IMAG History & Science Center

#6 in Best Things To Do in Fort Myers
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2000 Cranford Ave.

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Future scientists and engineers (and their families) come to the IMAG History & Science Center to explore topics, such as earth and space science, Florida history, technology, marine animals, and more through interactive exhibits. The center also offers live animal encounters with its touch tanks and aquarium.  

Recent visitors were pleased with the center and its hands-on exhibits, and said it was a great indoor activity when the weather won't cooperate. Others felt the admission price was too high, citing old exhibit facilities. Other reviewers warn this activity is best suited for children 12 and younger.

You'll find the IMAG History & Science Center within the downtown vicinity, less than 2 miles east of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $14 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, check out its website

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J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
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#1 J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Named after a political cartoonist and conservationist, the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge occupies 8,000 acres of land on Sanibel Island, located southwest of Fort Myer's city center. The refuge, which takes up about half the entire island, was originally meant to conserve the island's significant mangrove forest. Today, it is still home to those mangroves, as well as animals like crocodiles, alligators and countless species of birds. In fact, for herons, cuckoos, ospreys, and other birds, the refuge is an important stop along their migratory path. Recent visitors to the park said it's a unique way to see a variety of wildlife. 

You'll see the most wildlife if you visit between the months November and April during low tide. If you visit in the summer be aware of the high humidity and increased amount of bugs – including mosquitos. You can explore the refuge in whatever way suits your tastes: on foot or bike via trails, in a canoe, or by car. Parts of the park also allow boating and fishing. The park is open every day, including holidays, but is closed all day each Friday. The park also offers a free visitor and education center that's open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May to December and open until 5 p.m. from January to April. Park hours vary throughout the year, so check the website before visiting. The website also includes tide charts to help you plan your visit. Admission is $5 per vehicle or $1 per pedestrian or bicycle. 

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