Fort Myers Car Rentals and the Shell Factory
Susie sells seashells by the seashore! Try saying this tongue twister three times fast! Like tongue twisters, making a trip to Florida's own Shell Factory in your Fort Myers car rental will leave you tongue tied! With one of the largest collections of common and rare seashells, sponges, coral, and much more, you will shop till you drop in this unique store. There is also a beautiful nature park where you can see exotic animals such as Big Bertha, a 10 foot long alligator. Don't forget to finish your day by watching the Factory's nightly performance of Waltzing Water's Liquid Fireworks!
Before hoping in your Fort Myers car rental, read up on this brief history of the Shell Factory. It all started when a young couple moved to Florida in 1939 and began selling seashells and shell crafts from their porch in Bonita Springs. The business eventually grew into a large souvenir shop. In 1952, the shop by destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt by the owners further up on Tamiami Trail (route 41) and was destroyed again by Hurricane Donna in 1960. The owners kept persisting and rebuilt their business. Unfortunately another fire in 1980 destroyed their shop once again! As the years went by, the shop changed owners, expanded through the intervening years, and fell during the hard times. Finally in 1997, Tom Cronin a local businessman decided to turnaround the 60 year old store with a multimillion dollar renovation. Today the Shell Factory has fulfilled its destiny by becoming a true shopping destination.
Seashell Toilet Seats...The Ultimate Shopping Experience!
Take your Fort Myers car rental to the Shell Factory and see the largest collection of common and rare seashells, sponges, coral, fossils and sea life specimens in the world! Here you will find unique items such as sea and nautical-inspired lamps, seashell toilet seats, wood and ceramic sculptures, folk art and wall hangings! You can even pick your own pearl and have it mounted in one of the store's many styles of bands! Why not pick up a few palm tree wine glasses for your next summer party? There are also decorations for every holiday imaginable, books, cards, maps, candles, magnets, and many other nautical-motif gift ideas!
A Wild Party at the Nature Park
If you love animals, take your Fort Myers car rental to the Shell Factory's newly renovated Nature Park. Your kids will enjoy up-close encounters at the Petting Zoo where they will find Ilamas, goats, chickens, turkeys, pigs and many other friendly farm animals. Look out for "Romeo"! This cute baby bull calf is a favorite amongst the staff and kids at the Park. Visit the Park's Rainforest Aviary for a truly exotic experience. In this 7000 square foot aviary, you will find many colored parrots flying overhead amidst the lush tropical landscape. You will also find swans, peacocks, and the Indian Ring-necked Parakeet! If you listen carefully, you might here it sing - it sounds like a cat meowing! Other animals you will find in the Nature Park include bobcats, raccoons, and armadillos.
Waltzing Water's Liquid Fireworks
Before heading off in your Fort Myers car rental, don't forget to check out the Park's nightly Liquid Firework show! From 7-8pm you will have the chance to see the world's most elaborate water, light and music production. Here you will see waters jump, twist, sway and swirl in breathtaking movements and they dance to musical themes that range from rock to classical!
Capt'n Fishbones - The Best Seafood Dining Experience
Come to SW Florida's renowned seafood grill! Here you can enjoy a lunch or dinner at this fine restaurant and choose between a cozy indoor table and a breezy outdoor patio. The popular fried grouper special, steaks, prime rib, or pasta will satisfy any taste bud. At night there is usually live entertainment where you can dance under the stars. Karaoke is also available.
Directions, Opening Hours, and Contact Information
The Shell Factory is located on 2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, Florida. You can get there in your Fort Myers car rental by taking the I-75 to Exit 26. After that you have to go West 5 miles to Business Highway 41, and turn right. You will see the Shell Factory after 1 mile on your left. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-8pm. Call (800) 282-5805.