10 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in Fort Myers Beach

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Whether you’re new to the area or vacationing, Fort Myers Beach has a wealth of activities and natural treasures to explore.

However, we’ve all played that game—you know the one—where you go somewhere fun but then end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do now that you are finally there.

I know.  

Or worse, going online and being deluged with information. Hello, ‘option paralysis.’

If you are looking for things to do in Fort Myers Beach, we’ve made a tidy list of our top favorite places to go and things to do.  It includes everything from where to eat to where to find the best seashells.  And it contains highlights like Fort Meyers Beach boat tours, unique museums, and wildlife encounters.

Let’s start…


1) Lover’s Key State Park (one of our favorite Fort Myers Beach Attractions)

The recently expanded Lover’s Key State Park covers 1616 acres and is spread over four islands: Lover’s Key, Black Island, Inner Key, and Long Key.  It boasts a pristine, white-sand beach that stretches for 2 ½ miles.  Perfect for shelling and swimming and picnicking.

Black Island offers 5 miles of trails winding through the maritime hammock and is a favorite place for birdwatchers.  Though the endangered gopher tortoise, manatees, and alligators are also common sights as well.  The park is a haven for wildlife and is soothing for anyone looking for a little quiet escape.

The park has a boat ramp for vessel owners but also offers fishing and boating tours.  Or, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or bicycle and explore on your own or as a family.  Paddle through the mangrove in Estero Bay or in the clean Gulf waters.

Then, finish the day off with the State Park’s free tram to the beach for great sunset views.

Fort Myers Beach Boat tours offer fun in the sun

2)  Fort Meyers Beach Boat Tours and Boat Rentals

There are more than thirty boat rental and boat tour companies in Fort Myers Beach alone.  

Surely, you can find one that matches your level of seamanship.  From theatrical pirate adventures to eco-tours, from sailboat rentals to powerboat rentals, you’ll find the right boat tour to get you afloat.  Some come with a captain, others let you play captain for the day.  Some are full-service, and others are BYOB.

The options seem endless.

Besides, renting a boat or taking a boat tour is a great way to visit some of the more remote locations around Estero Bay and see the area from a different perspective.  It will give a chance to find your own secluded beaches and more intimate wildlife encounters.  Or just a way to hang out with family and friends.

Here are a few options to illustrate the variety of Fort Myers Beach boat tour options:

Wildlife and Shelling Cruise

Fort Meyers Beach is known for its extraordinary shelling opportunities. Good Time Charters boat tour gets you the opportunity to find shelled treasures on more remote beaches and you get to have dolphin and other marine life encounters on the trip there and back.

Harness the wind and go for a sail

If watching sailboats with their white billowing sails, gently bobbing on the horizon looks enticing, book your own sailboat tour with Sail Magic Wind.  Spend a few hours trimming the sail and feeling the salty air blowing through your hair.

Pirate Themed Theatrical Cruise

Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise provides a one-of-a-kind interactive comedy experience aboard their 65-foot replica Spanish galleon, Pieces of Eight.  The 90-minute Fort Myers Beach boat tour includes pirates, skits, shenanigans, live cannons, and grog.  Everyone can partake in the fun as they provide both family-friendly and adult-only cruise options.  Arrrg!

Deep-Sea Fishing 

Fort Myers Beach provides easy access to Atlantic Ocean making a trip offshore for some deep-sea fishing easy.  Captain Tony’s Fishing adventures provides half-day, full-day, and even night fishing tours.  Nothing is tastier than dinner you caught that day.  Yummo-grouper fingers.

Be the Captain of Your Own Boat

If you are looking to take your own self-guided Fort Myers Beach boat tour, Fish Tale Marina has several types of boats you captain yourself.  Whether you spend the day zooming across the water or pulled up on your own little hidden beach, you are in control, Captain. Design your day away.


3) Lagerhead Cycleboats

Lagerhead Cycleboats is one of the newest and most unique activities to do in Fort Myers Beach.  

Whether you call it a ‘cycleboat’ or a ‘pedal-powered-pub,’ this adventure will have you experiencing the best of the Fort Myers Beach Waterfront while having an absolute blast with up to 16 of your friends.  The catamaran-style pedal powered boats are fueled by you, giving you control of the ride.

Riding a cycle boat (with the pub attached) gives you the exhilaration of biking and the entertainment value of a booze cruise.

All the cruises include an US Coastguard Master Licensed Captain and a crew member to take care of everything for you. Plus the boats are equipped with engines. (Just in case you’d rather sit back and relax.) The tours are BYOB style which means you get to sip on your favorite bevs and snacks. Lagerhead’s takes care of the coolers, ice, cups, and details.

Taking the experience up another level, some of the cruises pull right up to some of Fort Myers Beach’s hottest waterfront bars and grilles.  Essentially making the tour a fabulous watery, pub-crawl.

Lagerhead Cycleboats also have cruises that focus on one of Fort Myers Beach’s most famous charms—their spectacular sunsets.  

Decide which way you want to experience a day on the water and make a reservation.