If you want to get away from the $6 toll to get to Sanibel…the slow bumper to bumper drive on fort Myers beach…the crowds at the local main attractions and their costs, take a look at some of these inexpensive and fun things to do on the cheap!
SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH PRESERVE.
Located at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers. This fun adventure is a mile long self guided or take the tour over the slough. The elevated boardwalk is shaded in most spots with information viewing stations every so often. Wildlife abounds, so you might see wild hogs, turtles in the ponds, even alligators. It offers a very relaxing and enjoyable 1 plus mile adventure. Parking is $1.
MUSCLE CAR CITY.
Located at 3811 Tamiami trail, Punta Gorda. If your NOT into nature, but are into “muscle cars’ of all vintages……this is the best 1/2 day trip ever. Muscle Car City has it all. It first opened in 2009 in a building that use to be a giant 99,000 sq. ft grocery store. There is a collective 65,000 horsepower packed into this facility of 1950’s -1970’s muscle machines. In fact, one of every corvette from 1954 – 1975 can be seen here. All of the cars on desplay are in running condition. A full line of hot rod, muscle car, and restoration parts are available also. For a great snack, the muscle car diner is open daily. Admission is $12….kids under a certain age are free. Leave the camera at home.
CAPE CORAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM.
Located at 544 Cultural Park Blvd. Cape Coral. This self guided tour consists of 3 original homes that have been moved onto this site from the old Gulf America and Michigan home builders. Each home has scads of photo’s donated by original pioneer settlers to the city going back to the raw land days of 1957, the construction of the first 8 homes in 1958. From those early dates thru the 1980’s is chronicled in photo’s. Maned by an all volunteer staf, each of the individual buildings carries its own theme and memorabilia and articles from specific periods, of the Cape’s history. Open on Wednesday…Thursday…Saturday from 1-5pm. Donations are welcome.
SW FLORIDA MUSEUM OF HISTORY.
Located downtown at 2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers. If you have not had enough history, here is another affordable adventure for only $10 bucks. The facility is open Tuesday thru Saturday 10am – 5pm. The building itself is an old Atlantic coastline railroad depot. Exhibits follow the rich indian history of this area among the Seminoles and Calusa tribes as well as spanish explorers of that era. An authentic pioneer “Cracker” house is on display. there also is a 1926 La France fire truck and a 1929 Pullman rail car as part of the tour. Extensive artifacts are also on display.
Located 1 mile west of I-75 [exit 138] on State road 82, Fort Myers. This mega monster market is open 9am-5pm daily all year round. Over 900 retailers are open for business. Whether its painting to pets, antiques to collectables, junk to jewels, produce to nick nacks, trinkets to souveniors, garage sales to t-shirt stencils……..its all here. This is a great way to spend the day browsing and enjoying a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Pleanty of parking….plenty of food venders. The produce is farm fresh, and you can stroll thru the various booth’s easily. This can easily be an all day adventure so wear comfortable shoes. Parking is free.
FOUR MILE COVE ECHO PRESERVE.
Located at the gateway into Cape Coral at the Mid-point bridge entry to the city, from Fort Myers. This almost 400 acre park is the 2nd largest green space in Cape coral. Its situated on the north side of Veterans Parkway. Like the Six Mile cypress Preserve, everything is a self guided tour over the marsh and wetlands on an elevated boardwalk. Its major attraction are eagles, ibis, herons, and other migratory birds that take refuge in the preserve. Its also free. It also offers some of the best kayaking in the area,but not for a biginner. There is a fee for the rental, and the portage is very shallow with mangroves and overgrowth, along the route. One theme is the limited human intrusion among the wildlife that use it during migration or all year round.
These are some really great and “Affordable” fun thngs to do, and will not take up your whole day. Watch for more ideas on future articles..