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07.26.2017 Island Opportunities

July 26, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

07.26.2017 Island Opportunities

When season is over, it's time for the locals to get out and enjoy the island's food and entertainment scene. It can be hard to get around during season, but once traffic lightens - even with construction - our islanders have lots of delicious or fun choices to make.

From now through September, the Observer will feature a restaurant, bar or business on Fort Myers Beach or San Carlos Island that our readers might like to get out and enjoy.

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This week: Mound House

The Mound House is often called the jewel of Fort Myers Beach. A small patch of land with the highest elevation on the island, this spot on Connecticut Street holds a wealth of history.

But even some island residents don't know it's there.

The Mound House is a historical site and a museum. The site has been home to the Calusa Native Americans, Cuban fishermen, and many other colorful characters across centuries. The home now featured on the top of the mound was restored back to its 1921 glory and was owned by William H. Case. Now, the house is home to the museum and gift shop, which opened in 2015.

The Case family built a pool right into the Calusa mound, and it is now a one-of-a-kind exhibit where visitors can actually see the many layers of the mound built by the Calusa.

The most unique part of the Mound House experience is the museum tour, through which volunteers guide guests through the exhibits and also answer questions about the site, native plants and other facts about the area.

It's not just a place to visit, however. The Mound House also has many education programs held throughout the year, such as kayak tours, guided beach walks and lectures on Calusa life. To see what's coming up, visit

"The Mound House is offering a great amount of quality programming for all types of visitors, from families to lifelong learners," said Environmental Educator Dexter Norris.

The grounds and the boardwalk overlooking Estero Bay are free to visit. Entrance to the museum is $10 for adults; $8 for students with a college I.D.; $5 for children from 6 to 12, and free for under 5 years old.

During the summer off-season, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.



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