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Southwestern Region

Bonita Jetski & Parasail - Offers Wave Runner rentals, Back Bay Dolphin Eco-Tours, Parasail rides, Hobiecat Sailboats, Paddle Bikes and Kayaks.

Asolo Theatre Company - Performs in rotating repertory, producing up to five plays at one time with one resident company.

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium - This 105-acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas. Daily educational programs allow visitors an up close and personal view of some resident creatures.

Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens - Experience animals from apes to zebras up-close inside a 52-acre botanical garden. Watch wildlife footage from the world's conservation organizations, along with big cats in the Safari Canyon live animal/multimedia show. Audio tours; Primate Expedition Cruise; Scales & Tails Show; Alligator Bay and lots more.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida - Explore Southwest Florida's natural environment through hands-on exhibits, special programs and presentations, nature trails, boat tours, canoe and kayak rentals.

Everglades Museum - A showcase for the history of the Everglades region, the Museum presents the story of 2,000 years of human habitation with artifacts and period photographs. Education programs, lectures and events are presented throughout the year.

Gatorama - A fifteen acre attraction featuring monkeys, bobcats, panther, raccoons, peacocks, ducks, geese and six species of crocodiles including the American Crocodile. Gatorama is the largest captive breeder in North America of the Acutus Crocodile.

Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball Family Fun Park - The home of major league fun! Four Go Cart Tracks, 19 Hole Miniature Golf, 8 Batting Cages, 6,000 sq ft Arcade, Paintball Field and more. A fun and safe environment for all ages.

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium - Learning is fun for the whole family at the Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium. Touch live sea life, be blown away by a hurricane, run through a rainstorm! Your admission package to the Imaginarium provides hours of fun and entertainment for the entire family through hands-on science exhibits.

Palma Sola Botanical Park - The Park boasts a wonderful exotic fruit tree and nut tree section with a lovely shell walkway with benches and each tree bears an identification post. Provides an interactive learning environment that fosters an appreciation of nature and landscaping.

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village - Founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve and share Sanibel history. The story of Sanibel is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early pioneer families who settled on the island in the 1800s. It tells of warriors, adventurers, fishermen, farmers and proprietors.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - Features more than 20,000 tropical plants, including an outstanding collection of orchids and bromeliads; museum; learning center; greenhouse and 20 garden areas.

Golf Safari - A beautifully themed 18-Hole miniature golf course with chickee huts, waterfalls, and free prizes for children under 12.

Coral Cay Adventure Golf - Come relax and enjoy our tranquil, tropical settings among the caves, reefs, waterfall and harbor. Enjoy snacks, drinks, ice slush and ice cream. Try your luck at the crane machine and more.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theater - The dinner theatre accommodates 450 guests, and features eight professional theatrical productions each season, along with an award-winning buffet.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark - With over 14 acres of thrilling water slides, pools, and activities for all ages, Sun Splash Family Waterpark is the perfect place to slide into adventure!

Circus Sarasota - Known as "Circus Capital of the World," Sarasota now has its own one-ring, five-star international circus.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates - Information on the lives, friendships, inventions and fascinating history behind two of the worlds most remarkable men. Visit the estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford in the heart of the City of Fort Myers, the City of Palms.

Fishermen's Village - Experience the most interesting waterfront complex in Punta Gorda, and SW Florida. 37 Unique shoppes, 7 Restaurants, 98 slip Marina, 47 Time Share Villa Resort. Here you will find your entire vacation needs including cruise boats, fishing boats, rental speed boats, rental sail boats, jet skis, bicycles, heated swimming pool, and the most beautiful sunsets in Florida.

Historic Spanish Point - A fascinating 30-acre site overlooking beautiful Little Sarasota Bay. The site preserves and interprets 5,000 years of history. Visitors go inside a prehistoric shell mound to experience an archaeology exhibition about this region's earliest inhabitants. Florida's pioneer life is shared through a homestead house, citrus packing house, chapel, and pioneer cemetery.

Mote Marine Laboratory - Offers a unique experience where you can learn about marine research and see marine life up close. Home of the nation's third Giant Squid Specimen Exhibit, and 'Molly Mollusk.' You will also see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, and much more!

Ringling Museum of Art - Recognized as the Art Museum of the State Of Florida, its campus encompasses an internationally recognized museum of Western European and American art; a Museum of the Circus; Ca d'Zan, the Ringlings' thirty-room mansion; the historic Asolo theater from Venice, and over 60 acres of landscaped grounds and statuary.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens - Acres of beautiful gardens and nature trails that make this tropical adventure a perfect setting for leisurely strolls and great picture taking.

The Shell Museum - The museum's purpose is to educate about shells and mollusks, the shell-makers, through exhibits, educational programs, library services and publications;

Southwest Florida Museum of History - Housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of the people you will meet along the way. An authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car are also part of the tour.

South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium - The facility includes a Florida History Museum showcasing Florida aboriginal artifacts, fossils and paleontological materials, and local cultural history. The 60,000-gallon Manatee Aquarium houses two live manatees. A 220-seat Planetarium features educational astronomy star shows and entertaining laser light shows, and rooftop observatory.

Venice Little Theatre - The goal here is to celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge audiences through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.