Located on the Gulf Coast, about 30 miles north of Fort Myers with its own airport, Punta Gorda offers pristine beaches and family-friendly adventures. Dive into this guide to discover the best of its attractions, from adrenaline-pumping water activities to dining experiences.
Punta Gorda offers an abundance of nearby beaches — Englewood Beach, Stump Pass Beach, Manasota Beach Park, Gasparilla Island State Park, and Boca Grande — each with their own white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters.
Family Friendly Activities
Punta Gorda is an ideal destination for families seeking fun and entertainment. You’ll discover a variety of family-friendly attractions, such as Kidstar Park, an exciting indoor-outdoor mini amusement park featuring go-karts, laser tag, and a thrilling 3D ride. If you need a break from the sun, Treasure Lanes Bowling is another great option.
If you’re craving a more adventurous experience, consider Nauti Aquatic Adventures. Learn to snorkel, go shelling on sandy beaches, see dolphins and manatees, and get a personalized up-close-and-personal show-and-tell with marine life. Plus, they even provide the unique opportunity to meet a mermaid!
Punta Gorda is internationally renowned as one of the world’s top sport fishing destinations. Deep-sea, back-bay, and flats fishing bring dedicated anglers from all over. You can expect to find redfish, grouper, tarpon, and more. Check out this helpful fishing guide and remember, if you are planning on fishing without a guide, make sure to check out state regulations and license requirements.
For a day on the links the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast offers year-round play on more than 15 golf courses. Two of the courses are on the Golfer’s Choice 2022 Best Courses in Florida list, Riverwood (#7) and Heritage Landing (#9).
For wildlife viewing, Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours, will guide you through four distinct ecosystems with alligators, birds, deer, wild hogs, and other wildlife.
For those seeking encounters with exotic creatures, the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary serves as a refuge and rehabilitation center for abandoned wild animals and offers guided tours where you can see cougars, lions, tigers, and primates.
If gardens or parks are more your style, the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens offer world-class sculptures and botanical displays. You can also take advantage of a nighttime experience at Starry Night Florida to explore constellations, planets, and the moon.
Dining and Entertainment Experiences
If you’re in search of delicious flavors, look no further than Punta Gorda. Visitors can choose among independently owned restaurants that offer different cuisines, from seafood and steaks to Asian, Italian, German, and more.
For those seeking an entertaining night out, the Visani Italian Steakhouse and Comedy Theater offers a blend of comedy and musical performances. Alternatively, TT’s Tiki Bar boosts live outdoor music beneath tiki huts, along with a wide selection of food and drinks.
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