Family Fun and Good Times at the Lakes Park Fall Festival

October is the perfect time of year to enjoy the beauty and energy of Southwest Florida. One of the premier family happenings in the Fort Myers area is the 10th Annual Sharecrows in the Park event. This seasonal event is ideal for celebrating the coming of fall as you soak up some glorious autumn sunshine. Here is everything you need to know about the Scarecrows in the Park event and how to make the most of your time in Fort Myers.


Scarecrows in the Park is an annual chance to show off your scarecrow crafting abilities or support others doing the same. As part of the popular Lakes Park Fall Festival, this event is fun for the whole family and will put you in the mood for fall and Halloween. There are three options to participate. You can build your scarecrow, sponsor a youth group’s scarecrow, or compete as a youth group. The registration deadline is September 20, 2019.

Over 50,000 visitors are expected to descend on the festival to take in the cornucopia of scarecrow exhibitions. The feeling of fall will be in the air at the festival, which runs October 11–27, 2019, at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers.


Many great hotels in Fort Myers, FL, make finding the perfect fit for your preferences and budget easy. The Hyatt Place Fort Myers at The Forum blends the benefits of a prime location next to a major retail shopping center with quiet, comfortable guest rooms and friendly service. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax after a day exploring all that Fort Myers and Southwest Florida offers. Another choice is the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at the Bell Tower Shops for convenient access to the airport and many shopping opportunities. Guests can also enjoy a stylish outdoor pool experience.


Southwest Florida offers more than stunning coastlines and miles of sandy beaches. Visitors can stroll through the lush gardens, explore the 20 acres of historic buildings and homes, and check out the research laboratories of these great minds. History enthusiasts will appreciate learning more about Henry Ford and his good friend Thomas Edison at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

Nature lovers will appreciate the scenic beauty of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. Boasting over 3,500 acres of wetland, this diverse ecosystem also features a boardwalk trail that lets you get up close and personal with the animals that call this nature preserve home. Do not be surprised to run into creatures such as turtles, alligators, and otters while on your visit.


The wonderfully diverse city of Fort Myers offers something for every taste bud. Be sure to check out the Farmers Market Restaurant, featuring Southern cuisine prepared using the freshest local farmer’s market ingredients. You cannot visit Florida without indulging in authentic Cuban food. A good choice for this fare is at the San Luis Cuban Cafe. Diners can choose from various specialties such as picadillo, rice and black beans, and delicious plantains. For today’s freshest catch, head to Cowboy Crab and Seafood and sample local favorites such as the shrimp po’boy, lobster tail, and blue crab clusters.