Put your feet up and relax, you're in Fort Myers. The quiet town in Florida's south west was practically made for it. Set on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between Sarasota and Naples, Fort Myers's disposition as the shy sibling of the aforementioned lends itself perfectly to carefree sunny days filled with casual strolls, succulent seafood meals and slowing things down.
Fort Myers Beach may very well be the shell capital of the world and hours can be lost sifting through the perfect sand, waiting for the tide to bring in a new batch of miniature ocean sculptures. Gliding pelicans, wading herons and squawking seagulls may be the only ones around at times, creating the perfect young family beach environment.
On non-beach days, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a massive park and the perfect place to get up close and personal with South Florida's impressive array of flora and fauna. For a more hands-on experience, bring the kids to the Imaginarium Hands On Museum and its reptile filled animal lab. Baby alligators, turtles and carp are the stars in the outdoor pond while 3D educational movies round out the entertainment.
Otherwise, Fort Myers is the hop-off point for the luxurious Gulf islands of Captiva and Sanibel, Everglades National Park and a whole lot more of what you've come for.