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Early spring in Florida is the perfect time for seniors to get out and explore before the heat and afternoon rains of the summer set in. Fort Myers in particular has a lot to offer local seniors. With its wide variety of recreation and entertainment options, Fort Myers has something for everyone.

Here are six suggestions for senior-friendly activities to help you enjoy the beautiful weather and take advantage of local attractions and events in and around Fort Myers this spring.

1. Learn About American History

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Step back in time when you visit the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. With more than 20 acres of historical buildings, gardens, Edison’s Botanical Research Laboratory, and the Edison Ford museum, you will get a glimpse into the lives of two of America’s greatest innovators. 

Spend the day exploring the main house and guest quarters of Edison’s Seminole Lodge; tour the Mangoes, Ford’s tropical winter getaway; and see Ford’s and Edison’s original equipment, machinery, and household items. 

Edison and Ford Winter Estates is wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available to rent. Get more information about accessibility here

Learn more about activities for seniors by downloading: The Busy Person's  Guide to Recreation in Retirement.

2. Get Back to Nature

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Florida’s natural resources are unparalleled, and Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve makes sure these resources are available to everyone. 

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through both wetland and upland ecosystems along the 1.2-mile fully accessible elevated boardwalk. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including alligators, otters, turtles, and dozens of varieties of wading and migratory birds.

Visit Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve at different times of the year to witness how the slough changes with the seasons, and be sure to stop by the interpretive center and gift shop to learn more about this incredible example of natural Florida.

Insider tip: Before your visit, download a copy of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve boardwalk trail guide

3. Experience the Arts

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Plan a night out on the town and catch dinner then a show at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Featuring performances to fit every taste, you’ll want to check out the upcoming event calendar often so you don’t miss an act.

From classic Broadway musicals and tribute bands to international ballet companies and musical legends, the performing arts are hot in Fort Myers.

Some of the events coming up this spring include the Russian National Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty,” superstar Diana Ross in concert, a production of “Miss Saigon,” the Gulfshore Opera’s “La Bohème,” and “The Price Is Right Live.”

The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is fully accessible. Get more information here.

4. Sail Away from It All

Paddle Wheel Cruises with J.C. Cruises

Setting sail from downtown Fort Myers, the Capt. JP offers passengers a unique sightseeing and dining experience on this triple-deck paddle wheeler. 

J.C. Cruises offers a wide variety of special events and themed cruises along the Caloosahatchee River and the Intracoastal Waterway, including the St Patrick’s Day luncheon cruise, complete with corned beef and cabbage; a sunset dinner, dance, and doo-wop cruise, featuring popular Florida doo-wop group the Goldtones; and an Easter luncheon cruise with a traditional Easter buffet.

Contact J.C. Cruises for more information about accessibility.

5. Solve a Mystery

Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train

There’s been a murder in Fort Myers and the detectives are asking the passengers for their help figuring out who dunnit while you enjoy a five-course dinner and drinks. 

New murder mystery shows open throughout the year, with two different shows running each week. During the holidays, a special Christmas-themed show runs every night.  Learn about current and upcoming shows here

The Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train has limited seating available for passengers with wheelchairs. Call 1-800-SEM-GULF for more information about accessibility.

6. Be a Social Butterfly

Fort Myers Recreational Clubs

If you would like to connect with other local seniors for social activities and recreation opportunities, check out some of the local recreation clubs in the Fort Myers area. 

Whether you are looking to team up for a round of golf, get together for dinner and dancing, or join others who share your passion for watercolor painting, you are sure to find it at one of these recreational clubs.

Download The Busy Person's Guide to Recreation in Retirement

Teresa Keating, RN

About the Author: Teresa Keating, RN

Teresa is a registered nurse with 30 years’ experience working with the senior population in England, Tennessee and Florida. Originally from Weymouth, Dorset, England she has been involved in all areas of healthcare in a post-acute care setting including hospitals, rehabilitation and home health. Her experience includes being a business owner, marketing director and a director of nursing. Teresa is married to Gary for over 20 years and has two children.