Did you hear? Today, June 21st is a nation-wide shell-a-bration – it’s National Sea Shell Day! Shellabrate the big day in style with these 3 fun ways to spend your National Sea Shell Day, brought to you by the good folks at The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel!
Visit the National Sea Shell Museum
Become a Shell Expert at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum in Sanibel! This is the only museum in the U.S. that is solely devoted to shells and mollusks. They have a marvelous display of hundreds of shells from around the world and even have a few world record size shells on display. I had no idea there was so much science behind shells. You can learn where shells come from, how they’re made, and how Calusa Indians used shells in their everyday life. This is a great place for kids and adults alike and is a great way to start National Seashell Day. (Don’t forget to take a shellfie with your favorites!)
Go Shelling in Sanibel (the shelling capital of the U.S.!)
I mean, you have to go looking for a few new shell friends on National Seashell Day. Travel and Leisure ranked Sanibel as the #1 best shelling beach in the U.S. If you’re lucky enough to find a Junonia shell, you can get your picture in the local paper! Bring a bag to carry your finds, but don’t be shellfish, make sure there are no little critters living in the shell. For more on where to shell and what to look for, visit: https://sanibel-captiva.org/sanibel-island-shelling/
Bonus: Want to spend your day with a local shellebrity? Captain Brian has been guiding shell-seekers in Sanibel for more than 20 years and can put you on the shells. Trust me.
Enjoy Fresh Florida Shell Fish
While Florida is home to a huge number of beautiful, colorful seashells, it’s also home to a ton of delicious, edible shell fish as well. People have lived off shellfish for thousands of years and Florida has some of the best in the world. From shrimp, stone crab, and lobster, to mussels, clams and oysters, Southwest Florida is bountiful with these tasty little critters. You can’t go wrong with a few ray oysters, coconut shrimp, steamed mussels and fresh stone crab with butter. Wash it all down with a slice of key lime pie… Mmmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Excuse me, I’m going to go grab lunch.
Don’t forget to celebrate National Seashell Day today and everyday!
Carley + Jake
// Words by Jake Broselle + Photos by Carley Rudd
This post was published in partnership with The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel. Find limited-time deals, events in the area, and plan your trip by visiting their site: https://www.fortmyers-sanibel.com/