Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach

(4.7/5 based on 1,800+ 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 love walking the trails here! We have also walked the beach and plan on kayaking next time in the estuary. 
  • Great place for a day trip,picnic,kayaking,or just being on the beach.Has a tram that goes to beach if you don't or cannot walk to it, also small restaurant.Great for hiking & bicycling.There is a nom...  more »
  • We rented a canoe on a coldish, non-beach day and at the very end of the trail there were several manatees that were surfacing and intrigued by our boat. It was really fun to sit and watch these giant...  more »
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  • Beautiful park, great beach, good place for kayaking or fishing. Saw a small (5-6 ft) American crocodile swimming inside the park at dusk so do be mindful of small children. I've had great luck catching snapper and tons of cat fish on frozen shrimp.
  • Nice clean beach with amazing shells & shallow water for my young ones who don't swim yet. Wasn't overcrowded. We'll be back!
  • Romantic and beautiful beach front. Quite. Some good fishing. Great view of the sunset.
  • 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!
  • 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.