Worth a 15-mile drive south of Fort Myers if you're into canoeing or quirky gurus, these 300 acres on the narrow Estero River were home to the Koreshan Unity Movement (pronounced Ko-resh-en), a sect led by Chicagoan Cyrus Reed Teed. The Koreshans -- who should not be confused with the late, disturbing Branch Davidian leader David Koresh -- believed that humans lived inside the earth and -- ahead of their time -- that women should have equal rights. They established a self-sufficient settlement here in 1894. You can visit their garden and several of their buildings, plus view photos from the archives.
Canoeists will find trails winding down the slow-flowing river to Mound Key, an islet made of the shells discarded by the Calusa Indians. There's also a picnic and camping area with 60 sites for tents and RVs. For information, contact the park superintendent at 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, FL 33928.