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10 Fun Seashell Crafts To Do With Your Kids This Summer

10 Fun Seashell Crafts To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Wether you’re a local or just visiting Southwest Florida collecting shells at the beach is always a favorite past time, so I’m sure you probably have tons of seashells lying around. Put some of those awesome beach finds to good use this summer by making some adorable crafts with your kids. There are so many amazing ways to repurpose shells. That’s why I have gathered up some of the cutest seashell crafts I could find just for you. Whether you want to turn them into some adorable artwork or useful home décor, I’ve got a project for you on this list!

Summer Shell Art | Coastal Kelder

Shell crafts to do with kids Crab Magnets | Red Tart Art

Crab Magnets Shell crafts to do with kids

Sand Dollar Coasters | The Soccer Mom Blog

Sand Dollar Coasters Crab Magnets Shell crafts to do with kids

Seashell Keepsake Jar | Moms Who Save

Seashell Jar Shell crafts to do with kids

Tropical Seashell Fish | Crafts by Amanda

Tropical Seashell Fish Shell crafts to do with kids

Seal Shell Flower Wall Art | My Pinterventures

Sea Shell Flower Art Shell crafts to do with kids

Paper Plate Fish Bowl | Kid Friendly Things to Do

Paper Plate Fish Bowl Shell crafts to do with kids

Painted Seashell Accessories | Polkadot Chair

Seashell Accessories Shell crafts to do with kids

Seashell Candles | Lolly JaneSeashell Candles Shell crafts to do with kids

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Best Nature Hikes for Families in Southwest Florida

Best Nature Hikes for Families in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is home to so many wonderful nature preserves full of interesting plant life and animals. While these parks offer may a variety of learning experiences for kids, hiking as a family can often be tricky. That’s why I’ve outlined the best nature hikes for families in the area. Each of these hikes are simple treks that offer tons of opportunities for an easy interaction with nature in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

7751 Penzance Boulevard, Fort Myers

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Enjoy the wonders of nature in southwest Florida on the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. The beautiful hike traverses over 3,500 acres of intermingled wetland and upland ecosystems on a boardwalk trail. One of the wonderful aspects of this hike is the fact that the slough changes with the seasons. The dry season is from October to May, while the wet season runs from June through September. During the wet season, the slough slowly filters rainwater to Estero Bay.

Rotary Park

5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral

This beautiful nature preserve in Cape Coral is home to 97 acres of salt marsh and upland, giving hikers wonderful views of a variety of Florida wildlife in Rotary Park. read more

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Best Water Play Parks in Southwest Florida

Best Water Play Parks in Southwest Florida

The beach is definitely our best feature here in southwest Florida, but sometimes you need to get out of the sand to have fun in the water. Cape Coral, Naples, and Fort Myers are all home to some great water play parks. On top of big water parks with slides and lazy rivers, we also have a few amazing free options for water fun.

Sun Splash Water Park – Cape Coral

400 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral

Sun Splash waterpark Cape Coral, Best Water Play Parks in Southwest Florida

With more than 14 acres of attractions, this huge water park has something for everyone. Whether your family wants to relax on a lazy river ride or get an adrenaline rush on a high-speed flume, each member of the family is sure to have a blast at the Sun Splash Water Park. There are so many attractions, you could spend the entire day exploring. The park is open weekends from March to September.

Fellowship Park – Cape Coral

2110 Chiquita Blvd. S.,   Cape Coral

Fellowship Park Cape Coral,  Best Water Play Parks in Southwest Florida

Fellowship Park is located at Cape Christian Church. Open to the public seven days a week this park features two shaded play areas and a splash pad as well as basketball courts. There is also a café right in front of the splash pad where you can sit and watch the kids while they cool off. read more

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5 Fun Family Indoor Activities in Southwest Florida For a Rainy Day

5 Fun Family Indoor Activities in Southwest Florida For a Rainy Day

Southwest Florida is known for its wonderful weather, but sometimes the rain or heat can put a dent in your family’s summer plans. Luckily, there are tons of great family-friendly things to do in Southwest Florida that don’t involve being outdoors. When you’re ready to head inside, check out some of these great family activities; all of these are ideal for a rainy day.

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is the only museum in the country devoted to shells. The natural history museum is home to a variety of exhibits curated by world-renowned marine biologists and malacologists. In addition, to live tank talks, daily beach walks, arts and crafts, and movies, visitors to the museum can enjoy special activities each day of the week.

Bailey Matthews Shell Museum

  • Location: 3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Fort Myers
  • Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

IMAG History & Science Center

The IMAG History & Science Center in Fort Myers offers tons of indoor family fun, including 60 interactive exhibits involving science, technology, engineering, and math. The center is also home to an aquarium with touch tanks, a living lab with turtles, lizards and amphibians, and a 3D movie theater. read more

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On The Water: Summer Camps That Put Kids In Contact With The Ocean 

On The Water: Summer Camps That Put Kids In Contact With The Ocean 

Camps in the water in Southwest FloridaThe ocean is Southwest Florida’s greatest attraction, so give your kids a chance to make the most of the beautiful water this summer with these awesome summer camps. There are so many great options for summer camps throughout the area, but not all of them give kids the opportunity to take a dip in the ocean. Whether you kids want to learn about sea life or have fun learning to sail, you’re sure to find something they’ll enjoy on this list of summer camps that put kids in contact with the ocean:

Cape Coral Parks and Recreation

The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation offers a variety of ocean-related camps throughout the summer. Beach Buddies Exploration gives kids the opportunity to learn about beach ecology from a marine biologist with hands-on activities at the beach. More active camp options, like paddle boarding and kayaking, are also available.

paddle boarding summer camp Southwest Florida

  • Dates: ongoing throughout Summer
  • Location: Yacht Club Community Park, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral
  • Phone: (239) 573-3128

Collier County Parks and Recreation

Get your kids out on the water to learn skiing, sailing, and fishing through Collier County Parks and Recreation. Fishing camps are for children ages 9 to 15, while the skiing and sailing camps are open kids ages 7 through 15. read more

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