Frugal in Fort Myers: Three Reasons to Visit this Fall

By: Dalia Colon


But even as the temperature drops, it’s easy to find affordable fun. Here are three low-cost things to do in the ever-popular Fort Myers/Sanibel area.

1) Feast on restaurant discounts: Cities all across Florida have been serving up dining deals this summer and fall, and Lee County is gearing up for its own restaurant week. From Oct. 11 to 20, 2013, participating restaurants will offer three-course pre-fixe meals at special prices. Get your mouth watering at

2) Take a hike: Who would have thought that a smartphone could actually help you connect with nature? The iNature Trail inside the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the first interactive trail of its kind in the national wildlife refuge system. Along the trail, you’ll find 20 QR codes; just scan them with your smartphone to see short videos that will enhance your journey.

3) Score a resort package that’s out of this world: Comet ISON, nicknamed the “Christmas Comet,” is predicted to pass by Earth from November 2013 to January 2014. The bright sky brings a bright deal from the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. The resort is offering a “Christmas Comet Package,” including a room with an enclosed balcony to view the comet, a $30 resort credit and two “Christmas Comet” beverages. Rates start at $139 per night, with a two-night minimum. Book at 239-541-5000 or Mention code COMET.

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