The Lower Gulf Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Lower Gulf Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    There have been big changes here at the museum and it all starts before you even enter, with giant shell photos on the exterior of the building...Read More

  • 2. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    To get a feel for what this part of Florida was like before civil engineers began draining the swamps, drive 17 miles east of North Naples to...Read More

  • 3. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

    Beach–Sight

    This wide, virtually untouched expanse—about 166 acres—of open beach makes visitors feel transported from the bustling high-rises and resorts...Read More

  • 4. Edison & Ford Winter Estates

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Fort Myers's premier attraction pays homage to two of America's most ingenious inventors: Thomas A. Edison, who gave the world the stock ticker...Read More

  • 5. Imaginarium Science Center

    Museum/Gallery

    Kids can't wait to get their hands on the wonderful interactive exhibits at this lively museum–aquarium combo that explores technology, physics...Read More

  • 6. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    More than half of Sanibel is occupied by the subtly beautiful 6,300 acres of wetlands and jungly mangrove forests named after a conservation...Read More

  • 7. Sun Splash Family Waterpark

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Head here to cool off when summer swelters. Nearly two dozen wet and dry attractions include 10 thrill waterslides; the Sand Dollar Walk, where...Read More

  • 8. The Baker Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This cool, contemporary museum at Artis–Naples displays provocative, innovative pieces, including renowned miniatures, antique walking sticks...Read More

  • 9. Alison Hagerup Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    This park, once called Captiva Beach, is acclaimed as one of the nation's most romantic beaches for its fabulous sunsets—the best view on Sanibel...Read More

  • 10. Babcock Wilderness Adventures

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    To see what Florida looked like centuries ago, visit Babcock's Crescent B Ranch, northeast of Fort Myers. During the 90-minute swamp-buggy-style...Read More

  • 11. Barefoot Beach Preserve

    Beach–Sight

    This one isn't exactly easy to find since it's accessible only by a quiet neighborhood road around the corner from buzzing Bonita Beach Park...Read More

  • 12. Bonita Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    The joint is always jumping on this rowdy stretch of coast, the easiest by far to reach from the inland areas south of Fort Myers. Local favorite...Read More

  • 13. Bowman's Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This long, wide beach on Sanibel's northwest end is the island's most secluded strand, but it also has the most amenities. Park facilities include...Read More

  • 14. Calusa Heritage Trail

    Trail/Path

    Affiliated with the University of Florida's natural history museum in Gainesville, this 0.7-mile interpretive walkway explores the site of an...Read More

  • 15. Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Get a look at Florida's native animals and habitats. Boardwalks and trails lead through subtropical wetlands, a birds-of-prey aviary, and a...Read More

  • 16. City of Naples Beach

    Beach–Sight

    There's something here for everyone just west of the 3rd Street South shopping area, but what gets the most attention by far is the historic...Read More

  • 17. Clam Pass Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    A quiet day at the beach gets an adventurous start when you board a tram and careen down a ¾-mile boardwalk through shaded mangroves and a network...Read More

  • 18. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.)

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In existence for more than 40 years, the clinic currently cares for more than 4,000 wildlife patients each year. The center offers a look inside...Read More

  • 19. Collier County Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    To get a feel for local history, stroll the nicely presented indoor vignettes and traveling exhibits and outdoor parklike displays at this museum...Read More

  • 20. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center

    Zoo/Aquarium

    If you’re looking to connect with nature, this is the place, regardless of age. Take a 45-minute electric boat tour (ages 2+) along the Gordon...Read More

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