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Most of the history in this area focuses on the native peoples, and northerners who came to enjoy its lovely winter climate in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. 

You could visit historic downtown Fort Myers to see the historic Ford & Edison winter homes and their riverside gardens, and the Burroughs home.

We love Sarasota with its terrific Ringling Museum.  Ringling Brother's and Barnum & Bailey's Circus used to spend the winter in Sarasota, and this was the inspiration and setting for the famous film 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.  John Ringling's Venetian-inspired house is part of the Ringling Museum, there's also a circus museum and an art gallery that has to be seen to be believed.  The gallery has a new extension to house temporary exhibitions - Canaletto last time were there.  It's in the most perfect location on the edge of Sarasota bay, and you can walk around the gardens for free.

If you fancy a slightly longer trip, the Dali museum and St Pete's Pier make for a good day out up on Tampa Bay.  The Dali museum is well worth seeing and is at least as good as the one at Figueres in Spain.

There is good theatre locally, & concerts too at the Barbara B Mann concert hall, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Germain Arena.   Big shows / tours come to Germain & the Barbara B Mann - we missed James Taylor & Crosby Stills & Nash the last twice we were in Fort Myers because we didn't think to check!  And the dinner theatre has pre & post Broadway tours, really good quality shows.

And lastly downtown Fort Myers is working hard on a resurgence, and has great music in & around the bars & restaurants on some Friday evenings - see the website for details of the programme.