Kids, get your buckets ready. It’s time to make sand castles like you’ve never seen before.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida is wide, the sand is soft, the water is shallow, and the town is family friendly.
From November 17 to 26, “The Beach” will have the 31st annual Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival.
Consider visiting in November. “High season” starts in January — people in the North are beginning to get sick of winter. But November is very pleasant with an average high of 81◦F and low of 62◦, Florida isn’t as crowded, and it is less expensive.
The Championships will feature world-class master sand sculptors. USA Today and CNN Travel have proclaimed it one of the ten best sand sculpting competitions in the world.
My photos are from a couple of years ago, but I plan to go back this year.
The sculptors fashion over 1000 tons of sand into fantastic creations. There will be a state championship, an amateur contest, a speed sculpting contest, demonstrations, lessons, music and other entertainment. There are also food and art vendors as well as a kid’s entertainment area.
It will be held on the beach at the Wyndham Garden Hotel; use Google to find accommodation packages. Admission is $7; kids age four and under are free; and veterans, active service members, police, fire and first responders get a dollar off.
For more information including the schedule, click here.
Ideally, one would visit over several days, but if you have only one day, I would pick one toward the middle: some projects will be finished, but you will still be able to watch the sculptors at work on others.
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