Visiting the variety of musuems, galleries, and theaters can be a great rainy day activity during your Sanibel vacation, or just a way to get out of the sun and take in some culture.
Theatre and the Arts
Sanibel might be a small town, but it has a great arts scene and following. The Island Cinema shows first run movies on 2 screens. Want to see a live play? Try the Schoolhouse Theatre. If you are interested in a concert or a lecture, visit the Big Arts website at www.bigarts.org for their complete schedule.
Sanibel Island and Captiva Island have many spectacular and one-of-a-kind art galleries and shops. Most are dedicated to the tropical sea and wildlife of these beautiful Islands. Seashells, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and alligators all have found homes in some form or another in art at these memorable Island galleries and shops. Choose from unique T-shirts, caps, statues, paintings and prints. Maybe glassware, jewel ry or furniture, you name it! There is something for everyone in every price range. Without a doubt you can definitely find something to suit your taste. What a great way to take home a piece of the Islands to cherish forever! You will also find unique art from other parts of the globe as well. There is something for everyone's taste here on the Islands and some that you may not find anywhere else! Even if you are just browsing, you owe it to yourself to visit these wonderful galleries and shops at least one time! But, we assure you, you’ want to visit them again and again! Want to try making your own art? Check out the class schedule at Big Arts. Interested in the many art galleries available In Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach or Pine Island? Visit www.FortMyersSanibel.com. Enjoy!
Sanibel Island is home to the world’s finest shell museum, the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Here you will learn about shells and mollusks and the shell-maker, through exhibits and educational programs. The island is also home to an historic Sanibel village and museum where you can learn about life on Sanibel long before the causeway. Of course, the education centers at both C.R.O.W. and the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge offer fantastic information for both young and old. World famous bird sculptor Jim Sprankle has many birds on display that are unbelievable in detail.