If you are a regular reader of Stretchingittotravel you know we love activities that are low cost. State parks are great places to visit due to their cheap cost and many activities.
We spent a few nights at Fort Myers Beach with the intention of visiting Lovers Key State Park. We arrived around 9am Christmas morning to a rapidly filling parking lot. Admission for the day is $8 a car and the park is open from 8am to sunset daily.
We waited a bit for a trolley to drop us near the waterfront. There was some confusion as to if the trolley ran on Christmas so we ended up walking the short path to the beach.
The park has well over two miles of beautiful sandy beaches to walk. We walked from the boardwalk around to Big Carlos Bay by the bridge and back. A nice clean, wide beach to explore.
Later when the sun was really hot we walked the nature trail to view the canals. The island was being developed to become a resort but sold to the state in the 1980s.
We saw many gopher turtles on our walk and their holes.
There are opportunities to rent bikes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards for use inside the park. They also offer kayak tours and rent beach gear.
We spent most of our day relaxing at Lovers Key. Relaxing by the ocean is one of my favorite ways to spend the day.
More information on Lovers Key can be found here: https://www.loverskeyadventures.com/