Lover’s Key State Park
One of the best things about living in southwest Florida is that there is an abundance of keys, islands, and beaches to explore. And one of the best is Lover’s Key State Park. This is a beautiful State Park located at It is at 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, between Big Carlos Pass and New Pass.
The park is 712 acres that include 3 additional barrier islands. The Black Island, Inner and Long Key. The 2-mile-long beach of Lover’s Key is accessible by boardwalk or tram. Black Island has over five miles of multi-use trails for hiking and bicycling.
Activities include shelling, swimming, picnicking, boating, and fishing as well as canoeing/kayaking, hiking, bicycling and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, marsh rabbits, and over 40 bird species, including roseate spoonbills, osprey, snowy egret, bald eagles, and American kestrel. On Black Island, you often will find woodpeckers, hawks, owls, and warblers.
There are bicycle, paddleboard, beach chair, umbrella, canoe and kayak rentals available at the park’s concession. There is a gazebo in Lover’s key beach (which can be reserved for events), various picnic areas, boat ramp, and two playgrounds all located within the park. For information and pricing about rentals please call the park concessionaire (239) 765-7788.
The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown 365 days a year. For additional information including any restrictions and costs please call the Ranger Station 239) 463-4588.
Enjoy this beautifully preserved area with your family. Maybe even plan your next birthday party surrounded by nature at Lover’s Key State Park.