The beaches of Estero Island run its entire 7-mile length. Signs mark public accesses, and two main parks – Lynn Hall Memorial and Bowditch Point – provide recreational and comfort facilities.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park is more action-oriented with its fishing pier, playground, and close proximity to water sports concessions, dining, and shopping.
Bowditch Point Park rounds the island’s northern tip with a more natural personality. More natural still, the two beach accesses in Lovers Key State Park, south of Estero, invite kayaking, picnicking, wildlife observation, and more. Ranger programs lightly educate and a wedding gazebo sees a lot of bridal action.
Away from the beach, vacation visitors can learn more about the area and its environment on a visit to Matanzas Pass Preserve and Historic Cottage and Ostego Bay Foundation’s Marine Science Center.
Newly opened, waterfront Mound House does underground tours of its ancient Calusa Indian shell mound, which has been sliced open to reveal its construction and archaeological contents.