Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in Florida: Festive Fort Myers Events

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in Florida: Festive Fort Myers Events

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in Florida: Festive Fort Myers Events

By Hannah M.

There’s No End to The Coastal Christmas Fun in Fort Myers!

Escaping to Southwest Florida for the holidays is the perfect way to finish up the year. There’s an abundance of festive fun to be had on your coastal Christmas getaway! Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, these Fort Myers holiday events are sure to bring an unforgettable adventure.

Add These Four Events To Your Must-Do Holiday List:

1. Edison & Ford Winter Estates Holiday Tours

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is the ideal adventure for history enthusiasts. Featuring two preserved historical homes, gardens, and a museum, this estate was originally owned by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford! Fully decorated for Christmastime, travel back in time during the breathtaking tour of this property. One of their most alluring attractions is the Holiday Nights event, continuing through December 30th. Take a journey back in time with an unforgettable adventure exploring The Edison & Ford Winter Estates!

2. Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Is the sea calling you this holiday season? Check out Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade for an enchanting evening of boats cruising down Estero Bay. This captivating event is viewable from many restaurants and bars along the bay with early booking required.

3.  Annual Holiday House at Burroughs Home and Gardens

The Burroughs Home and Gardens is a spectacular Christmas event that should not be missed! Even though this magnificent estate is open year-round for tours, their holiday light display is the most alluring tour to explore. Not only will are you in for a sparkling Christmas adventure at the Burroughs Home and Gardens, the excitement continues at the neighboring historical Langford-Kinston Estate. If you’re a history lover, this is the dream holiday!

4. Holiday Express in Lakes Regional Park

The whole family is in for a treat at the Holiday Express, running until late December. Travel through Christmas town with the kids on a model railroad and view the dazzling holiday displays and decorations throughout Lakes Regional Park. End the day with a cup of cocoa and a family selfie in one of the many cozy cafes along Gladiolus Drive.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in Festive Fort Myers!

With these events on the itinerary for your holiday adventure in Florida, there’s no end to the coastal Christmas fun to be had in Fort Myers! Whether you’re heading to Florida for a peaceful holiday retreat or looking for an adventure for the whole family, Southwest Florida is the best way to end the year. No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, Fort Myers is the perfect getaway!

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Escape the hustle and bustle!  Castaway for the day on Cayo Costa Island.

Escape the hustle and bustle! Castaway for the day on Cayo Costa Island.

If you’re looking for a hideaway from the excitement of Southwest Florida for the day, Cayo Costa Island State Park is the perfect oasis. This barrier island, accessible by boat or ferry, is tucked away near Punta Gorda and North Fort Myers, making it the ideal private retreat. This remarkable Gulf Coast location, renowned for the white sand beaches and shelling, is a seclusive and relaxing getaway.

Getting to Cayo Costa Island

Cayo Costa Island lies at the entrance of Charlotte Harbor, nestled between North Captiva Island and Boca Grande, and is reached by boat or ferry. If you don’t have a boat to visit this breathtaking island, Captiva Cruises, the official state park concessionaire, has you covered! The ferry accommodates all kinds of family fun, offering private cruises for special events and conveniently running from several locations including: Captiva Island, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, and Pine Island.

Cayo Costa State Park Features

The ferry docks at the State Park and from there it is a short walk (a free tram service is also offered) to the captivating white sand beaches and shelling. Booking your trip in advance is encouraged and can be done by phone (239) 472-5100 or on the Cayo Costa Ferry website.

When you get to the island, you will certainly see some aquatic life, as the beaches are a sea turtle nesting area from May-September. These nests are marked with wooden sticks, so be sure to get some pictures, but not to disturb the nests, as they are protected by law.

What To Do On Cayo Costa Island

Once you dock on the island, you will see 9 miles of sparkling and immaculate white sand beach, untouched and ready to be explored. This island features sand dunes and peaceful pine forests with tranquil oak-palm hammocks tucked in with the mangroves. If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, the island is full of grassy spots hidden under the shade of palms or pine trees.

Cayo Costa Island has gems tucked all over and is considered to be one of the best beaches for shells in the world, so if you want a unique and memorable souvenir, look no further. The island  ends in over six miles of trails, which are perfect to enjoy fishing, biking, birdwatching or snorkeling.

If you want more time on this tranquil island, you can rent a cabin with bunk beds or bring your own camping gear for the full island experience and enjoy your fresh catch on the grills at the campsites.

Castaway For The Day!
Castaway For The Day!

McCarthy’s Marina in Captiva is your last stop on your way to Cayo Costa Island, so be sure to have picked up all of your essentials before you become a castaway for the day!

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3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta

3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta

3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta Riviera Dunes Marina

3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta

Attention, thrill-seekers: Prepare to be amazed at boats racing more than 120 mph! Witness daring events like this and so much more when you join in for the 3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta just a few weeks away on Feb. 4.

If you haven’t been to the Bradenton Area River Regatta previously, you’re in for a real treat! The schedule is still not concrete, but there are many exciting surprises in store for all of the Bradenton and Palmetto locals.

Head to the Manatee River for thrilling events including the Powerboat Super League Formula 2 events and the XHydro Cross Jet Skis and Disc Connect K9 show. You’ll also get to hear from the Nashville Yacht Club, Tampa’s own Soul Circus Cowboys and the ZBTB, the No. 1 Zac Brown tribute band, as the headliner. One thing’s for certain, the Powerboat Super Leagues will return for another spectacular performance that you do not want to miss. Other exciting events include extreme sports stunt shows, a family fun zone, a 5K river race and so much more!

Of course, don’t leave the kiddos at home! All ages will enjoy an art activity at the art center, activities at the South Florida Museum, the Little Anglers Fishing Tournament and more.

This free, family fun premiere event will also feature a variety of food vendors for you to refuel throughout the day. Then, make sure you stick around for the fireworks show and awards ceremony in Bradenton.

The Bradenton Area River Regatta will be held rain or shine. New this year will be the two Sarasota trolleys that will transport guest from Bradenton to Palmetto throughout the day.

Stay tuned as more details will be released. Visit BradentonAreaRegatta.com for the latest information.

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