Shopping and Entertainment
Southwest Florida offers a wide variety of shopping, entertainment and dining options for both tourists and locals. The region has 18 major shopping hubs and features well-established retailers such as: Chico’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Chanel, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, and Tiffany & Co. Entertainment options range from concerts to festivals, sports to outdoor activities.
Shopping destinations and locations within the region.
Southwest Florida offers a plethora of entertainment for all ages to enjoy. From Broadway productions to Seminole war reenactments, science exhibits to premier concerts, and trade shows to zoos, Southwest Florida has just the entertainment you are looking for.
Big Cypress Shootout
The Big Cypress Shootout has many different performances and displays including: the Seminole War Reenactment, historical and cultural displays, and several other events.
Big “O” Birding Festival
“The Big “O” Birding Extravaganza is located in Hendry County off the southwest shores of Lake Okeechobee. There are over 300 different species of birds within Glades and Hendry County that are a part of the festival”.
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
“The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center has over 44,000 square feet with water front views, excellent food service management, and is used for many events of different sizes and budgets”.
Edison Festival of Light
The Edison Festival of Light Festival is held each year in January and February and includes a Celtic fair, grand parade, antique and classic car shows, crafts on the river, concert, and a mutt strutt.
“Germain Arena is located in Estero and is the region’s premier entertainment venue. The arena has hosted over 2,000 events. Some of these events include: Elton John, Braid Paisley, Cher, Tom Petty, Josh Groban, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Cirqu du Soleil, WWE, Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney Live!, the Wiggles, and Sesame Street Live”.
Harborside Event Center
“At Harborside Event Center, entertainment, trade, education and commerce all come together in a vibrant riverfront environment. The Center offers 30,000 square feet of exhibition space”. Harborside Event Center has hosted over 285 events including: tradeshows, conferences, graduations, weddings, concerts, and comedy shows.
Imaginarium Science Center
“Learning is fun for the whole family at the Imaginarium Science Center”. The Imaginarium features a hurricane simulator, an area for touching sea life, a theater for educational films and numerous other activities involving all five senses. Families, groups and schools are welcome.
Lee Civic Center
“The Lee Civic Center offers quality entertainment throughout the year, including: concerts, trade shows, expos, and other events. The Southwest Florida and Lee County Fairs are both dedicated to the agricultural and horticultural advantages that are available through educational and informative showcases. These showcases feature participating youth from the community and surrounding counties”.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
“Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, Florida, entertains over 170,000 guests annually. The facility includes a 450-seat dinner theatre, a 100-seat “black-box” theatre,” a 120 seat dining room and a quaint 30 seat café”.
Fort Myers Art Walk
“Art Walk is a monthly art event held from 6-10 pm on the first Friday of each month in the downtown Fort Myers River District. This event is a self-guided tour of the downtown art galleries and businesses. Participating businesses that showcase art during the Art Walk include: galleries, museums, retail shops, and community centers”. For additional information please visit their website: http://www.fortmyersartwalk.com/
“Gatorama is one of the few remaining original Florida roadside attractions. Thousands of snaggle-tooth gators and crocodiles call Gatorama home”. Florida wildlife seen at Gatorama includes alligators, crocodiles, bobcats, panthers and birds. Gatorama also offers group tours, scouting adventures, and even student/teacher field experiences.
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
“The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is a two-story, 30,000 square foot cultural institution including ten permanent and temporary exhibit galleries. The exhibits blend state-of-the-art technology with a replication of the natural world and human communities”. There is also a family resource library, classrooms, a birthday party room, meeting rooms, a Garden café, and a Museum Store. All facilities are designed to be fully accessible.
Naples Botanical Garden
“Naples Botanical Garden is creating a world class paradise that combines delightful cultivated tropical gardens with beautifully restored natural habitats. The Garden connects people and plants through different displays, educational resources, and science”.
Naples Pier and Beach
“A community landmark since 1888, the beach and pier extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. Naples Pier and beach is a hub for activities and gatherings to watch sunsets. Fishing is allowed from the Pier 24 hours a day”.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
“Combining conservation and recreation, Naples Zoo offers fun for every generation. There are also a number of ways to get involved with helping animals. The zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is an institutional member of the American Association of Zoo Keepers”.