Does the old fashion word “Picnic” bring back any memories to you? It should, its one of the best ways to enjoy company, talk about new things with your friends/spouse, de-stress, and just simply relax. There are 2 perfect places in SW Florida that offer just that atmosphere and enjoyment.
Centennial Park in Fort Myers.
This great park located in the historical district in downtown Fort Myers offers a perfect setting for a relaxing picnic. The park is situated along the intercoastal waterway of the caloosahatchee river. The park features a large grassy area, picnic pavilions, public bathrooms, and a long sidewalk along the waterfront. Come by boat, with ample dockage, or come by car with tons of available parking. Bring the blanket or beach chairs. Whether the picnic, or just watching the boats go bye, or reading a book…you will enjoy the experience.
Jaycee Park in Cape Coral.
This huge park sits along the intercoastal waterway in Cape Coral. Its located just north of the downtown area, at the end of Beach parkway. The park offers an abundance of picnic tables, covered pavilions, bathrooms, playground equipment, and a paved fitness trail. The park offers spectacular views of the 1 mile wide Caloosahatchee river from its shade tree lined shoreline. This park is very large with adequate parking. No boat dockage is provided.
If a picnic is to slow paced for you there are a few other affordable activities that don’t cost much, and are a lot of fun.
Sunsplash in Cape Coral.
You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy this fun park. Sunsplash has something to offer for ages 5-18. In addition to the large pool are water rain tree showers, water slides and flumes, tubing, picnic areas, and full snack bar. It also offers a great place for birthday parties and any type of group rate. Check 1st before going, some seasonal closings occur. Admission is very affordable for a day of fun.
Shall factory and Nature Park.
How about free admission for part of the experience. This well established business offers the largest variety of sea shells in the entire world. Each is available for purchase. If your not a beach nut, but still like a souvenir shell to take home from your Florida trip….this is the place for you. Locals go there to buy gifts for their incoming visitors as well. In addition there is a large nature park with rare birds, alligators, ducks and geese exhibits, and much more. Its geared for the entire families enjoyment. The location is in North fort Myers on old US 41.
Manatee Park in Fort Myers.
Situated on the Orange river, this 17 acre park opened in 1996. The optimum period for the Manatee viewing is from November thru April, due to the warm waters they seek, away from the open and chilly gulf waters during the winter. The park is a non-captive refuge for them. Picnic shelters, butterfly gardens, fishing pier, playground, gift shop, visitor center,and amphitheater. There is a small parking fee, and that’s it. Located just east of I-75 in east Fort Myers. Ig you have never seen a Manatee or sea cow as they are called…..its worthwhile to take a look.
These 4 are all in-expensive as well as entertaining for the entire family. To learn more information about each, all you need to do is google the name. Ton’s of additional information is posted, as well as phone numbers for questions..