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Kayaking along the Estero River

Koreshan State historical park

Travel back in time at Koreshan State Historical Site to see the remains of a religious community started by Cyrus Reed Teed during the late 1800s. His following settled on the banks of the Estero River. Today, the Koreshan State Historical Site preserves the cultural history and natural landscape.  

Visit the settlement, which is restored to its 20th-century appearance. Take a guided walking tour of the village. The park has great activities such as afternoon tea, ghost walks and other historical reenactments throughout the year. The Koreshan Unity created one of the world’s first turbine engines. Watch the park rangers light up this amazing piece of scientific history.

The banks of the Estero River house a diverse ecosystem. Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the river underneath the shade of mangroves. Explore fascinating flora such as Monkey Puzzle trees from South America, Sausage trees from Africa and Japanese Bamboo taken from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. 

Catch a glimpse of a Gopher Tortoise, Bald Eagle, or Red-shouldered Hawk. A full-facility campground is available for overnight accommodations.

Koreshan State Historic Site is located on US 41 at Corkscrew Road, two miles west of I-75, exit 19. For more information, visit, or call 239-992-0311.

Gasparilla island state park recreation area

Off the Boca Grande Causeway

The legend of Gasparilla Island says that Jose Gaspar, an infamous pirate, settled the island during the 1700s to use as a hiding place. With small crowds and white sandy beaches, the island is still a hidden gem today. The wooden lighthouse, built in 1890 by the Phoenix Iron Company, has been restored for visitors. Swim, snorkel and fish in the gentle Gulf waters. Access the island via the Boca Grande Causeway at County Road 775 and Placida. Visit, or call 941-964-0375.

Lovers Key state park

Originally, Lovers Key was only accessible by boat. Named for its remote and solitary beaches, it was perfect for lovers. Today, the island still exudes a romantic ambiance featuring a couples’ resort and wedding venues. Rent bikes, canoes and kayaks to explore the secluded landscape and view the wildlife. Relax on the white-sand beaches and find spectacular shells. Located on County Road 865 between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach. Visit, or call 239-463-4588.

Lover's Key 


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