Top 10 Things to do in Estero, United States

October 18, 2017 Kiesha Cripe

Estero is a village in Lee County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP (Census Designated Population) was 18,176. It is the home of Germain Arena, which hosts the home games for the Florida Everblades ECHL ice hockey team. Florida Gulf Coast University is also located just outside the Estero Planning District.
Restaurants in Estero

1. Koreshan State Park

3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-1919 +1 239-992-0311
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 473 reviews

Koreshan State Park

Park open daily, 365 days a year from 8:00 AM until sunset. The historic Koreshan Settlement is open daily from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Camping, hiking, picnic area, playground, kayak and canoe rentals, boat launch on the Estero River, guided historic tours, Sunday Farmers Market, Yoga in the Park Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Cyrus R. Teed's utopian community of 200 followers relocated from New York to Florida in 1894. Dr. Teed took the name 'Koresh,' the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd. The colonists believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. They conducted experiments that seemed to confirm their beliefs. The Koreshans built and operated a printing facility, boat works, cement works, sawmill, bakery, store and hostelry. Education, science and art also helped shape their community. After the death of Dr. Teed in 1908 at the age of 69, membership of his religious group began to decline. In 1961, the four remaining members deeded 305 acres of their land to the state of Florida as a park and memorial. The Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reviewed By Cre8tiv16 - Florida

$5 entrance fee/car, plenty of parking and Friendly Volunteers and Rangers abound here. At 1 pm there is free indoor musical entertainment and we all enjoyed it very much.
The walk between the Historic buildings is mostly crushed shells so it is uneven and dusty. There are a few large canopy trees otherwise you’re in Full sun. There are docent led tours ($) or you can simply read the very well appointed signs ( and watch the informative video!) to learn about the people and each building. The history is both fascinating and perplexing ( they apparently believed they lived within the Earth).
There was both a fresh market/antique/flea market along with a Quilts ( beautiful!) and engine show happening on our visit and we all thoroughly enjoyed our entire day..spending about 4 hours at the park walking ( maps available along with clean bathrooms at the entrance) exploring, learning, tasting ( even Koreshan cooking demonstrations) and perusing the markets ( engine/quilt/flea shows this day).
Bring comfy footwear, bottled water, hat/sunscreen.
There is a free wheelchair ( if needed) at Ranger station at check in.. just ask. The Ranger and all the volunteers we met and spoke with were the kindest people. They clearly have a passion for their jobs. Enjoy!

2. Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park

2 Barefoot Beach Boulevard, Bonita Beach Road, North Naples, FL 34134 +1 239-591-8596
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 148 reviews

Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park

Reviewed By Dundercheese - New York City, New York

You have to go on bonita Beach road and before it turns north to ft. Myers beach you turn left and go a couple miles. It's back in Collier county so it's free if you have a beach sticker. Beautiful beaches and a nice walking trail at the end. The park has one refreshment stand and public bathrooms. One of the best beaches in Florida

3. Miromar Outlets

10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-9430 +1 239-948-3766
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Miromar Outlets

Miromar Outlets features over 140 top designer and brand name outlets with savings of up to 70% off retail prices. Find great savings on top names including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, and more.

Reviewed By aljora - Vero Beach, Florida

Yes, they have Saks, Newman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s here along with plenty of shaded covered sidewalks on both sides of the streets of this beautiful Outlet Mall.
Clean public restrooms and don’t forget to stop by the information kiosk as soon as you get there,for a booklet of additional coupons and savings for your shopping experience.

4. Coconut Point Mall

23106 Fashion Dr, Estero, FL 33928-2525 +1 239-992-9966
Excellent
57%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 343 reviews

Coconut Point Mall

Coconut Point is a picturesque outdoor mall featuring over 140 stores including Dillard’s, Target, Apple Store and Barnes & Noble – all surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk. Experience a wide range of dining options, from the elegant Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and new Southfork Grill, to family favorites Ted’s Montana Grill, Bice or California Pizza Kitchen. Grab and go choices Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Panera Bread or Subway are a few of the fast casual options. Or if you decide to make it dinner and a movie our 16 screen Hollywood Theaters is available within walking distance of many of our restaurants. Coconut Point Mall is located in Estero, Florida between Naples and Fort Myers, just 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport and conveniently located off I-75 at exit 123 just south of Corkscrew Road on U.S. 41. Coconut Point is the place for people to gather, shop, dine, work, play, see a new film - you name it! So from the entire team at Coconut Point Mall®, we hope that you will visit us soon!

