October 31, 2014

Gulfshore Insider

Summer Highlights

1. Go tarpon fishing off Boca Grande.

2. Hop aboard the Sanibel Thriller, Sanibel and Captiva’s only high-speed boat tour. For a gentler pace, try the Lady Chadwick or the Sanibel Princess.

3. Enjoy a sunset barbecue at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel.

4. Celebrate everything mango at Pine Island’s MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair July 11–12.

5. Really learn to play golf at the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburón, Naples.

6. Play golf until 11 p.m. on The Links of Naples’ lighted executive course.

7. Watch turtles lay their eggs at Clam Pass, or on Sanibel or Keewaydin islands.

8. Get your professional baseball fix with our own minor league team, the Fort Myers Miracle.

9. Escape civilization with camping and kayaking adventures in the Ten Thousand Islands or in Everglades National Park.

10. Rub elbows with the ghosts of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.

11. Get lucky at blackjack at the Seminole Indian Casino in Immokalee.

12. Go to the dogs ... the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs.

13. Take a trip to Key West without the traffic on the Key West Express ferry. Or get there even faster on Cape Air.

14. Never forget the past at the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida in Naples.

15. Learn to sail at Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Myers Beach and at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.

16. Stop in to Everglades Angler in Naples and learn to fly-fish for snook from owner Capt. Mark Ward or in Fort Myers from fishing guide Capt. Terry Pitz.

17. Wander through the oldest house in Naples: the historic Palm Cottage at the corner of 12th Avenue South and Gulf Shore Boulevard.

18. Help build a house for those in need by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

19. Experience Seminole Indian culture at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation.

20. Enjoy jet-skiing, parasailing, paragliding, windsurfing and kiteboarding in the Gulf of Mexico. Ace Performer of Fort Myers will rent you gear and give you lessons.

21. Listen to jazz on the lawn at the Naples Beach Hotel.

22. Watch the Southern Extreme Water Ski Show at Miromar Outlets in Estero.

23. Take a painting class at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples or the Lee County Alliance for the Arts in ort Myers.

24. Go star-gazing at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium in Fort Myers.

25. Roll into the past at the Naples Depot museum, in a former passenger train station in Naples, or the Southwest Florida Museum of History, in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot in Fort Myers.

26. Bike Shark Valley in Everglades National Park.

27. Hang out at Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant in Goodland on Sunday afternoons.

28. Fish from the Naples Pier.

29. Go on a road trip to see the Ted Smallwood Store Museum in Chokoloskee and the smallest post office in the United States, in Ochopee.

30. Take the boardwalk tour at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

31. Go gator-spotting on Lake Trafford in Immokalee.

32. Freefall 40 feet per second on the new extreme slide X-celerator at Sun Splash Family Water Park in Cape Coral. Or take a dip in Sun-N-Fun Lagoon at North Collier Regional Park in Naples.

33. Scoop up some shells on Sanibel and Captiva—then compare your treasures with the professional collection at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel.

34. Let your kids explore their creativity at the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum and Aquarium in Fort Myers.

35. Bike, walk, canoe, kayak or take the narrated tram through J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

36. Wriggle your toes in the sugary white sands of the many beaches along Lee and Collier counties’ Gulf coast.

37. Hunt for treasure during a pirate-themed cruise on Pieces of Eight, a 65-foot replica Spanish galleon at Salty Sam’s Marina on Fort Myers Beach.

38. Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico on one of the Captiva Cruises to Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Boca Grande and Cayo Costa.

39. Enjoy the arts. Tour the galleries of downtown Fort Myers during Art Walk the first Friday of the month, or see the exhibits in the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. See great performances by the Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre in Naples, or the troupe at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, to name a few.

40. Bring your bike to Sanibel Island (or rent one), and follow the path to Periwinkle Park and Campground to see lemurs, parrots, ducks, turtles and other wildlife.

41. Take advantage of summer rates on green fees at upscale golf courses such as Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero.

42. Enjoy live music during Village Nights the first Thursday of the month at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples; live music every Third Thursday from June through September on Third Street South; and live entertainment the second Thursday of the month during Evenings on Fifth.

43. Pick out a great spot early to watch your favorite of the many fabulous local parades and fireworks displays this Fourth of July.

44. Take a walking tour through Old Naples. While you’re in the mood to wander, stroll through the five-acre botanical park at the Collier County Museum.

45. Enjoy a free concert under the stars at Gulf Coast Town Center’s Market Plaza.

 

For more information on these activities, visit www.gulfshorelife.com.

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