Cape Coral is one of the premier places to raise a family, with some of the best festivals, beaches, parks, and outdoor activities available. But where can you go with your baby in Cape Coral? So glad you asked! Of course, you know to pack a stroller and bring diapers with you whenever you go out, but where do you take your baby on a hot sunny day, or what do you do the next time it rains? It can be challenging to find activities suitable for babies, but we’ve compiled our list of favorite places to take the baby (and mommy) in the Cape Coral area.
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
If you haven’t been here yet, this is a can’t miss destination for families with children of all ages—a favorite among local photographers for its mangrove shaded boardwalk. The preserve has playgrounds, trails, and a nature center with informative displays and exhibits.
Rotary Park Environmental Center
Another great park with lots of paved trails, kayak rentals, and special events throughout the year. They also have a reptile house and butterfly garden perfect for kids who love animals. And did we mention it’s right on the water?
The Shell Factory and Nature Park
The Shell Factory is an old Florida classic! You’ll find a petting zoo, a fishing pond, a restored 1927 carousel, a restaurant, and even a Christmas store. There’s so much to do here; you can spend the whole day strolling around.
Fellowship Park at Cape Christian
Located on Chiquita Boulevard just past Kismet Parkway, Fellowship Park at Cape Christian has a splash pad, café, and free wifi so you can sip your frappé and scorll or wok while your kids enjoy the park.
Lakes Park in Fort Myers
We are huge fans of the Lee County Parks and Recreation system, and Lakes Park is one of our favorites. This park has everything you could want: a playground, picnic areas, walking trails, surrey bike rentals, an education center with live animals, a water splash pad for those hot summer days, and even an old train to ride (for a small fee). There is also a huge lake where you can fish or rent swan-shaped paddle boats.
Southern Fresh Farms
There are tons of activities for kids and parents alike, including a petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and pony rides (seasonal). They also have food trucks on-site on weekends!
This family-owned farm offers u-pick crops, a pumpkin patch in October, a petting zoo, gem panning, and tractor rides. Even a cafe on-site serves up delicious food made from ingredients grown right there on the farm.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is ideal for visiting with a newborn. The museum complex includes botanical gardens, historic buildings, and a nursery. Strollers are permitted so that you can bring along your baby comfortably. Don’t forget to bring snacks, as there’s no food for sale at the site.
Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach and Fishing Pier
The Cape Coral Yacht Club Beach is an excellent place to take the kids for some sunshine. The kid-friendly beach and calm waters are perfect for sandcastle building and swimming, while the pier provides an opportunity for fishing and dolphin watching. There is also a playground, picnic tables, concessions, and restrooms.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark
Located on Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral, Sun Splash water park in Cape Coral is a family-friendly water park that features more than ten attractions, including water slides, lazy river floats, kiddie play areas, and more! Open from late April until early September each year.