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Downtown Walking Tour explores Fort Myers

January 2, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The downtown Fort Myers area is teeming with history. The banks of the Caloosahatchee capture every tale and every building has its own unique story.

Join us as we reveal the mystery and the meaning of the city and historic downtown River District on the Downtown Walking Tour, presented by the Southwest Florida Museum of History.

The 1-and-a-half-hour guided, leisurely stroll through historic downtown Fort Myers uncovers the stories of the people that built the town.

Visit the location of the old Fort, hear the tales surrounding Fort Myers, learn about the rivalry that built at least six businesses and assorted establishments, and view the historic buildings that house the stories of yesteryear thanks to the preservation and restoration efforts that keep the history alive.

The tours originate at the historic Atlantic Coastline Railroad restored train depot, now known as the Southwest Florida Museum of History.

The musuem chronicles the history of Southwest Florida from prehistoric to present-day through exhibits and displays, a 1929 private Pullman railcar and a replica Cracker House.

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To go


Downtown Walking Tour of the Historic Fort Myers River District


Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. though April 17


Southwest Florida Museum of History, at 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers


$10 for adults and $5 for students with ID; reservations required at 321-7430

Through April 17, take a tour on any Wednesday or Saturday at 10 a.m. Due to limited space, reservations are recommended at 321-7430.

The price is $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID.

Upgrade to add a discounted admission to the Southwest Florida Museum of History and enjoy the art exhibition, "Art Expressions of Latin America: 500 Years of History & Heritage."

This particular theme is especially poignant as Florida celebrates the quincentennial anniversary of our state.

Artists display a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils and mixed media and represent countries such as Cuba, Columbia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Showing through Feb. 16.

Museum members receive a 50 percent discount on Walking Tours and free admission.

For information, call 321-7430 or visit:



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