10 Things to Do in Cape Coral That You Shouldn't Miss

September 28, 2017 Hector Krause

Cape Coral's temperate climate, abundant forests, and access to the Gulf of Mexico make it an ideal destination for boating, fishing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities. Cape Coral is the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast, and from hiking one of the many trails at the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park to fishing at the Cape Coral Yacht Club there are activities for just about everyone. Coral Oaks Golf Course is a great place to work on your game, and if history is your thing or you just love beautiful flowers, don't forget to check out the Cape Coral Historical Society Museum to see some interesting relics and their prized rose garden.
Restaurants in Cape Coral

1. Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library

4820 Leonard St, Cape Coral, FL 33904-9151 +1 239-541-8704
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4.5 based on 207 reviews

Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library

Reviewed By eismd1 - Cape Coral, Florida

Visited for the first time. Very warmly greeted. Access is free, but donation gladly given. A surprisingly large amount on exhibit, starting with the Revolutionary War. By far, largest exhibit is on World War 2. Many interesting things. There are guides throughout to answer questions. Very enjoyable time. Will return soon. Thank you.

4637 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993-9782 +1 239-283-6453
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4.5 based on 246 reviews

Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens

Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens is the international headquarters for Florida artist, Leoma Lovegrove and one of the most colorful destinations in the sunshine state. The gallery showcases Lovegrove's original art and it is here where you can step into her techinicolor world of tropical artistic flair and experience the authentic island style life of an artist. Paint your own Florida souviner in her world famous botanical waterfront gardens (Paint and brushes included). Or paint your very own coconut postcard to keep or mail back home (no box needed- mails as is). You can also paint your own painting in the garden with the help of Vino's Picasso (Seasonal Nov-April). You can also enjoy homemade ( "Love Boat Ice Cream")ice-cream right out of a real coconut shell and guess what? You can keep the shell and take it back home to remind you of the happy memories you made while visiting one of Florida's most popular historic landmarks and destinations. Sunday's with Tucke, (Jim Tucke, the musical genius and Beatles historian) begin in December and her performs every Sunday through March. Hours for the live music is 2 pm - 5 pm. The event is FREE. Leoma's private studio and guest cottage is adjacet to the gallery so chances are you see Leoma busy painting a canvas or planting a flower or beating on her drum on the garden stage.

Reviewed By TRIB2 - Cape Coral, Florida

If you love bright colors and funky art, Leoma Lovegroves is a MUST on your bucket list. There is a wonderful colorful garden in back of the Art Store. Take the kids to paint a coconut or sign up for art classes. This is one of my favorite places to go in SW Florida in the small Fishing Art Town of Matlacha

3. Cape Coral Farmers Market

Club Square - SE 10th Place & SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904 +1 239-549-6900
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4.5 based on 412 reviews

Cape Coral Farmers Market

Cape Coral Farmers Market opens Saturday, October 7, 2017 -May 12, 2018 Every Saturday from 8a-1p Located in downtown Cape Coral at SE 47th Terr. & SE 10th Pl, in Club Square. The Cape Coral Farmers Market has been a favorite Saturday morning destination for 24 years. Over the years, we have grown to over 125 vendors. We like to think that we have all the delicious foods and local crafts that you love to shop for. Fresh, local & healthy fruits and veggies, including Certified Organic produce, are the core of the market along with homemade and handmade foods and crafts. Fresh baked breads & pastries, homemade pickles, jams & jellies, Gulf fresh seafood, fresh meats, homemade pet treats, handcrafted soaps, essential oils, local honey, made-on-site guacamole, fresh, cut flowers, native plants & trees are just some of the fantastic products available.

Reviewed By tarponpup - Cape Coral, Florida

I go occasionally ! It has some great fresh veggies , dog friendly I go early because it's very , very crowded during season
Actually it a nightmare.
Only complaint is parking and people who think their dog should make friends with all dogs ! Mine dosen't like dogs on leash es but even after warning people just don't get it ???
Other than that go early , get what you want ! Go home

4. Lakes Regional Park

7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33908-5118 +1 239-533-7575
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lakes Regional Park

Lakes Park encompasses nearly 300 acres of beautiful nature trails, lakes and gardens. Two playgrounds and water parks, a miniature train ride and railroad museum, bikes and watercraft available for rental, food concession, fitness trail and lots of picnicking areas. Every year over a million people enjoy Lakes Park's natural beauty for exercise and family recreation.

