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Top Ways To Beat The Heat This Summer in Fort Myers

Jul 13, 2018 07:29PM ● By Kevin

Strawberry Rhubarb Panna Cotta. Photo courtesy of Ada’s Natural Market.

Do you sometimes prefer a nice, air conditioned retreat over the hot, Florida sun? If so, you know that sometimes it can be difficult to find an indoor outlet for relaxation and fun, especially in Southwest Florida, where being outdoors reins supreme. From arts and entertainment to sweet treats, we put together a list of some of the best spots in Fort Myers to keep cool.

Below is our list broken out by venue and category, which includes arts and entertainment, food, and relaxation. As always, if we're missing any of your favorites, tell us in the comments below!

Arts & Entertainment

Fort Myers is a hub for the art enthusiast and the theatre goer, alike. From visual representations, like museums, to interactive experiences; there are a wide variety of options across multiple venues to stay cool and enjoy the finer things. You might even learn something while you're at it! Here are our top picks.

Venue: Alliance for the Arts

Hometown Teams - start Jun 30 2018 0900AM

Hometown Teams

Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and p... Read More » 

GreenMarket - start Jul 14 2018 0900AM


Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live e... Read More » 

Indoor Family Movie Night The Mighty Ducks - start Jul 14 2018 0700PM

Indoor Family Movie Night: The Mighty Ducks

Celebrate your love of the game with the classic ice-hockey flick, The Mighty Ducks! Tough trial lawyer Gordon Bombay never loses. But when he’s slapped with a community service assignmen... Read More » 


Venue: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Theres Something in the Water - start Jul 06 2018 0900AM

There’s Something in the Water

The group art show, “There’s Something in the Water,” features the underwater works of artists Mila Bridger, Katy Danca Galli and world-renown underwater photographer, Bob Halstead. Read More » 

A Head of the Past - start Jul 06 2018 0900AM

A Head of the Past

A Head of the Past is an exhibition created by artist Bradford Shaw Hermann consisting primarily of masks and sculptures, utilizing different components, from repurposed man made material... Read More » 

Just Dance - start Jul 20 2018 0600PM

Just Dance - Jul 20, 2018, 6 PM

It’s all about the dance party! Come shake off your stresses with hits from 70s, 80s, and 90s at SBDAC on July 20th. Enjoy door prizes, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres! Read More » 

Curate SWFL Takeover - start Jul 27 2018 0730PM

Curate SWFL Takeover - Jul 27, 2018, 7:30 PM

Curate SWFL’s first & premiere digital platform for quality content. Highlighting the best of art, food, music, ideas and culture. SBDAC has teamed up with Curate SWFL to bring Sounds... Read More » 

Roots Almighty and the Regulars - start Aug 10 2018 0730PM

Roots Almighty and the Regulars - Aug 10, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Sounds of Summer concerts feature exciting original musicians! Both emerging and well-known artists perform during Sound of Summer. The bi-weekly series runs from June 8th – August 24... Read More » 


Venue: Broadway Palm Dinner Theater

Annie - start Jun 28 2018 0530PM


The classic musical about everyone’s favorite orphan and her dog Sandy will capture the hearts of audience members of all ages. As part of a publicity campaign for Oliver Warbucks, Anni... Read More » 



While you're out and about, of course you'll need to eat! These food spots not only offer up tasty menu options varying across lunch and dinner, but also offer incredible desserts to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours and cool you down at the same time. Check out these top picks!

Pizza Fusion - Fort Myers FL

Have the Gelato at Pizza Fusion!

Pizza Fusion is a new take on America’s favorite food. We proudly serve up delicious, gourmet pizza in its purest form - untainted by artificial additives, like preservatives, growth horm... Read More » 

Adas Natural Market - Fort Myers FL

Try a Decadent Dessert at Ada's Natural Market (or make your own using their recipes!)

Ada's Natural Market offers shoppers a wide variety of organic and locally grown produce, hand picked to ensure each and every item is the very best. We feature more than 100 barrels a... Read More » 



If you're looking to simply get away from it all, treat yourself to a spa day! We know of a great, little gem right here in Fort Myers.

White Orchid Spa  - Fort Myers FL

White Orchid Spa

Think of White Orchid Spa as a life style of wellness, you deserve more than an occasional treat! We are a team of trained professionals who are committed to serving our community &amp... Read More »