Retire From the Hustle & Bustle in Ft. Myers on a Florida Family Getaway

Let’s head to Florida’s West Coast for a few days! Here are some activities to do on at Fort Myers family trip…

Fort Myers family trip

Today’s post is from our contributor, Modern Boca Mom of Multiples

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, take advantage of the proximity and depth of the West Coast of Florida on a Fort Myers family trip.

Only 2 hours away, Fort Myers provides serenity, history and retail therapy to those needing a respite from the relative craziness of South Florida!


Fort Myers/Estero boasts one of my favorite outlet malls, Miromar Outlets. With over 140 stores, including all of the major brands, this open air/outdoor mall is a wonderful escape from the Florida heat while still staying outside. There is even a playground for the kids <cough and husbands> to go get some energy out while you continue to explore.

Staying on Sanibel? Go to the Tanger Outlet Mall, which is in Fort Myers on the way to Sanibel. With fewer stores, you can avoid some of the hustle and bustle of a larger mall, while still getting all the deals on your Fort Myers family trip.


Fort Myers Beach is the first beach that comes to mind when you go to Fort Myers and it has wonderful beach access.

Sanibel/Captiva is just a short 20 minute drive away which offers a quieter retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle. I take my family to Sanibel in order to beat the crowds, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as businesses are away from the water. Shelling is quite popular and occupies kids of all ages!

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Activities to do in Ft. Myers


Mel’s Diner is locally owned and operated and takes you back to the 1950s with not only a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, but also delicious food! A ventriloquist walks around the tables providing entertainment while you wait!


Another locally owned and operated restaurant, Fancy’s Southern Café, provides upscale southern comfort food for both you and the kids!

And because I just couldn’t leave it out, visit the Hickory Pit BBQ for a local gem! Get some Pit Sauce to go… it’s addicting!


Near Fort Myer’s Beach, Doc Ford’s relaxed environment with outdoor seating cannot be beaten for adults and children alike on a Fort Myers family trip!

Staying on Sanibel/Captiva? Visit their restaurant locations there as well!

Baseball Spring Training

Visit Fort Myers in the Spring and take your family to a Spring Training game for either the Minnesota Twins or the Boston Red Sox! Summer offers Miracle baseball games, including the month of August!

Have you been to Fort Myers/Sanibel? What are your “Must-Sees” on a Fort Myers family trip? Comment below!