Ft. Myers, Day One

Sad to report that my beloved little town is now sprawling and janky, stuffed with corporate restaurants and tattoo parlors. There also appears to be a fair amount of meth here.  First, we visited the Shell Factory, one of my all-time fave places here as a child. 

Fortunately, excluding all the scary, nearly-toothless clerks, the Shell Factory is still pretty cool. I'd completely forgotten there was a creepy, big game room... and I'm not talking about pinball and air hockey. 

See? Creepy. Regardless, it was fun. Long live the Shell Factory! 

Next, we went to Ft. Myers Beach. Verdict: blah. Sprawling tourist trap. No surprise. After 32 years away, things are bound to change quite a bit. 

On the way back to our hotel, we passed another childhood fave: Jungle Golf! It looked the same, only better! Did we stop and play a round? Are you kidding? 

The fabulousness of Jungle Golf made up for the lameness of the beach. 

One more day in Ft. Myers. Fingers crossed. 

Posted on February 17, 2012 and filed under Travel.