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Best Outdoor Activities in FL - Fort Meyers

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About Fort Myers

Fort Myers is popular for its beautiful beaches, adventure activities, and shopping. It is located on the Southwest Florida coast, on the Gulf of Mexico. With its many legendary beaches, it is an ideal place to kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP). Not only are the beaches known for water sports but one can also spot dolphins, seagulls, manatees, and other wildlife.

Stand up paddle boarding and kayak rentals in Fort Myers, as well as lessons and tours can easily be booked on TripOutside.

Where to Kayak & SUP in Fort Myers

With dolphins jumping out of the water, birds soaring in the sky, and manatees swimming next to your kayak, the beaches at Fort Myers are an absolute paradise for kayakers. From Manatee Park Fort Myers to Lovers Key State Park to Bunche Beach, you will find many places to kayak and enjoy the Fort Myers waters.

Bunche Beach is located in San Carlos Bay and is a popular launch site for kayaks and stand up paddleboards. It is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers, who enjoy it’s mangrove forests and breathtaking sunsets.

Lovers Key State Park

Lovers Key State Park is on a barrier island south of Fort Myers and is a part of the Calusa Blueway paddling trail. This 190-mile long paddle trail along the Gulf Coast is kayaker heaven and allows paddlers to explore lagoons, beaches, and barrier islands full of wildlife. Lovers Key State Park also offers two hiking trails, biking trails, and a great platform for wildlife viewing.  Lovers Key kayaking offers the opportunity to see manatees and many different types of birds. Lovers Key kayak rentals can be found on TripOutside.

Orange River

Orange River is also a part of the  Calusa Blueway trail. Kayaking at the Orange River takes you through calm waters amidst large oak trees. Opportunities to see birds like heron and ibis make this river a great place to paddle. 

Mount Key

Mount Key is located just south of Fort Myers and easily one of the most popular places to kayak. Take in the scenery with dozens of birds including heron, osprey, and pelicans flying over.

Other Fort Myers Activities

Stand up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is another popular outdoor activity in Fort Myers. SUPs are perfect for getting a better vantage point for wildlife and underwater views. Lovers Key is also one of the best places to launch your stand up paddle board, and it has three separate areas for SUPers.

Hiking

Hiking is yet another popular activity in Fort Myers. Some popular trails in the area include  Six Mile Cypress Slough Trail, Lakes Park Trail, Hickory Swamp Loop, Winker Trail, Orange River Trail, and Buckingham Trails Preserve.

How to Get to Fort Myers

The nearest airport to Fort Myers Beach in Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Meyers. It is approximately 30 minutes from Fort Myers Beach and 45 minutes from Sanibel Island.

Driving from  Miami to Fort Myers is 155 miles, approximately 2.5 hours drive.  Orlando is 159 miles away, approximately 3 hours drive. 

Best Time to Visit Fort Myers

Fort Myers’ location in south Florida means it is fortunate to have beautiful weather throughout the year. The ideal time for outdoor adventurers to visit Fort Myers is between March and May. The warm weather is perfect paddlers and kayakers and this time of year sees fewer crowds. It is also the time when multiple festivals take place including the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Parade (March) and Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (April).