Explore Charlotte Harbor & The Surrounding Area

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Attractions & Activities

Night Time Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle out at night on a standup paddle board or kayak lighted underneath for fabulous views of starfish, sponges and other sea life.

Parks That Teach

Occurs the third Wednesday of every month, the program is a series of guided tours of the Punta Gorda Pathways by Master Gardeners.

Florida Tracks & Trails

An outdoor megaland with four motocross tracks, 22 miles of ATV trails, over 80 acres of paint and speedball fields, a fresh-water beach, concessions and more.

Valspar Championship – PGA Tour

The top players on the PGA compete in this annual tournament, which occurs March 8-11, 2018. Held at the illustrious Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) in Palm Harbor.

Firestone Gran Prix of St. Petersburg

Held March 9-11, 2018, the annual event features three days of 13 races culminating with the Verizon IndyCar Series, where Indy-class cars careen along the streets of downtown St. Petersburg.

Sebring International Raceway

The auto racing facility is located near Sebring, Florida and is one of the oldest continuously operating race tracks in the U.S. Offering full and short course races, it often features drag racing but the track is known for the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

4-17 Southern Speedway

A short track that races multiple car classes on a weekly basis from V8 Bomber, Pro Truck, Street Stock, Mini Stock, Open Wheel, Kid Kart, Midget, Lawn Mower and more.

Charlotte Sports Park

The 82-acre complex is home to the Tampa Bay Rays during Spring Training and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Rays’ High-A affiliate. The facility also features a pedestrian concourse, child’s play area, practice fields, batting cages and can seat 7,500.

Babcock Ranch

When it comes to wildlife viewing, the first thing that usually comes to mind are water-bound tours of the area’s playful dolphin community, which there are many. But Bobcock Ranch Eco Tours provides 90-minute tours across four ecosystems where you can travel through a working cattle ranch, view alligators and other wildlife like Saylow, their resident cougar, in their natural habitat.

Shell Factory & Nature Park & Fun Park

Offering hours of family fun with its many museums, zip lines, bumper boats, miniature golf and much more. It boasts one of the largest collections of shells and coral under one roof and its Nature Park and Botanical Gardens has over 400 different types of animals to view from alligators to zebras.

Imaginarium Science Center

IMAG is a hands-on science and aquarium museum in Fort Myers with over 60 interactive exhibits that include dinosaur fossils, “Sea to See” touch tanks and a 3,200-gallon aquarium that was featured on Animal Planet’s Tanked.

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Occurs March 10-11, 2018. The popular event features a 5k fun run, parade, food & crafts expo, and of course, its world-famous Lions shrimp dinners.

Sanibel Island

The perfect getaway location, the island is just a short drive from Fort Myers and known for its sunsets and lighthouse. Also popular on its 15 miles of unspoiled beaches is shelling, where you can search for over 250 types of seashells. Travel & Leisure ranked the island number one on its Top 10 Best U.S.

Peace River Wildlife Center

The center is nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education center and is open to the public for tours everyday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., including holidays.

Gasparilla Island State Park

Located in Boca Grande, which is on a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands, the park’s centerpiece is a restored lighthouse originally built in 1890. The area’s untouched beaches are popular spots for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and nature study. Shelling is known to be good in the winter months.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Promoting environmental conservation, protection and preservation of Port Charlotte’s natural areas for present and future generations, the center offers a variety of camps and programs for kids and adults such as pontoon boat journeys, guided hikes and more.

Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City

A 99,000 square foot display of over 200 vintage muscle cars in cherry condition. Featuring hot rods and 35 years of classics such as Corvettes, Chevelles, Caminos, Impalas and GTOs. Muscle Car City also has one of the – if not the – largest automotive memorabilia stores in the world as well as an onsite 60’s style diner.

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary

For more than 30 years, the sanctuary has saved over 1,000 animals and offers tours year-round.

Military Heritage Museum

The Punta Gorda-based museum’s mission is to promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States, and displays thousands of artifacts as far back as the Spanish-American War. Admission is free.

Catania’s Winery

Located in Englewood, Florida, the winery has been making award-winning wines for over 30 years and known for their Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blancs.

Baseball Spring Training

Tampa Bay Rays – Port Charlotte

Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.

Pittsburgh Pirates

LECOM Park in Bradenton.

Philadelphia Phillies

Spectrum Field in Clearwater.

