High-End Vacation Rentals
Fort Myers has a robust collection of quality vacation homes, ideal for travel groups of all sizes. Whether you desire a neat one-bed property for a romantic getaway or a massive, multi-bed home for you and your loved ones, this Floridian gem has it all.
For the best vacation rentals in the city, look to Winter Park Escapes and choose from our robust variety of long-term and short-term rentals. Our properties feature ample amenities, ensuring a seamless, home-away-from-home feel as you enjoy your Fort Myers vacation experience.
Manatee Park offers an excellent viewing spot for Florida’s non-captive manatees. During cooler winter days, these massive aquatic mammals visit Manatee Park, searching for warmer waters. The park’s warm waters flow from the Florida Power Plant as a by-product of the plant’s cooling processes. Manatee Park features several amenities, including a playground for the little ones, charcoal grills, a boardwalk, a pavilion, and restrooms.
Lakes Regional Park
Enjoy Florida’s beautiful outdoors at Lakes Regional Park. This scenic attraction offers numerous amenities, including a children’s garden, a fragrance garden, and pavilions. Head out for a relaxing stroll along the walking paths, hop on a bike for a soothing afternoon ride, or rent a pair of roller skates and explore the park’s serenity.
The park also serves as a wildlife-watching spot with numerous species, such as marsh rabbits, raccoons, alligators, and squirrels frequenting the area. Lakes Regional Park hosts the Railroad Museum of Southwest Florida, offering fun-filled miniature train rides for people of all ages.
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
Explore Florida’s mangroves at the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve as you take in the area’s vast beauty. This 365-acre preserve features a boardwalk passing through the Caloosahatchee River, offering excellent birding opportunities.
Aside from the nature trail, the ecological preserve is a kayaking haven, offering thrilling excursions along the waterways maneuvering through the mangroves. Carry your fishing lines and hooks and test your angling skills at Caloosahatchee River’s observation deck.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates date back to the late 19th century, when famous inventor and businessman Thomas Edison visited the area and established a vacation home. Today, you can explore the estates and relish over 20 acres of gardens and ancient buildings, including the Edison Main House, which still features all the original furnishings used by the Edison family. The estates’ gardens feature over 1,700 plants, incorporating hundreds of species from all over the world. The onsite laboratory was the brainchild of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone and served as a center for testing thousands of plant species to find the best rubber-producing option. Visit the 15,000-square-foot Edison Ford Museum and view numerous exhibits and artifacts.
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Experience the thrill of Florida’s wetlands in this expansive, 3,500-acre ecosystem. The preserve stretches for around 11 miles, which you can explore atop the boardwalk stretching along the marsh. The slough traps and filters rainwater as it moves towards Estero Bay, allowing for year-round animal sightings of species, including turtles, otters, wading birds, and alligators.
Guided Kayak Tours
Kayaking is a Fort Myers favorite, thanks to the area’s extensive waterways. Kayak Excursions has been a local favorite since 2006, offering year-round kayaking rentals and excursions. They offer a three-hour manatee tour from Bunche Beach, where you get up close with these massive marine mammals.
You can also choose a guided eco-tour from Pelican Bay and enjoy three hours of paddling through bays and mangroves, where you may view several wildlife species, including bald eagles, dolphins, rays, and avian species. All tours include high-end kayaks and paddles, life jackets, and backrests for a more comfortable paddling experience and better back support.
Dolphins are a joy to behold, and Fort Myers offers delightful tours to view these intelligent swimmers up close. Cape Coral Dolphin Tours is one of the city’s foremost tour companies offering several excursions aboard their 23-foot 2018 Chaparral vessel. There’s an option for a three-hour sightseeing tour, although longer excursions, notably the four, five, and seven-hour options, provide a better chance of viewing dolphins.
The captain has the United States Coast Guard certification, ensuring you enjoy a safe dolphin-viewing experience. Each tour can accommodate up to six passengers and features a cooler with water and ice, fresh towels, and shelling buckets.
Diverse Culinary Options
Indulging in local cuisine is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the local culinary delights as you treat your taste buds to sumptuous meals. Oasis Restaurant is a great go-to for breakfast, with numerous morning delights, including omelets, sandwiches, pancakes, and chipped beef.
Once lunchtime rolls around, head over to Masala Mantra and relish its delicious Indian cuisine incorporating vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. End the day with a meal at Harold’s and enjoy a blend of French and American culinary delights. If you want something sweet and savory, stop by Love Boat Ice Cream and treat your taste buds to the expansive collection of classic and seasonal flavors.
Fort Myers Brewing Company
Fort Myers Brewing Company is the brainchild of owner and founder Rob, a software engineer turned brewer, a hobby he started during college. Since then, the brewery has grown in bounds and today occupies a 22,000-square-foot facility with an annual output of 15,000 barrels.
Fort Myers Brewing Company offers several events, which include trivia, entertainment, and scheduled food trucks every Tuesday. Visit the taproom and sample one of the 29 beer varieties, including Indian pale ales, brown ales, altbiers, American ambers, and lagers.
Book One of Our Fort Myers Vacation Rentals Today
Fort Myers has been a Florida vacation favorite for years thanks to its beautiful climate, thrilling on-water activities, and umpteen on-land attractions. Enjoy the thrill of getting close to dolphins, relish the sights at the city’s marshes and parks, or dig into a tasty meal at one of the city’s exquisite restaurants. Whether planning a surprise romantic getaway, a solo vacation, or a getaway with family or friends, this Florida gem has all you need for a memorable experience.
As you plan for your Floridian escape, look to Winter Park Escapes for all your lodging needs. We offer a variety of vacation rentals featuring top-notch amenities, including delightful living spaces, well-equipped kitchens, spacious bedrooms, and modern bathrooms. Contact us today to secure your Fort Myers vacation rental and relish a Floridian escape in unmatched luxury, style, and comfort. Be sure to ask about our Fort Myers short term rentals and Naples, Florida vacation rentals as well!