Watch a Butterfly Release!

Meet the friendly folks over at the Florida Native Butterfly Society!

Their 3,615 square-foot glazed glass butterfly house is the only facility of its kind that is dedicated to the safeguarding of our incredible and diverse native butterflies of Southwest Florida. Their primary goal is to educate guests on the importance of building butterfly habitats and protecting our natural environment wherever they may reside.

Unlike most facilities,  » Read more

Working Waterfront Tour

On your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, how about taking a unique Working Waterfront Tour in nearby Fort Myers Beach?

Learn about Florida’s “pink gold” in this three-hour tour of the local shrimping industry. Visit commercial fishing docks, see how boats are unloaded and learn how the seafood is processed in this presentation by the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.

Tours are scheduled for every Wednesday,  » Read more

Add to Your Bucket List!

“Paddle the calm waters to follow in the wake of the people of the Calusa tribes. Get inspired at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Take time to go fishing, shelling, birding or island hopping and fully appreciate this natural haven. Marvel at dolphins jumping in the rolling waves and pelicans diving in the surf for breakfast. Spot endangered West Indian manatees meandering through the mangrove-lined back bays and estuaries.”
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Saturday Morning Bird Walks

The unmistakable American Oystercatcher. Photo by France Paulsen.

The secretive and hard-to-see Piping Plover. Photo by France Paulsen.

From the Santiva Chronicle:

At one end of the viewing spectrum sits the American Oystercatcher, unmistakable for its beauty and as easy to pick out as a Roseate Spoonbill. At the other end of the spectrum sits the Piping Plover.  » Read more

ArtFest 2018 is Coming

ArtFest is coming, meaning a wonderful array of artwork, culinary favorites, live music, hands-on arts programs and more will return to the beautiful downtown Fort Myers riverfront area on February 3 & 4.

ArtFest will feature more than 200 exhibiting artists, carefully juried from more than 900 applying artists from across the country. Beautiful jewelry, amazing sculpture, unique paintings and decorative metal will be just a sampling of the work attendees can enjoy throughout the weekend.  » Read more

Take a Look!

1st Place: Elliot D. for “Heron Her Own”


2nd Place: Mallory H. for “Who’s Watching Who?”


3rd Place: Sophia B. for “Silent Stepper”


Congratulations go out to the talented student photographers who took home top honors in this year’s Sanibel Middle School’s nature photography contest!  » Read more

Hoo’s Here?

This amazing photo of an Eastern Screech Owl was taken right outside our Ocean’s Reach office by guest Susan N., from Mifflinberg, PA. She credits her son, Lynden, for sighting it first, saying that he is quite astute at spotting wildlife after his many visits to Sanibel!

The Eastern Screech Owls (Megascops asio) are one of the smallest species of owls naturally found in North America.  » Read more

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