Pictures from Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Pictures from Fort Myers.

Fort Myers is on the lower Gulf Coast of Florida, 125 miles south of Tampa. Positioned slightly inland of the coast and on the Caloosahatchee River, it was best known as the winter home of Thomas Edison. The city of Fort Myers is today dwarfed by its newer neighbor, Cape Coral but the metro area has kept pace. The old city by the river has undergone renovation after renovation and is worth a look. The drive out McGregor Boulevard from downtown is unforgettable. Side roads off the Boulevard are filled with lush, tropical landscapes and wonderful old houses.

 

The area provides Spring Training for Major League Baseball and has a Minor League home team. There is winter minor league hockey in Estero, 20 minutes south. The Southwest Florida International Airport is 15 minutes southeast of the city. Eco parks abound with the Orange River area, east of Fort Myers, providing manatees and other exotics.

 

Visitors to Fort Myers can easily tour the southwest Florida cities in the area. Cross the Cape Coral  bridge to Cape Coral. North Fort Myers borders the north just across the river. Pine island lies just 30 minutes west and includes Matlacha, Bokeelia and St. James City. A 30 minute drive south will find Estero, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Island. Naples is about an hour's drive south on US Highway 41 or Interstate  75. The Punta Gorda / Port Charlotte area is 30 minutes north.

 

This city also known as:

Ft. Meyers, Florida

Fort Meyers, Florida

 

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North Fort Myers

and Alva

 

Panorama of Fort Myers, Florida on the Caloosahatchee River
Panorama of downtown Fort Myers, Florida on the Caloosahatchee River
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Edison Bridge - Welcome to Fort Myers (from North Fort Myers).

Caloosahatchee Bridge (viewed from Centennial Park).
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Ft. Myers Yacht Basin greets visitors arriving on Edison Bridge.

High-rise buildings overlooking Ft. Myers Yacht Basin.

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The "Black Tie" available for evening pleasures. Fort Myers City Pier
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View West along First Street. View East along First Street.
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Centennial Park - on the river, downtown Ft. Myers. Special events, concerts here frequently. Swings, slides, etc. for the kids. Nice walking area.
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Pictures (L to R) The Arcade! Buildings at Hendry & 1st street intersection.
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(pictures L-R) City of Palms Park hosts spring training for major league baseball's Boston Redsocks (Minnesota Twins are in South Fort Myers). Across the street are a skateboarding park and Skatium.
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Exhibition Hall, downtown These houses directly south of downtown are nicely kept in an area that has long since seen better days.
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(Pictures above and below) McGregor Blvd. is a "must-see" area. Originally a cattle trail, today a roadway lined with Royal Palm trees and lushly landscaped residences. Pictures below show residences between McGregor and the Caloosahatchee River. Many built in Spanish architecture from the 1930's and 40's.
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A visit to Ft. Myers is incomplete without touring Thomas A. Edison's winter home. Edison planted most of the tropicals on the grounds. Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford had neighboring homes. Note wrap-around porch with red roof in center picture. House is surprisingly cool even in summer.
     
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Great Blue Heron on a rooftop.

Large tree at Edison home.

Sammy Seagull.

     

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