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Seniors often flock to states that offer year-round warm weather and cities that are active and inspiring. It only takes a few days in Fort Myers, Florida, to fall in love with what this lovely city has to offer, no matter your age. If you do happen to be a senior, the opportunities in the area are well-suited to any of your interests, abilities, or preferred lifestyle.

Enjoy the Outdoors

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather that Fort Myers offers, and not all require you to head to the beach (though that is a lovely way to spend a day too). Consider meeting a friend at the Thursday morning farmer’s market; you can grab some local produce or goodies, or you can just browse and sample.

The area also features many public park areas and well-maintained trails. Consider exploring nearby nature preserves, boardwalks, and parks; for specific recommendations, contact the Lee County parks department. You can take a walk, enjoy a meal you brought along, or check out the local wildlife. If you are on the hunt for manatees, watch these lovely creatures in their natural habitat by strolling along the Manatee Park canal area.

Moreover, the Lee County park district serves the Fort Myers area, and it offers senior-focused activities that take place outside and indoors. Check out their free, gentle yoga classes on the beach or get involved with nesting sea turtles through their preservation projects.

Enjoy the Culture

Even the biggest outdoors lover needs time to unwind indoors. Take advantage of indoor cultural events to cool off from the summer heat. Museums and art galleries are plentiful in the area, but be sure to also visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates for stunning gardens and a lesson in history as well as science. It’s the perfect way to spend a day!

Additionally, don’t forget to take time to explore local restaurants, coffee shops, and locally owned stores until you find your favorites. Speaking of exploring your neighborhood, keep in mind that the local library is a great place to meet neighbors, borrow your favorite books, and take part in presentations or classes.

Enjoy Playing Host

Finally, don’t save all of the Fort Myers fun for yourself. You will love playing host to visiting family and friends! While your visitors are in town, spend a day enjoying neighboring Sanibel Island. The beaches are family-friendly and clean, and the restaurants and shops round out the experience. For the grandkids, head to the Imaginarium Science Center for interactive exhibits that the whole family can enjoy.

The Fort Myers area offers seniors a variety of options for experiencing the outdoors, exploring local resources, and enjoying nearby cultural opportunities. Even better, far-away family and friends will love visiting!

If you are looking for senior-friendly living options in the area, be sure to check out Barrington Terrace of Fort Myers, boasts an active community with friendly neighbors, loving staff, and a busy activity calendar. Once you commit to Fort Myers, you will wonder why it took you so long!

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.