Things to Know Before Visiting Lakes Regional Park.
It’s the start of a new year, and it’s time to discover the wonders of your world. Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers is one of those wonders, so let’s prepare for your visit!
1. There are two entrances, but only one parking fee.
Did you know that there are actually two separate park entrances? The entrance closest to I-75 is County Road 846 (CR 846) and the other entrance is CR 865. They are both separate entrances, but there is only one parking fee to enter the park.
2. The roads aren’t open all the time.
The park has four main roads: Bayshore Drive, Coachman’s Cove Boulevard, East Shore Boulevard, and Turtle Cove Drive. The roads only stay open in the summertime, when there are lots of park visitors.
3. It has a boat ramp and an event center!
Lakes Regional Park is home to a boat ramp, along with a picnic area and this large building called The Event Center. This building host many different events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for events coming up!
4. There’s a ton of wildlife to see.
The park is home to many different types of animals, including deer, snakes, turtles, rabbits, alligators, manatees, and tons more. Be sure to look closely when walking through the park – you never know what might be lurking nearby!
5. There’s a beach!
Sandy Beach is one of the best areas in the park (in our opinion). It has tons of soft white sand, perfect for lounging on while you watch the waves crash against the shore. Keep an eye out for shells while walking along the beach – they’re perfect to take home with you!
6. It’s accessible.
Lakes Regional Park is home to an ADA Accessible boardwalk which can be found near the park office, where you get your parking pass. This boardwalk lets people with disabilities get a close look at some of the wildlife in the park!
7. You can camp here!
The North Shore Campground has a total of 80 campsites, with either 30 or 50 amps. There are also rental cabins available to rent!
8. There is a mini golf course!
The Miniature Golf Course at Lakes Regional Park is an 18-hole course that’s fun for kids and adults alike!
9. No swimming allowed in the lake.
For your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you do not go swimming in the lake at Lakes Regional Park. Please keep this beautiful body of water clean by practicing catch and release while fishing.
10. Bikes are only allowed on the main roads!
We encourage all visitors to walk or ride their bikes along one of the main roads, but please do not ride your bikes on trails or any of the side roads.
11. Dogs must be leashed.
Lakes Regional Park is a dog-friendly park, as long as they are on a six-foot maximum leash at all times. Please bring water and waste bags with you for your pet, and be sure to clean up after them!
12. There’s a museum on site!
The Historic Red Schoolhouse Museum is home to many different items of historical significance to the town of Fort Myers. One of these items is a cannonball from the Civil War!
13. The park is out in the open.
Lakes Regional Park has no covered areas, so be sure to bring sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the sun! You may also want bug spray depending on the time of year you visit!
14. The fishing is great!
So grab your gear and head out on the water – you can fish from the bank or rent a boat to take out on the water!
Lakes Regional Park is a wonderful place to visit, with plenty of activities for people of all ages. Be sure to check out the event center, mini golf course, and boat ramp during your stay! Keep in mind that some areas of the park are only open seasonally, so be sure to plan ahead. Remember to bring sunscreen, hats, water, and waste bags for your pet – and don’t forget your fishing gear!