Reviewed By Lee A

This is a beautiful park. They host a farmers market every Wednesday. There are playgrounds for children and a splash pad. Along the trail you will find workout spots with equipment and instructions. There are lots of fun signs to tell you about the animals/wildlife you may see while you are there. You can rent bikes/family bikes. There are just so many different things to do here. Every third Wednesday of the month they read to kids in the children’s garden. If you’re visiting fort Myers you should definitely add this park to your list.

5. Cape Coral

5819 Driftwood Pkwy # A, Cape Coral, FL 33904-5963 +1 239-574-0806
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4 based on 837 reviews

Cape Coral

Reviewed By Iralgo - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Have lived here for over 20 years. In the midst of moving. The city itself is great but the internal workings and infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired. This is a preplatted community with every lot 85 feet by 125 feet. To assemble a large tract of land you need to negotiate with each lot owner. There are no businesses so taxes are very high. We also don't have highway access, no airport, convention center or river access. We do have good restaurants but very little if any cultural activities. The City manager and elected council can't get things together. We are not a destination. With some work the Cape could be a great vacation area.

6. Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901-3315 +1 239-334-7419
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy seeing the winter residences of famous inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. There are historical buildings, award-winning gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Inventors Museum. The museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits. Edison Ford offers many tour options, including special "Inside the Homes" and "Inside the Laboratory" Tours on select days. The audio tour is available in English, Spanish, German and French. Historian led tours are also offered in German and Spanish on select days. Group tours can be arranged in advance. River cruises are offered daily and dining options are available, including waterfront dining.

Reviewed By buffal0gal - buffalo

I had no idea there was so much here - gardens, houses, museum, shop. We ended up spending 3 hours! And we got in free with our Botanical Garden membership from home. Highly recommend. You learn many interesting things about Edison's impact in Ft Myers area (e.g., he was responsible for the palm trees)

7. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

East End of SE 23 Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33990
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4 based on 277 reviews

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

Reviewed By Lynn H - Cape Coral, Florida, United States

Boardwalk is about 1 mile long and shaded by the mangroves. Not very buggy. Only saw 1 Ibis. No other animals- not even a butterfly. Education center due for a thorough cleaning and updating. Kayaking appears difficult as channel looks narrow with low canopy. 800’ portage so we did not go kayaking. Very nice Veterans Memorial.

8. Florida Repertory Theatre

2267 1st St, GPS: 2268 Bay Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Fort Myers, FL 33901-2966 +1 239-332-4488
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4.5 based on 245 reviews

Florida Repertory Theatre

Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre in the heart of the Fort Myers River District.

Reviewed By Andy S - North Fort Myers, Florida

If you have the time, The Miracle Worker is excellent. All of the productions that we have attended were outstanding. Make a afternoon or evening out of the show by including dinner or lunch at one of the fine restaurants in the Downtown River District....MoreThanks so much, Andy! We are thrilled you love the Rep and the River District so much!

9. Rotary Park Environmental Center

5505 Rose Garden Dr, Cape Coral, FL 33914-8052
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4 based on 178 reviews

Rotary Park Environmental Center

Reviewed By Pascalle965 - Maastricht, The Netherlands

Although probably lots of volunteers work here, the park seems not maintained. The Observation tower is ``out of order``, the bat-house is broken, the nature trail not well marked... I could be a very nice place to spot wildlife. The boardwalk and Observation tower at the Glover Bight were well maintained, this was a nice trail through the mangroves.But thumbs up for all the volunteers!

10. Fort Myers River District

First Street, Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33902 +1 239-226-0006
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4.5 based on 578 reviews

Fort Myers River District

Reviewed By Jadecs - Dover, De

Went down here twice in one week.. So nice to walk around seeing the sculptures, talking with nice people, and so close to the downtown area. Lots of places to eat, had lunch one day, cant remember the name of the place but had great plate of fried grouper.

Big sculpture show in the River District, with lots of different metal sculptures to look at and enjoy. Definitely go there, take a walk around and enjoy yourself.

Word of Caution! Be careful of the parking areas near the downtown area. Some of the meters are very short timed... Just ask and look. Down by the river, lots of parking without any hassles... I got a ticket because I didn't know...

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