Reviewed By Kathleen K - Estero, Florida

Well worth the visit. Between Gulf Coast shopping center and Coconut Point, I prefer Coconut because it has more places to shop. We he former has more places to eat. Your choice as to which you personally want. We are in Estero which is equally distant between the two centers.

5. Lovers Key State Park

8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-5126 +1 239-463-4588
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lovers Key State Park

Park is not associated with Bonita Springs Dog Beach. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, shelling, fishing, hiking, bicycling, wildlife watching, canoeing/kayaking, geocaching and more.

Reviewed By Erin B - Sarnia, Canada

My family came here Easter Monday to spend some time at the beach during our vacation in Bonita springs. The entrance per vehicle is eight dollars. There is a moderately sized parking lot near the visitor centre and store. From here you can rent paddle boards, bikes, buy cold drinks, clothing and other trinkets. There is a quick walk out to the beach on a boardwalk, or you can take a free trolley to the beach a bit further down. The trolley is nice because there are washrooms right close to the beach down there. There is also a stand for snacks and a few shaded picnic tables. We walked down the beach and enjoyed looking for shells and seeing the wading birds. The beach was pretty busy that day, but overall very enjoyable!

6. Old Corkscrew Golf Club

17320 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928-9417 +1 239-949-4700
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Old Corkscrew Golf Club

Reviewed By samkenny44 - Perth, United Kingdom

Situated between Fort Myers and Naples, this golf club is well presented and would be highly desireable to the average golfer due to it's wide fairways and excellent greens. Due to it's location, also, it tends to be very quiet and thus not subject to pressure from extensive tee bookings. Restaurant and clubhouse are well above average and very friendly with a limited lunch menu to suit the itinerant golfer. Would recommend this as an tourist golf course

7. Little Hickory Beach Park

26082 Hickory Blvd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134-3779 +1 239-949-4615
Excellent
74%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Little Hickory Beach Park

Reviewed By ree n

It is nice to have the option of walking under the tropical canopy or riding the tram to the beach. There was so much nature! We saw large crabs, sand dollars, and dolphins. The water was clear and the sky was beautiful.

8. Germain Arena

Estero, FL 33928
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 164 reviews

Germain Arena

Reviewed By JMCSTL - Saint Louis, Missouri

My wife & I attended a Friday evening minor pro hockey game @ Germain Arena in mid-February. Arena parking was a relatively affordable $10, and there are plenty of parking spaces & lots with attendants to direct you. Security checks at the door were minimal, and the arena staff were all very friendly & welcoming. The arena concourses are sufficiently wide to minimize crowding, and the selection of concessions is good (including hometown hockey team souvenirs).

The arena seating bowl is a single tier with a steep incline, so all seats have a good view of the playing surface. The seats are relatively comfortable and have adequate legroom to minimize cramping through a 3-hour visit. The audio presentation volume was loud, but the arena acoustics reduced amplification. The lighting was good, both in the seating area and over the playing surface. This was our first visit to Germain Arena, and we were pleased with the facility & with the hockey we witnessed.

9. Bowditch Point Park

50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2055 +1 239-229-1610
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 561 reviews

Bowditch Point Park

Reviewed By patnjoe2015 - Alexandria, Virginia

We have visited beaches in Hawaii, Tahiti, the Caribbean, and many more and Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island in Florida is right up there with any of them. Bowditch Point is at the north end of the beach with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island, and Fort Myers. It is a well maintained public beach with picnic areas, restrooms, and shower stalls. The parking area is a good size, but fills up quickly during the "season" (Jan - Apr). Concrete and boarded walk ways lead to the beach through the picnic areas. This is a really nice place to spend the day at the beach and have a picnic.

10. Estero River Outfitters

20991 S Tamiami Trl, Estero, FL 33928-2838
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Estero River Outfitters

Reviewed By kayakerpeg - Estero, Florida

We enjoyed a beautiful morning along the Estero River catching Bass! ERO will set you up with equipment rental, bait, and a fishing license. They gave us fishing tips and told us exactly where the hungry bass were waiting. Great staff, excellent equipment, one stop shop. Go today! Have some fun on the river.

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