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Celebrate the inaugural National Seashell Day this month

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

Make sure to bring beach buckets to Southwest Florida beaches during the National Shell Day. PROVIDED BY LEE COUNTY VISITOR 7 CONVENTION BUREAU

Thanks to the islands geography, Southwest Florida offers the world’s best shelling for visitors and locals in finding multitudes of unbroken shells in all shapes, colors, and sizes. To honor the areas favorite pastime, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau is announcing the Inaugural Seashell Day to be held on June 20.

“Our visitors come from all over the world to search for shells on our 50 miles of beaches,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “National Seashell Day is important because our destination is known as one of the best shelling locations in the world, it’s time to shellebrate all that we have to offer.”

What was Pigott’s inspiration for the event?

“So many people enjoy shelling it is a multi-generational event. Everyone can do it. The first day of summer is a time when families are thinking about vacation and sharing memories. Shelling is a memory that includes a special souvenir. It’s also our off-season, so we hope to encourage visitors to come to our destination. In tourism marketing it’s important to identify what makes us special and shelling does that. Kicking off summer with a celebration of our shells is a perfect way to position our area for summer travel,” said Pigott. “Anyone who wants to take some time out of their lives to step out onto a beach, reflect, watch the dolphins, and make memories will enjoy National Seashell Day.”

For those who have not been bitten by the shelling bug, this is the time to come on down to this side of Florida. So, do not hesitate, whatever level of shell collector an individual may be, Pigott and her talented staff have put together a must do event.

“There is a lot to do and celebration on National Seashell Day. We’ve got activities ranging from shell walks, scavenger hunts, island tours, painting, and more,” said Pigott.”

All of the activities can be found at www.fortmyers-sanibel.com. Special travel deals are posted on the website as well. Start by clicking on The Shell Yeah! Sweepstakes, which offers individuals with the chance of winning a vacation with three nights’ lodging for four people at the Sanibel Inn, a shelling cruise to Cayo Costa by Captiva Cruises, plus, a private shelling excursion with local shelling celebrity Pam Rambo and lots more.

All over Southwest Florida everyone has joined in on the celebration by offering unbelievable giveaways and specials such as hotel and resort packages and special offers, with most being buy three nights and get the fourth night free. Individuals will find many accommodations that offer extras like free breakfast, or a free shelling cruise, or sports package.

There will be a National Shell Day Walk with the Sanibel Sea Schools biologists talking basic bivalve, as well as finding out why so many shells wash up on the beaches.

Receive a complimentary shell bag celebrating National Seashell Summer when visiting the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.

The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina and South Seas Resort are offing Learn to Sail courses. Private shelling excursions are offered by Captain Brian Holaway, a certified master naturalist, and he is offering a free Bailey-Matthews Museum laminated shell ID guide.

The Shell Factory & Nature Park has been a favorite family destination for 78 years. It offers many attractions indoors and outdoors including an ECO Lab and touch center where individuals can learn more about the local environment and wildlife.

So what are you waiting for? Imagine your toes in the water. Be sure to step carefully just under your feet could be your ultimate souvenir, due to as many as 400 varieties of shells surrounding you.

For more information visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/national-sea-shell-day