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Pure Fort Myers is redefining the way you experience water adventures in Southwest Florida. Take a Fort Myers River Cruise on the M/V Edison Explorer – Fort Myers’ newly built passenger vessel. See and hear from our certified captain, naturalist and historian about the Caloosahatchee River and learn about the history, and eco and water system.
Sightseeing in Fort Myers with dolphins, manatees and local birdlife along the river near the historic Railway Bridge. Take the sunset cruise and watch the sun settle down behind the western shore of the Caloosahatchee River (just as Edison and Ford did in their day from their verandahs). Charter the vessel for your private event on the water, or be in command of your own rental boat or kayak. Try a little backwater and river fishing – be it a cruise before or after a visit to the Edison Ford Winter Estates or fine eating experience at Pinchers.
Whether an outing or a daylong event, just a couple or a group, Pure Fort Myers is Pure Fun for Family and Friends!
River Excursions - Come aboard for a Fort Myers Cruise on the River
Captains Lance and Harry Julian invite you to join them on an exciting Caloosahatchee River tour! No strangers to the waters, the Julian’s draw on five generations of maritime business and 40 years of maritime tourism experience to make their tours as fun and informative as possible.
On this 1.5 hour tour, they'll introduce you to:
- Bald Eagles
- Nature’s cutest cow, the manatee
- Mangrove forests
- Bird rookeries
Also learn about the fascinating history of the Caloosahatchee River and the exploits of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, who spent many winters at this estate in Ft Myers. Edison conducted many interesting scientific experiments and his science lab remains to this day.
The morning temperature was cool but with the promise of the day heating up later in the morning. As we headed out of the berth at The Edison Ford Marina, we could see Pinchers staff busy setting up their dining area. The Edison Explorer entered into the river channel and it wasn’t long before we were joined by a dolphin. Further on we visited numerous mangrove areas with tons of birdlife. Beautiful white cranes, egrets and even a Bald Eagle sitting in its roost on a dead White Pine. All along the way the Certified Naturalist and Historian explained everything to us and answered all of our questions. It was fascinating learning about the old Semiole Bridge. Our day was completed with the sighting of two Manatee. People come from all over the world to see this animal. Thank you Pure Fort Myers for this wonderful experience.
Sunset Cruises in Ft Myers - Join us for an unforgettable Fort Myers Sunset Cruise
There is nothing quite like the quiet and relaxing environment experienced while cruising on a river. As the sun is setting the shoreline and river elements take on a different hue with the glow of the sunset. The wildlife is coming home to roost and nature begins its ritual of settling down for the night. Witness all of this from the deck of the M/V Edison Explorer as you watch the sun set into the Western horizon from the waters of the Caloosahatchee River.
My husband had suggested that we have an early dinner at Pinchers and then surprised me with the suggestion that we do the Ft Myers Sunset Cruise . It was a beautiful evening and so we headed to the ticket office and then to the Edison Explorer. We purchased a glass of wine each and settled back to enjoy the cruise. It was beautiful to watch the colors along the river change as they were reflected from the sky when the sun began to set. The bird life appeared to be heading home to roost but a few dolphins appeared as escorts as we returned to the dock. What a wonderful way to end our day!
Pure Fort Myers takes to heart the special times of the year when special people deserve to be treated to something….special! Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July or whatever the occasion, Pure Fort Myers will make the day a memorable one. Watch the fireworks displays on the Caloosahatchee River. We also take great enjoyment in supporting the American Cancer Society and Freedom Waters Foundation with special cruises designed for these groups - If you have a special cause you support, give us a call and let us help you to promote it - talk to us about ‘Our Cash Back Cruises’.
What a great Hen Party on board the Edison Explorer!!! It was perfect! I was a bit nervous at just what my bridesmaids were up to when they blindfolded me and took me to I didn’t know where - but I could hear the birds and water sloshing. When I took off the “Bridal Mask”, I could not believe that they had organized this! We climbed on board and the food was wonderful - all of my fave things like coconut shrimp and Cake pops and Lemon Drop Martinis, already made up and ready to pour. We had the boat for 2 hours and it was perfect. THANK YOU PURE FORT MYERS! (And Captain Marty for discreetly not paying any attention to us after he gave us the safety information - he was great
Ft Myers Cruises Group Events
The Edison Explorer is perfect for that special group gathering that you really would like to be ‘different’, “out of the norm”, “off the chart” and mostly something to be remembered. The vessel can be chartered for a private group - perfect for team building, weddings or even a cocktail party afloat. Once we give the required departure horn and inform you of a few necessary safety requirements, you can just leave the driving to us and enjoy your event. Make your own Fishing Tournament for a cause of your choice. Make a “Save the Date” outing for your favorite sport club or bachelors party. Hold a meeting in the “great outdoors” or “Meet for coffee” on one of our scheduled cruises or a Wine Tasting on the Sunset Cruise. Whatever the event, Pure Fort Myers offers the unique option for YOUR group event.
The Julian team came to SW Florida from far off New Zealand bringing with them 40 years of a unique combination of maritime history and tourism along with a well-developed dedication to the preservation and sustainability of nature’s resources. Film work with their Marine Team International has taken them far and wide through the waterways, lakes, rivers, oceans and seas of the world. They have seen firsthand the demise of underwater life and coral reefs through man’s innocent lack of care and its damaging effects.
Captain Lance has taken his knowledge and experience from generations of the tug and barge industry to fast ferries and film set locations around the world. Son, Harry began with fast ferries and tourism following on with education in his chosen field of Maritime Industry . Through modern technology and development he brings experience from all manner of vessel training and business education to the elements that this company provides for tourism today. The Julian Team is a culmination of maritime history, growth, knowledge and a deep respect for variety of waters around the world of which they have experienced and specifically in SW Florida.
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The Marina at Edison Ford
The addition of The Marina at Edison Ford to the Fort Myers River District provides the Southwest Florida area with a destination to dock, dine, take a stroll through history, enjoy romantic sunsets, learn about environmental conservation and experience wildlife in its natural habitat.
Pinchers Crab Shack opened its first restaurant in a 1,500 square-foot space nestled inside a strip mall in Bonita Springs. The year was 1997 and owner Tony Phelan was determined to give Southwest Florida something it lacked - the freshest seafood served in a fun, down-to-earth atmosphere. The concept of the six tables, 12 employee restaurant was simple: Make it look like an old seafood shack you’d find resting along the Gulf coast, yet place it miles from water. In essence, bring the Gulf of Mexico to where the bulk of the population lived.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanic Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, and Caretaker’s House and the Ford House. The 1929 historic landscape is throughout the property including the award winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison Ford Museum has hundreds of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.