Fun on the Riverfront
Leaving Tampa heading south to Ft. Myers on a late Friday afternoon, Jack decided he could not make the 2 hour drive without at least one stop… for rest and refreshment… and Punta Gorda was the perfect place. The sun was setting and music filled the air as we walked past an historic marker on the way to Jack’s on Marion, our destination and the source of the jazzy sounds we heard… it was a perfect evening.
Our hotel in downtown Ft. Myers, located between First Street and Main on Broadway, was the perfect location to begin our morning jog. We ran along First Street to McGregor Avenue, lined with beautiful palms trees, and ended up at the Thomas Edison Estate before we turned back. The cool clear morning air was invigorating so we had to stop by our favorite coffee shop along the way, Bennetts at First and Bayside. You can watch them fry up doughnuts while waiting for your coffee.
SPOILER ALERT: If you decide to follow our footsteps for a morning jog, do not blame us if you find the jogging route way too short to make up for the doughnuts and coffee.
We also stopped by the Bacon Jam at Centennial Park with local restaurants selling bacon inspired foods to raise money for a worthy cause. I like Ice Cream and I like Bacon, but I want my ice cream frozen and my bacon sizzling!
When we arrived the evening before, First Street was closed to traffic for a Friday night music fest and it was: “As much fun as walking down Main Street at the Magic Kingdom, or better”… according to Jack, but I think his judgment might have been a little clouded since he was holding beer in his hand when he said it.
The next day after jogging we headed over to one of my favorite places.
Nearby and considered a part of the Caloosahatchee River District, the Southwest Florida Museum of History is home to the history of fishermen, farmers, Seminole Indians and more area history.
As you enter the museum …you walk through a timeline …starting with the prehistoric animals and Paleoindians.
You will find a short history of citrus trees and sugar cane, fish camps and cattle ranches, military artifacts and a great gift shop, all housed in the former train station.
Outside on the grounds are a 1929 private Pullman railcar and a simple replica of a Cracker house from the area.
The Southwest Florida Museum of History is small but packed full of information from prehistory to present day and one of my favorite museums!