Thomas Edison discovered Fort Myers in 1885 and built a winter estate in the city shortly after.
From the white sand beaches of Pensacola to the storied streets of Brickell, there’s no shortage of spectacular attractions scattered across Florida. The state’s western coast in particular is home to a wealth of fascinating destinations—Ybor City, Clearwater Beach, and Siesta Key, to name a few—but one particular city tends to fly under the radar when it comes to tourism across the Sunshine State. A historic community once frequented by Thomas Edison, Fort Myers is the ideal destination for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Fort Myers is also known by its nickname “City of Palms”.
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
While nearby Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach have earned acclaim for their idyllic beaches and shoreside resorts, the city of Fort Myers is undergoing a tourism renaissance of its own right now—a quality that’s best represented by the Luminary Hotel, a brand new addition to the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Officially unveiled in September 2020, this polished AAA Four Diamond venue is breathing new life into the food, drink, and hospitality scene across the Fort Myers River District…