Batting zeros? Head for the beach.

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As the Boston Red Sox step up to bat for their third week of Spring Training, Fort Myers bustles with activity a little more appealing to not-so-avid baseball fans.

On March 4 and 5, the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs will host the Bonita Springs National Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 40th annual festival will continue the tradition of high quality and originality, featuring 200 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Artists will exhibit and sell original art in a variety of mediums, including paintings, glass, jewelry, photography, clay works and sculpture. The rare opportunity allows art lovers to obtain works of artists from 32 states, Canada and Europe. Food and drink will be available.

The largest two-day event on Estero Island, the Lion’s Club Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11.  Shrimp enthusiasts and the young at heart can witness a two-mile parade down Estero Boulevard, Fort Myer’s main thoroughfare. There will be opportunities for indulgence in famous shrimp dinners featuring locally caught wild shrimp from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for the exploration of over 100 arts, crafts and food vendors who will be selling their wares on and near the beach. For more, click here.

As always, those in Fort Myers have the opportunity to explore the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, to fish, boat and picnic in scenic Lakes Regional Park and to spend the day lounging on the beach, looking out over the pier for dolphins swimming close to shore.

Though it’s batter up for the Red Sox, Fort Myers provides countless opportunities for indulgence in some very necessary R&R this month.

Jess Dillon

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