North Fort Myers is just a bridge away from all the attractions of the City of Fort Myers, so it has all of that plus its own special charm. There's a rural beauty to North Fort Myers. When you drive the backroads you'll see horses at pasture, roadside produce stands and experience a "different" Southwest Florida that has nothing to do with resort life and beaches.
And, of course, North Fort Myers is home to one of the best known attractions in the area – the Shell Factory & Nature Park. Part shopping experience, part zoo, part children's playground, the Shell Factory has entertained families for generations.
The Shell Factory is also home to Waltzing Waters, a sound, water and light show that's been drawing visitors for decades and is beloved by young and old. In the massive retail emporium, you can buy everything from a bag of seashells for a couple of dollars to a pearl necklace to a shark's jaw. You can easily spend a day there.
North Fort Myers has a number of historic motels that hark back to the days when northern parents would load up the children and drive south to Florida. They would pull off at roadside motels for the night. Many such hotels have disappeared but there are some "gems" still in service, including at least one that allows guests to pick oranges from its trees.