Fort Myers answers all your prayers for a chill vacation. It’s hard to believe the city could offer even more, but it certainly does. It’s also a top spot for the performing arts, with shows ranging from live music to full-blown theater productions every night of the week. Pack a nice outfit or two next to your bathing suit and flip flops, and plan to take in some music or a show at some of the local’s favorite places.
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
It’s vacation time, so why not treat yourself to a show or a concert at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Award-winning shows are the norm — never the exception — with past productions like “The Book of Mormon” and “The Lion King” providing some awesome entertainment. If you’re looking for something besides Broadway, you’re still in luck. Other options include symphony concerts, children’s productions, comedy shows, and so much more. Another bonus? Parking is free, so you can enjoy the evening without coughing up extra dough to park your car.
Interested in seeing a play? There’s no better place in Fort Myers than the Historic Arcade Theatre, home to the Florida Repertory Theatre. Usually called the “Florida Rep” by the locals, the group is a professional theater company that does it all: dramas, comedies, musicals, you name it. If you go to a show, you’ll be in good company — more than 87,000 people visit each year. And the movie house itself? The historic building was built in 1908 as a vaudeville house and was restored in 1991. It’s been the permanent home of Florida Rep since 1998.
Big Arts Strauss Theater
You don’t have to go to New York to enjoy a Broadway-level show — just head to Sanibel Island. The Big Arts Strauss Theater (formally the Herb Strauss Theater) is a small venue, but it provides some huge entertainment. The intimate setting lets you experience top-notch performances up-close and personal — and that’s super rare. Enjoy actors from all over the country as they take the stage in comedies, musicals, and dramas. As part of the Big Arts organization, the Strauss Theater is just one of several Sanibel Island locations dedicated to celebrating the arts.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
You know the saying, “dinner and a show?” Make it a reality at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, an impressive venue that welcomes more than 17,000 guests each year. Think it sounds cheesy? The entertainment is far from second-rate, with past performances of musicals like “Annie,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Sister Act” impressing guests. Can’t make it for dinner? The Broadway Palm even offers lunch performances and special children’s shows, so bring your family and your appetite.
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