You don’t plan a trip to Florida with the family unless you’re planning to take in the sand and surf. Fort Myers is home to some of the best coastline in Southwest Florida, with beaches that include soft sand, and plenty of activities to keep younger visitors occupied for hours! Various water sports include jet skis, body surfing and water skis to keep the teens and older kids happy too.

And if you need to get out of the sun for a bit the Fort Myers Imaginarium will delight visitors of all ages. This science museum is big on learning and fun. The hands on museum lets would-be scientists and discoverers touch a cloud or run through a thunderstorm. There are more than 60 interactive exhibits, along with an aquarium containing sharks, turtles and other live area wildlife. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm, and Sunday from 12noon until 5pm. Admission is $5 for children and adults are $8. Seniors are $7 (Age 55 and older).

Shell hunters, young and old, will enjoy a visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in nearby Sanibel Island. Fort Myers and the surrounding coastlines have been called the best shelling in the world, and this small museum includes local treasure from near and far, with shells from beaches on every continent.

If you would rather take the kids on a fun bike ride, try Wheel Fun Rentals at Lakes Regional Park . You can rent two wheeled bikes, three wheeled choppers, or four wheeled surreys that can seat up to eight. They also rent kayaks, pedal boats, electric pedal boats, and more.