New Year’s Eve Events for Southwest Florida

southwest Florida New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve 2013 in Southwest Florida includes events, parties, fireworks and even snow! With so much going on, choosing what to do is going to be a difficult task for sure. Plenty of bars and restaurants will be hosting their own New Year’s Eve events, but if you’re in the mood for something special, here is a list of area events that will ring in the New Year in grand fashion.

Fort Myers Beach New Year’s Eve

Come celebrate the birthday of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and New Year’s Eve at Time Square. The town’s 17th annual birthday party takes place from 1pm to 3pm with free live music, brownies, and cupcakes. More live music kicks in at 7pm to start the New Year’s celebration, which culminates with fireworks from the pier as well as the ball drop.

Be aware the bridge will be closed ONLY to oncoming traffic from midnight to 1:30am during the fireworks.

If you are in Southwest Florida for New Year’s Eve, have a great time enjoying the events and the warm Florida weather. We invite you stay at one of our six area hotels and resorts so you can be close to these wonderful New Year’s Eve events. Have a great 2014 and we hope to see you soon!

Naples New Year’s Eve Events

Celebrate the New Year Naples style with an evening of music, fun, fireworks and even snow! Third Street South comes alive to welcome 2014. The fireworks display will take place at the Naples Pier and starts at 7:30pm, leaving plenty of time for an early dinner before or a more elegant affair afterwards. And the earlier timing allows children a chance to partake in the celebration.

There will be live music at Fleischmann Courtyard and at many of the open-air restaurants in the Third Street South area.

Look for the snow to fall around 8:15pm. I know a lot of people come to Naples to escape the snow up north, but they all look forward to this time of the year just so they can watch it “snow” in downtown Naples. It might not be completely real, but the effect is beautiful and definitely something worth seeing!

Downtown Fort Myers New Year’s Eve

Presented by the River District Alliance, the annual Fort Myers New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown helps tens of thousands of local revelers ring in the New Year in style. The 17th annual event starts at 8pm with live musical acts on multiple stages, a craft beer garden, and much more. A Kids Zone will feature bounce houses, ball pits, an obstacle course, giant slides, a rock climbing wall, and balloon typhoon.

As midnight approaches, the main stage will feature a countdown and a New Year’s Eve ball drop. When the clock strikes midnight a dazzling fireworks display will light up the sky over the Caloosahatchee River. The bands and DJs play long after the display, entertaining crowds until as late as 2am.

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Photos from the 2013 American Sand Sculpting Championships

The 2013 American Sand Sculpting Championships Festival has come to an end on Fort Myers Beach. The event took place November 22nd – December 1st. Here are a few photo of the masterful works of art the artists created. Do you have a favorite?

Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Photos

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship

Were you able to attend this year’s festival? If not, make plans for next November and join the sand sculpting fun on Fort Myers Beach!

See you under the sun!

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2013 Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival Recap

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

The Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival has come and gone, but those that attended are still talking about how much fun it was for the entire family. For three days, Fort Myers Beach was taken over by pirates. Guests came decked out in pirate attire to listen to music, watch pirate ship battles, peruse a pirate village full of vendors and most importantly, to enjoy the beautiful Fort Myers Beach weather.

It was a fantastic weekend – many guests are already making plans to attend next year’s Pirate Fest! If you weren’t able to make it this year, here’s a look at all the pirate fun:

2013 Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival

Pirate Fest may be over this year, but there is always something exciting happening on Fort Myers Beach! For example, the Sand Sculpting Championships are only a month away. This coming November 22nd to December 1st, sand sculptors from around the world will use over 1,000 tons of sand to turn Fort Myers Beach into a temporary art gallery. Come watch or participate in special events all week long as Master, Advanced Amateur and amateur competitors battle it out for the number one spot. Book your rooms now so you don’t miss out on all the sand sculpting fun!

See you under the sun!

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GullWing Beach Resort Now Has A Snack Bar!

We are happy to announce that guests at GullWing Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach now have the option to grab a quick bite to eat, cool off with a cold beverage or smoothie, and enjoy some tasty ice cream! Our new snack bar has items like hot dogs, nachos, fruit snacks, peanuts, and much more.  The snack bar also serves non-alcoholic beverages like soda, juices, ice tea, water and frozen slushy drinks. We also want to keep you from getting a crispy sunburn, so a variety of sunscreens are available.

Here are a few photos of the new snack bar so you can see what it looks like before your next visit.

GullWing Snack bar

GullWing Snack bar

GullWing Snack bar

 GullWing Snack bar

We are very excited to be able to offer this new service to our wonderful guests. Nothing makes us happier than giving you a fantastic vacation experience!

See you under the sun!

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The Fort Myers Beach Mound House

Mound House Fort Myers Beach

When driving over the Fort Myers Beach Bridge you see brightly colored hotels, unique shops and lively restaurants. Everything looks shiny and new, but if you know where to look, visitors can experience the historic side of Fort Myers Beach. If you know where to look you’ll discover the oldest standing structure on the island, which happens to sit on an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound. If you know where to look you’ll discover the Fort Myers Beach Mound House.

History

The Mound House is Estero Island’s oldest standing structure. The building first started out as a Tudor style home constructed by William and Milia Case in 1906. The modest home grew and changed over the years starting in 1909, then again in 1921 and again when it was owned by William and Florence Long in 1951 to 1994. The Town of Fort Myers Beach acquired the Mound House from the Long Estate in 2000 and is currently in the process of restoring the house to its 1921 grandeur with grant assistance from the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources.

To read more about the Mound House click here.

Mound House

Mound House

Mound House Fort Myers Beach

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Take a Ride on the Fort Myers Beach Trolley with our Beach Team!

Let’s take a ride on the Lee Tran Beach Trolley! The Beach Trolley is one of the best ways to get around Fort Myers Beach. Vacationers and locals use the trolley because it’s extremely affordable and stops at so many different places along the beach. The Beach Trolley has several stops, a few of which are located outside of GullWing Beach Resort and other SunStream resorts on Fort Myers Beach.

The Fort Myers Beach Trolley travels from Summerlin Square on the mainland to Bowditch Park on the north tip of Fort Myers Beach and then all they way to Lovers Key State Park south of Fort Myers Beach.

Leave the car at home, forget the taxi, and hop on the Fort Myers Beach Trolley!

See you under the sun!

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