San Carlos Park residents have easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sanibel Island is miles of unspoiled beauty that is a paradise for shell collectors. Fort Myers Beach is known as the safest beach in the world, due to its gently sloping shoreline. Nearby state parks show Florida as it used to be, with plenty of wildlife, pristine water and natural coastline. The Great Calusa Blueway Paddle Trail enables canoe and kayak paddlers to explore the bays, rivers, backwaters and shorelines of the area. Dolphins and manatees are often seen in the back bays and estuaries. Over 300 species of birds can be seen along the trail. Lee County Manatee Park features observation platforms to view manatees. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve allows visitors to explore the wetlands along a mile-long boardwalk. Alligators, turtles and wading birds and a variety of plant life can be seen.
Other points of interest near San Carlos Park include the Burroughs Home, built for a wealthy businessman in 1901. Today, it showcases characters through the history of Fort Myers. The Edison-Ford Winter Estates contain the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The Fort Myers Historical Museum is located in a restored railroad depot. It houses artifacts, photographs, books and papers on the history of Fort Myers, southwest Florida, the Calusa Indians and the Seminole Indians. The Imaginarium Hands-On Museum explores southwest Florida's environment as well as physics, anatomy and the weather with more than 60 interactive exhibits. The Seminole Gulf Railway offers excursions on the RiverRail Explorer north to the Caloosehatchee trestle and back in vintage coaches. Narrators provide information about railroad history, animals and plants.
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