We thought it would be fun to introduce people to our neighbor to the north. If you’re ever headed to Fort Myers from Naples, you may want to stop along the way and acquaint yourself with the town of Estero.
Although it was largely considered a citrus community for many years, Estero is currently home to Florida Gulf Coast University as well as being the corporate headquarters for Hertz Corporation. And for hockey fans, it’s the home to the Florida Everblades ice hockey team.
Estero also has a rather unique history that you may want to explore. We won’t spoil the surprise, but it involved a group of individuals who believed that humans live on the inside of the Earth's outer skin, and that celestial bodies are all contained inside the hollow Earth. By the way, this was not some ancient civilization, but rather the group of people who established and incorporated the town. You can find out more at the Koreshan State Historic Site now owned by the state of Florida.
If, however, ancient civilization intrigues you, you’ll want to check out Estero’s Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Miles from shore (and accessible by boat only) a mound rises more than 30 feet above the water. This ancient mound—comprised of bones, shells and pottery pieces—is believed to have been the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians.
If you want to do a little bit of shopping, you’ll find everything you want at the great shops at the Miromar Outlets. Or if you’re in the mood for some golf at some courses you don’t normally play, you may want to get in a couple of rounds at Old Corkscrew Golf Club or the Stoneybrook Golf Club in town.
For a different kind of outdoor activity, head over to Eco Paddlesportz, LLC for some kayaking fun, or explore one of the area parks such as Estero Bay Preserve State Park, or Bowditch Point Regional Park. If ice hockey is your passion, check the schedule at Germain Arena—home of the Everblades!
There’s plenty to do between Naples and Fort Myers! For more information about Estero, check out Estero Magazine online here!