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Find a Natural Adventure on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Koreshan State Historic Site
Travel back in time at the fully restored Koreshan State Historic Site, a religious community that settled along the Estero River during the late 1800s. Get in the spirit of this once thriving community with afternoon tea, ghost walks and historical reenactments. Discover a surprising piece of scientific history – one of the world’s first turbine engines that was built by the original residents. You can feel the energy when park rangers switch it on! Kayak the Estero River to experience the park’s diverse ecosystems. Tour 11 historic structures and landscaped grounds that include unique ornamental exotic vegetation from around the world, such as South American Monkey Puzzle Tree, African Sausage Tree and Japanese Bamboo. Take U.S. 41 to Corkscrew Road, two miles west of I-75, exit 19. For more information, visit FloridaStateParks.org/Koreshan or call (239) 992-0311.
Estero Bay Preserve State Park
Nestled within one of the most productive estuaries in Florida, Estero Bay Preserve State Park is home to a variety of wildlife such as bald eagles, gopher tortoises and fiddler crabs. The park is an aquatic preserve protecting peaceful waters, sheltered inlets and prehistoric islands along 10 miles of shoreline. Canoe or kayak into this tropical scene, hike or bike along miles of groomed trails or study a variety of native vegetation like slash pines and live oaks. Take the Corkscrew Road exit from I-75, go west on Corkscrew Road and turn right on U.S. 41. Turn left on Broadway West and find the access point on the north side of the road next to the Florida Power & Light substation. For more information, visit FloridaStateParks.org/Estero-Bay or call (239) 992-0311.
Cayo Costa State Park
Escape to the gentle island beauty of Cayo Costa State Park, a more than 2,400-acre nature preserve fronted by nine miles of beaches rich in shelling, fishing and trails for walking or biking. With no bridge access, Cayo Costa's greatest gift is its seclusion. Acres of pines, oak-palm hammocks, and mangrove forests cover the island’s low skyline leading to undeveloped beaches. Relax under the Southwest Florida sun on fine white sand where from a shaded picnic area there can be offshore sightings of West Indian manatees and pods of bottlenose dolphins. Find your way there on a charter cruise with Captiva Cruises. For more information, visit FloridaStateParks.org/park/Cayo-Costa or call (941) 964-0375.