5 Local Attractions to Experience Near Lehigh Resort

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Though you can enjoy a range of day-trips to other Florida destinations during your Lehigh Resort Club vacation, there are several nearby attractions you should visit as well. Read on to explore a few of our favorite local destinations that will leave you with treasured memories you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Roughly 30 miles south of Lehigh Resort Club and just north of Naples, Florida lies the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Founded in 1954, the site was established to protect one of North America’s largest bald cypress and pond cypress habitats from the extensive logging efforts taking place at the time. In the decades since, the preserve has become an integral part of South Florida’s nature protection endeavors.

The sanctuary includes a nearly two-miles long boardwalk, which meanders through swamp biomes filled with plants and animal species. Visitors may observe a range of birds, such as wood storks, tri-colored herons, snowy egrets, owls, and a host of additional wetland species. The sanctuary is also home to reptilian species like American alligators and cottonmouth snakes.

Airboats and Alligators, Inc

If you’d like to take your nature adventure off the land and onto the water, consider booking a tour with Airboats and Alligators, Inc., located just 23 miles away from Lehigh Resort Club. This local company provides thrilling airboat tours, scenic boat tours, and custom tours designed with your travel group in mind.

Airboat tours offer flexibility and allow you to maneuver into areas unreachable by regular boats, so you can get up close and personal with the natural surroundings. Scenic boat tours are a little slower and more laid-back but also allow for a stunning off-land adventure. Custom tours can be created to allow for nature photography, bird watching, or even fishing. Find the ultimate outdoor Florida adventure with Airboats and Alligators.

Manatee and Eco River Tours

If there’s one animal you must try to observe during your Florida vacation, it’s the majestic manatee. That’s why we suggest venturing out and experiencing a fun nature tour that takes place along the Caloosahatchee River, only 18 miles northwest of Lehigh Resort Club.

In this stretch of river habitat, you’ll find Manatee and Eco River Tours, a local company offering 2-2.5-hour tours that emphasize the flora, fauna, and cultural heritage of southwest Florida. Manatees are typically observable between December and March when manatees seek out warmer waters. Not to worry, however, the company also offers sunset cruises from March to November, when you can hitch a ride on the “River Queen” vessel and enjoy the painted sky of a Florida sunset.


During your stay at Lehigh Resort Club, you can enjoy the onsite amenities as well as the many fun opportunities located just a short drive away. Though there are a few shopping strip malls located within Lehigh Acres, you’ll only have to travel 18 miles to find Bell Tower Shops, an open-air mall with a range of stores and dining spots perfect for every preference. Highlights of the shopping center include Williams Sonoma, White House Black Market, Dave & Buster’s, and a 20-screen movie theater. 

Shell Factory

Just 23 miles away from Lehigh Resort Club is the unforgettable Shell Factory and Nature Park, where countless hours of fun await. This one-stop-shop amusement complex opened its doors more than 80 years ago and continues to be a treasured stop for locals and tourists alike. The Shell Factory is free to visit and includes more than 50,000 square feet of retail space that features the world’s largest collection of seashells.

This is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a special and unique souvenir. For a small fee, guests can access the Nature Park, which includes more than 400 animals. A small petting zoo allows guests to interact with animals like mini pigs, Dwarf Nigerian goats, and even skunks. Bring your entire travel group for a fun-filled day at the Shell Factory during your Florida vacation.

From modern shopping to unforgettable nature tours and animal interactions, there are so many places to visit within proximity to Lehigh Resort Club. Our tucked-away accommodations allow you to enjoy the quiet serenity of the area while being just a short drive from a host of local attractions. Start planning your next Florida adventure today by reserving vacation time at Lehigh Resort Club!


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