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Museums, historical landmarks, and yearly events give visitors the opportunity to experience the culture and heritage of Fort Myers.

The Southwest Florida Museum of History beginnings stem from the time when the railroad sold its track and warehouse on Peck and Monroe Streets to the city in 1971. In 1975 the old passenger depot, which had gone to ruin, began a transformation. With help from the city and donations, construction came to close in April of 1982. The museum showcases the history of Fort Myers. There is also a Downtown Walking Tour through historic downtown Ft. Myers, giving tourists a history lesson through the historic buildings.

A popular attraction for families is the Imaginarium. The Imaginarium features hands-on and interactive exhibits for all ages. Other fun aspects of the center include a hurricane simulator and an early-childhood area.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates are also a tourist must-see. With over 250,000 visitors per year they are the 9th most-visited national historic site in the nation. The grounds measure approximately 20 acres, the tropical gardens cover 14 acres, and the museum totals 15,000 sqaure-feet. The museum showcases memorabilia from Edison and Ford with changing special exhibits. Guided tours run daily through the homes, museum, laboratory and gardens.

More than 25 hotels and inns provide a range of accommodations. Visitors to the area can select from luxury resorts, budget-friendly inns, and hotels geared specifically for the business traveler.

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