Things to Do in Captiva and Sanibel

Fun on the Islands!

Apart from the endless sandy and wildlife attractions, there are so many things to do in Captiva and Sanibel! The islands are rich in history, scenic parks, and all kinds of family fun! Enjoy day trips and can't-miss landmarks as you take in the wide range of attractions in the area.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

If there`s one thing you do off the islands, this should be it! The Edison and Ford Winter Estates contain a museum, a botanical garden, a laboratory, and the Winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The estates boast an interesting history and stunning views.
Location: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL
Phone: (239) 334-7419
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

One of the best things to do in Captiva and Sanibel is to go shelling, and the best way to learn about those shells is a visit to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. It is the only accredited museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks.
Location: 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL
Phone: (239) 395-2233
IMAG History & Science Center

IMAG History & Science Center

You and the kids will both enjoy this hands-on history and science museum with an aquarium! IMAG History & Science Center`s exhibits feature marine life, fossils, interactive experiments, and so much more.
Location: 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL
Phone: (239) 243-0043
Railroad Museum of South Florida

Railroad Museum of South Florida

If someone in the family loves trains, the Railroad Museum of South Florida will be the highlight of their trip. The museum is filled with railroad artifacts, rich history, model trains, and even an interactive locomotive simulator.
Location: 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Phone: (239) 267-1905
BIG ARTS Sanibel Island

BIG ARTS Sanibel Island

This community art initiative offers many things to do in Sanibel. BIG ARTS Sanibel Island puts on amazing performances at the Strauss Theater, curates authentic art shows, and holds educational classes. Check out their schedule for their latest projects.
Location: 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel Island, FL
Phone: (239) 395-0900
Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings

Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings

A stunning garden experience for any garden lover. Take your time strolling through the paths while capturing the beauty of the Botanical Gardens at Sanibel Moorings with your camera.
Location: 845 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel, FL
Phone: (239) 472-4119
FastTrax Entertainment

FastTrax Entertainment

Calling all daredevils, FastTrax Entertainment is an amusement park with a focus on go-karts, including Italian electric karts capable of speeds up to 45 mph! They also have mini bowling, a full arcade, and a restaurant with a bar.
Location: 17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, FL
Phone: (239) 947-2111
Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village

If you`re looking for historical things to do in Captiva and Sanibel, look no further than the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. The museum moved and restored nine buildings for an expansive and unique history lesson on the islands.
Location: 950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL
Phone: (239) 472-4648
Sanibel Lighthouse

Sanibel Lighthouse

Known as one of the first lighthouses on Florida`s Gulf Coast, the landmark is beloved in the area. Even if you don`t care for lighthouses, the beach that it sits on, Lighthouse Beach, is one of the best on the islands.
Location: 112 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL
Phone: (239) 472-3700
J.N.

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is by far the largest nature and wildlife area on Sanibel Island and makes up much of the island. Known worldwide for its migratory bird populations, more than 245 species of birds can be spotted in the refuge as well as thousands of species of plants and other animals. The refuge features more than 6,400 acres of trails, fishing, tours, and educational activities.
Location: 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel, FL
Phone: (239) 472-1100