SouthWest(SW) Florida(FL) Fun Events Calendar
The Southwest Florida communities of Marco Island, Everglades City, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral, Boca Grande and Port Charlotte enjoy year round great weather.  This allows visitors, holiday makers and residents to take part in and enjoy all of SouthWest Florida's attractions.  Many of the areas attractions take advantage of and showcase our unique coastal environment.  Boating, saltwater fishing, swimming, sailing, shelling, golfing, relaxing on the beaches and enjoying the Everglades National Park is what attracts a diverse group to SouthWest Florida.  As a visitor, holiday maker, and resident of SouthWest Florida, I have found many fascinating, fun, environmental conscious and family friendly attractions. 

I have comprised a listing of many of SouthWest Florida's best attractions.  I have assigned a grade to each attraction based on if it is family friendly.  Included in the listings of each attraction is their address, a brief description and a link to their web address. 

1.  Babcock Wilderness Adventures, 8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
     800-500-5583  941-639-3958  Fax  941-637-4611, Babcock Wilderness Adventures offers a
     unique Southwest Florida vacation - accomodations, ecotours, movie set museum, gift shop and

2.  Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919
      800-440-7469  239-481-4849   Fax  239-489-0326, a wide variety of performances
     including musicals, broad-way shows and symphony performances to name a few,
     child friendly,

3.  Burroughs Home,
2505 First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, 239-337-9505, tours of the
     home that is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places are given on Fridays at 10am
     please call for more information,

4.  Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905-7811
     (239) 275-3435,
Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm,
       Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-12).  No charge for children
      under 3, admission free to members.
  Admission includes the Museum, Trails, and all    
      Planetarium Shows for that day. 
Child friendly,

5.   Collier County Fair, 751 39th Ave NE, Naples, FL 34120-1410  (239) 455-1444
        2010 Fair Dates/Hours:  Feb 4  5:30p-11p, Feb 5  5:30p-1a, Feb 6  12p-1a,
      Feb 7  12p-11p, Feb 8  5:30p-11p, Feb 9  5:30p-11p, Feb 10  5:30p-11p,
      Feb11  5:30p-11p, Feb 12  5:30p-2a, Feb 13  12p-1am, Feb 14  12p-10p
      Child friendly, 
General Admission:  12 Years & Older $10, 6-11 Years $5,
      5 Years & Under FREE,

6.   Collier County Museum,  3301 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34112   239-252-8476
        Hours:  Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm,  Nestled on five acres of native
      Florida gardens, the Naples Museum showcases two historic cottages, a working
      archaeology lab, a Seminole village, tropical orchid house, wildlife displays, a 1910
      steam logging locomotive and a recreated Seminole War fort, admission  FREE
      child friendly, Closed on National and County Holidays,

7.    Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Drive, Naples, FL 34102
        The Conservancy Nature Center includes butterfly and birding trails, kayak rentals,
       guided electric boat tours, a Discovery Center, Nature Store, Wildlife Rehabilitation
       Center, and is site #69 of the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Child friendly,

         November - April
:  Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
                                       Sunday, Noon - 4 pm
       Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Admission:   Members:  Free,  Adults:  $9,  Children (3-12):  $4
                             Children under 3: Free

8.   Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road, Naples, FL 34120-4865
      (239) 348-9151
           Hours:  Oct 1-April 10:  7am to *5:30pm
                                                    April 11 - Sept. 30: 7am to *7:30pm

        *Note: Entrance within one hour (4:30 PM October 1-April 10, or 6:30 PM April 11-September
       30) of closing is not allowed because there is insufficient time to be out of the sanctuary by the
       closing time.

