Sad Valentine’s Day is Over?

  Consider this weekend a cultural takeover. Go back in time and dig through Florida history with the kiddos, get a taste of Greece, indulge in the beauty of Asia, then come…

The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming!

The Clydesdales are coming! The Clydesdales are coming! The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming! That’s right, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Southwest Florida. The Clydesdales will also be accompanied by their…

Shari’s Wild Weekend Adventure

It’s the week before Valentine’s Day and all during this time; you’re trying to figure out who’s your Valentine. Will she like motorcycles? Will he like seafood? Will she go to museums?…

Cobress Album Release

The Cobress group has put their blood, sweat and tears into their new EP ‘Stage Stomp,’ due to release in March. The band made it their goal to push themselves in the…

Marco Island’s Tigertail Beach

Tigertail Beach Park in Marco Island, FL is a unique experience for visitors. An $8 parking fee is required to park but this secluded hidden gem is worth the price. A boardwalk…

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

  Every season brings a new traveling exhibit at The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. Previously, it was a close-up look at China and it’s cultures. Now through May 20, 2018 it’s the Big League…

Bungee Workout Class Makes Its Way To Bonita Springs

Hip-hop yoga, aerial yoga, bungee classes…these are all examples of how today’s society is working to make fitness more fun. Bungee fitness has taken the Internet by storm — and now it’s…

It’s Going to be a Berry Soulful Weekend

Jammin with the ponies …   Congratulations! You’ve almost made it to the weekend. Now, let’s plan. There’s a big art festival, pony rides for the babies, a Strawberry Festival and a…

Audrey’s of Naples

It’s easy to drive by Audrey’s of Naples. Nestled in the corner of a small strip mall plaza, it doesn’t look as appealing on the outside as it is on the inside.…

Beers, Fun, and Motorcycles

  If you’re looking for something fun to do (and you happen to love motorcycles), why not check out the New Model Launch Party for Triumph Motorcycles this weekend at Millennial Brewing?…

Bokeelia Fishing Pier

If you find yourself on Pine Island with the sudden urge to go fishing, check out the Bokeelia Fishing Pier. Located on the north end of the island at the Bokeeilla Island…

Peace River Wildlife Center

  Peace River Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and shelters injured native wildlife. Located in Punta Gorda at Ponce de Leon Park, this organization is striving to help native…

Ponce De Leon Park

  Ponce De Leon Park is a SWFL hidden gem located in Punta Gorda. It offers things like a man-made beach, boardwalk, fishing pier, playground and picnic areas. When driving into the park, you…

Me and My Girls Antiques and Home Decor

  There is a new antique shop in Labelle that everyone is talking about. We recently went to the town to ask locals about stories they’d like us to document. One of…

Are you ready to dress up, get dirty and chili out?

It’s going to be a spicy, green, hot and gute zeit kind of weekend. Plant-based goodness. Veg-curious is the most interesting word I’ve learned in 2018. With the recent sweep in vegan,…

Local Artist Kevin Hughsam

This is Kevin Hughsam, a 20-year-old student at FGCU who has made a name for himself in the tattoo business. With a background in fine arts, Kevin incorporates the styles and paintings…

Hula Dancing in SWFL

  Here’s the thing about SWFL. There are things to do here outside of the beach, but this isn’t New York, hunny. You have to search for them. I found a Hula…

2018 Tour De Cape at Cape Harbour

  Get your wheels up and helmets on. We went on the Tour De Cape at Cape Harbour in, you guessed it, Cape Coral, Florida. Hundreds of people showed up to due…

Little Free Library to Promote Reading and Community

  The Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that provides small, birdhouse-like structures meant to be filled with books and shared within communities. The concept of The Little Free library is a…

The Naples Preserve Transports You Back

  The Naples Preserve, located off of US 41, has a learning center, nature walk, butterfly garden and more. It costs nothing to visit and you can stay as long as you…

Let’s Go Camping!

