Beat the Heat & Make Memories: Family Fun Awaits in Sunny Southwest Florida!

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Waterfront Resorts in Punta Gorda and Englewood<br />
 Palm Island Resort Cape-Haze
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In the heart of Southwest Florida, where the sun shines brightest, family fun activities await to help you beat the heat. From water parks to paddling and boating, this is the ultimate summer escape for those young on the inside and out.

Water Parks

Within an hour of Punta Gorda Airport, immerse yourself in fun at four distinct family-friendly water attractions in Sarasota, North Port, Cape Coral and Naples.

Sun Outdoors Sarasota

Sun Outdoors Sarasota Sun Outdoors Sarasota offers entertainment for older kids with an open-air mega waterslide, while toddlers can delight in the splash pad. Adults can unwind by the sizable, heated pool and indulge in cocktails served at the Poolside Bar & Grill. Sun Outdoors boasts live music and interactive kid activities by the pool. Rent a cottage or bring your RV to soak up the sun all weekend. You can also buy a day pass to enjoy the waterpark and pool during one of the themed weekends.

North Port Aquatic Center


North Port Aquatic Center invites you to soak up tons of fun as you slide, splash and swim. Chill on the Relaxahatchee Lazy River or in the heated competition pool. Concessions are available onsite, so enjoy a sweet treat from the Sand Dollar Snack Shack. Earn your stripes on the Barracuda Blast drop slide or just let the kids splash the day away on the Pelican Splash ground.

Sunsplash Family Waterpark

Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral invites you to experience the thrill of plunging down towering slides and floating down winding waterways. Key attractions include:

  • The Drop Slide: Provides a sensation similar to free falling
  • Main Stream River Tube Ride: Lazy river a quarter mile in length
  • Pirates Cove: Interactive water park for young adventurers
  • Terror Tube, Thunder Bump and X-Cellerator: The park’s three tallest and fastest slides
  • Electric Slide and Power Surge: Twin slides dropping five stories
  • Sand dollar walk: Walk across floating sand dollars while holding onto a rope above
  • Pro racers: Slides perfect for youngsters
  • Cape Fear: A 30-foot-high platform leading into a dark tunnel
  • Fun-L-Tunnel: A 200-foot dark tunnel experience without a tube
  • Zoom Flume: Open-air 200 ft slide

Whether you’re racing down slides with friends or leisurely floating along the River Tube Ride, Sun Splash promises endless excitement for the entire family.

Sun-N-Fun in NaplesSun-N-Fun

Sun-N-Fun in Naples offers a variety of attractions for families to stay cool during the summer. From five water slides towering 38 feet above the park atop a water tower to the relaxing Lazy River and Shiro’s Lagoon, there’s something for everyone. Younger kids can enjoy the ultimate aquatic playground at Pirates Cove, complete with water pistols and powder pirate keg barrels. Toddlers can splash around in the TadPole Pool, featuring palm tree sprayers, a sunken pirate ship and treasure chest fountain.

Paddling & Boating

Looking for a way to beat the heat while embracing the summer vibes? Consider renting canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or boats for a refreshing aquatic adventure.

In Punta Gorda/Englewood, a variety of options awaits you, including kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboards and boat rentals. Journey through the turquoise waters encountering dolphins on your way to the beach or sandbar.

Canoe Outpost-Peace River 

At Canoe Outpost-Peace River, embark on a journey filled with wildlife viewing, fishing, swimming, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Explore towering cypress trees with moss and witness the true essence of Florida as you go fossil hunting.

In Sarasota, grab your paddle and set off on a serene exploration of five enchanting waterways, each offering encounters with beloved aquatic creatures:

  • South Lido Mangrove Tunnels
  • South Creek Trail, Oscar Scherer State Park
  • Jim Neville Marine Preserve
  • Myakka River State Park
  • Bayfront Park

Don’t have your own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard? No worries! Happy Paddler  and Kayaking SRQ Tours & Rentals offer guided tours. They provide all the necessary gear for your paddling adventure.

In Fort Myers, Kayak Excursions invites you to rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for exploration in Pelican Bay, Bunche Beach and Big Hickory Island. Lovers Key Adventures offers kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard rentals in a picturesque setting. This area is perfect for exploring Florida’s estuaries and encountering manatees, dolphins, alligators, ospreys and eagles. For those seeking boat rentals, Bonita Boat Rentals and Harbour Rentals in Fort Myers have you covered.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into summer and discover your oasis in Southwest Florida. From the excitement of waterparks to the serenity of paddling and boating, there’s no shortage of ways to stay cool. Come join us in paradise and make memories that will last a lifetime.