Fort Myers, Florida: Shell Factory

A large seashell and souvenir gift shop -- with dinosaurs and other odd attractions. In business since 1938. Animal park behind the building.

Shell Factory and Nature Park

2787 N. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL
Shell Factory and Nature Park. North edge of the city. On the west side of US Hwy 41/N. Tamiami Trail about 1.5 miles south of Del Prado Blvd N.
M-Su 10-6. (Call to verify)
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Shell Factory

Side of the road attraction with nature park in back. Interesting way to blow an hour or two. You can feed a lot of the animals in there, camels, zebra. All of the staff were very nice and helpful offering up info about the animals. Worth the few bucks to get in. Didn't much care for the shop, but lots of tourist gifts galore if that's your thing.

[Jennifer, 04/12/2014]
Sea Shell Golf Cart. Shell Factory

The incredibly tacky Shell Factory, north of Fort Myers, Florida, is too weird to be believed!

[Martin Hafer, 08/07/2012]

For years the Shell Factory was most famous -- to some, anyway -- for its Waltzing Waters "liquid fireworks" show (currently in mothballs). It's good to see that the place has picked up the slack with other jaw-dropping sights.

Shell Factory - No More Waltzing Waters

We found Shell Factory easily -- well maintained with a variety of things to do. Shops, restaurants, nature park, ballroom. Also some odd things such as stock cars and a fire engine. Shell Factory is closed Mon and Tue (we were there on a Tue) so we just walked around the "village like" environment outside.

We were told by the security guard that the Waltzing Waters were taken out some time ago due to high cost to maintain it. Great attraction, can't wait to go back when they are open!

[Dawn Peters, 07/25/2010]

A sad loss of the Waltzing Waters -- the main reason we list this attraction.

Shell Factory and Waltzing Waters

The Shell Factory claims to be "the world's largest shell factory." They also have a "Waltzing Waters" light and water show. The Shell Factory is a mid-century relic. The Shell Factory is a sprawling tourist trap with a nature park, a seafood and steak restaurant, bumper boats, a video game arcade, and gift shops.

The Shell Factory tries to be all things to all people, which at times results in a confusing juxtaposition of elements, such as Santa Claus... next to faux taxidermy... next to acrylic toilet seats with shells inside.

[Kristy Chan, 07/03/2010]

That's our kind of gift shop!

Waltzing Waters. Waltzing Waters - Shell Factory

Waltzing Waters presents "Liquid Fireworks," a patented array of individually moving nozzles creating truly stunning effects. The waters jump, twist, sway and swirl in breathtaking movements that surpass those of human dancers. The world's most elaborate water, light and music production is a triumph of artistry and engineering.

The expertise of three generations comes with every Waltzing Waters show. Otto Przystawik invented the first musical fountains over 70 years ago, and the family tradition continues today.

Come and see our nightly displays here at The Shell Factory. The water dances with musical themes from rock to classical masterpieces to show tunes. All shows are unique -- you will never see the same show twice.

[Joyc Joray, 02/07/2007]

2010: Waltzing Water is no longer operating at the Shell Factory. 2006: We enjoyed a performance of the Waltzing Waters back when it was housed indoors (the smell of mildew is vivid in our memories). But it's true -- the water streams are manipulated through elaborate plumbing first devised in the 1930s.

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