          Admission:                Adult $10 
                                      Full-time college student with photo ID $6
                                      National Audubon Society member with ID card $5
                                      Student (6-18 years old) $4
                                      Children under 6,  FREE

         A 2.25 mile raised boardwalk takes visitors through four distinct environments:  a pine
       upland, a wet prairie, a cypress forest, and a marsh.  Interpretive signs along the boardwalk
       and a field guide and Children's Activity Book available at the admissions desk in the Blair
       Center allow each visitor to take the self-guided tour.  Benches and rain shelters are along
       the trail.  For those who do not wish to walk the full 2.25 miles, an optional trail shortens the
       walk to one mile.  Volunteer naturalists are usally on the boardwalk to answer questions. 
       Allow about 2-3 hours.

9.    Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old U.S. 41, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
       (239) 992-2591
The Everglades Wonder Gardens, located in Bonita Springs, first opened in
       1936 with the purpose of caring for injured animals. It is now the home to alligators, panthers,
       bears, deer and all sorts of exotic birds. The site also features lush botanical gardens with
       plants and trees from around the world. You can learn about the area’s Calusa Indian
       history at the museum. 
Guided tours are also available.
       Hours:  Monday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm.  Admission:  Adult $15, Child 10 & Under $8,
       Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day                  Child 2 & under FREE

10.  Freedom Park,
1515 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 
       County's newest park, which is located near the intersection of Goodlette-Frank Road & 
       Golden Gate Parkway in Naples. Encompassing some 50 acres with over a mile of
       boardwalks built out of tropical Ipe wood, child friendly, FREE.

11.   Imaginarium Hands-on Museum & Aquarium, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916
Hours:  Monday – Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
                               Sunday:  Noon to 5:00pm
       Admission:  Adults $12 (13-54), Seniors $10 (55), Children $8 (3-12), Under 3  FREE
Admission Package – includes 3-D film, Hands-On Fun Shows, “Sea-to-See” Touch Tank
       Experience, Hurricane Experience and over 60 hands-on exhibits.
  Child friendly.

12.  Koreshan State Historic Site3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33928
Throughout its history, Florida has welcomed pioneers of all kinds. Cyrus Reed
       Teed was probably the most unusual, bringing followers to Estero in 1894 to build New
      Jerusalem for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed
       that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began fading after
      Teed´s death in 1908, and in 1961 the last four members deeded the land to the state. Today,
      visitors can fish, picnic, boat, and hike where Teed´s visionaries once carried out survey
      experiments to prove the horizon on the beaches of Lee County curves upward. A boat ramp
      and canoe rentals are available. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the settlement or a
      ranger-guided tour. For overnight stays, the park has a full-facility campground. Campers can 
      enjoy campfire programs every Friday night from January through March. Located on U.S. 41
      at Corkscrew Road.
  Admission Fee: $5.00 per vehicle.  Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
                                        $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers,
                                        passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.


13.  Lee County Sports Complex - Hammond Stadium,
14100 Six Miles Cypress Parkway
       Ft. Myers, FL 
Complex in Ft. Myers has been the spring-training home of the Minnesota Twins
       since 1990. It's a facility that's designed for the entire organization, with five full fields and two
       half fields, as well as a stadium that also serves as the home of the Ft. Myers Miracle
       (Class A; Florida State League) and the Gulf Coast League Twins.
  From I-75, take the Daniels
       Road exit west 2 miles to Six Miles Cypress Parkway; go south and the stadium is on the right.

        Child friendly. 

14.  Manatee Park, 5761 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33905-3113   (239) 694-3537
                                  Hours:      year round 8am - sunset daily
                                             Parking:  $1/hour or $5/day
        Optimum viewing times are between the months of November and March due to the cooler gulf
       temperature.  Manatee Park is a non-captive refuge for the Florida Manatee.  Manatees are
       generally not present during the warm summer months.  The park has an extensive butterfly
       garden.  The park is a demonstration landscape for the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
       (FYN) program.  There are picnic areas & shelters, and a fishing pier on the Orange River.
       Canoe/kayak launch to the Orange River.  Program amphitheater and playground. 
       Child friendly.  Driving directions:  take I-75 to exit 141, go east 1 1/4 miles, the park is on
       the right, directly across the street from the FPL Power Plant.

