Fort Myers was built in 1850 as a military fort to hold off the Seminole Indians that were massacring the few settlers that inhabited the area. There are a number of tours offered in the Fort Myers area, with boats and safaris departing from Fort Myers daily. Travelers to the area can take a swamp tour to the Everglades, catch a boat shuttle to Key West, or join a Dinner Dance Cruise from St. Petersburg Beach. No matter what the occasion or interest, Fort Myers has an activity to meet the need and its tropical climate makes the attractions accessible year-round.
For a spin on a more traditional cruise, travelers can climb aboard the Pirate Cruise from Clearwater for 2 hours of family fun and adventure set to the music of a steel band. On board the ship, there are several fully costumed pirates and other characters, which add to the overall experience. Children can get their faces painted and adults can take advantage of the full service bar to purchase an alcoholic beverage. Another option is to take this cruise at night, via the Pirate Champagne Sunset Cruise from Clearwater. The Dixieland Jazz Lunch Cruise from St. Petersburg Beach is another cruise offering music on board. On this cruise, guests listen to live Dixieland jazz while cruising the Boca Ciega Bay.
Those who wish to set out on their own can rent a single, tandem, or glass bottom kayak to explore the bay and go fishing or have a romantic day with a loved one. There is room on the kayaks for supplies and food, and the sport models have the capability of an add-on seat for 2 children. For a great time, pack up a picnic lunch and head out on the water for a day of fun with the family where you can call the shots and take as much time as you need.