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Family Art Lab

 

Add a dash of creativity to your next family vacation with Family Art Lab at the Alliance for the Arts!

Held the 3rd Saturday of each month, you’re invited to drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon.

Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery,  » Read more

Old Florida Personified

 

Return to maritime Florida of the mid 19th century.  Two hours north of Sanibel you’ll find Cortez, Florida, home to the state’s oldest surviving fishing village.

Maritime traditions run deep through this historic community where you’ll find restored boats proudly displayed.  Modest bungalows from the 1920s with sandy yards pack the narrow streets of the village, and salt permeates the air.

Meander down to Burton’s store – a relic of the area’s earliest years – or grab a fresh bite at the Seafood Shack or the Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant,  » Read more

The Wright Stuff

 

Day trip idea!

The largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture can be found less than three hours away from Ocean’s Reach, where officials from Florida Southern University commissioned Wright to design buildings for their campus in Lakeland.

Wright sought to create a “truly American campus” and designed an 80-acre network of buildings and covered walkways radiating from a central hub.  » Read more

Make Your Way to Keewaydin

 

Need another “day trip” idea for your next visit to Ocean’s Reach?

How about Keewaydin Island?  Located south of us between Naples and Marco Island, and only accessible by boat, Keewaydin is a great way to spend the day on the water and embrace the Florida lifestyle.

Keewaydin Island provides a unique beach experience.  As a nature preserve island in the Rookery Bay Reserve,  » Read more

Clowning Around

mural of clowsn

mural of clowns

 

Reader’s Digest once dubbed Lake Placid, Florida “America’s Most Interesting Town.”  It’s about a 2-hour drive from Ocean’s Reach and makes for a fun day trip!

Over the years, Lake Placid has become a wonderful place to explore how history, art, and community converge.

It’s known as the “Town of Murals,” as there are nearly 50 murals throughout the small town,  » Read more

Mingle with Flamingos!

Female child feeding flamingos

Photo from Sarasota Jungle Gardens

People taking photos of flamingos

Photo of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy by Chelle Koster Walton

female child feeding birds

Photo from Everglades Wonder Gardens

 

If you’re looking for a fun day trip during your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, consider making it a pink one!  While flamingos are more populous down in the Caribbean,  » Read more

Airport Expansion Taking Off

Rendering of airport expansion

rendering of airport expansion

 

After a one-year delay caused by the pandemic, a major construction project at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers is finally about to take off!

The $331 million project will consolidate and streamline security checkpoints in addition to expanding the facility to accommodate more shops and restaurants.

Once started, the project should take about three years to complete.   » Read more

Mina’s Love for Birds

Graphic for The Birds of Southwest Florida

 

The Birds of Southwest Florida exhibit has opened in the Caretaker’s House at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

The exhibit features multiple panels containing detailed illustrations from John James Audubon, along with quotes from the Edison and Ford families.  Antique spy glasses, books on birds, and shell art are also featured.  The exhibit is included with admission to the site and will run until mid-January,  » Read more

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