Hands down, the best park for the whole family in Fort Myers is Lakes Regional Park, which offers many activities for a fun day. The 279-acre park is owned and managed by Lee County. From a Botanic Garden to nice lakes, hiking and biking paths, Lakes Regional Park is conveniently located in Fort Myers and feels like a gem tucked away.
For young and old, single visitors and families, there is plenty to do at Lakes Park. One popular attraction is a miniature train that travels through the North end of Lakes Park and passes villages and towns, goes over bridges and through tunnels. There is a Farmers Market that sells fresh produce and handmade items. The park is a beautiful place for a walk, or bike ride. You can rent beach cruisers or surreys for the whole family to see the entire park on a smooth bike ride around the park’s paved paths. You can view wildlife and beautiful vegetation from the bike paths and walking trails. There are also boat rentals to explore the freshwater quarry lake.
The Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shop offers picnic goodies like lunch items, snacks and ice cream sundaes. There are special events and concerts inside the park. The “Country Bash” concert is coming up in December. In addition, the park features a rock climbing wall, playground, water playgrounds, and community gardens.
After visiting Lakes Park, many visitors turn into future residents who want to live near this recreational oasis. The boundaries of Lakes Park are Gladiolus Drive to the south, Summerlin Road to the west, Cypress Lake to the north, and US-41 to the east. There are three residential communities located within this area that offer walking, jogging or bike access to the park. These communities include:
- Reflection Key—condos and coach homes
- Reflection Lakes—single-family homes, carriage homes and town homes
- Riva Del Lago—high-rise condos.
There are also several other developments located in the Gladiolus Drive and Summerlin Road corridors that are also very close to Lakes Park.