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Attractions Details

📌 Address

1035 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA

Opening Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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"Visit Times Square in Fort Myers late in the afternoon to catch the street performers and the stunning sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, which creates a picturesque backdrop for photos. For a truly local experience, bring a beach chair and enjoy the casual atmosphere once the day-trippers have gone, and the cooler evening sets in."

What is Times Square?

Now, when you hear Times Square, your mind likely jets off to the bustling crossroads in the heart of New York City. But let me let you in on a little local secret: we've got our own Times Square here in Fort Myers, and it's just as special, if not more, in its own unique Floridian way. Nestled at the foot of the Fort Myers Beach Pier, it's far from the skyscrapers and billboards; it's a vibrant, outdoor destination that marks the epicenter of beach life. Here, the salty breeze mingles with the music from street performers, reminding you that you've found the spot where the sand meets the streets in an unforgettable dance. It's less about the iconic New Year's ball drop and more about unwinding under the Florida sun.

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History of Times Square

The history of our Times Square is steeped in the easy-going lifestyle intrinsic to Fort Myers Beach. Its story starts with the inception of the Fort Myers Beach Pier in the early 1920s, which became a magnet for both residents and visitors seeking the serene pleasures of oceanic life. It wasn't until later that the surrounding area developed into the Times Square we know today, with a focus on amplifying the local beach culture. Through the decades, it has transformed from a modest collection of shops and eateries into a lively hub that encapsulates the coastal spirit of the area. This isn't a place shaped by grand events but by countless moments of joy and relaxation – a testament to the everyday beauty that Fort Myers provides.

Why is Times Square Important?

You might be thinking, "Importance is subjective, right?" And in a way, you'd be correct. But consider this: Times Square is important because it's the heart of Fort Myers Beach, a place that encapsulates the community's ethos. It's a melting pot where locals, snowbirds, and tourists alike converge to experience the quintessential Floridian atmosphere. It's the sort of place that absorbs and reflects the warmth of the people who come to lounge on the nearby sandy shores, sip tropical drinks, or simply meander around soaking up the laid-back ambiance. Times Square is where memories are made, where friendships are forged over ice cream cones, sunsets are toasted, and laughter is as common as the seashells on the shore.

Things to Do & See at Times Square

The beauty of Times Square lies in its simplicity and the variety of small pleasures it offers. Shopaholics will find a treasure trove in the unique boutiques and stores, each offering something a bit different, from beachwear to handcrafted souvenirs. Foodies rejoice in the local eateries serving fresh seafood, often cooked with secrets passed down through generations. They say the calamari here has a way of making you forget anywhere else exists – take a bite and tell me if that's just a local legend.

As the sun starts to dip, Times Square transforms. The nightly Sunset Celebration is something of a ritual here, with live music setting the soundtrack for a sky painted in unbelievable hues. Photographers, both amateur and professional, line the beach trying to capture the perfect shot, while families gather around, savoring the moment. Lastly, let's not forget the street performers who infuse the area with energy and flair, providing spontaneous entertainment that feels personal and authentic.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Times Square famous for?

Times Square is famous for its bustling atmosphere, neon lights, towering billboards, and as a cultural hub in New York City, hosting major events like the New Year's Eve ball drop.

How can I get from Fort Myers to Times Square?

To get to Times Square from Fort Myers, you can fly to one of the New York City area airports and then take public transportation, a taxi, or a rideshare to Times Square.

Are there any good hotels near Times Square?

Yes, there are many hotels near Times Square that cater to a range of budgets and preferences, from luxury accommodations to budget-friendly options.

What are some must-see attractions in Times Square?

Must-see attractions in Times Square include the Broadway theaters, the TKTS discount tickets booth, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the various flagship stores.

Is it safe to visit Times Square at night?

Times Square is generally considered safe at night due to its high foot traffic and frequent police presence, but it's always wise to stay aware of your surroundings.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

1035 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA

Opening Hours

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

Find it on google maps