (112 hectare) park has several fresh water lakes perfect for swimming, fishing or hopping aboard a boat. Officially, swim season starts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but throughout the year you'll see people wading in and out of the water. You don't have to go in the water however, because there is still a 2.5-mile (four kilometer) paved path used for running, rollerblading or riding your bike. Additionally, the Fragrance Garden offers a unique sensory experience and other picnic areas, concession stands, a miniature train ride, boat rental and showers, further delight visitors.
The railroad has played an integral part in the history of Southwest Florida as well as throughout the entire state. Here at the RRMSF (as it's affectionately known), kids and adults can ride the mini-trains as well as learn more about locomotives. Inside the museum, there are real train cars, artifacts, documents, placards and other old-fashioned items from the rails of yesteryear.
Zoomers is the go-to place for kids and adults of all ages. It has three different go-kart tracks as well as a ton of other entertainment like arcade games, mini golf, roller coasters, bowling and even a tilt-a-whirl. The party packages for birthday parties are fantastic, in which the price includes unlimited go-kart racing, mini-golf, and more. It's located south of the downtown area off Summerlin Road, closer to Fort Myers Beach than the historic district.
One of the most popular destinations for mini-golf in all of Southwest Florida, Smuggler's Cove provides action where kids and adults chip and put their way through caves, waterfalls, pirate ships and other bizarre, but fun obstacles. Probably the most popular obstacle is chipping over live alligators, in fact, in addition to golf, visitors can also feed these beautiful animals. Definitely a great way to spend the day, either on the course or just watching the more than 30 alligators lounge around.
All aboard the Salty Sam's Pirate Cruise for a fun-filled, 90-minute adventure around the Gulf of Mexico and Matanzas Bay. The actors on board perform interactively with guests (or first-mates) and there are snacks and drinks served on deck. It's a great time for all ages, as kids and adults alike can watch the pirates fire live cannons as well as play games, learn a little something and have a superb time as a pirate.
The mission of the Ostego Bay Foundation is to promote a better understanding of marine life and the delicate balance of ecosystems through education and community involvement. At the Marine Science Center, exhibits, touch tanks and aquariums allow visitors to see and feel marine life. There are also exhibits on fossils, shells and endangered species that educate and entertain at the same time. Additionally, the center offers a walking tour which includes visits to a Coast Guard station, the waterfront and aboard a shrimp boat.