Today was a beautiful day enjoy the outdoors at Lakes Park in Fort Myers Florida. My daughters and I packed up a picnic basket and headed out to enjoy the day.  It was only a 20 minute drive from our house in Cape Coral but depending on where you live in Cape Coral it could be less than 10 minutes.

When we arrived we found out that there was a Halloween festival that had scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, and lots of other things to do including places to eat and drink. We walked through the children’s garden were there were lots of plants and flowers to see but it was also decorated for Halloween. The trail was decorated with lots of large inflatables and decorations. There was a pumpkin patch with thousands of pumpkins in all types of shapes and sizes. They even had pumpkin bowling which the kids loved. There was a scarecrow contest where different businesses and organizations sponsored their scarecrow or exhibit. Some of these got very detailed and were very large. We voted for the one that we thought was the best scarecrow by dropping a chip that we were given when we entered into a bucket for the corresponding scarecrow.

There were lots of families with kids all throughout the park but there weren't any areas of the park that felt overcrowded. It was easy for us to find an area of the park where we could set up our picnic blanket and picnic basket where we were able to eat lunch in a quiet shaded area right off of the lake. We had our own family time there with very little interaction from the other families and park dwellers who were enjoying their time. We had a few interactions with some of the local wild birds and even a squirrel. The kids took off their shoes and ran around in the grass barefoot. My two oldest daughters bumped around the volleyball while my youngest daughter and I enjoyed laying down in the shade talking about how enjoyable the day was.

There are lots of things to do at Lakes Park in Ft. Myers. There is a huge walking trail that took us about an hour (at a slow pace to walk around). There are lots of shade trees along the path as not to make the heat too unbearable while you are enjoying the walk. We saw lots of small wildlife including several different kinds of birds that are native to Lee County. There are many things to do for the kids at the park including, two splash pads, two sand volleyball courts, and two play ground areas. You can rent bicycles, paddleboats, a canoes to go out on the lake and enjoy the tranquility. You can even bring your own vessels and launch them at the far end of the lake.

All in all Lakes Park is another reason why Ft. Myers and cape Coral are two of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The weather is great, the lifestyle is laid back, and there are plenty of things to stay occupied and enjoy your time.