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 the10th AnnualScarecrows in the Park event. This seasonal event is an ideal way to celebrate the coming of fall as you soak up some of that glorious autumn sunshine. Here is everything that 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 DETAILS

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. Scarecrows in the Park is an annual chance to show off your scarecrow crafting abilities or support others who are doing the same. There are three options to participate. You can build your own scarecrow, sponsor a youth group’s scarecrow, or compete as a youth group. Registration deadline is September 20, 2019.

There are over 50,000 visitors 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. This year’s event runs October 11–27,2019 and is located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers.

WHERE TO STAY IN FORT MYERS

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

OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO

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

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.

WHERE TO DINE

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 ingredients from the local farmer’s market.

You cannot visit Florida without indulging in the authentic Cuban food. A good choice for this fare is at the San Luis Cuban Cafe. Diners can choose from a variety of 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.

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