Cheap Activities in Southwest Florida (4/5-4/11)

As season comes to an end so will the increased traffic, but also the increased activity.Fort Myers and the surrounding area becomes a shell (a conch, maybe) of the hub of activity it has been for the past months. There’s the impression, that might be true, that everything fun costs money. Not true! (Sometimes) So, I’ll try to create a list each week of interesting activities in Southwest Florida that cost little to nothing. This list will try to include some things for kids and adults. I’ll try to provide free activities for Fort Myers, Sanibel, Naples, and the beaches.


Courtesy Alliance for the Arts - Myra Roberts
Courtesy Alliance for the Arts – Myra Roberts

1. Enjoy ArtPoems. This Arts Alliance event brings together artists and poets. The poests have created origional works to perform in conjunction with the paired paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media artwork.

When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. April 8
Where: Alliance for the Arts, Foulds Theater
Cost: $10 suggested donation


Courtesy Gulf Coast Humane Society
Courtesy Gulf Coast Humane Society

2. Lap up Yappy Hour. This monthly event brings together the Bell Tower Shops and the Gulf Coast Humane Society for a great cause. The event encourages shoppers to bring their pooches out, while the Humane Society brings their own out for adoption.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday. April 10
Where: Bell Tower Shops
Cost: Free


Courtesy Seminole Hotel Casino
Courtesy Seminole Hotel Casino

3. Float over to a balloon festival. The Seminole Hotel Casino will host its Balloons over Paradise festival next weekend. The event includes more than 60 hot air balloons, as well as balloon rides, alligator shows, children’s activities and a classic car show.

Find the complete event schedule here: Balloons over Paradise Schedule

When: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. April 11 and Sunday, April 12
Where: Seminole Hotel Casino, Immokalee
Cost: Free


Courtesy River District Alliance
Courtesy River District Alliance

4. Discover a Mystery. The Fort Myers mystery Walk will be held downtown in the River District this Friday night. April’s theme is VOICE! Created by the RDA and produced by Circus Arts United, this month will bring Voice of Instrumental Community Experience.

When: 6 -10 p.m. Friday. April 10
Where: Downtown Fort Myers
Cost: Free


So, hopefully this will fill up your weekend and help you prepare for Southwest Florida after everyone has gone home!

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