  There are so many beautiful places in SWFL to go camping and enjoy the outdoors. From RV parks to regional/state parks, to primitive camping in your backyard; southwest Florida always provides…

Florida Native Butterfly Society

The Florida Native Butterfly Society has a greenhouse in downtown Fort Myers where they raise and release butterflies. The conservatory is full of fluttering Florida butterflies. The staff at the Florida Native…

Brian Headlee Lives on Through His Art

  Recently, the tattoo community lost a very special person. With art running through their souls, it is in their blood to keep Brian Headlee Art going on for years to come.…

Delnor-Wiggins Named One of Florida’s Best Beaches

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has been named as one of the best beaches in Florida by Coastal Living Magazine. It lives up to its reputation. The state park offers visitors plenty of sites and…

Welcome Manatees!

  You can see manatees huddled together to keep warm at Manatee Park. Manatees migrate into the Gulf during the summer, and back inland when the temperature drops. The most popular times to…

Lee Health Hospital Book Program

Garrett Gablehouse is the the hospital school teacher at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. He has a pretty hefty job. While helping run a classroom and check on students, Garrett also…

Let’s Ride with Pride … and eat!

  Happy Friday Eve, my friends! What a week. But, ya know what? It’s in the past. Let’s talk about the weekend, shall we? I’ve got something for the vegan lovers, the…

Military History Nestled in the Cape

There is a hand full of museums in Southwest Florida solely dedicated to the history of United States Armed Forces and Military Veterans. And Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library in Cape…

Tour de Cape  2018

  Tour de Cape is this weekend. For the 27th year, this family-friendly event brings a 5K, a 3 mile kids ride and a 15 – 100 mile ride around the Cape.…

Clam Pass in Naples Is A Local Favorite

  Clam Pass in Naples, FL is a serene inlet that is a favorite spot for locals. The inlet off the Gulf of Mexico flows in and out with the tides creating…

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day at Naples Zoo

On January 13th, starting at 10a, the Naples Zoo will be partnering with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation for the Exotic Pet Amnesty Day.   This event is where people can drop off…

ECHO’s Global Farm is Fighting World Hunger

  ECHO’s Global Farm is a local farm fighting world hunger. The purpose of the farm is to learn and teach sustainable farming techniques to farmers all around the world. The farm…

African Dance Classes in Lehigh Acres

  My family is from Barbados, but my love and fascination for African dance comes from right here in Fort Myers. At the time, it was known as Colours Cultural Dance School…

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival

The best part about this job is getting to meet people like you, because you teach me about things that I know really would have known nothing about prior to meeting you.…

Volunteer at the Lee County Homeless Coalition

  The Lee County homeless coalition has a message for all of Lee County. At the beginning of 2018, the cold front that caused Florida’s temperature to drop to 40 degrees motivated…

This Weekend is All About The Arts

  Our normal weather for this time of year is coming back, and I couldn’t be more excited. I am so over this sweater, this scarf, and my snow boots. I mean…

Penguins in Naples

It’s official, the snowbirds have arrived! For the first time ever there are penguins in Naples. Penguins in Paradise is a seasonal traveling exhibit at the Naples Zoo featuring four playful African…

THE WEEKEND WARM-UP IS HERE!

  Happy New Year, friends! We are so excited about all that is to come and I am most excited about … all of the holidays where I get to wear crazy…

Sundown Stroll supports fundraising for C.O.P.S.

  “This is why I love the community of Southwest Florida – there are constant fundraisers for causes that really matter, such as Florida Run for the Fallen.” This is an effort…

Hermit crab racing in San Carlos Park

Every Thursday night, the Tiki Bar in San Carlos Park (18051 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers, Florida 33908) behind the Days Inn hosts hermit crab races. The weekly event attracts all ages…

Free bus takes you to Vanderbilt Beach in Naples

More info on the Collier Area Transit Beach Bus: FREE!! Hours 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday Runs December 29 – April 30 Important…

Artist Reisha Perlmutter at Artis-Naples

  Nature, light and the power that lies in the connection to the body are the key elements that drive local artist Reisha Perlmutter’s current body of work. Growing up in Naples,…

