Welcome to Fort Myers
A timeless, historical community at the doorstep to paradise
Incorporated in 1886, along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers has long proven a sought-after destination for those seeking a prosperous lifestyle. Although notable for its historical seasonal residents - Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone established winter residences here - Fort Myers is a modern, metropolitan city.
Fort Myers offers a rare "all things to all people" experience with a small-town soul and big city vibe. There are many opportunities for all kinds of entertainment, from shopping and dining to kicking back at the beach, on the golf course, or on a boat. There's a tremendous amount of variety, where young singles, families, and retirees all discover a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle.
The homes and neighborhoods here are eclectic. There is a mix of classical and more modern builds - whatever your taste and lifestyle, you're sure to find it in Fort Myers. Several popular architectural styles include Florida bungalows, contemporary mansions, Mediterranean Revivals, and modern estates. The city consists of everything from downtown high-rise condos to golf- or yacht-centric communities and opulent gated enclaves.
What to Love
- Ideal location to live, work, and play for all ages and lifestyles
- Major destination for outdoor recreation, including golf and boating
- Incredible variety of housing and neighborhoods
Fort Myers has attracted retirees and seasonal snowbirds to its palm tree-lined streets for much of its history and considering that U.S. News & World Report named the city 2nd best place to retire in the country, the charm for older residents still holds firm. However, thanks to a booming economy and abundant jobs, Fort Myers is also the fastest growing city in the U.S., according to WalletHub. It's a huge draw for young and middle-aged professionals looking for a growing city in which to lay down roots.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For a city of fewer than 100,000 residents, Fort Myers plays host to a vibrant dining, entertainment, and shopping scene. In the historic city center, hungry visitors will appreciate the innovative American fare and extensive wine list of Twisted Vine Bistro. Also downtown, overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, is the Luminary Hotel and its outstanding seafood restaurant, Silver King Ocean Brasserie.
For first-class shopping, head to Edison Mall and its 160 name brand clothing and specialty stores or the eclectic and unique boutiques of The Franklin Shops in the historic downtown River District.
Things to Do
The vibrant community spirit shows in the city's commitment to arts, culture, and the outdoors. Visitors can take a trip back in time to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates just south of Downtown Fort Myers. The 21-acre site includes gardens, a laboratory, museum, and historic homes - Thomas Edison's Seminole Lodge and Henry Ford's The Mangoes.
In addition to its vibrant shopping and dining, the Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District is designated a U.S. Historic District and has been placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The area features 69 historic buildings and is a great place for history buffs to check out. Outdoor enthusiasts will adore Lakes Park, a 279-acre park featuring paved and unpaved trails and boardwalks, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, gardens, and birding opportunities.
The first Friday of every month sees the River District's Fort Myers Art Walk, which celebrates the local arts and its artists. The quintessential Fort Myers Instagram moment is along the McGregor Corridor underneath its more than 1,800 palm trees, earning its "City of Palms" nickname.
The Fort Myers community is home to a number of outstanding educational institutions, both public and private, including:
Also located in Fort Myers is Florida Gulf Coast University, one of the top 4-year public universities in the state.