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The numerous nature parks and recreation areas in and around Fort Myers team with irresistible beauty. One of Fort Myers' jewels is Lakes Regional Park. A family favorite, this 279-acre recreational park offers fresh water fishing, canoing, swimming, kayaks, paddle boats and playgrounds. For those who would like to walk, run or bike ride, the park's 2-mile paved pathway is ideal. Picnic pavilions and a lodge with full kitchen are also on the premises. A unique feature of Lakes Regional Park is the miniature railroad and villages. The train takes passengers on a one and a half mile ride through a 109-foot tunnel, over bridges, around a lake, and through miniature villages. The park also features a fragrance garden where visitors can smell, feel and eat the herbs and flowers.

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is an environmental education organization set on a 105 acres. A museum, nature trails, planetarium and aviary offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Southwest Florida's natural history, as well as have a chance to stargaze and take advantage of other various daily activities.

Lovers Key State Park’s 712-acre span is comprised of Black Island, Lovers Key and Inner and Long Key. The park plays host to an array of wildlife as well as activities such as swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park offers picnic areas and a covered recreation area, as well as two trails with one trail leading to an observation deck overlooking amazing views of the river. The world-famous J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, located on Sanibel Island, is not a far trek from Fort Myers. Guests to the refuge can drive, bike, or walk the five-mile trail, which is home to over 200 endangered species of birds. Lastly, the Six Mile Cypress Slough protects two thousand acres of wetlands with a mile-long trail for excursionists to roam. Guided tours are also available.

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