The parking economy of Fort Myers Beach explained

  Traffic congestion and limited parking spots — two things sure to greet you as you drive to Fort Myers Beach this time of year. HelloSWFL’s Chloe Nordquist and Katie Egan went…

City of Fort Myers Classic
City of Palms Classic

  Traditions always make a place feel more like home, and the City of Palms Classic Tournament is no different. This tournament has attracted top high school basketball talent for over 45…

Ritz Carlton of Naples’ Life-Sized Gingerbread House
The Ritz Carlton of Naples’ Life-Sized Gingerbread House

  For over 25 years, during the holidays, The Ritz-Carlton of Naples has housed a life-size gingerbread home in their lobby. It takes 1,000 hours of labor to decorate and construct: 1,200 gingerbread bricks, 240 lbs…

‘The Last Jedi’ Star Wars Movie Review

  In a galaxy nearby, a movie was released. Our very own Leo the Lion races “LORD CRITIQUE” from spoiling the ending to the latest Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi” to…

It’s a Shore Thing This Weekend

We go together like milk and cookies.     This weekend, take the family to see one of the top lights display in SWFL, enjoy some of the top classics music has…

Looking for holiday shenanigans?

Be one of the first to receive weekly updates on local events Subscribe to our Newsletter With the craziness of the holidays, I figured you might want to know that the Harlem…

100,000 Christmas Lights

  For the last eight years, David McQuade, a Senior Portfolio Manager UBS Financial Services, Inc. and his wife and colleague Tammy McQuade have been putting on a holiday light show at…

SWFL Holiday Events

We may not have the snow and freezing cold weather, but don’t be fooled: the holidays in SWFL are in full effect. From boat parades and visits from Santa on the beach, to…

Southern Fresh Farms

    Here’s a look into southwest Florida’s local Ag Park, Southern Fresh Farms. Privately owned and operated by the McMahon family, it is a great place to take family and friends.…

Eva's Closet Christmas Event
Eva’s Closet and Foundation Christmas Fundraiser

by Ariel Long Eva’s Closet and Foundation would like to invite the Southwest Florida community to participate in their Christmas fundraiser this Saturday at Palm City Brewing. This non-profit organization helps local…

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Be one of the first to receive weekly updates on local events Subscribe to our Newsletter     The enchantment of the holiday season is upon us and if you’re not yet…

Death, Love and Comics With a Side of Fair Food

  I’m proud of the growth within SWFL. There are two all-new events hitting our area this weekend, and they both are culturally enriching and uniting. Top off the weekend with a…

What’s shakin’, Bacon?

    CAPE CORAL COCONUT FESTIVAL Dear SWFL Country & Rock Lovers:. This event is for YOU. The festival starts on Thursday, but Friday is when the party truly begins with national…

Comic Con
Calling All Comic Book Enthusiasts!

It’s time to get your cosplay on! On November 18, a new comic book convention comes to visit Fort Myers Fl!  With over 100 exhibits of comics, artwork, anime, artwork, cosplay under one roof,…

Rocking The Art World

  Rock for Equality Spread the love. When I talked to one of the organizers behind this event, Frankie Colt, she said “We just want people of all backgrounds, people who love…

Pickleball in Naples
Naples Is Growing With Pickleball Trend

The fastest-growing sport in America is… pickleball! Naples resident, Jim Ludwig, wanted to be a part of the growth of the sport. So, he worked with Collier County to get more courts…

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Alliance

Fort Myers locals gathered for the marvelous spectacle that is, the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This timeless showing got the whole audience on their feet for a thrilling, chilling and fulfilling time!

Lakes Park
Checking In On Lakes Park Reconstruction

Been to Lakes Park lately? Irma caused damages, but this park is not slowing down. Get ready for more farmers markets and their ongoing Fall festival!

