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


    Giant shell photos by nature photographer Henry Domke draw you into this wonderful museum with more than 30 permanent and short-term exhibits...Read More

  • 2. Bowman's Beach


    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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park


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

  • 5. Edison and Ford Winter Estates

    Historic Home

    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

  • 6. IMAG History and Science Center


    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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. The Baker Museum


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

  • 10. Alison Hagerup Beach Park


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

  • 11. Babcock Wilderness Adventures


    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

  • 12. Barefoot Beach Preserve


    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

  • 13. Bonita Beach Park


    It's an ongoing party on this rowdy stretch of coast, the easiest by far to reach from the inland areas south of Fort Myers. Local favorite...Read More

  • 14. Calusa Heritage Trail


    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


    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


    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


    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 (CROW)

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Each year this clinic cares for and rehabilitates more than 5,000 wildlife patients, from bald eagles to loggerhead sea turtles. The center...Read More

  • 19. Collier Museum at Government Center


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

  • 20. Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center


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

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