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9 FREE Events in Fort Myers

Yes, there are lots of things to do at Pyramids in Florida, but there are so many places to explore in Fort Myers. Here’s a list of our favorite FREE things to do that put you in touch with art, culture, and nature. It’s all about Feeling Good in the neighborhood.

1 – Art Walk and Music Walk

The Downtown River District of Fort Myers comes alive on the first FRIDAY of each month during Art Walk and Music Walk from 6-10 p.m. Galleries, museums and shops stay open late with special exhibits and activities. A free trolley takes visitors to participating shops and galleries. Starting at 7:00 p.m. performers take to the streets and dozens of venues, playing jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, top 40, et. Many shops and galleries offer wine, while bars and restaurants often sell drinks from booths set up on the sidewalk in front of their establishments.

2 – Lee County Manatee Park

Get up close to wild manatees at Lee County’s Manatee Park. Between the months of November and March, manatees swim into the canal of this 17-acre park, drawn to the warm-water discharged from a former power plant. The shallow water makes it perfect for viewing the creatures, especially by kayak. The park offers free, guided walks and lots of educational activities like Manatee Bingo. Kids can enjoy a playground and the entire family can check out the butterfly garden. Pack lunch as there are picnic facilities, but leave your dog at home.

3 – Matanzas Pass Preserve

Located on Estero Island, Matanzas Pass Preserve is one of the few natural habitats left on the island, near Fort Myers Beach. It is free to the public and home to 1.25 miles of trails that wind through mangroves and live oak hammocks along the Estero Bay. This 60-acre unspoiled sanctuary offers the perfect escape from the tourist scene. Hike, explore, and be on the lookout for diverse wildlife, including raccoons, rabbits, hawks, owls, and turtles. This park is a sanctuary for native plants and a designated site on Great Florida Birding Trail.

4 – Caribbean Cruise-In Car Show

Free and open to the public, visitors can see come of the coolest hot rods, finest classic cars, custom cars and more at Salty Sam’s Marina & Parrot Key Caribbean Grill – The Caribbean Cruise-In Car Shows host an annual series on the first and third Monday of each month, November through April. Live music, food, and drinks available.

5 – River District Farmers’ Market

Open every Thursday year-round. This lively green market offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, honey, nuts, cheese, flowers, plants & more. A fixture of the downtown Fort Myers River District since 1994, the market is popular with both visitors and locals. Stop by for a fun and rewarding food and shopping experience!

6 – Sunset Celebration Cape Coral

Sunsets are sacred in Southwest Florida. The Sunset Celebration at the Cape Coral Yacht Club happens on the first Wednesday of each month. The Yacht Club Beach offers several pavilions for live entertainment and vendors; some 40-50 local artists and entrepreneurs with food trucks. Be sure to pack a beach chair or blanket, stretch out on the sand and enjoy the beautiful view of the Caloosahatchee River as it stretches to the Gulf of Mexico. Open from 4-7 p.m. November-March.

7 – Lakes Regional Park

Walking the 2.5 miles of paved and unpaved paths at Lakes Park is free and includes fitness stations. The small water park is free for kids to cool off and concessions are available. Boats are available for a fee. Check out the Miniature Railroad that offers a 15-minute ride by a small-scale village. Look for exotic vegetation and the occasional alligator in the 158 acres of freshwater quarry lakes; fishing is allowed. You’ll be able to spot Ibis and Heron, enjoy the fragrance garden, a seasonal community garden and rest in the gazebo or the many covered picnic areas.

8 – Sanibel Lighthouse & Fishing Pier

Since 1884, this stunning structure has been guiding ships into port along Florida’s west coast and it’s still functional today. The nearly 100-foot tall lighthouse is the most photographed site on Sanibel Island. While the lighthouse is not open to the public, visitors are permitted to tour the grounds and discover its history. There is a pier for fishing and lots of white sand for walking and shelling. Bring a bag to collect beautiful free seashells!

9 – The Green Market

It takes place every Saturday (year-round) at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. Offering more than just healthy food and lifestyle, the market hosts a free yoga class on the lawn. Bring your yoga mat and all levels are welcome. Instruction begins at 9:30 a.m., taught by teachers from YogaBird Studio. After class, wander through the market where you’ll find music and free cooking demos. Enjoy sampling local treats and pick up something healthy for lunch.

Motorboats and yachts in Ft Myers Yacht basin
Inspired by www.10best.com/destinations/florida/fort-myers/attractions/free-things-to-do and fortmyers.org/events/community-events