Local Fun

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Center for Performing Arts
701 Carmalita Street

The center offers a variety of entertainment venues, From jazz to country to classical to Broadway. Truly a community asset as the center is associated with the many of Charlotte County Schools special performances. For information on performance dates and online ticket purchase. 941-505-7469 https://www.thecpac.net/


Fisherman’s Village Waterfront Mall Resort & Marina
1200 West Retta Esplanade

Located along Beautiful Charlotte Harbor is Punta Gorda’s favorite destination, Fisherman’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort & Marina. Featuring shopping, dining, harbor cruises, fishing charters, boat and kayak rentals, day spa, military museum and villa vacation rentals.  Live music in center court and year round special events are popular for locals and tourists!
It’s a great place to take in the spectacular sunsets and watch the dolphins play!
941-639-8721 https://www.fishville.com/


Third Thursday Wine Walk(formally Alive After Five)

Every 3rd Thursday of the month, the Downtown Merchants present Gallery Walk. Starting around 4 p.m.. and lasting many hours. the merchants open their doors and offer entertainment and refreshments as you stroll through the streets of the downtown area. Walking maps are available from the Chamber of Commerce office  on Marion Ave. or from participating downtown merchants. More Information


Laishley Interactive Fountain
Laishley Marina
E. Retta Esplanade

A great place to come with the children and cool off as the kids race through the fountain,where surges of water spurt upwards. A good spot to bring a picnic lunch. A covered concrete bleacher style sitting area is a great place to relax. A playground is adjacent as is Laishley Marina and Laishley Park.  The Harborwalk is just footsteps away along the Peace River.


Military Heritage & Aviation Museum
900 West Marion Ave

New Location! This museum is dedicated to educating the public about our rich military history, while honoring those who served. View more than 50,000 artifacts on display. Culturally rich as there is much to offer the community as now there is a beautiful theater to show films to the public.  One of those films, “Return to Hardwick” was featured in January 2020, with the producer and director,Michael Sellers, on hand to discuss the film and interact with the audience. The acclaimed “Return to Hardwick“, an HBO film that honored the 93rd Bomb Group that was one of the most decorated and most effective bomber group of WWII crippling Hitler’s Europe. This is just on example of the magnitude of what this museum has to offer. Call 941-575-9002  More Information


Peace River Wildlife Center and Ponce de Leon Park
3400 West Marion Ave.

This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehab, preservation and protection of Charlotte County’s native wildlife. There is an area at the start of the park for those animals permanently residing at the center or under rehab.  Come see some of the local wildlife up close. A great gift shop is on site, it’s educational too! The center is located near Ponce de Leon Park, a 10 acre park directly on Charlotte Harbor at Ponce de Leon Inlet. There is a quarter-mile raised boardwalk through a wetland area, educational signage, boat ramp, boat trailer parking , two fishing piers, playground, shelter, man-made beach, restrooms, picnic tables.  People often drive out just for the beautiful sunsets, often followed by an applause much like that of Mallory Square in Key West. Call 941-637-3830 for the Wildlife Center’s visiting times.


Punta Gorda Guitar Army Jam
Gilchrist Park
West Retta Esplanade

Every Thursday night a spontaneous group of local musicians gather bringing their fiddlers, guitars and spoons for  a free night of entertainment. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner. Start time is generally dinner hour. A great evening out with the family. More Information


Punta Gorda Riverwalk

A beautiful stroll along Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River, this 2.5 mile stretch extends from Gilchrist Park which is adjacent to Fisherman’s Village, winds through downtown and picks up again along side the Gilchrist Bridge and extends through Laishley Park.


Train and Antique Mall
1009 Taylor Road

The preservation efforts of the Punta Gorda Historical Society include the Railroad Depot from the old Atlantic Coast Line.  It is the only remaining depot of its style. Located near U.S. 41 at 1009 Taylor Road, this 80 year old building is home to a vendor antique mall along with gift shop featuring “Shabby Chic” items. Included is a train museum in the middle of the building. Beautifully restored and a great place to visit. Hours of Operation: Winter 10 am to 5 pm/ Monday-Saturday, first Saturday of each month extra dock side antique vendors. Summertime to 10 am to 4 pm/ Tuesday-Saturday


Farmer’s Market at the History Park
501 Shreve Street

At the History Park Farmers Market, customers can not only sample and purchase a wide variety of items but also take a step back in time and learn about the local History of the City of Punta Gorda. The History Park Farmers Market is operated by the Punta Gorda Historical Society and is located at 501 Shreve St., between Virginia Ave. and Henry St. The Park is beautifully landscaped with a variety of local and tropical plants and trees. The Historic buildings located at the Park will be open and staffed by members of the Historical society during the Market hours of operations. Open year round, Farmer’s Market every Sunday 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine


Visual Arts Center
210 Maud Street

Many local artists unveil their talents with the fine arts display at this beautiful building located near Fisherman’s Village. Programs are available to enhance the lives of visual artists and art lovers. The group holds classes, programs, workshops, lectures and open studio opportunities. Exhibits are held throughout the year. 941-639-8810 https://visualartcenter.org/


Punta Gorda Murals

Punta Gorda is becoming well known for its beautiful murals on walls of downtown buildings.  Take a stroll through downtown and through these paintings one can learn of our rich history. Visit the website https://www.puntagordamurals.com/ before venturing out.  There are plenty of places in our downtown area to pause and grab a drink or lunch to make the day an enjoyable one.


Punta Gorda bicycle loaner, John BockinPunta Gorda’s Bicycle Loaner Program

Team Punta Gorda has initiated a free bike program that allows visitors and residents to acquire a bike at no charge. It is a great way to really visit our town. The new bike trails are beautifully paved and landscaped throughout all of Punta Gorda. It is a great way to appreciate the historical downtown architecture and visit our many local shops. Along the river a wide trail allows great views of the the Peace River, Laishley Park and Gilchrist Park.


Blanchard House Museum
406 Martin Luther King Blvd.

The restored Blanchard House was built in 1925 and was home to Joseph and Minnie Blanchard. It was purchased from their family in 1997 and  moved to its current location. It is now a museum which showcases African American history in the Punta Gorda area.
Call 941-575-7518 for hours.


Babcock Wilderness Adventures
8000 State Rd. 31, Punta Gorda

Specially built buggies carry visitors through beautiful pinewoods, fresh water marsh,and sections of Telegraph Cypress Swamp. A professional tour guide provides information on the wildlife, ranch activities such as cattle and horses and history of the area. Pack a picnic or visit the Gator Shack Restaurant. Call for reservations for your adventure at 800-500-5583.




*information acquired from 2009-2010 Punta Gorda Chamber Member &
Visitor’s Guide