Rosemary Cemetery
SWFL’s Haunted Places

  After checking out Haunted Places, Olivia and Tonie visited a mystery cemetery in, wait for it… a shopping center! Now before you totally discredit the spookiness of this gravesite, you should…

Shari Plans Out The Perfect Festive Weekend

Long week already? No worries. We’ve got your weekend covered. You can be fancy and tipsy on Friday, burn those calories on Saturday, get your costume and drink on (again) while adult…

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Hurricanes are no match for the people and animals of SWFL! Tonie visited the Naples Zoo, to discuss its reopening after weeks and weeks of cleaning up debris from Hurricane Irma.The zoo’s…

Millenial Brewing’s Oktoberfest

This weekend, bring the family and experience Munich in SWFL Millennial Brewing Co. Oktoberfest!  

SWFL Pride Fest​ 2017

Looking for something to do this weekend? Don’t miss Fort Myers SWFL Pride Fest Did you make it to SWFL Pride Fest? What did you think about the event? SWFL Pride Fest…

Salsa Dancing In SWFL

  Good for this couple. They started from nothing, now they’re holding a huge salsa event. Here’s their story.

Walk Like MADD 5k

We had a chance to talk with Lauren Harkins of Walk Like MADD about her connection to the race. Join us this Saturday, September 30th and be apart of this years 5k.

Collier County Beaches Are Open

  Collier County beaches are now open and safe to swim! On Sep. 19th, Florida Department of Health tested the water, and the swim advisory was lifted.

Port Charlotte Beach Park

  Have you ever heard about Port Charlotte Beach Park? We took a road trip to find out what this hidden gem was all about.

Ortiz Ave. Flea Market Fort Myers

For weekenders ONLY. Located right here in our backyard … it’s like escaping to an entirely different country.

Free FIshing in SWFL

  So you want to go fishing but don’t have a license? Here’s how you can fish for free.

Take a Ride on the Lakes Park Train

  All Aboard! We went to Lakes Park to discover the Railroad Museum of South Florida and what riding the rails is all about … the miniature version anyway.

Tritone Fit Fitness Routine

Would you like to switch up your fitness routine? Tritone Fit implements ballet techniques to tone your body.

Unsold Goodwill Donations

Have you ever wondered what happens to your donated items at Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

C’mon Castles for Kids

Do you want to build a sand castle? See these inspirations from the 5th Annual C’mon Castles for Kids competition benefiting Children’s Museum of Naples

Bowmans Beach, Sanibel Island

Look, Mom, a manatee! We went to Bowman’s beach on Sanibel Island and found it to be a surprising change of pace from the other popular coastal beaches.

Lunch Break Yoga
Yoga lovers who can't fit a yoga class into their work schedule can take Lunch Break Yoga at Yoga Bird studio. What do you think? Subscribe to our Newsletter! Email * Select…
Williams Academy Black History Museum

Did you know SWFL has a black history museum? We talked to the chairman of the Lee County Black History Society to learn about what it has to offer.

Adventures in Escaping Rooms

We went to Escape Room Adventures to see what these escape rooms are worth it! Let us know if you did better than our team in the comments below!

The Making of Warm Mineral Springs Video

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a HelloSWFL video? Check out this behind the scenes video we did of our trip to SWFL’s Warm Mineral Springs.  

Art & Poetry Networking of Fort Myers

  Looking for a place to showcase your talents and meet other local artists? We met with the team behind the “Art & Poetry Networking” events in Downtown Fort Myers to learn…

Warm Mineral Springs Ride-a-Long

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a HelloSWFL video? Check out this behind the scenes video we did of our trip to SWFL’s Warm Mineral Springs. https://www.facebook.com/helloswfl/videos/1825044321157176/

Have You Met the Ramp Doctor?

Local carpenter and skater Ben Johnson has been building the finest skate parks and ramps since the late 80’s! He is a staple of the skating community and an inspiration to kids…

Butterfly Garden

  Ever wonder how to make your own butterfly garden? We found these plants that are native to Florida that attract butterflies.

Manatee Park Friends

  Did you know that Manatees are no longer on the endangered species list? Watch the video to learn more about these beloved creatures.  

