Plan a Thanksgiving in Cape Coral with loved ones this year that’s full of rest and relaxation, along with beach fun. Florida is dotted with many beach towns that offer plenty of activities, attractions, and more, then spice it up with Thanksgiving fun and flair. Pack your bags and point your compass to the one-of-a-kind retreat of Cape Coral.
48th Annual Historic Holiday Nights Celebration
While you’re exploring the Ford & Edison Winter Estates, make sure to ring in the holiday season while you’re at it. The estates have brought back their annual celebration, with new lights, displays, and more. The kids will love the Children’s Holiday Tree Trail, featuring handmade ornaments created by local schoolchildren. Join Santa, carolers, and others in the celebration. Shop the Museum Store or Garden Shoppe for unique holiday gifts or enjoy one of the guided Holiday Traditions Tours occurring nightly. Sip and savor refreshments available for purchase on select nights. See the website for details on special home tours and to purchase tickets.
For some, vacation means vacation from kitchen duties, too. You can choose to prepare and serve the holiday feast yourself – the fully-equipped kitchen in your rental can handle it. Just visit a local grocery store for all the fixin’s. For those looking forward to total relaxation, including a break from meal prep, choose one of the many local restaurants providing the special meal. Some restaurants offer the meal alongside their regular menu, while others completely switch gears from their regular fare to the traditional dinner. For restaurants that don’t offer dine-in on Thanksgiving Day, they may offer the feast on another day, or prepare the meal to go so all you have to do is warm it up at your rental!
The water will be a bit on the cool side, but you’ll still want to spend plenty of time at the beach. Keep up on your exercise routine in anticipation of the big meal with a run on the beach. Fill a picnic basket with Thanksgiving leftovers, then spread a beach blanket and plant your umbrella for a day of relaxation and a picnic. Brave the water for a swim, or go on a snorkel, stand up paddleboard, or kayak adventure. Up the adrenaline with parasailing, jet skiing, or tubing, then wind up the day with a relaxing sunset walk on the beach.
Anglers of the group will want to take time to slow down and relax this Thanksgiving in Cape Coral. Pack your fishing gear or make plans to join a fishing charter. Many companies in the area charter fishing adventures in shore, near shore, and out to the deep sea of the Gulf. Some may even point the boat toward the calmer waters of bays, inlets, and feeder streams or creeks for a more peaceful experience. If you view fishing as a solo activity, rent some gear and ask the locals about the best fishing spots. No matter where you go, make sure to secure the proper Florida fishing license before heading out.
Ford & Edison Winter Estates
You may have come for the holiday celebration, but don’t miss the rest! The car magnet and famous inventor were friends who spent their days just a stone’s throw away from one another in Southwest Florida each winter. Wander the 20-acre property that makes up the two estates. The Edison property features a main house, guest house, caretaker’s house, and more. The Ford estate boasts a main home and caretaker’s cottage. Get lost in the luscious gardens full of color, or step into the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory – where Edison, Ford, and tire manufacturer Harvey Firestone worked to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign rubber sources. End your tour of the estates in the 15,000-square-foot museum featuring exhibits relating to the famous men’s lives, like a 1916 Model T and many other exhibits.
Southwest Florida Museum of History
History buffs, or those who just want to take in the history and culture of the area this Thanksgiving, will want to add a stop at the museum. Located in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, it hosts a number of exhibits depicting the state’s and region’s past. Learn about Seminoles and other Native American tribes, turn of the 20th century Florida, and the many industries in the area: agriculture, boating, fishing, and even the U.S. military. When you arrive, you’ll know you’re in the right place if you see the 1929 private Pullman rail car outside to greet you.
Spend the Thanksgiving Holiday in Cape Coral
From a cozy studio for a solo or sweetheart Thanksgiving getaway to a spacious four-bedroom for a larger group, Cape Coral 4 Vacation has a vacation rental that’s perfect for you. Step in and feel the stresses and worries of home melt away, knowing all your needs on your holiday in Cape Coral will be met. Enjoy preparing the Thanksgiving feast, or any meal, in the fully equipped kitchen. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie. There are multiple private spaces like patios, balconies, and even your own bedroom.
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