Where to See and Experience the Best of the Arts in Southwest Florida—and Have Loads of Fun!
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” –Pablo Picasso
While Southwest Florida might be best known for sunshine and beach days, it’s also home to a thriving arts community. There are plenty of wonderful and creative activities for the entire family to enjoy. Here are some terrific places you’ll want to visit.
Family Day Out
Museum: Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is a fun space dedicated to serving children and families with the mission: “[Providing] an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together.”
15080 Livingston Road, Naples, 239.514.0084, CMON.org
Theater: Theatre for Young Audiences at the Florida Repertory Theatre
Florida Repertory’s Education Department is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people and families throughout Southwest Florida with exceptional and inspiring theatre experiences.
2268 Bay St., Fort Myers, 239.332.4665, FloridaRepEducation.org/tya
Art Class: Student Sundays at Cape Coral Art League
Cape Coral Art League invites all students ages 8 to 18 to spend a Sunday afternoon working on fun projects with great instructors. $15 per session with all supplies provided. A nonprofit, the organization also offers art classes for adults, and they host several major art exhibits each year.
516 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 239.772.5657, CapeCoralArtLeague.org
Food and Music: The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill
Not only is it family-friendly and fun, but the Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill also serves some of the best seafood, cocktails (for the adults) and live music on the water in the Cape. Perfect for a family evening out.
5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral, 239.945.2628, TheBoathouseUSA.com
Museum: Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy tours of the historic winter homes, the Edison Botanical Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum on more than 20 acres of botanic gardens. The estates also offer river cruises and many special events throughout the year.
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239.334.7419, EdisonFordWinterEstates.org
Theater: Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
This long-running—and extremely popular—theater offers a full lunch and dinner menu paired with a Broadway-style show. Broadway Palm is a great date destination for anyone looking to enjoy quality entertainment at a reasonable price.
Royal Palm Square, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239.278.4422, BroadwayPalm.com
Art Class: Cape Coral Arts Studio
Operated by Cape Coral’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Cape Coral Arts Studio provides a wide variety of fine arts and fine crafts classes and workshops to residents and visitors of all ages. Cape Coral Arts Studio also has a fine arts exhibit gallery that is open to the public and features different exhibits monthly.
4533 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, 239.574.0802, CapeCoral.net
Dinner and a Show: Murder Mystery Dinner Train
All aboard the Murder Mystery Dinner Train for a unique dining experience. Guests will enjoy a live murder mystery show while the chef prepares a five-course dinner during the 3 1/2-hour train ride. It will certainly be a night to remember.
2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, 239.275.8487, SemGulf.com