Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation
34725 W. Boundary Rd.
daily 9am-5pm (last boardwalk entry 4pm)
Nestled in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum features dynamic exhibits and a vibrant boardwalk through a cypress dome. Come and learn about the Seminole people and experience their rich cultural and historical ties to the Southeast and Florida.
Calusa Nature Center
3450 Ortiz Ave.
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium has been part of SWFL for over 50 years. Our mission, inspiring people to connect with nature, is accomplished through their educational program encompassing everything from ecology to astronomy. Their 105-acres are home to rescue animals, aviaries, butterfly-house, nature trails and SWFL’s only planetarium theater.
America’s Military &
1st Responders Museum
(formally Naples Museum of Military History)
500 Terminal Dr. (off North Road)
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12-3pm
Over 6,000 historical artifacts, dating from revolutionary war to the war on terror, including uniforms, weapons, medals, model planes and ships, letters, posters, from all branches of the military service and many one of a kind, are on display. 99% of artifacts were donated by veterans and their families from across the United States and the world. The museum inside the airport commercial building is operated 100% by donations and volunteers. Free admission – paid by our veterans.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
1380 Colonial Blvd.
Tue-Sun evenings & select matinees
Broadway Palm is Florida’s Premier Dinner Theatre and celebrating 30 years of entertainment. The theatre’s season features the best of Broadway combining your favorite shows of the past along with the most recent musical hit sensations. Broadway Palm features nationally selected performers, dazzling sets and costumes and a live orchestra.
Land & Water Trust
Bird Rookery Swamp Trail:
1295 Shady Hollow Blvd. • NAPLES
4600 CR 850 (Corkscrew Rd.) • IMMOKALEE
Cypress Dome Trails & Caracara Prairie Preserve:
3980 CR 850 (Corkscrew Rd.) • IMMOKALEE
Flint Pen Strand Trails:
15970 Bonita Beach Rd. • BONITA SPRINGS
sunrise to sunset
CREW (Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed) offers hiking, biking, equestrian trails and camping. If you love nature, explore old-Florida wilderness at the 4 different CREW trails. See alligators at CREW Bird Rookery Swamp, enjoy wildflowers along CREW Marsh Trails, photograph swallow-tailed kites at CREW Cypress Dome Trails or find a wildlife paw-print at CREW Flint Pen Strand Trails.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
9am-9pm during Holiday Nights
Visitors can step back in time and stroll through more than 20 acres of botanical gardens, see the historic homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, a 15,000-square-foot inventions museum, and botanic research laboratory. The Holiday Nights light display runs from November 25 through the end of the year.
Gulf Coast Symphony
Gulf Coast Symphony, the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective offer over 100 performances and events, presenting the best in classical music, jazz, dance, opera, and musical theater at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the Music & Arts Community Center.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Rd. W.
daily, 8am-3pm (last admission 1pm)
Experience the world’s largest remaining, old-growth cypress forest. See wading birds, songbirds, otters, alligators, and more from our 2.25-mile boardwalk. As part of the western Everglades, Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary protects 13,450 acres of wetlands and other habitats. Find souvenirs and gifts in the Nature Store. Online tickets are recommended.
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
3883 Sanibel Captiva Rd.
Jan 2-July 31 Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Aug 1-Dec 31 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
CROW is a wildlife and teaching hospital serving southwest Florida’s native and migratory wildlife for over 50 years. CROW treats over 6,000 patients each year of over 200 different species! Their mission is to save wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, education, research, and conservation medicine. CROW educates future wildlife professionals through student programs in the hospital and the public through their Visitor Education Center’s interactive exhibits, daily presentations, kid-friendly activities, and Wildlife Walk Guided Hospital Tours.
11000 Everblades Pkwy.
games Wed, Fri & Sat 7pm
Originally founded in 1998, the Everblades will be celebrating the organization’s 25th season in 2022-23. Owned by David Hoffmann and the Hoffmann Family of Companies, the Everblades won the 2022 Kelly Cup Championship after posting a 42-20-6-4 regular-season record and then winning 16 of 20 games in the playoffs. The Everblades home opener is on October 29. Visit the Everblades website for season schedule.
11000 Everblades Pkwy.
open for events year round
Hertz Arena is a 7,181-seat multi-purpose arena in Estero, Florida, which is located between Miromar Lakes and Bonita Springs. The arena opened in November 1998 and serves as the home of the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Hertz Arena also hosts concerts by national and international artists.
1182 Market Circle • PORT CHARLOTTE
Charlotte Harbour Event
& Conference Center
175 Taylor St. • PUNTA GORDA
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm & Sat 10am-1pm
& one hour before performances
Charlotte Players is one of Charlotte County’s oldest Performing Arts Organizations. They have been presenting live theater since 1961. Their Mission Statement is: ‘Charlotte Players, a volunteer organization, shall provide and promote quality theater arts programs to educate, entertain and enrich the Southwest Florida community.’
