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10 summer things to do in Cape Coral, Fort Myers: Go karts, concerts, etc.

10 summer things to do in Cape Coral, Fort Myers: Go karts, concerts, etc.
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Go karts. Cycle-pub parties. Country-music superstars. Zombies.

If you’re looking for things to do this summer in Southwest Florida, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve been writing about entertainment options all year long. In case you missed them, here are some of our top things to do this summer in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area (along with links to the original articles).

Party on a Cycle Co. bike pub

A publicity photo for Cape Coral's new party bike business, Cycle Co.

Grab your booze-filled Tervis cups and get ready to pedal: Bike pubs are back in downtown Cape Coral.

Party-bike business Cycle Co. reopened in March after shutting down just five months before. A new owner has taken over the business.

The covered, pedal-powered “cycle pubs” operate as a sort of bar on four wheels (yes, we know: That technically makes them quadricycles, not bicycles).

As many as 14 people can drink and pedal around downtown Cape Coral, stop for drinks or music at bars and restaurants, and then hop back on the bike to visit the next destination. Passengers bring their own booze.

Tickets are $25 each. For more information, call (800) 956-6212 or visit

Cycle Co.: Bike pubs bring the party back to downtown Cape Coral

Race go-karts and bowl at FastTrax

Drivers try out the new electric go-karts at FastTrax in south Fort Myers on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

After being dark for more than a year, the former Zoomers amusement park revved back to life last summer under new owners and a new name: FastTrax Entertainment.

The renovated fun park includes new videogames, go-karts, carnival rides, an expanded kitchen and a duckpin bowling alley. Unlike Zoomers — which catered mostly to kids — FastTrax also hopes to attract adults.

The renovated park’s biggest attractions include its duckpin bowling alley and two go-kart tracks. Duckpin bowling is a first for Southwest Florida, the new owners say. It uses smaller bowling balls, smaller pins and a shorter, 24-foot-long lane.

For more information, call 481-9666 or visit

FastTrax: Amusement park revs to life in Fort Myers at the former Zoomers

Catch a show at Hertz Arena

Dierks Bentley

Hertz Arena has a summer’s worth of big-name shows heading to Estero — from concerts to kids shows to the WWE. Two of those shows might be out of many people’s price range, though.

Reggaeton legend Daddy Yankee plays the arena Aug. 28, followed by country superstar Luke Bryan on Sept. 29. But the remaining tickets for both concerts aren’t cheap. They start at $475 for Daddy Yankee and $180 for Bryan (the Bryan ones are all verified resale tickets).

Thankfully, most of the other shows are much more affordable. Tickets for country star Dierks Bentley, for example, start at $31, and there are plenty of seats still available. Bentley brings his Beers on Me Tour to Hertz Arena on Aug. 18, along with opening acts Ashley McBryde and Travis Denning. 

Other summer shows at Hertz include the wrestlers of the WWE (July 16), “Trolls LIVE!” (Aug. 6-7) and Texas tejano/norteño band Intocable (Sept. 10).

Learn more at or

Big shows heading to Hertz: Daddy Yankee farewell tour, Dierks Bentley, ‘Blippi the Musical’

Luke Bryan:Country superstar heading to Hertz Arena for Raised Up Right Tour

Shake your booty with The Calendar Girls

A still from the documentary

The Calendar Girls have been dancing at festivals and other events all over Southwest Florida for 17 years. Now the team of all-women, retirement-age dancers stars in the new documentary “Calendar Girls.”

The movie recently saw its Southwest Florida premiere at the Fort Myers Film Festival, and it’s expected to hit theaters and streaming services sometime later this summer.

But you don’t have to wait for the movie: You can catch the Calendar Girls dancing every week at events in Naples, Fort Myers and the rest of Southwest Florida.

For their performance schedule and more, visit or

Meet the Calendar Girls: Senior dancers get SWFL movie debut at Fort Myers Film Fest

Calendar Girls:Inspiring senior dancers star in new movie at Sundance, then U.S. theaters

Stand up to vandalism with Ukraine exhibit

Artist Roland Ruocco's mural portraying Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was one of two murals found vandalized at the Alliance for the Arts. Ruocco has decided against repainting the mural. The damaged work makes a powerful statement against censorship, he says.

It started with two artists painting two murals supporting war-torn Ukraine. Then someone vandalized those murals.

That changed everything.

Within a month, Southwest Florida artists rallied for a second, even bigger mural exhibit at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers: At least 20 new murals, all with a Ukraine theme. The outdoor exhibit is a joint project between the Alliance and the Fort Myers Mural Society. 

The Alliance’s executive director, Molly Deckart, said she couldn’t stand idly by after one or more vandals threw paint on those first murals in early April (the vandals haven’t been caught). So the Alliance commissioned the new works.

“The cowardice of destroying somebody’s art — public art — was infuriating to me,” Deckart said. “And I just thought, ‘Well, if you’re gonna throw paint on two, you better get ready to throw it on 20.’”

The exhibit remains open through July 4. Learn more at

‘We come back even stronger’:After vandals, defiant Ukraine exhibit opening in Fort Myers

More:Vandals strike Ukraine murals in Fort Myers, as defiant Alliance vows to make more

Ride the Fort Myers Water Taxi

Brian Corrion, the former owner of Laugh Inn Comedy Cafe, stands aboard his boat

Fort Myers Water Taxi gives people a new way to visit downtown Fort Myers and the restaurants, bars and various attractions in and around that area. All with the added beauty of seeing the city from the waters of the Caloosahatchee River.

