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What to see in Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast Attractions


Somewhat unlike the glitzy Gold Coast, Florida's Gulf Coast attracts nature lovers and those looking for a peaceful resort retreat or perhaps a golfing or shelling holiday. Many of the beaches are renowned for the vast amount of shells to be discovered and collected and there are numerous protected scenic areas and wildlife refuges in this part of Florida, including the Lee County Manatee Park, where tourists can view the sadly dwindling manatee in their natural habitat.

Naples and Fort Myers are popular cities to use as travel hubs and offer a sprinkling of good sightseeing, including the former homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and the impressive Southwest Florida Museum of History, all in Fort Myers. Just north of Fort Myers the Shell Factory and Nature Park showcases the area's celebrated shells and fossils, and just south of the city the Koreshan State Historic Site attracts visitors with its odd history and pretty scenery. Beautiful Floridian landscapes can be enjoyed at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and the Clam Pass Recreation Area, all near Naples, among many other places!


Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Famous inventor, Thomas Edison, and his friend, automobile magnate Henry Ford, both spent dozens of winters in the city…

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Koreshan State Historic Site

In the dying years of the 19th century a former Civil War surgeon, Dr Cyrus Teed, founded a pioneer settlement on the…

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Lee County Manatee Park

A sighting of an endangered West Indian manatee, a shy and lumbering walrus-like creature whose numbers are dwindling,…

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Shell Factory and Nature Park

The beaches along this stretch of the Florida coastline are world-renowned for their seashells and the largest collection…

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Southwest Florida Museum of History

The Southwest Florida Museum of History is housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot and chronicles the…

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