542,000 and Counting

Photo from “Must Do” Visitor Guide


We know that the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is one of the most unique museums in the country, and now readers of Forbes Magazine know it, too!

Writer Gary Stoller notes that “the museum now houses a collection of about 542,000 shells. Besides local shells, shells from other countries, including some of the world’s largest,  » Read more

A Request from Andy

Pictured, left is Andy’s friend Jack with longtime Ocean’s Reach guest Tom M. from Glencoe, Mo.

Tom and his law partner, a past president of the USGA, had just contributed memorabilia for Jack’s treasured display.


A request from Andy:

My friend Jack has cancer. An avid golfer and retired golf course superintendent, Jack is now limited to spending time collecting and displaying the golf memorabilia and oddities which he has collected over the past 53 years.  » Read more

Family Fun on the Cheap!

Photo by Chelle Koster Walton


“The first thing that comes to mind when families plan vacations to the Fort Myers/Sanibel Island region? Beaches. Sandy beaches, beaches with lots of shells, beaches where the sun shines nearly every day. The beaches are indeed great, but they are just one of the area’s best-known attractions.

Sanibel Island, recognized as an early leader in ecotourism,  » Read more

Did Someone Say Bacon?


Now this sounds a little unusual!

Tonight, adults are invited to join in on the 5th Annual BaconFest Trolley Event, a bacon-themed pub crawl that’s become a staple in nearby Cape Coral’s Entertainment District. You’ll take trolleys around South Cape, stopping at various locations to enjoy bacon-themed and bacon-inspired drink and appetizer samples.

Participating locations & their samples:

Debunking Misconceptions


With the popularity of Shark Week, we think it’s worthwhile reminding everyone to keep a level head as to how dangerous sharks really are.

According to Tyler Bowling, the manager of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History at University of Florida, “The last calculated odds (of being attacked by a shark) are 11 or 12 million to 1,” Bowling said.  » Read more

Bag It!


It’s almost here!

The annual Noah’s Ark Bag Day event is coming up Friday, August 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Customers may buy marked bags in the parking lot for $4 each, fill them with store goods and walk away with as many items as the bags will carry!  Customers are free to purchase as many $4 bags as they wish for the Bag Day sale.  » Read more

Audubon’s Finest

Photo by Pamela Underhill Karaz


Thanks so much to longtime guest Laura G. from Nyon, Switzerland, for letting us know that the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards were recently announced.  She knows how many of our guests love bird photography!

This year, thousands of photographers from across the United States and Canada submitted more than 8,000 images to the 10th annual Audubon Photography Awards.  » Read more

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Photo of the super ghost orchid from the National Audubon Society.  


Article by Chad Gillis, Fort Myers News-Press: 

The heart of the swamp hearkens back to ancient Florida, to a wild, subtropical peninsula that early explorers said wasn’t fit for man or beast.

But it’s here that man and beast intersect, mostly on an elevated boardwalk that stretches through the cypress trees and seasonal ponds.  » Read more

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