What’s there to see and do near Estero, Florida?


The Randell Research Center offers a glimpse into the lives of the Calusa Indians who inhabited this site for nearly 2,000 years. Once its largest city, the settlement was called “Tampa”. Now one can tour the archeological site of middens, canals, and a sacred burial ground and learn about this place.

Whenever planning trips for the family, one of the considerations always was, “what’s there to see and do when visiting?” During our three months here as resident docents at Koreshan State Historic Site, the question continues so in this blog we will share some of the places nearby that we have visited while living here in Estero, Florida.

One of our first stops was fifteen miles north of here to Pine Island and the archeological site called the Randell Research Center. Here, one of the major settlements of the Calusa Indians, who dominated this part of Florida for nearly 3,000 years, was located.  It is a remarkable place and the self-guided trails are very well marked so the tour becomes easy and informative and compelling. Continue reading

The new kids on the block at Koreshan State Historic Park.


We cross the Estero River as we walk from our Volunteer Village to work in the settlement.

Getting settled into the Volunteer Village is like moving into a neighborhood. Our new neighborhood is tucked along the Estero River and has just one street made of hard packed sand and crushed shells. A total of about twenty of us, living in RVs and travel trailers and 5th-wheelers, make up this temporary community of travelers volunteering at Koreshan State Historic Park in Estero, Florida. All were here when we arrived, making us the “new kids on the block”.

We were welcomed into the Village by the volunteer supervisor, Ron, and his warm and friendly wife, Joan. Our campsite is directly across from the bathrooms and showers, which is wonderfully convenient.  We discovered clotheslines for air-drying laundry, which presents the delightful prospect of sleeping on sheets that have dried in the generous Florida sun. Continue reading