New York Yankees

GMS Field in Tampa.

Minnesota Twins

CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers.

Baltimore Orioles

Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

Boston Redsox

JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Beaches & State Parks

J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

Over 6,400 acres, the wildlife refuge is located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel and is the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It’s famous for its migratory bird populations, alligators and West Indian manatees.

Siesta Key

This Sarasota-area beach is unique in that its sand is 99% quartz, which means it will always feel cool underfoot. Recognised by many as having the “whitest and finest sand in the world,” Siesta Key is constantly rated one of the best beaches in America.

Lovers Key State Park

Only accessible by boat for years, visitors can now reach its two and a half miles of gorgeous white sand by the boardwalk or tram. Lovers Key was rated the fourth best beach in Florida by the Travel Channel.

The Beach at Don Pedro Island State Park

Part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along the Gulf Coast, the 230-acre park has a number of wonderful locations to lounge on its white sandy beach, fish, shell or snorkel among manatees and tortoises. The park is only accessible by watercraft, but an “on-the- water taxi service” is available.

Englewood Beach

Known for exquisite white sand, calm water and a great choice for shelling, it’s one of the more popular beaches on Manasota Key. Families have plenty of amenities to keep everyone busy including basketball hoops, volleyball nets and a children’s playground.

Bunche Beach

The 715-acre facility is located at San Carlos Bay in Fort Myers. It’s a natural tidal wetlands, and its pristine beaches are ideal for viewing wildlife.

Port Charlotte Beach Park

Tucked away where the Peace River meets Charlotte Harbor, the mangrove-laced beach offers a number of amenities like tennis and beach volleyball as well as picnic shelters, fishing pier and boating ramps.

Stump Pass Beach State Park

Popular for shelling and collecting washed-up shark teeth and a known active sea turtle nesting area, the secluded beach also offers year-round sunbathing and swimming. Visitors may also see West Indian manatees and gopher tortoises during their stay.

Craft Breweries

Brew Life Brewing

Located in Sarasota, the small-batch brewery carries a number of unique creations such as Dude! Itz Brown, a mild brown ale soaked in apple brandy, maple syrup and cinnamon; Play That Dunky Music Wheat Boy; and Randy, a coffee IPA.

Sarasota Brewing Company

The microbrewery has been around since 1989 and offers over 20 seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year. Their food menu has received a Reader’s Choice Award from the Sarasota Herald Tribune and they’re known for their mouthwatering burgers and Chicago-style pizzas.

Palm City Brewing

Located in Fort Myers, the family-owned operation brews dozens of beers but its four staples are The San Carlos Proper, a golden ale; the Hidden Agenda, a German Kölsch; the Last Laugh India pale ale; and the GB Porter.

Naughty Monk Brewery

The Lakewood Ranch-based, Belgium-styled brewery serves all types of craft brews from Hefeweizen, ales, lagers, IPAs, and Belgian tripels and dubbles.

Darwin Brewing Company

Their brewmaster, Jorge Rosabal, prides himself on blending his Cuban heritage and German brewing education to create unique and tasty recipes like Summadayze IPA, its hopes have notes of pineapple and grapefruit; and Llayma Mama Milk Stout, a balanced milk stout with notes of caramel and a creamy Amazonian chocolate finish.

Old Soul Brewing Company

A family-owned brewery in Fort Myers specializing in various ales like their Imperial Chocolate Stout to their Chai Tea Brown Ale. Its 2,000 square foot taproom features 10 of its beers on tap and serves wine and cider.

Millennial Brewing Company

Downtown Fort Myers’ only brewery is located in a 6,300 square foot post-industrial building with specialty brews such as Coffee And Contemplation, an English porter blended with Rebel Coffee; and You Name It, a tropical wheat that’s part Hefeweizen and part tropical drink.

Motorworks Brewing

A Bradenton-based microbrewery with taproom tours and a sprawling, neon-lit beer garden with live bands & games. Built from a 1923 auto dealership, the connected taproom offers 30 beers on tap, a full liquor bar and partners with local restaurants for tasty offerings all day.

Bury Me Brewing Company

The Fort Myers microbrewery crafts creative specialties such as Croak – A – Nut, a coconut cream ale; and Bone Biter, an oatmeal red double IPA.

Calusa Brewing

Family owned and based in Sarasota, their 8,500 square foot facility and tasting room is open Tuesday – Sunday featuring a rotating collection of craft brews.

