Recreational facilities for Estero, Florida residents and visitors are
expanding in response to the growth in the area; but even now great varieties of
recreational activities exist. PDF version of the map
This new, regional park is currently under
construction. It promises to be a centerpiece to the Estero Community,
providing sports fields, picnic areas, a large building, an outdoor
amphitheatre and more.
Mound Key is believed to have been the ceremonial
center of the Calusa Indians when the Spaniards first attempted to colonize
Southwest Florida. The only access to the island is by boat; there are no
facilities. Mound Key is managed by Koreshan State Historic Site.
The first aquatic preserve established in Florida,
this is one of the most productive estuaries in the state. The bay is home
to a wide variety of wildlife, including the bald eagle. The preserve
protects the water, inlets, and islands along 10 miles of Estero Bay.
Visitors can canoe or kayak in the bay or on the Estero River. Miles of
trails offer visitors the opportunity to hike, bicycle, or study the variety
of wildlife and native vegetation protected here.