There’s something so relaxing about Fort Myers. Maybe it’s the gentle Gulf Coast beaches, the warm breezes swirling across the Caloosahatchee River, or all the kid-friendly restaurants and hotels. It’s enough to make you want to lounge around all day — unless you’re a thrill seeker. If that’s the case, you’re in the right spot. There are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline pumping in Fort Myers. Check out some of these fast-and-furious rides.
A Bird’s Eye View
Might as well pull up some elbow-length gloves, tie a bow tie, and rock some aviator glasses, because you’re going back in time for this classy ride in a 1940s-era biplane with an open-air cockpit, courtesy of Classic Air Ventures. Flights take off from Page Field during the winter months. The Waco UPF-7 plane gives you a sense of the good old days along with picture-perfect views of the city. Just like the Red Baron himself, you can strap on a leather helmet and chat with the pilot using a headset. The open-air flight is an unforgettable thrill, even for those craning their necks to look up at you from the ground.
Gators, Swamps, and More
Is your family fascinated by wildlife and interested in seeing some of nature’s most prehistoric creatures up close? Sounds like your crew is ready to explore the Everglades by airboat, swamp buggy, and wildlife safari on a full-day experience from Fort Myers Beach. Prepare to be led by a naturalist guide on a 45-minute airboat ride through the Everglades mangrove swamps, sawgrass prairie, and marshes. If all that excitement makes you hungry, you’re in luck. Lunch on this tour is included — and of course, alligator tail is on the menu. After you’re full, you’ll have the chance to climb aboard a swamp buggy for a trip through marsh and cypress hardwood swamp. You’ll finish the day with a reptile and bird exhibit, and then a wildlife drive through the heart of Big Cypress National Preserve. You’ll probably be a little sweaty and stinky by the end of the day, but your kids will be talking about this adventure for a lifetime.
Reel Big Fun
Now that you’ve been in the air and explored the marshes, it’s time to hit the deep water. Sign up with Sanibel Offshore Fishing Charters to go deep-sea fishing on the 29-foot “Miss Hayden” fishing vessel. U.S. Coast Guard Captain Frank knows all the top-secret spots to find sharks, goliath grouper, and other big catches. Got the muscles to reel ’em in? Only one way to find out. The offshore waters are also filled with tarpon, barracuda, amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, and other fun fighters.
When the Florida sun gets too hot, slip under the vessel’s hardtop shade, and spend some time spotting all the wildlife. Manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins love to make appearances during these trips. If you don’t have much experience as an angler, don’t sweat it. There’s no time like a trip to Fort Myers to land your first catch.
Want even more inspiration for adventures in Fort Myers and beyond? Check out our Fun Family Thrills Pinterest board.