Big Top Brewing Company

Based in Sarasota, the company brews a variety of creative craft brews from their Trapeze Monk Belgian Wit with citrus and witbeir to their Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat with a hint of graham cracker. Their menu changes weekly with a number of rotating releases.

Fort Myers Brewing Company

Voted Best Large Brewery in Florida in the 2016 Best Florida Beer Competition, their taproom offers a variety of craft brews from ales to IPAs to stouts to seasonal creations. Try a taster board for $10.

Fat Point Brewing

Located east of Downtown Punta Gorda, the 10,000 square foot brewery offers tours for free. After, stop by the taproom to taste their fresh, locally hand-crafted brews, including their seasonal and limited releases.

Golf Courses

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club

A Golf Digest 4 ½ Star Rated Golf Course Designed by 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway. Noted for its excellent layout and near-perfect conditions as well as home to the only Sorenstam Academy in the World, led by Director of Instruction Charlotta Sorenstam, LPGA TOUR Champion.

Twin Isles Country Club

The private club is just south of Punta Gorda and has a par 72, 18-hole championship course with full-grass driving range, putting green, chipping green and practice bunker.

Seminole Lakes Country Club

The 18-hole championship course provides scenic views of the surrounding lake and bayou with plenty of wildlife, including a family of American bald eagles.

Blue Heron Pines Golf Course

A semi-private club located in Punta Gorda with a par 60, 18-hole executive-style course in the heart of a lovely 55+ active adult community.

Maple Leaf Golf & Country Club

The Port Charlotte club has a par 62, executive-style course and perfect for those looking to play a round in three and a half hours.

The Golf Links of Charlotte Harbor

Voted Best Golf Course in Charlotte County seven years in a row by readers of the Charlotte Sun-Herald, various membership options are available and provide a reduced rate for green fees.

Kings Gate Golf Club

The 18-hole, par 60 executive golf course is open to the public and all abilities are welcome. Club members can enjoy privileges such as no green fees.

Riverwood Golf and Country Club

Membership at Riverwood includes use of all club facilities, including the clubhouse, golf course and practice facilities. Its Gene Bates-designed championship course is sculpted from the edges of the Myakka River and is playable for golfers of all skill levels.

Deep Creek Golf Club

Deep Creek is a semi-private club in Punta Gorda open to the public for an affordable daily fee. Its Mark McCumber-designed course is set within the native beauty of the Florida landscape.

Sports Teams

Charlotte Stone Crabs

The minor league baseball team is a member of the Florida State League, the Class A+ affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and plays out of Charlotte Sports Park.

Orlando Magic

The NBA franchise has played in the playoffs for half of its existence (14 playoff appearances in 28 years) and is one of the most successful expansion teams in NBA history. The Magic play out of Amway Center in Orlando.

University of Florida Gulf Coast

The Fort Myers - based school plays a number of Division I sports, but the Eagles are known for their successful men’s baseball and men’s and women’s basketball programs.

University of South Florida

USF’s Bulls athletic program host a variety of sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, but is known for their outstanding football program. Currently coached by Charlie Strong, the Bulls play out of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Rays

Winner of the pennant in 2008, the MLB team is based in St. Petersburg and competes in the American League East out of Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The NHL franchise is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and plays out of Amalie Arena and can boast of having the 7th highest average attendance in the league.

Tampa Bay Bucs

The 2003 Super Bowl Champions play at Raymond James Stadium, which is famous for Buccaneer’s Cove – a fan area modeled after a 19th century pirate village including a hundred-foot pirate ship replica.

Water Craft Excursions

Wildlife Expeditions

Peace River nature cruises provide amazing views of the area’s flora and fauna of four different eco systems as well as alligators, bald eagles and ospreys in their natural habitat.

Sightseeing Cruises

Enjoy sightseeing cruises along the harbour, through the Intracoastal Waterway and to the various islands of the area.

Sunset Cruises

What’s more relaxing than enjoying a fabulous sunset over Charlotte Harbor while out on the water? It explains why there are a number of charters providing sunset cruises out of Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte.

Sport fishing

The area offers over a dozen fishing charters operating year-round. Fish inshore, nearshore, backcountry, flats or deep sea for popular catches such as tarpon, barracuda, cobia, amberjack, flounder and snapper.