15.  Naples Backyard History Mini-Museum, 1300 3rd Street South (Historic Third Street -
       Shopping District), Naples, FL    For more information on how you can help to safeguard
       Naples' history for present and future generations, contact Lavern N. Gaynor &
       Lois A. Bolin, PhD, 239-594-2978.  Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm                  Thursday 'TIL 8:30pm

16.  Naples Botanical Gardens,
4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112  (239) 643-7275
       Paradise: A place of bliss. A region of supreme delight. A state of happiness. Naples Botanical
      Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens
      with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through
      display, education, conservation and science. It will be a community gathering place and an
      exceptional venue for exploring our natural world as well as enjoying special events, traveling
      exhibitions and performances.
  Child friendly.
      Open Daily 9am - 5pm  Admission:  Adults - $9.95  Children 4-14 - $4.95 (3 and under FREE)
      Members FREE

17. Naples Historical Society's Historic Palm Cottage, 137 12th Avenue South, Naples, FL
      34102-7002  (239)-261-8164 
  The Palm Cottage house museum, treasured symbol of Naples
      history and heritage is listed on the National Register for Historic Places, and is proudly
      maintained by the Naples Historical Society.  Take a step back in time and learn about early
      Naples history and explore Neapolitan life trough a tour.  Watch history come alive!
      Tour length varies by the visitor: 20 - 60 minutes based on interest.  November-April:
      Tuesday - Saturday 1-4pm; May-October: Wednesday and Saturday 1-4pm. Tour Admission for
       Palm Cottage House Museum is $10/person. Members are FREE. Children 10 and under are

18.  Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL
(239) 263-7990  The Naples Players (TNP) is a community theatre company
       located in Naples, Florida. The company was founded in 1953 and performs in the Sugden
       Community Theatre at 701 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples. It has been named the
      "Best Live Theatre" in Southwest Florida (including professional theaters) seven times by the
       readers poll of The Naples Daily News, and is currently ranked as one of the top ten
      Community Theatres in the United States. CNN and Money Magazine cited the company in
      September of 2008 as one of the reasons why Collier County Florida is one of the top five
      "Best places for a long life in the United 
States".[1] [2] [3] [4]".   Our Wednesday through
      Saturday performances usually start at 8pm.
Sunday Matinees usually begin at 2pm. Some
      performances, films or play readings
may start at 7pm or 7:30pm, child friendly.

19. Naples Zoo at Caribberan Gardens, 1590 Goodlette Road North, Naples, FL 34102-5260
      (239) 262-5409   Hours:  9am-5pm daily, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
      Last ticket is sold at 4pm.  Admission:  Adults (13-64) $19.95, Seniors (65 and up) $18.95,
                                                              Children (3-12) $11.95, Children (2 and under) FREE

       Admission includes:  Planet Predator Show, Serpents: Fangs & Fiction Show, All Animal
      Exhibits, Meet the Keeper Series, Historic Tropical Garden, Alligator Bay, Guided Botanical
      Tour, Primate Expedition Cruise.
"Best Place to take Kids" - Gulfshore Life Magazine Awards

20. Ostego Bay Foundation and Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman's Wharf, on San Carlos
      Island in Fort Myers Beach, FL  
239-765-8101  Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm,
      Saturday hours vary seasonally. 
The Center provides a marine science experience through
      interactive exhibits, aquariums, hands on tank, collections and displays. 
      Requested Donation: $8 per adult and $4 for ages 5-17.

