Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach

Categories: State Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
Lovers Key State Park is a protected coastal area that is as romantic as its name. Visit it to find bottlenose dolphins, marsh rabbits, and manatees that play in the shallow waters and marshes. Watch the skies to see an assortment of bird species, including hawks and warblers. The beach is 3 km (2 mi) of white sand, an area good for swimming. Cross over to Black Island for a kayak rental, or rent a bike to use on the paved trails that crisscross the island. Our Fort Myers Beach trip generator makes visiting Lovers Key State Park and other Fort Myers Beach attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We decided to come down to Lovers Key one afternoon to see a different part of Ft. Myers beach. We were not disappointed. There is so much to do here: bike rental, kayak rental, walking trails, and of...  read more »
  • Clear water and lots of shells!! When it's low tide it's amazing the beautiful shells you will find! Also tons of other things like a butterfly section! 
  • Since this was my Mothers 89th birthday, we hired a super photographer to help us remember our time together with some pictures and one of the places she recommended is Lover's Key Park. Since we had ...  read more »
  • We were in town for business but my wife & I had some time to kill. Online reviews suggested this park. We checked it out and had a really nice time. It was a very hot (90+ degrees) but the breeze was refreshing. There were decent waves for a Gulf Coast beach. Definitely not surf waves, but gentle waves, relaxing. We spent most of our time laying out and combing the beach for shells. There was a pretty nice selection of whole shells. I found a live fighting conch while floating in the water. (We snapped some pics and put him back.) Peggy at the entrance gate was friendly and helpful. I did find $8 for 2 people to be a bit steep, but we were there & parking was easy. I didn't see the tram across the river to the beach, but it was an easy 1000 ft walk and we enjoyed the walk. The gift shop and snack bar were closed but looked like what you'd expect--typical tourist fare, but nice. They do offer kayak touts and rentals. The prices seemed a tad high, but I can't vouch for what was offered as it was not open at the time. There are multiple showers--one on the path back from the beach and a few next to to the gift shop. Showers are always a BIG plus. There are numerous signs around the park with pictures and information about the indigenous wildlife, which is convenient for identifying the many birds in the area. I like this park. It was the best place we visited in the area and it really encapsulates what I like about Florida. This is a nice beach to take a family or for a daytime date. Definitely stay until the park closes at sunset--but get your a$$ out of there ASAP afterwards because a) they're closing and b) the gnat swarm will eat you alive. If you know Florida, then you already know what I mean. Four stars just because $8 bucks is a little high for what is a fairly small state park. Otherwise pretty nice.
  • Admission $8 for a car. Do not stay until sunset because mosquitos can bite you so much. It took 4 days to get off scratches from my body. You can bring them to your car and house. It is the bad thing for beaches which are in State Parks.
  • Awesome day at the beach! Enjoyed the hamburger and hotdog from Hurricane Charlie's Hideout! Trip to the park was definitely worth the $8 entrance fee!
  • I was lucky to get my nicest xmas gift in 2012 when kayaking on christmas day, and a dolphin was coming along and throwing fish in the air like a cat playing with a mouse.
  • The view n trails thru nature was beautiful n relaxing.. me n my hubby had a great experience there.
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