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Southwest Florida Road Trips (Part 2)

June 12, 2014

1. Canoe Outpost at Peace River • (800) 268-0083, (863) 494-1213
2816 N.W. County Rd. #661, Arcadia 34266

Peacefully paddle beneath a canopy of towering cypress trees while on the lookout out for birds and other forms of wildlife. Spend the day, or night at this popular State Canoe Trail.


2. The Springs at Warm Mineral Springs • (941) 426-1692
12200 San Servando Ave., Warm Mineral Springs 34287

Nine million gallons of warm mineral waters flow through this hourglass-shaped, 230-foot deep sinkhole. Soak in the 87-degree waters. You’ll love it.


3. Edison-Ford Winter Estates • (239) 334-7419
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 33901

You will be amazed at the vast Banyan tree, as well as the noteworthy collection of Thomas A. Edison inventions and the historic homes of both Edison and Henry Ford. Stroll the estates and enjoy a very interesting gift shop.


4. Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum • (888) 679- 6450 or (239) 395-2233
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd., Sanibel 33957

The Bailey-Matthew Shell Museum is one of the most interesting shell showcases in the state. Take a tour of marine, terrestrial and land mollusks from Florida’s southwest coast, barrier islands and the Gulf of Mexico.


5. Teddy Bear Museum of Naples • (888) 365-2327 or (239) 598-2711
2511 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 34109

Since 1990, some 5,000 bears donated by artists to manufacturers have found their way from all corners of the world to this museum. Fun displays feature bears made from fabric, crystal, wood, marble and bronze.

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