Cultural Park Theatre Company
528 Cultural Park Blvd.
box office: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm
shows: Thu-Sat 7pm & Sun 3pm
Cultural Park Theatre Company is the area’s oldest Community Theater, celebrating their 60th Anniversary. 2022-23 offers 8 Broadway Shows and 10 concerts. Performances Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 3pm. New lobby and online tickets coming soon.
Florida Repertory Theatre
2268 Bay St.
box office: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
& 2 hours before shows
Florida Repertory Theatre is a professional regional theatre company performing in the Historic Arcade and the ArtStage Studio Theatres. Florida Rep produces nationally recognized comedies, dramas, new plays, and musicals. Florida Rep’s 25th Anniversary Season runs September 2022 through May 2023. Visit FloridaRep.Org to see their full season line-up.
& Janet G. & Harvey D. Cohen
975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd. • Ste 108
Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 1pm-4pm
The Museum offers a variety of special exhibits, events and programs. Docent and self-guided tours available – check website for details. School and group tours available by appointment. Wheelchair-accessible and expanded parking. Pre-purchase of timed-entry tickets encouraged; last admission 3pm. Multi-year recognition awards: ‘Best of the Gulfshore’ - TripAdvisor & Yelp.
History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave.
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 12-5pm
Bringing inspiration to life, the IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination featuring interactive exhibits, activities, aquariums, touch tanks, animal encounters, history displays, live science and animal shows, 3D movies, and other attractions for guests to discover and explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, math, history, humanities, and the arts.
Naples Historical Society’s
Historic Palm Cottage
Educational HQ: 137 12th Ave. S.
Tours of Historic Palm Cottage: Tue-Sat 12pm-4pm
Walking Tour of Naples Historic District: Wed 9:30am
Naples Historical Society is the Central Voice of Naples. The Society provides both tours and events year-round. They are committed to inform, inspire and involve all in their local history. Please call to reserve.
Peace River Botanical
& Sculpture Gardens
5827 Riverside Dr
Abutting the Peace River, our 30-acre waterfront oasis encompasses the diversity of five ecosystems including marshlands, wetlands, mangroves, uplands, and tidal basin. Over 4500 flowering trees and plants bloom throughout the year, and more than 15,000 square feet of boardwalks and docks provide optimum viewing of the Garden’s vast permanent sculpture collection and native wildlife.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
1534 Mound St. • SARASOTA
Historic Spanish Point
401 North Tamiami Trail • OSPREY
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. Selby Gardens is composed of the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida.
The Naples Players
701 5th Ave. S.
box office open daily
The Naples Players continually seeks to enrich, educate and entertain our community through a superior theatre experience. They are a premier community theatre, seeking to inspire passion for the performing arts through unparalleled access to the process, experience, and conversations surrounding the arts and our community.
Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Rd.
The two-story nature center features aquariums, touch tank, interactive exhibits, nature trails, picnic areas, butterfly garden, art gallery, gift shop, adult and youth education programs, volunteer opportunities and special events. The provider of their boat and kayak eco-tours was voted #1 in the country twice recently by USA Today.
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Lane
box office open one hour prior to performances
The Music & Arts Community Center (MACC) is Fort Myer’s newest professional live music venue. This year over 100 events will present the best in classical music, jazz, dance, and musical theater. The MACC is located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Myers.
New Phoenix Theatre
13211 McGregor Blvd. • Ste 1,2
box office: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Creating entertainment to enlighten the community, celebrate diversity, and inspire imagination.
61 N. Pineapple Ave.
box office: 10am-4pm
Sarasota Opera, the only company in the world to have performed every work of Giuseppe Verdi, enters its 64th consecutive season of bringing world class opera to the southwest gulf coast. Consistently garnering international attention as one of the few places to experience rarely performed operatic works, Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the premiere opera companies in the United States by finding innovation through tradition.
Seminole Casino Hotel
506 South 1st St.
open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Welcome to Southwest Florida’s #1 entertainment destination, offering an experience unique to the paradise coast. Win big in our high-energy casino, indulge in culinary delights, or relax in one of their beautifully designed hotel rooms. Experience live table games including blackjack, pai gow, 3 card poker and 1400 of the newest slots.
140 Tampa Ave. W.
box office: open one hour before showtime
Located just an hour north of Fort Myers, Venice Theatre is the second largest community theatre in the country. Its 73rd Season features a variety of musicals, comedies, hard-hitting dramas and concert acts. Highlights include the area premiere of Kinky Boots, The Cemetery Club, Gypsy, Death of a Salesman, and its annual musical version of A Christmas Carol.