Local Fun

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.


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.


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 http://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 http://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
Fisherman’s Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Unit 48

This museum is dedicated to educating the public about our rich military history, while honoring those who served in the military. View more than 50,000 artifacts on display in the storefront located near the entrance of Fisherman Village. 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 History Park
501 Shreve Street

This 2 acre park was established for the development as a historical relocation site. Presently it houses the Trabue law and land sales office building, a 1890’s cigar cottage and the Price house. Visit puntagordahistory.com to learn more of these structures and the events that occur there. For tours call the Punta Gorda Historical Society at 941-639-1887.


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 20 vendor antique mall. Beautifully restored and a great place to shop. Call the Historical Society for hours of operation 941-639-6774.


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 http://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 http://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’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.




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