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“A very beautiful drive.”
Review of McGregor Boulevard

McGregor Boulevard
Ranked #7 of 117 things to do in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Myers, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A very beautiful drive.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

This road is one of the most beautiful drives. It is lined with Royal Palms on both sides of the street and in the downtown city limits the old Florida homes are really nice to look at. Ford and Edison Estates are really nice too but don't drive during rush hour or you might get stuck behind a school bus:)

Visited July 2013
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North Fort Myers, Florida
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194 reviews
118 attraction reviews
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“Royal Palms”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a south bound road that takes you from the bridge and downtown Ft. Myers toward the beach and out to the islands Sanibel & Captiva...McGregor Blvd is lined with majestic Royal palms..giving the name Ft Myers City of Palms...

Visited July 2013
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Westchester County, New York
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740 reviews
521 attraction reviews
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“For this ride, can I rent a big ol' mint green fishtail Caddy nearby ?”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

When Thomas Alva Edison gifted his beloved Fort Myers with a parade of Royal Palm Trees on McGregor Boulevard, (many of his originals are still in place), he was beckoning as all to enjoy the merits a long leisurely ride on a wonderful period piece grand concourse which gratefully yet captures much of that atmosphere. I've been crazy for Florida as a unique escape since age seventeen when winning an all expense solo free trip to a Bal Harbor luxury hotel on Florida's east coast. "You mean I can have bacon and sausages and a large glass of fresh orange juice, and...and... and....just by signing for all the bills with my name and room number?".

I remained infatuated with Florida through a bachelorhood of adventures including cheap art deco Miami hotels, vastly in need of refurbishment later to come in bucket loads of investment.
This affection was followed by a transition of loyalties to central Florida's agricultural, equestrian and more Deep South diversity, and ultimately the more open and frequently Old Florida west coast, where I've maintained a refuge here or there over two decades, but always within easy rrange of McGregor Boulevard access.

The experience of driving along McGregor Boulevard specifically and Southwest Florida in general, occasionally with an open top, feels unique despite a lifetime including travels in over thirty countries and more states. There's nothing quite like it all here, including the annual evacuation in anticipation of dreaded summertime humidity, a season which I relish as far more opportune. I also (usually) welcome its fairly reliable twenty minute daily downpour in the accompanied by a commanding natural lightening and thunder "lights and sound" show, especially at night peering over a shoreline at brightly sizzling pitchforks hurling themselves at the distant horizon, a display consistently unmatched at either Rome's impressive Baths of Caracalla or Disneyworld high tech facsimiles.

I so fondly remember a particularly generous and delightful senior couple encountered as a late teen. Two of us, longtime friends, were being paid to transport Mr. and Billie (his wife) Glass' Dodge Cutless convertible down to their west coast winter home. Before he sent us home gratis on the trendiest ride of its day, the "Whisper Jet", I leaned back one evening in Mr. G's backyard grass just aside as he gently rocked. He reminisced aloud of his frequency with a similar experience as a young boy similarly positioned, usually with each of them in quietude, beneath his wizened old neighbor's back yard rocking chair in the Menlo, New Jersey area: one Thomas Alva Edison.

"What goes around comes around".

Visited February 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Drive Indeed”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

The perfect time to take this in is on your way to the Edison Estates. What makes this drive memorable is that all of the palm trees are so well taken care of for miles and miles plus all the property lining the Boulevard is equally cared for nicely.

Visited June 2013
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

wow-----you will be mezmerized as you drive down the palm tree lined road. I happened to be there at xmas also, and the light displays were a nice touch all along the blvd. Follow posted speed limits, but don't get rear ended while looking.....remember you are on a main road for some. The palms were donated to Ft. Myers by Thomas Edison......many many years ago. Be sure and visit the Edison mueseum while on that road!

Visited May 2013
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