The water-taxi service started in February with these three stops:

  • Pinchers Crab Shack at The Marina at Edison Ford, where the boat starts and ends its route;
  • Marinatown Yacht Harbour, including Sea-Craft Waterfront Tiki and Nauti Parrot Tiki Hut;
  • And the North Fort Myers Best Western hotel, including nearby Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant.

In May, it added a fourth stop in downtown Fort Myers, giving people water access to the River District and its many shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions. That includes Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Florida Repertory Theatre, and the new Caloosa Sound Amphitheater.

$ 15-day passes are sold at the boat. They’re first-come, first-served.

To learn more, call 400-9179 or visit at

New way to dine:New Fort Myers Water Taxi connects Pinchers, Nauti Parrot and more bars and restaurants 

Rock out with Ted Nugent

The Motor City Madman will flex some “Detroit Muscle” this summer in Southwest Florida.

Hard rocker Ted Nugent plays Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in south Fort Myers on July 17. Tickets are $31-$74. 

The part-time Naples resident is known for his outspoken conservative views, high-energy concerts and rock hits that include ’70s songs “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold” and 1990s songs “High Enough” and “Coming of Age” (both with the supergroup Damn Yankees).

The show is part of Nugent’s Detroit Muscle 2022 Tour in support of his new album, “Detroit Muscle.” 

Other upcoming Mann Hall shows include comedians Kurtis Conner (June 10), Theo Von (June 24) and Jim Gaffigan (Sept. 23-24) and two Gulf Coast Symphony concerts featuring music from popular musicals (July 23 and Aug. 20).

For more information, call 481-4849 or visit

Ted Nugent: Hard rocker Ted Nugent brings ‘Detroit Muscle’ to Fort Myers this summer

Gulf Coast Symphony’s Mann Hall season: Rock, doo-wop, circus acrobats and more

Meet wrestler Jerry Lawler and “Napoleon Dynamite” star Jon Gries

Actors Jon Gries (left), Jon Heder and Aaron Ruell appear as their “Napoleon Dynamite” characters.

Uncle Rico, himself, meets fans and sign autographs June 3 during a Mighty Mussels baseball game. Actor Jon Gries played the character in the cult 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” and he’s also appeared on “Lost,” “Seinfeld,” “Martin” and other TV shows.

The appearance is part of a summer’s worth of promotional events at Hammond Stadium. Other highlights include post-game fireworks shows, several beer fests and a meet-and-greet with wrestler Jerry Lawler (June 18).

Most events are free with game admission. Learn more at

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels unveil promos: Miracle throwbacks, Carole Baskin 

Previously:‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin on haters, tiger attacks, Mighty Mussels appearance

Laugh at Hitchcock’s “The Birds”

Mrs. Bundy (Holly Zammerilla) warns Melanie Daniels (Steven Michael Kennedy) that the birds bite in a scene from Lab Theater's

Lab Theater takes on Alfred Hitchcock’s movie thriller “The Birds” and adapts it into a zany parody (June 3-July 22). The world premiere features adult language and raunchy humor.

Lab also hopes to break a Guinness world record for the most birds — in the form of marshmallow candy Peeps — in one theatrical production.

Hitchcock’s thriller about murderous birds seemed ripe for the parody treatment, said writer/director Annette Trossbach.

“When you decide to write a parody, you’re looking for scenarios that are already melodramatic,” she said. “If you give them one more little shove into melodrama, you are in comedic territory. ‘The Birds’ is perfect for that.

“You’ve got thousands of birds, some of which the lead characters believe are purposely trying to take over the human world. You’ve got an impulsive, mischievous leading lady, the hunky all-American guy, the townspeople ready to sacrifice outsiders. This show will be a camp, over-the-top homage to 1960s thrillers!”

Lab Theater isn’t the only theater offering an escape from the summer heat. Other shows include ’80s glam-metal musical “Rock of Ages” at Broadway Palm (now through June 25), the classic “A Chorus Line” at Fort Myers Theatre (June 18-26) and the fairytale musical “Into the Woods” at new Cape Coral community theater The Belle Theatre (Sept. 16-25).

To learn more about “The Birds,” call 218-0481 or visit

Lab Theater’s new season:‘Sweeney Todd,’ a wacky ‘The Birds’ parody and more 

Fort Myers Theatre: New community opens first full season with ‘Anne Frank.’ And there’s more to come.

Fight zombies, robots at Gator Mike’s

A publicity photo for the new Virtuix Omni Arena at Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park in Cape Coral.

Strap on some virtual-reality goggles in the fun park’s new Virtuix Omni Arena and battle zombies, pirates, robots and more. It’s a first-of-its-kind attraction for Southwest Florida, according to Gator Mike’s management.

It’s not like the VR video games you play at home, said Jose Maldonado, a Gator Mike’s employee who helps run the new arena. You don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting the furniture or a friend, for example.

Cape Coral’s new VR arena: Fight zombies, robots and more at Gator Mike’s attraction 

More changes:Mellow Mushroom, drive-in movie theater coming to Cape Coral’s Gator Mike’s 

Instead, you’re strapped into a harness inside a protective, hoop-like “Omni ring” that holds you in place. So all you have to worry about is zombie killing.

“It really puts you into the game,” Maldonado says. “You can really just get into it. You can start running and swinging like there’s a zombie right in front of you. It’s so much fun.”

The approximately $150,000 arena is part of the renovated video-game arcade at Gator Mike’s. All 45 arcade games are completely different from what was there in 2019, said owner Chris Scuderi.

Other changes are coming soon to Gator Mike’s, too, including plans for a new drive-in movie theater and a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant.

Learn more at

Connect with this reporter: Charles Runnells is an arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Email him at or connect on Facebook (, Twitter (@charlesrunnells) and Instagram (@crunnells1).

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