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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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10 Mother’s Day Beach Picnic Ideas

10 Mother’s Day Beach Picnic Ideas

Beach Picnic Ideas
The weather here in Florida is so beautiful during Spring! Why not take advantage of the warm air and gorgeous sunshine by celebrating Mother’s Day at the beach? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your mother than with a picnic lunch on the sand while listening to the waves crash into the shore.

From Lover’s Key and Sanibel’s Lighthouse beach to Cape Coral’s Yacht Club Beach there are so many great spots for enjoying a picnic with mom right on the sand here in Southwest Florida!

Beach picnic

The beauty of planning a picnic lunch is that it’s such a simple, yet thoughtful way to celebrate. All you need is a few blankets to sit on, and some delicious food to eat.

The ideal beach picnic menu should include scrumptious sandwiches, yummy summer salads, a refreshing drink, and a couple of sweet desserts. Here are a few ideas for a great Mother’s Day beach picnic menu:

10 Beach Picnic Recipe Ideas

Mint Mango Iced Tea | April Go Lightly

Mango Mint Iced Tea

Italian Pasta Salad | Simply Stacie

Italian Pasta Salad

Key Lime Cheesecake Jars | Cooking with Carlee read more

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Coastal Beach Decorating for Fall

Coastal Beach Decorating for Fall

It might feel like Fall up north but in Southwest Florida without falling leaves and colder temperatures, it’s not always easy to get into the pumpkin spice spirit.

So, why not embrace our southern coastal differences and go with a beach themed fall decor? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Beachy Decor Ideas for Halloween in Southwest Florida

Beach Ball Pumpkins

beach ball painted pumpkins for Florida Fall decorating


Give your fall display a fun, summery vibe with this fun—and simple—autumn craft.

What you need: red, yellow, blue, and white paint, a paintbrush, and pumpkins (real or fake)

Get the how-to: at Paint the Gown Red

Nautical Pumpkins

From: Coastal Living

Add nautical flair to your Halloween by painting pumpkins with coastal colors and designs.

What you need: stencils (whaleanchoroctopus), tape, pencil, paint, paintbrush, pumpkins

Get the how-to: for Nautical Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkin Seashell Fall Centerpiece

Seashell Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece

From: Coastal Living

Pumpkins and Seashells? Yes! If you’re going for coastal autumn decor, they can go well together! All you need for this beachy fall decoration is a large bowl, assorted shells, and mini pumpkins.

What you need: small pumpkins, assorted seashells, large clam-shaped bowl. You could also use acorns. read more

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