Florida Fun for Families

Many Options For Memorable Outdoor Activities

For a day full of fun in the sun, enjoy the white sands of Englewood Beach. Set up for the day by one of the many picnic tables and charcoal grills to enjoy all the amenities the beach has to offer. The area not only includes volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits and an onsite playground to use at your convenience. If getting out on the water is what you’re all a-boat, Charlotte Harbor is Florida’s second-largest open-water estuary. A dream for boaterspaddlers and cruisers, there is so much wildlife to explore.

Don’t know where to start on your wildlife adventure? Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours will take you through four ecosystems found in Florida. Enhance your wilderness adventure by hearing from passionate guides and experience the thrill of seeing alligators and wild hogs to the history of the Telegraph Cypress Swamp.

Discover the wonders of Peace River Botanical & Sculpture GardensExplore lush gardens, enjoy scenic river walks and be inspired by captivating sculptures. With interactive exhibits for kids and educational programs for all, it’s the perfect family fun destination. These include gardening workshops, guided tours, art demonstrations and nature-focused learning sessions. It’s a chance for everyone to delve deeper into the world of horticulture and artistry. Relax, have a picnic and take home unique souvenirs from the on-site gift shop. Embrace the magic of nature and art at this enchanting paradise.

However, the opportunity to get up close to Florida’s spectacular wildlife does not end there. Head to Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided tour of the lions, tigers and bears (oh my!), or the Peace River Wildlife Center to get to know some of Florida’s local bird species. If you want to have a one in chameleon experience, visit over 200 different species of reptiles from around the world at Iguanaland in Punta Gorda. Explore the park at your own pace or upgrade the visit with an Animal Encounter at the largest reptile zoo in the world.

Punta Gorda is a bicycle-friendly community, so don’t hesistate to check out a loaner bike at one of several downtown locations. Punta Gorda Pathways are an 18-mile loop of groomed shared multi use paths that welcome pets, bike riders, and walkers. It’s a great way to Explore Punta Gorda If you’re interested in downtown shops, waterfront parks and restaurants.

Beat Florida’s afternoon heat with vintage arcade games. At Kidstar Park, explore and play your way through a 20-year collection of arcade games, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and go karts for the whole family. Not up your alley? Head to Treasure Lanes Bowling for the classic pastime or try their cosmic bowling if you have time to spare.

End your night with the once-in-a-lifetime experience through Starry Night Florida. Located at Hathaway Park, only a short drive from Downtown Punta Gorda, explore star systems, constellations, planets, the moon, nebulas and more!

Within minutes of the Punta Gorda Airport, you can experience spectacular wildlife adventures and breathtaking natural wonders. Charlotte County offers endless opportunities for family-friendly excitement and cherished memories.