Centennial Park

Just minutes from Fort Myers’ historic downtown district, this park’s centerpiece is the statue honoring three of the city’s most famous citizens. 

On the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Centennial Park offers the perfect place to relax during your day in downtown Fort Myers. The 10-acre (4-hectare) park was built to commemorate the city’s one-hundred-year anniversary.

Don’t miss the centerpiece of Centennial Park, the sculpture paying tribute to the unique friendship between Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Their important contributions to society aside, these three men also shaped the history of Fort Myers.

Uncommon Friends depicts Edison, Ford and Firestone gathered around a campfire on an island surrounded by a pool filled with alligators, manatees, otters, fish and frogs. Note the symbolism. These men, who called themselves “The Vagabonds,” established Fort Myers as a recreational vacation destination.Their frequent trips to the Everglades drew in friends. Soon others followed.

People of all ages can enjoy the park. Let children expend some energy carousing on the swings or racing down the slides in the playground. Play a spontaneous game of volleyball or throw a Frisbee on the green lawn. Head to the picnic area to enjoy a meal outside in the welcoming Florida weather. A sidewalk runs around the perimeter of the park and along the Caloosahatchee River. Go for a jog or enjoy a leisurely stroll. The riverside views are particularly spectacular at sunset. Head out to the fishing pier and try to catch local bass; be sure to have a valid Florida fishing license.

The pavilion at the park regularly hosts concerts and other events. Once a week, there is a farmers market under the Caloosahatchee Bridge which abuts the park. If you visit on a weekend, watch for the group of drummers gathered in the park for a jam session.

Centennial Park is located minutes from the commercial hub of Fort Myers. After relaxing in the park, walk to the Historic Downtown Waterfront District and explore the 69 landmark buildings there. Have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants. Browse the large variety of boutiques and shops lining the streets.