One Day Itinerary: Things To Do In Downtown Fort Myers

Located in the state of Florida, Fort Myers offers a tropical paradise with a variety of water activities, historical sites, and cultural opportunities to immerse yourself and your family in. If you are planning to spend one day in Fort Myers, you will find this guide useful, as we will cover all the amazing things to do in downtown Fort Myers, where you can check out all the prime city attractions.

A Day in Fort Myers: Things to do in Downtown Fort Myers 

One Day Itinerary: Things To Do In Downtown Fort MyersStart your Day with Breakfast in Downtown Fort Myers @ McGregor Cafe 

The McGregor Cafe is a favorite for many locals and experienced visitors, where you can choose amongst the classics from the menu including The Benny—egg sandwiches or gravy and biscuits and eggs. Here, you can fuel up as your day will be full of walking a lot and exploring Fort Myers. No matter what your interests are, you will find everything from history to gorgeous beaches, and more, all on a full belly!

Explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estate 

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a must-visit attraction for history buffs and first-time travelers to the city. This museum is spread over 20 acres, located on the Caloosahatchee River. These estates offer a true glimpse into the lives of two of America's greatest inventors—Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford. Learn all about the inventions, and artifacts from the inventor's lives. Learn about Edison's 1,000 patents or how he came up with the invention for the first light bulb, which is still burning in his lab. Afterward, tour the botanical gardens and the surrounding historic buildings.

Historic Walking Tour of Fort Myers 

After exploring the infamous Edison and Ford Winter Estates, join a walking tour of the historic district and learn about Fort Myers' past—including some haunted stories! The River District is considered to be one of the most beautiful historic districts in Florida. These types of excursions last for about 1.50 hours and are conducted by expert local guides. You will hear stories and historical details about the city, and then head to the Franklin Shops followed by a quick stop at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The downtown is rich in historical fun, from the Roaring Twenties to post-WWII prosperity and urban decay later, this district has lived through it all!

Visit Burroughs Home and Gardens—A Georgian Revival Mansion 

Make your way on over to the Burroughs Home after the tour, and find that the landmark dates back to the year 1901, and is an architectural gem in downtown Fort Myers. Inside the complex, you will find beautiful antique furnishings, and stunning interiors, all with a grand staircase and more. The architecture of the Georgian Revival Mansion is hard to beat, and so is the serenity surrounding it. The home sits on more than two acres of lush gardens along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River making a photographer's paradise.

Afternoon in Fort Myers—Fort Myers Beach 

Head to Fort Myers Beach for a reprieve from the crowds in town and relax in the sun with the smell of the ocean around you. From downtown Fort Myers to the beach, it is a 35-minute drive, where you can get a cab or Uber to get there. Fort Myers Beach is home to sandy beaches, where you will find a ton of marine life, a lively pier, and postcard-worthy sunset views. Times Square is a favorite, local spot, after the beach of course. Spend time strolling through the shopping center, and wait for the sun to go down.

Nightlife—Times Square 

There are numerous ways to sign off on your one-day in Fort Myers itinerary. If you are at the pier, you will find a lot of places to eat and drink. After dinner, take a stroll through Times Square before heading back to your home or hotel. Times Square is bustling with activities in the evening with live music, cafes, ice cream parlors, and the eclectic night lights at the fishing pier and the beach ambiance.

There are many things to do in downtown Fort Myers, from historical quarters, shopping, restaurants, and bars, and active nightlife to the green Centennial Park. You can easily spend a long weekend exploring the heritage quarters, eating out, and enjoying a relaxing city break. Explore the best of Fort Myers, FL today! 

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