Cape Coral is an American city that is located in Lee County, Florida. This city covers an area of one hundred and fifteen square miles and has a population of almost one hundred and seventy thousand residents. Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world with an estimated
four hundred miles of waterways. This city has two bridges which connect it with the city of Fort Myers. The Cape Coral Bridge joins Cape Coral Parkway to Fort Myer’s College Parkway and Midpoint Memorial Bridge joins Veterans Parkway to Fort Myer’s Colonial Boulevard. The educational needs of Cape Coral is serviced by three public high schools. Cape Coral High School was built in the 1970s, Mariner High School was built in 1987 and Ida S. Baker High School was built in 2004. Another high school is being opened in the city, Island Coast High School.
Cape Coral was founded in 1958. Over the next several years, homes and businesses sprouted up and the city’s canals were dug. Development in the city moved at an astonishing rate through the 1960s. By the time the city was only five years old, the population had exceeded three thousand residents. There were also thirteen hundred buildings erected, eighty miles of road laid down and one hundred and sixty miles of canals completed. Though this community has a larger than normal population of retired individuals, it also enjoys a brisk tourist trade. Over the last few years several restaurants and hotels have begun to sprout up around the city to accommodate visitors to the city. Cape Coral holds several annual festivals. During the Fourth of July they host the Red-White & Boom festival, in October they hold Oktoberfest and in January the city holds the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts. Several notable people have lived or were born in Cape Coral over the years. These include Echo Chernik, Hilary Hemingway, Bill Cunningham, Lela Star, Stacy Carter, Greg Spires, Angela Watson, Earnest Graham, Seth Petruzelli and the members of the alternative band Godsmack.
A popular attraction in Cape Coral is the Cape Coral History Museum. This museum was built in 1977 and features several key exhibits. These include Antiques, Artifacts, Relics, The Lois Herbert Memorial Rose Garden, Shells & Fossils, Aerial Maps, ducational Materials and Photographs. Other attractions in the city include Coral Oaks Golf Course, Cape Coral Yacht Club and Sun Splash Family Waterpark. The city also contains quite a few restaurants and hotels. Prominent restaurants in the city include Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Maria’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Iguana Mia Mexican Restaurant, Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon, Rumrunners Waterfront Restaurant, Moorings Restaurant and Siam Hut Thai Restaurant. Prominent hotels in the city of Cape Coral include Bridge Water Inn, Cape Paradise Resort, Dockside Inn, Holiday Inn Express Cape Coral, Casa Loma Motel on the Waterfront and the Hideaway Waterfront Resort & Hotel. The city also has some beautiful scenery and its proximity to the Fort Myers area opens up a whole lot of attractions for visitors to check out.