Sitting mid-Island is a perfect little park – a place to rest on a bike ride, have a picnic or a spot to bring your family to the beach. Or maybe you’re looking for a unique location to host a meeting or a wedding. Newton Park is all those things.
The park offers picnic tables, water fountain, tiki huts, restrooms and paid parking along a beautiful stretch of Gulf of Mexico beach. The house itself can be rented for meetings and special events. The park is easily accessible via trolley. A grocery store across the street offers convenient access to picnic supplies.
Located beachfront at 4650 Estero Boulevard, the park is named for the Jim and Ellie Newton home, known as Seven Seas-built in 1953, that sits in the park.
Island resident Jim Newton (1905-1999) gained notoriety through the publication of his book, “Uncommon Friends” in which he details personal relationships with key figures of the twentieth century including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Charles Lindbergh and Dr. Alexis Carrel. While these relationships began in Fort Myers in the early 1930s, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and their children regularly visited the Newton’s at Seven Seas on Fort Myers Beach.
For more information on Newton Park contact the Town of Fort Myers Beach Cultural Resources Department at 239-765-0865.