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10761 Aqua Vista Lane, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
This was our first time here, though many of our friends are regulars here...
It was definitely worth the drive!
They have a very large petting zoo, with hundreds of animals including:
FIELD TRIP - 47 - Veteran's Park
55 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
You can find parks just about anywhere, but some of them have a little extra to make them a bit special. This was my first time to Veteran's Park, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amenities!
FIELD TRIP - 46 - Castle Mini Golf
7400 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, FL 3390
Love mini golf? Like castles and dragons and knights? Check out Castle Mini Golf in Fort Myers!
It's nicely located close to US-41, and it's on the way to the beaches! You can always hit this place, work up a sweat in the Florida Sun, and then go hit the water!
This mini golf course has a great layout, surrounded by water, trees, and castles.
Grab a putter and get golfing!
FIELD TRIP - 42 - 31 Produce
18672 FL-31, Alva, FL 33920
This place has farm animals, tractor rides (seasonally), fresh produce, vendors, a farmer's market, and a whole lot more! It's a great place for school field trips, family outings, and just getting out of the house for a few minutes.
Get out there, get some fresh air, and see what you can find!
FIELD TRIP - 36 - Manatee Park
10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Like nature, walking, animal sightings, and kayaking? I think we've found the place for you. Just off of Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers, there's a nice little park with all of that stuff! It's Manatee Park.
In the colder months you can see manatees. The rest of the year, you can still see wildlife, learn about animals, talk to guides, take a kayak or canoe ride, and more! Even better, other than a minimal parking fee, it's pretty much free!
This is one you're going to want to visit for sure!
FIELD TRIP - 31 - Southern Fresh Farms
8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Love getting outside? Like farmers markets and fresh produce? Like seasonal events?
Southern Fresh Farms in Fort Myers is the place for you!
Take the kids out to feed the farm animals, tour the farm, feed the fish and turtles, and explore this working farm! They have food trucks, musical events, and even pavilions you can rent for private functions. Plus, they just opened a microbrewery!
This is a great trip for an hour or so with the kids, and it's FREE! Even feeding the animals is an affordable $1.
Check this one out!
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
Love hands-on museums? Love History & Science? Put all that together and you've got this little spot in Fort Myers, Florida!
Check out the touch tank, play with the Google Earth Wall, be a Stormcaster! There are a lot of options here, and they also have traveling exhibits, like the 50 year Apollo program science exhibit that was available when we visited!
This one is great for kids and adults.
2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Like Nature Walks? Love being near the river? The Four Mile Ecological Preserve in Cape Coral, Florida is a great place for you!
It's a hidden treasure right off the Caloosahatchee in the Fort Myers area. It's almost an immediate exit off the bridge in Cape Coral. It's free to visit, although you might need to pay that $2 bridge toll, depending on which way you come in.
It has a finished boardwalk trail for most of its length, with two piers or docks to look out from. With over 300 acres of preserve, you never know what kind of animals, especially aquatic creatures or birds you may see.
Does this look like the trip for you?
3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
This place has a lot of stuff going on! It's a nature center, with hiking trails, wild animals, butterfly gardens, and it has a planetarium! It's actually the only planetarium in SWFL, so it's pretty neat! That's actually my favorite part, too!
Things you can do:
While other places nearby might do the animals better or the hiking trails better, this place's Planetarium and inexpensive cost make it worth a visit.
9370 Dynasty Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33905
I've always liked trampolines, as have my kids, but this was the first time we'd ever been at an indoor Trampoline Park! I'm definitely going back, with or without my kids! Haha! I'll take them. They loved it.
It seems like a lot of money for an hour at first, but if you have younger kids, they have deals for parents to go with them. They even have 2 and under time so you don't have to worry about your little ones getting squished or stepped on.
And as for that hour, most people will be tired after an hour of constant climbing and jumping. I play basketball every week, and this had me using muscles I don't normally use for that. You can also pay for 1.5 or 2 hours if you want.
The socks are $3, but you can reuse them until they wear out. They're tight at first, but give you great grip on all surfaces.
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Five Minute Field Trips
Learn about all sorts of cool places to visit alone or with your family. We look for inexpensive but fun places to visit. Being an educational spot is always a plus!