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In Fort Myers:
Admission: $6 Adults
$3 Children 3-12
Seminole Gulf Railway
Or toll-free (800) 736-4853
$4 Children ages 3-12
$6 Children 3-12
Fort Myers Historical Museum
$6 Adults $5.50
Children ages 3-11
Edison Ford Winter Estates
Children 6-12, $5.50
Children 6-12, $5.50
On Captiva Island:
The Bubble Room
Darren DiSilva photo
every family's vacation falls during southwestern Florida's seasonably
comfortable months of February or March. In fact a high percentage
of U.S. families take their only vacation of the year during the months
of June, July and August. In this part of Florida that can mean lots
of rain and/or balmy heat.
Edisons home, Seminole Lodge, includes a guest house,
workshops, and a laboratory in addition to the main home. The grounds
feature a 14-acre tropical garden. A museum houses many of Edisons
Allow about an hour to tour Henry Fords winter home, and roughly an hour and a half for Thomas Edisons. Allow a little more if the weather doesnt preclude touring the grounds.
Just minutes from Fort Myers, reaching into the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island offers entertainment options well worth the drive. If it's not raining, and beating the afternoon heat is part of your plan, opt to visit the J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge in the early morning hours. Not only will the temperature be far more comfortable, but the chances of catching glimpses of rare southwestern Florida wildlife are far more likely. More than 200 species of wild birds have been observed here, as have alligators and a variety of water snakes. There are canoe trails, an interpretive trail, marinas, a bird-watching tower, and a wildlife drive, all located on over 6000 acres.
Extend your drive a bit farther into the Gulf of Mexico and onto Captiva Island, and allow yourselves the opportunity to visit The Bubble Room, located at 15001 Captiva Drive. Since you'll have to eat anyway, and preferably indoors on steamy or rainy days, this restaurant is a sensory delight for the eyes as well as the palate. Most entrees are moderately priced (between $7 and $20) and children are made to feel more than welcome. The ambiance is nostalgic and comforting with memorabilia from different eras. There is something almost everyone will remember from some special time in their lives. The desserts from their bakery are to die for. The Bubble Room is open for lunch and dinner.