There are many places parents can take their kids this summer that will entertain the entire family, while saving on gas money.
Some of the parks located in Cape Coral are Sun Splash Family Waterpark, the Yacht Club Community Park and the Eagle Skate Park.
- Sun Splash Family Water-park is a great place for families to go to keep cool during the warm months of Southwest Florida. The park offers a gentle main stream river ride, a variety of slides and a tot spot for little ones. Admission for Cape Coral residents is $12.95 for adults 13 and older and $10.95 for seniors who are 60 years old and older and children 2 to 12 years old. Non-resident admission is $16.95 for adults 13 and older and $14.95 for seniors who are 60 years old and older and children 2 to 12 years old. For information, call 239-574-0558 or visit www.sunsplashwaterpark.com. The park is located at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Turtles, tortoises and more can be examined up close at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers.
- The Yacht Club Community Park, which is one of the original landmarks of Cape Coral, is located on the Caloosahatchee River. The park offers such amenities like a playground, public beach, fishing pier, restaurant and boat ramp. For information, call 239-574-0806. The Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway.
- Ramps, rails and pipes located on 27,000 square feet is offered in Cape Coral for kids 6 years old and older who enjoy skateboarding, rollerblading and bike riding. The Eagle Skate Park, located at 315 S.W. 2nd Ave., also has an 800-square-foot covered pavilion, 50-gallon cool mister and an 1,800-watt Bose sound system. For information, call 239-573-0206.
Other places to take the children outside of Cape Coral include the Shell Factory and Nature Park, the Imaginarium Hands on Museum and Aquarium, the Calusa Nature Center and the Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens.
- Shell Factory and Nature Park, located at 2787 North Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers, offers a full day of fun for the entire family to enjoy. A nature park that houses such animals as bobcats, raccoons, flying squirrels and armadillos is located at the Shell Factory, along with a lorikeet aviary and Touch and Feel Center. A rain forest aviary is also located on the grounds to provide individuals with the opportunity to spot brightly colored animals. Other attractions include a small animal museum and reptile room, gator slough, petting zoo, native plant and butterfly garden, bumper boats, water wars, paddle boats, miniature golf and the Groovy Stop Video Arcade. The Shell Factory also offers restaurants and shops. Admission to the Shell Factory is free. For information, call 239-995-2141 or visit www.shellfactory.com.
- The Imaginarium Hands on Museum and Aquarium, which is located at 2000 Cranford Ave., in Fort Myers, offers a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. The activities include SOS Planet 3-D film, animal lab, dino dig, fisheye lagoon, hurricane experience, sporty science arena, mind magic, science of motion, sea to see touch tanks, tiny town, weather station and windows to the sea. Admission is $12 for 13-54 year olds, $10 for seniors 55 and older, $8 for children 3-12 years old and free for children under 3 years old. For information, visit www.imaginariumfortmyers.com or call 239-321-7420.
- Located on 105 acres in Fort Myers, the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, offers a variety of activities for the family to enjoy, along with the opportunity to see many different animals. There is a museum, three nature trails, planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, gift shop and picnic areas located at the center. Education programs are also offered daily for those who visit the nature center. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children 3-12 years old. For information, call 239-275-3435 or visit www.calusanature.com.
- The Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens recently received a herd of seven giraffes. The other animal exhibits include the Black Bear Hammock, Tiger Forest, Leopard Rock, Backyard Habitat, Petrof's Primate Pavilion, Africa's Lions Disap-pearing in Plain Sight, Fosas of Madagascar, Panther Glade, Alligator Bay and African Oasis. Admission to the zoo is $19.95 for 13 to 65-year-olds, seniors 65 and older is $18.95, 3 to 12 year olds $12.95 and children two years old and younger are free. For information, call 239-262-5409 or visit www.napleszoo.com. The Naples Zoo is located at 1590 Goodlette Road.