Fun Facts About Sunny Fort Myers
Florida’s known as the Sunshine State, but did you know the City of Fort Myers actually has more sunshine hours than any other city in the entire State of Florida? It’s just one fun fact you may never have heard about Fort Myers.
While the national average is 205 sunny days per year, Fort Myers is known to have an average of 271 sunny days per year. That means more time to spend soaking up the rays from the sand and water.
Shells, shells, and more shells
Fort Myers is such a popular location for shelling that there are shelling charters you can take to enjoy an entire day of hunting for shells! Beaches in the area naturally collect shells, which is why you’ll find more types of shells in this part of Florida than another other place in North America. If you want some inspiration, you can head to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on neighboring Sanibel Island. It’s the only shell museum in the entire country.
Let there be light!
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates has ties to two of the city’s most famous former residents. Thomas Edison first brought electric light to Fort Myers in the late 1800s. Edison’s also to thank for hundreds of royal palm trees which line McGregor Boulevard today. He imported them from Cuba. A banyan tree, which stands at the Edison Winter Home, is the largest of its kind in the country. It was reportedly a gift from none other than Harvey Firestone.
Canoe & kayak trails
A lot of cities and communities have walking and jogging trails, but in Fort Myers, you can also choose to hop on miles of canoeing and kayaking trails. The Great Calusa Blueway runs for 190-miles through Lee County and is a good place to spot shore birds and marine life.