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Take a Cruise
The Fort Myers area is known for its incredible beaches, but it doesn’t end at the horizon – the area is also home to secluded barrier islands, which make for a great day trip and change of pace with your sweetheart. Set sail on a dolphin tour, where bottlenose dolphins will play in your wake. Or book a sunset cruise to take in the spectacular views while sipping cocktails on your boat. Does it get more relaxing than that?
Dine by the Waterfront
Whether you prefer casual or high-end restaurants, the waterfront overlooking the Caloosahatchee River is filled with options. Try Oxbow Bar & Grill in downtown Fort Myers for casual dining and delicious cocktails and drafts with upbeat nautical vibe, or check out Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant near Sanibel Island for your choice of fine or casual dining, with a full bar, comfortable lounge, and live entertainment.
Admire the Art
Immerse yourselves in the world of art through Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, with exhibitions featuring painting, sculpture, photography, along with conceptional and modern art from local and international artists. The center also hosts special events throughout the year featuring live musical performances, film festivals, in addition to wine and paint nights. No matter the time of your visit, this center is a must-visit.
Discover Local Gems
Set aside a morning to stroll hand in hand through the local farmers’ markets as you delight in the local offerings, from produce to cut flowers to baked goods to seafood and more. The Bonita Springs Farmers Market is a top pick for Saturday Mornings. Cape Coral Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and the downtown Fort Myers farmers’ market under the bridge is open on Thursdays.
Go Bird Watching
Bird watching is a wonderful way to relax before your big day. Connect with nature, get some fresh air, and take a stroll through a preserve together. More than 245 species of migratory birds pass through this region. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is a local favorite to take in the sights.