Restored buildings in downtown Fort Myers
Elsewhere in Lee County, historical structures are quite charming, if a bit more conventional.
In downtown Fort Myers, restored buildings are easy to spot.
Because the fascinating stories behind them aren’t so apparent, the Southwest Florida Museum of History
offers a comprehensive Downtown Walking Tour each Wednesday, January through April, beginning at 10 a.m.
The two-hour, information-packed tour covers 10 blocks starting at the museum on Peck Street, one block
south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Jackson and Lee streets.
Groups continue along the old fort grounds to the scenic riverfront and Fort Myers Yacht Basin
on Edwards Drive. The cost is $5.00 per person.
Highlights of the walking tour include the
- Gwynne Institute (Lee County’s first modern schoolhouse),
- the Heitman Building (built in the late 1800s and the oldest standing building on First Street),
- the Bradford and Earnhardt buildings
- the old post office/federal building
other architecturally significant structures (including those no longer standing).
Comments remark on the Caloosahatchee River facing the city, its influence on local commerce and
its role in shaping the downtown area.
Reservations are required for the tour, which costs $5 for adults, $3 for children.
Special arrangements are available for groups of 10 or more. All tour participants receive a
discount on admission to the museum. For reservations, call (239) 332-5955.