Caloosahatchee Manuscript

They’re a hot spot for striking photos, but do you know what the seemingly jumbled letters mean? Check out what we discovered about the Caloosahatchee Manuscript sculptures in Downtown Ft. Myers.

Pickleball- an Older Folks Game?

  An ambassador for the sport of Pickleball, local champion, Wayne Spong inspired me to give the sport a try. I used to think it was an old mans game. It’s not.…

U-Pic Farm

  Learn from my mistake and enjoy U-Pic Farm fresh produce (when they open their produce stand in November … not in June).    

Movie Night on the Lawn

Movie Night on the Lawn Get your fold up chairs and popcorn ready! Mercato in Naples is showing a film on the lawn every month.

Fountain of Youth

  Is the real Fountain of Youth right in our backyards? We discovered this hidden gem with healing properties in North Port, FL. Must Try!

Rainy Day Ideas

  It has been raining almost everyday here in SWFL. Here are some ideas for what to do when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day.    

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

  Looking to teach your boy or girl some handyman skills? On the first Saturday of every month, The Home Depot The Home Depot offers kids’ a DIY building workshop!

Kindness Rocks

Have you spotted a painted rock around town? #FortMyersRocks and #TheKindnessRocksProject are spreading random acts of kindness throughout the county!  

So you want to be a salsa dancer?

  Want to learn how to become a salsa dancer? It’s super easy and takes only three steps. We took our first lesson from Nery Garcia & Giana Montoya from Elegant Rumba Dance Company

Beach Clean Up Naples Beach

C’Mon people pick up your trash!! We want to organize a beach clean-up. Give us an 😡 or an 👍 if you will join us, better yet share this post so we can get everyone involved! Keep…

One Too Manny

  Have you tried home brewing?🍺 Manchester Velazquez brewed ‘One Too Manny’ ale at home with a kit from Estero’s Brew Story

Florida Repertory Theatre

Looking for something to do this weekend, how about experiencing a play at the Florida Repertory Theatre?

Secret Beach Access

  Headed to the beach this weekend? We have a SECRET SPOT that we like, but you have to promise not to tell anyone. Just kidding, go ahead and share this pos

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

  Rained out of your beach day? You can still experience the essence of SWFL’s beautiful beaches by visiting the The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. *All day access so if it stops raining…

Naples Botanical Garden

Going to a Naples Botanical Garden this summer? Then you need to know the rules! And what better way to learn than to watch an Ethan act out possible mistakes. 🤣

Pyramid Resort

WOW pyramids in SWFL!! Did you know these were here?

Bridge Fishing

No fish story here, these SWFL bridges offer some great fishing.

The Talkin’ Monkeys Project

  We took a first-hand look at The Talkin’ Monkey’s Project a non-profit that houses abused and abandoned primates.

Chick-Fil-A Play Areas

  Rain rain go away, if not go to Chick-Fil-A! TaraMetBlog takes her kids to their free play areas on rainy & hot days.

Summer Camp: Edison Ford Estates
Are you raising a future inventor? Kids can walk in the footsteps of Edison and Ford this summer at Edison & Ford Winter Estates weekly summer STEAM camps. Edison Ford Estates in Fort…
Dog Friendly Beach

Leave the leash at home! This dog-friendly SWFL beach lets man’s best friend roam free!      

First Annual Fiesta Bonita Springs

The first Fiesta Bonita Springs was filled with traditional foods, music and family entertainment celebrating the Latino community in SWFL.