21.  Philharmonic Center for the Arts5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples, FL  34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or (800) 597-1900,  Box Office Hours:  Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

      Child friendly.                                                                  Sunday, noon-5pm

      Your cultural destination in Naples, FL

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL 34113
   The Environmental Learning Center is a 16,500 square-foot facility with four
      research laboratories, classrooms and 140-seat auditorium, and two story visitors center.
      The visitor center offers a variety of hands-on experiences, including 2,300-gallon aquarium
      and interactive exhibits addressing research and stewardship efforts ongoing within the
      Reserve, as well as a nature store, gallery and picnic area.  Hours:  Monday-Friday,
      9am-4pm, Also open Saturday November-April, Closed on National Holidays.
      Admission:  Adults: $5, Children(6-12) $3, Children Under 6: FREE.
The Environmental Learning Center is designed for self-guided tours. Coastal
      Connections daily programs are available with admission. Self-guided tour audio wands, $2

23. Sail Marco,
951 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL(Located at Marco River Marina)
239-272-0939,  Sailing Instruction, Private Lessons and Crewed Charters.

24. Seminole Casio Immokalee,
506 South First Street, Immokalee, FL 34142
       1-800-218-0007   We offer transportation to any group for a trip to our casino (30 minimum)
      at little or no cost to your group, int the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Lee
      County. Groups providing their own transportation can receive gaming vouchers to use in the
      casino and food vouchers to use at the "Ee-to-leet-ke" Grill or "1st Street Deli." Motorcoach
      driver and group leader will receive a meal voucher.
  Must be 21 years or older.

25. Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center, Inc., Naples, FL  Call 239-455-1698
      for Educational Programs, Speaking Engagements, or to Volunteer.

26. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve,
7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33966
      (239) 533-7550
  Located on Six Mile Cypress Parkway, 1.5 miles North of Daniels Parkway
Exit #131 off I-75,  Hours:  Dawn to Dusk 7 days a week, 11,000-square-foot Interpretive
      Center, Lee County Parks & Recreation’s first certified green building; fully accessible, 1.2 mile
      long boardwalk trail, seating enclaves, shelters, observation decks and a photo blind, 
      amphitheater, guided walks (
January-March: Daily - 9:30am and 1:30pm; 
May-October: Wednesdays only - 9:30am; April, November and December:
Daily - 9:30am), Educational displays and “Explorer’s Companion” self-guided trail brochures,
      picnic areas, restrooms and water fountain.
  Parking fee of $1 per hour or $5 per day.
       Child friendly.

27. Southwest Florida Museum of History, The Southwest Florida Museum of History is located
      at 2300 Peck Street just one block North of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in historic downtown
      Ft. Myers and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm to the public.

       Adults $9.50, Seniors: $8.50, Children (ages 3 to 12): $5.00 and students with current ID $5.
      Museum members are always FREE. Museum can be reached by calling 239-321-7430.
      Child friendly.

28. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon,
North Collier Regional Park, Parks and Recreation,15000 Livingston Road
      Naples, FL 34109
      Summer: May 30, 2009 - August 21, 2009
       (239) 252-4021           7 days a week:  10am - 5pm

                                       Fall: August 24, 2009 - October 31, 2009
                                       Saturday and Sunday:  10am - 5pm
                                      *Open Labor Day - September 7

                                       Winter/Spring: Closed November - January
                                      *Open Winter Break - Dec 19 - Jan 4
                                       Closed Christmas Day - December 25

                                        February - May
                                        Saturday and Sunday:  10am - 5pm
                                      *Open Spring Break - April 4 - April 13
                                      *Open Memorial Day - May 25               

         Cost: Ages 0-3 are FREE, $5.50 for children less than 48" tall
                  $12 for those taller than 48",
                  $2 discount with a valid Florida Drivers License w/ Collier County address
                  $8 for seniors, age 60 and up,
                  $190 annual pass for Collier County residents(good for 12 months)

29.  Sun Splash Family Water Park400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991-2067
       (239) 574-0557
  When you're looking for fun in the sun, Sun Splash Family Water Park 
       is the perfect place to make a splash in SW FL!  Please visit our website. Child friendly.             

30.  Swamp Buggy Races  8250 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL 34114  (239) 774-2701   Florida Sports           Park is the home of the world famous Swamp Buggy races held every January, March and                  October, and many other racing, sporting, cultural and social events.                                           

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