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What’s New from Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods
Spring and Easter celebrations, attraction and accommodation openings
LEE COUNTY, Florida (U.S.A.) – Spring gives us reason to celebrate the renewal and growth
that the season brings. And we continue to welcome positive signs of recovery, new life and daily
openings. As the Fort Myers area continues to recover from the impact of Hurricane Ian,
9,858 hotel rooms are open throughout Lee County.
For details about the accommodations and attractions that are currently open, please visit
visitfortmyers.com/open. As information is rapidly changing and there may be limited availability,
hours and amenities, please check with the individual businesses on their status.
Spring and Easter celebrations
All on Saturday, April 8:
Veterans Park Lehigh Acres Ultimate Egg Hunt
will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park basketball pavilion,
55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres.
Activities include egg hunt, games, music, food truck, photo booth and more. Bring your camera and
basket. The cost is $5 per child. This event is co-sponsored by Lehigh Acres Rotary Club. Advance
registration is required. Register at leeparks.org/register, at the Veterans Park Recreation Center
or call 239-369-1521.
featuring an adaptive egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. at
Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Pre-registration is required by calling the recreation center at 239-533-1470 or leeparks.org/register.
The egg hunt and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny are for children ages 12 and under. The cost
is $5 per child. Bring your camera and basket. The first egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. This is an outdoor event,
The Pine Island 6-8 Grade Golden Egg Hunt
will begin at 10 a.m. on the baseball fields at Phillips Community Park, 5675 Sesame Drive, Bokeelia.
This free event is for middle school-age children. Participants will receive a candy bag and will have the
chance to find golden eggs with special prizes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Phillips Park.
The Boca Grande Egg Hunt
will be held at 10 a.m. This free event is sponsored by The Friends of Boca Grande Community Center.
Activities include an egg hunt for ages 11 and under, and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny.
Bring your camera. Individually wrapped soft candy donations are welcome. For more information,
call 239-533-2921 or visit leeparks.org. The Boca Grande Community Center is located at 131 First St.,
Spring Fest at North Fort Myers Community Park
will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the football field, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers.
Activities include music, yard games, photo booth, bounce house and food trucks. The free event is
co-sponsored by Rotary Club of North Fort Myers. For more information, call the North Fort Myers
Recreation Center at 239-533-7200.
On April 9,
cruise San Carlos Bay to Picnic Island for an Easter egg hunt with Adventures in Paradise.
Find fun, eggs and the Easter Bunny with cruises at 9 and 10 a.m. Reservations and details at
Reopenings and new openings
CROW (Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife) on Sanibel Island has reopened and moved back into
its hospital where it takes care of injured wildlife daily. As rebuilding continues, its gift shop has also
reopened Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. crowclinic.org
Diamondhead Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach is accepting reservations for stays beginning April 14
while the property works toward a full recovery. diamondheadfl.com
If you are dreaming of a Fort Myers Beach visit, the beach cam and pool cams at Pink Shell Beach Resort
and Marina are back up and working again at pinkshell.com/live-webcams
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge reopens Tuesday, April 4, and will include Wildlife Drive,
narrated tram tours (limited schedule), Bailey Tract, most of Indigo Indigo Trail, Wildlife Education Boardwalk,
Wulfert Keys Trail and the Visitor & Education Center, including the Nature Store.dingdarlingsociety.org
Also from the refuge, the Tarpon Bay Explorers recreation concession offers limited facilities, rentals, tours
and hours. Visit tarponbayexplorers.com for hours, days of operation and reservations.
Sanibel Historical Village has reopened on a limited basis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. As assessment and repairs continue, four buildings are open as well as a Sanibel
Lighthouse exhibit. sanibelmuseum.org
Prairie Pines Preserve in North Fort Myers has reopened with 18 miles of hiking and equestrian trails
and wildlife viewing. leegov.com/parks/preserves/prairiepines
Wa-Ke Hatchee Park in Fort Myers has reopened from dawn to dusk daily with amenities that include its off-leash
dog park, pickleball and tennis courts and other amenities. The recreation center and playground remain closed.
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) was named No. 1 of the 10 best airports in the U.S. by Travel Lens,
an online travel publication. Fifty of the busiest U.S. airports were ranked by wait time, passenger satisfaction and
Google review ratings. flylcpa.com
New air service at RSW:
Breeze Airways: Hartford (BDL) and Providence (PVD) begin this summer. The RSW-BDL flights will operate
twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday starting May 17; and the RSW-PVD service will start July 13 and operate
three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Sun Country Airlines: Eau Claire (EAU), weekly.
American Airlines: Austin (AUS), daily.
Avelo Airlines: Raleigh-Durham (RDU) weekly; Wilmington (ILG), weekly.
Attractions and entertainment
J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling Day Conservation Carnival returns to Lakes Park
In its 34th year, the event returns to Lakes Park in Fort Myers on April 22. The celebration also observes Earth Day
and LeeTran’s Free Transportation Day. WoW (Wildlife on Wheels) will be at the center of the free “Ding” Darling
Day at Lakes Park. Besides tours of the mobile, interactive nature experience, a full day of Conservation Carnival
activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free outdoor activities include carnival games, prizes, archery, a dunk
tank, a rock-climbing wall, Earth Day crafts, artist-in-residence programs, guided bilingual birding walks, a biking
tour, guided mindfulness programs, live music, food and educational interactions with other local conservation
While the Bailey-Matthews National Museum on Sanibel continues its limited hours and exhibitions
Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., there is an opportunity to get involved in a citizen science project:
Snail Search of Lee County. To learn about biodiversity walks and how to participate, visit shellmuseum.org/snail-search
Cape Coral Quest: win prizes and explore
The City of Cape Coral and Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods have teamed up to launch the new
Cape Coral Quest app for a fun way to explore the area and a chance to win prizes through Nov. 30. Follow the directions
at visitfortmyers.com/cape-coral-quest to collect a Cape Coral Quest Pass to participate on any mobile device.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral has opened and plans to extend its season through Thanksgiving.
Sweets treats are back with the reopening of Boops by the Bubble Room on Captiva Island. The daily menu
returns with ice cream, cakes and coffee, while the Bubble Room and Emporium are under repair.
Jordan’s Wine Bar and Cellar opened in Cypress Lake Plaza in Fort Myers. facebook.com/jordanswinebar
Rosalita’s Cantina has opened in the former 400 Rabbits location on Captiva Island. rosalitascantina.com
Bonita Bills Waterfront Café, Fort Myers Beach has reopened. bonitabills.com
Annual festivals and events
34th Annual “Ding” Darling Day Conservation Carnival, Lakes Park
13th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival
11th Annual “Ding” Darling and Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament
Captiva Pride Weekend
National Seashell Day
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest
Sept. 22-Oct. 1
Sanibel Island Writers Conference
39th Annual Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral
January 2024 TBD
ArtFest Fort Myers, Downtown River District
Feb. 2-4, 2024
21st annual Burrowing Owl Festival, Cape Coral
Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade, Fort Myers
Spring training 2024, February and March
Boston Red Sox
JetBlue Park, Fort Myers
Lee County Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
25th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival, Fort Myers
ECHO Global Food and Farm Festival, North Fort Myers
EDITOR’S NOTE: Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods include: Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Pine Island, Matlacha, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, North Fort Myers, Alva, Buckingham and Lehigh Acres. For more information, go to visitfortmyers.com
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