When it comes to beaches, Florida has some of the warmest water and finest sand around. Our favorite nearby beaches include Sanibel Island’s Tarpon Bay as a shell collector’s dream beach. The pristine beach at Lover’s Key State Park is ideal for bird watching and kayaking through the mangroves. Family-friendly Bonita Beach Park is an all-around favorite with picnic pavilions and easy parking. And don’t forget about Fort Myers beach with its great walking beach, open-air restaurants and calm waters.
In Florida, golf is Holy. With more courses per capita than anywhere in the galaxy, there is a fairway for every ability and budget. Fort Myers CC is one of the oldest clubs in SW Florida where President Ford played. Magnolia Landing boasts a beautiful championship course that meanders through pine and oak forests. San Carlos Golf Club is the local’s best kept secret and just a stone’s throw away from Pyramids in Florida. The Old Corkscrew is a legendary Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course and Audubon International Sanctuary.
Navigate your ball through caves, cross streams, and waterfalls at Alico Family Golf with lessons available and wheel chair accessible. Only 20 minutes car ride from Pyramids in Florida, Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf features 18 holes of putting fun around caves, pirate ships, waterfalls and live alligators! Voted “Best Mini Golf in Florida” for 5 years.
Ice Hockey in the Tropics? Why not! Hertz Arena is home to the Florida Everblades with public ice skating, roller skating as well as space for big name concerts. CenturyLink Sports Complex hosts the Minnesota Twins baseball spring training and is home to the Fort Myers Miracles minor league team. JetBlue Park at Fenway South is the spring training ballpark for the Boston Red Sox with an active game schedule and public tours.
Some people move to Florida just for the parks. There are two great interactive animal encounters within an hour’s drive from the Pyramids at Sarasota Jungle Gardens and Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay is a huge African-theme animal park. Orlando is the mecca of adventure in America with 8 theme parks! Take your pick from Universal Island of Adventure, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Legoland, Discovery Cove, Epcot, and Gatorland.