The magnificent abundance of Florida’s wildlife need not be hard to find. Within the beachy and sunlit corridors of Fort Myers lie the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, and it’s here that you’ll be able to escape the trappings of the modern industrial era and revert back to blissful nature. Walk one of several boarded walkways and take in the pine and cypress swamp or venture in to the conservancy and approach bald eagles, rare owls, wild skunks, domesticated pythons and more. The attached planetarium is always exploring the skies and holds showings daily. An added bonus are the planetarium’s live reptile and mammal presentations (including alligator and snake feedings) as part of the daily show.
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is located at 3450 Ortiz Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The center is open daily, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.