Summer Camp: Edison Sailing School
What better way for your kids to spend their summer than on the water learning to sail? Edison Sailing Summer Camp in North Fort Myers on the Caloosahatchee River gives children the opportunity…
Family Fun: Koreshan State Park

When out-of-towners come to visit, the place that I love taking them to experience Southwest Florida isn’t the beach, but Koreshan State Park located on U.S. 41 at Corkscrew Road in Estero, Florida. Even…

Family Staycations in Southwest Florida

Have you been craving a relaxing getaway? Ditch the notoriously expensive airline tickets and week-long vacations and explore the beauty of the stay-cation. We put together a list of local spots that…

Legoland Beach Retreat Sneak Peek - A Mom's Take
Legoland Florida’s New Value Hotel

Being only a two-hour drive away from Legoland Florida, my family and I are regular visitors to the popular theme park. However, the lodging options aren’t as numerous in Winter Haven and can…

BBQ Bands and Brews Winner [8 years Running]

The Jonesez BBQ have won people’s choice award at the BBQ Bands and Brew Competition for the past eight consecutive years, and we’re curious about their recipe. What’s the secret? North Carolina style?…

Fort Myers Egg Hunt
Easter 2017: Get Eggcited

It’s Easter season a.k.a the time when families scan the local area for the best egg hunts. This year, the turnout at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt was among the…

Celebrate Dolphin Day with a Dolphin Boat Tour

What’s slick, silly, and calls Southwest Florida one of their homes? Dolphins! It’s Dolphin Day, and to celebrate we took a trip to Estero Bay to spend the morning with these playful…

Legoland Beach Retreat Sneak Peek - A Mom's Take
A Mom’s Sneak Peek of Legoland Beach Retreat

Being only a two-hour drive away from Legoland Florida, my family and I are regular visitors to the popular theme park. However, the lodging options aren’t as numerous in Winter Haven and can…

Discover The Perfect SWFL Workout For Moms

Every Tuesday and Thursday, local moms get together at Centennial Park to workout with professional bodybuilder, Francis House. However, this is no ordinary workout – each session includes cardio and strength training…

Exploring Southwest Florida’s Historical Spots

Southwest Florida is home to many well-known historical sites. We grew up admiring their beauty, climbing their trees and stomping around on their acres of grass. We cherish these memories and want…

Bonita Mayor’s Cup Bridges Gap for Latino Cultures

Hispanic Heritage represents the Latino community’s rich culture. However, that culture often stays on the outskirts in some of Bonita Springs’ activities. Juan Romero, founder of Casa Mexico, a program committed to…

Swamp Buggy Ride Along

Submerged four feet under slurry, muddy water, HelloSWFL’s multimedia journalist, Melanie contemplated whether she made the right decision by getting on a Swamp Buggy during the Jeep class race. Melanie stepped onto…

Swamp Buggy Races
Watch Swamp Buggy Veterans Persevere Despite Loss

The Swamp Buggy Races are a unique Southwest Florida tradition. Here we meet a wonderful family who’s love for the races, and their perseverance is inspiring. Tyler and Lorrie Johns are a…

Have you ever been to the Lehigh Acres Pet Show?

When “pet show” comes to mind, I think of exotic pets in cages and pristine dogs galavanting around a large indoor track, standing alongside their owner, who is typically dressed in standard…

Video: Community Manifested at Greek Fest Fort Myers

It’s a humid Friday afternoon in Fort Myers. Vendors exchange friendly banter back and fourth from behind their booths. Those who aren’t talking are dancing and saying, hello, to every passing individual.…

Video: Edison Festival of Lights 2017

Crowds filter in to fill Jackson Street for the 79th Annual Edison Festival of Lights. Spectators stake out their spots; bearing fold-up chairs and blankets. Tonight, Thomas Alva Edison’s impact is honored in celebration…

Video: Edison Festival of Lights 5k

Despite rain soaked clothes and slippery streets, runners remain enthusiastic and determined. Energy rises as the Edison Festival of Lights 5K race is underway. Racers enjoy their last moments of conversation and sips…

The Golden Hour

Caressed by Gulf breezes, accompanied with comforting sounds from a local violinist, we are weaving in-between families carrying boxes of local confections and beachgoers who are dusting the sandy evidence of a…

Sunday, Buggy Sunday

It’s breakfast. I’m eating gator bites and drinking Bud Light. I’m clad in a “RealTree” camo hoodie. “Swamp Buggies”, which look like big-wheeled home-made rockets, snarl, growl and shred through a muddy…

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