Fort Myers Downtown Walking Tour, Fort Myers (Self Guided)

The sunny city of Fort Myers has a number of different and interesting attractions to offer. Visitors taking this downtown walking tour will admire and learn about the oldest mansions and the most important federal buildings with architectural importance, as well as enjoy the sight of the splendid Caloosahatchee River with its yachts and grand bridge and, in the end, take a rest on one of the benches in Centennial Park.
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Fort Myers Downtown Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Fort Myers Downtown Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Fort Myers (See other walking tours in Fort Myers)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: Cathy
Gilmer Heitman House

1) Gilmer Heitman House

The Gilmer Heitman House is a mansion built in 1908 for Gilmer Heitman, a famous and successful businessman and one of the closest friends of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The residence was designed in a combination of Victorian and Queen Anne architectural styles. The former house of Heitman is listed as a historic treasure of the Fort Myers city. Currently it is used as a site for weddings and other celebrations . The mansion is surrounded by a splendid garden filled with superb plants and flowers.
Murphy-Burroughs House

2) Murphy-Burroughs House

The Murphy-Burroughs House is a historic home in Fort Myers located at 2505 1st Street. On August 1, 1984, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Burroughs House provides living history tours once a week. It was Ft. Myers' first year-round luxury home. It is in the Georgian Revival style and was built in 1901 for George Murphy, a cattle rancher. The beautiful veranda wraps around 3 sides of the house. Nelson Burroughs bought the house in 1918.

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Edison Bridge

3) Edison Bridge

The Edison Bridge is a bridge located in Fort Myers. It is named after inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who was once a local Fort Myers resident, along with Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Both bridges are 55 feet tall.

The Edison Bridge consists of two separate three lane bridges, with one span carrying northbound traffic, and the other carrying southbound traffic. It carries U.S. 41 Business Route (with the hidden designation of State Road 739) over the Caloosahatchee River, connecting downtown Fort Myers (on the southern shore) with North Fort Myers. Despite carrying the same route, the two bridges are not parallel to each other. The two spans land at the same point on the north side of the river, but are separated by a few blocks on the south side. When looking on a map, the two spans and the south bank of the river form a right triangle. This is because Business Route U.S. 41 and S.R. 739 are carried on two separate one way streets in Downtown Fort Myers, with northbound traffic using Park Avenue, and southbound traffic traveling on Fowler Street.

The current northbound and southbound spans opened in 1992 and 1993 respectively. They replaced a small two lane drawbridge which opened on February 11, 1931. Thomas Edison dedicated the bridge, which opened on his 84th birthday. He was also in the first car that drove across the bridge after the ribbon-cutting. The drawbridge was located at the site of the current southbound bridge.

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Yacht Basin

4) Yacht Basin

The Yacht Basin in Fort Myers is one of the city's top attractions: a beautifully designed marina. It is located on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River and it shelters an incredible number of splendid yachts of all sizes on its shore. The Yacht Basin, which is also known as the city marina, is an unbelievably beautiful spot to admire in Fort Myers.
Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

5) Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is housed in one of the most beautiful constructions in Fort Myers: the federal building. It was built in the 1930s. The architectural style of the center belongs to the neo-classical direction. The facade of the structure is supported by eight grand columns and is adorned with splendid decor elements. In front of the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center two cylinder sculptures designed by Jim Sanborn are situated. In the evenings, the sculptures reflect lit letters on the building of the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center.

Operation Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
The Edison Theatre

6) The Edison Theatre

The Edison Theatre in Fort Myers was constructed in 1920 year and, like other attractions in the city, was named in honor of the famous inventor and scientist Thomas Alva Edison. The initiative to open the present theater belonged to John Hendry. It used to be a very popular attraction among the locals until 1980, when it was renovated and transformed into an office building. Even though visitors are not able to enjoy performances here any more, the Edison Theatre building is still an attractive landmark in Fort Myers.
Old Lee County Courthouse

7) Old Lee County Courthouse

The Old Lee County Courthouse, which is one of Fort Myers' main landmarks and an architectural treasure, was constructed in 1915. In 1989 it was declared part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and underwent an important reconstruction process. The two story construction was designed by the famous architect Francis J. Kennard. He chose the Classical Revival style. The facade of the structure is supported by two grand Doric columns. In 1995, the Old Lee County Courthouse was the place of a scene from the famous "Just Cause" film, featuring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne.
Centennial Park

8) Centennial Park (must see)

The Centennial Park in Fort Myers is one of the most centrally located parks in the city and its simplicity is appreciated both by the locals and tourists. The park is located near the waterfront which allows visitors to admire the fauna and monuments within the recreational area as well as the Caloosahatchee River. Other attractions in Centennial Park are a big playground, a number of comfortable benches, several Civil War memorials and a very popular monument named "Uncommon Friends" representing three famous men: Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.

Walking Tours in Fort Myers, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Myers

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Myers

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort Myers is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Fort Myers Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Fort Myers Museums and Art Galleries Tour

Fort Myers is a very rich city in art venues like museums and galleries. Most of the galleries reflect the talents of artists from the city and its surroundings. The museums are true treasures for people who want to find out more about the traditions, culture and history of the region, as well as interesting facts about science and nature in general. By following this guided tour, you will have an...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Fort Myers for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Fort Myers has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Fort Myers, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.