SOAK IT UP
In southwest Florida, Fort Myers is a hub for the arts, modern comforts and exotic encounters. Follow the crowd or explore beyond the tourist grid.
PLAY MUSIC WALK
Time a trip for the third Friday of the month to witness a music takeover in the historic River District downtown. Streets close for more than a dozen acts, including jazz ensembles, island bands and buskers.
In this same building, Ford and Edison once watched some of the earliest films, thanks to Edison’s kinetograph. Today, actors from New York and other cities set up residence in Fort Myers to perform intimate plays on two stages.
MLB SPRING TRAINING
Get tickets well in advance for the Red Sox at Jetblue Park at Fenway South, featuring a replica of the team’s Boston ballfield. Ten miles away, Centurylink Sports Complex is the late-winter home for the Minnesota Twins.
Lee County’s Manatee Park in Fort Myers draws a special winter crowd. Wild manatees (often more than 100) fill a warm canal beside a power plant. Stick to the boardwalk, or rent a kayak to join the once-endangered creatures in the water.
EDISON AND FORD WINTER ESTATES
Open daily for selfguided and historianled tours, the 21-acre historical site features the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Edison’s lab, a museum, and many colorful acres of botanical gardens.
Joe Mauer signs autographs at Centurylink Sports Complex.