This year I am all about weekend breaks from the normal daily routine. So I love day trips full of fun at a new-to-us playground, walks among gardens to see and smell beautiful florida flowers and grand trees, and short drive visits to local attractions.  I have declared this year as the year to explore with my kids the sunny state we live in. Today I want to share with you the perfect weekend breaks in or near Fort Myers, Fl– our hometown.

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Where to go for weekend fun with kids in Naples Florida (and surrounding area):

The Butterfly Estates – Fort Myers

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Naples Zoo & Caribbean Gardens

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 The Shell Factory – North Fort Myers

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Imaginarium in Fort Myers - a cupful of carters - things to do with kids in Southwest Florida



I want to inspire you to travel! Whether you explore your city, state or the world, just get out and see, do and eat new things! And I strive to encourage women to pursue their dreams. In addition to my favorite job of being the mother to two crazy little kids, I am the Digital Editor for a local magazine publisher, a freelance travel writer, and manage digital marketing for small businesses. Let’s connect!