Sanibel and Captiva Island - located just 40 minutes from Fort Myers, FL - offer a wide variety of things to do for kids, families and couples alike, including beaches, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Below is our checklist of the Top 5 things to do on Sanibel Island for kids! Body Of Contents: 1) Sanibel Sea School 2) Skimboarding 3) Pinocchio's Ice Cream 4) Bicycle Built For 4 5) Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
#1) Sanibel Sea School
Sanibel Sea School offers interactive day programs, classes, and week-long summer camps for kids and adults alike - including surf camp, coral reef snorkeling, Shark Week, Dolphin Week, shell exploring and countless creative others.
Skimboards are affordable and available at all souvenir and grocery stores on the island. Great activity for kids!
#3) Pinocchio's Ice Cream
Pinocchio's offers some of the best ice cream in the world, let alone Sanibel Island. With enormous portions, an outgoing staff, and a plethora of homemade original flavors to choose from - including Pinocchio's World Famous Sanibel Krunch and Dirty Sand Dollar, you’re certain to be delighted with a treat at Pinocchio's, an island staple for over 30 years.
#4) Bicycle Built For 4
Get the whole family together inside one bike. Bike surreys can carry 4-5 people at a time and make for lifelong memories.
#5) Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
Learn the basics about shells, shell makers and more at the world-renowned informative museum. See how to identify, collect, clean and store shells plus other FAQs. 3075 Sanibel-Captiva Rd. (239) 395-2233
Honorable Mentions • 25¢ Duck Feeding At the grounds of the Periwinkle Park & Campground is a small pond engulfed with a variety of ducks and birds, including a black swan, which you can feed for just a quarter. There is a small gumball-style vending machine right next to the pond. Unique off-the-beaten-path thing to do for kids or people of all ages. 1119 Periwinkle Way • Family Kickball Games Sanibel Recreation Center presents Family Night kickball games at the Sanibel Fields, where families can relax, have fun and get a little exercise along the way. Free hot dogs will be served, followed by kickball. There are no fees to participate and the activity is weather permitting. For more info, contact the Sanibel Recreation Center at (239) 472-0345.
• Toys Ahoy Toy Store With a diversity of toys including collector items, modern toys, stuffed animals, dolls, educational games, beach toys and much more, you're sure to find something for "newborns to adults" at Sanibel Island's toy store, located in Periwinkle Place Shopping Center, 2075 Periwinkle Way