There are many local attractions within one hour of Punta Gorda to visit for the day, or even a few hours. In some cases, we can arrange group rates for you. Please ask for more information.
We have listed out some of the most popular attractions below. If these options do not align with your goals, just ask and we will do our best to make other suggestions. If needed, we can help arrange transportation for your group.
PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA
Stump Pass Beach State Park
At the southwest corner of Charlotte County, there is a mile of beach where seashells and shark teeth wash up, and anglers fish the surf for prize catches. Visitors come to this secluded beach to enjoy the year-round swimming and sunbathing. Shelling is best during the winter months. A hiking trail passes through five distinct natural communities.
Gasparilla Island State Park
Separated from the mainland by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, this island is part of a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing and nature study are popular activities that can be accessed at any of our five parking lots. Shelling is particularly good in the winter months along the gulf.
FOOD, DRINK & SHOPPING
Shopping & Eating at Fisherman’s Village
Fishermen's Village Waterfront Mall, Resort, and Marina offers something for everyone. Shopping, dining, live entertainment, and water adventures await locals and travelers. With over 30 boutique shops and 5 different restaurants.
Rum Distillery Tour at Alligator Bay Distillers
Florida handcrafted microdistillery aiming to produce quality cane-to-bottle and grain-to-bottle spirits. Located in beautiful Punta Gorda, FL, our Floridian rums are produced using 100% Florida cane molasses sourced from local sugar mills.
Peace River Seafood
Ever eaten seafood the same day it was caught? Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, FL offers just that - the freshest, tastiest seafood you've ever had! We serve up steamed blue crab, shrimp, oysters, and more in Southwest Florida.
TTs Tiki Bar
Enjoy the fresh, open air, with your toes in the sand along the beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Whether it's tropical drinks, beer, wine or superb cuisine we have something for you! We have the best location on the water in Charlotte Harbor. Great sunsets, cocktails & top notch cuisine.
Try something new and socialize with a purpose! Our sober-centric menu offers exciting options utilizing Kava, elixirs, CBD options and a variety of alcohol-free tonics that provide a feeling without the intoxication!
Carmelo’s Italian Restaurante
Chef Carmelo invites you to experience authentic Italian cuisine in Punta Gorda at Carmelo's Italian Restaurante. Enjoy amazing flavors in a relaxed, comfortable indoor setting, or alfresco in our garden.
Sightseeing Cruise with King Fisher Fleet
King Fisher Fleet specializes in a variety of boat activities that include action-packed fishing charters, romantic sunset cruises, picturesque river tours, off-the-beaten path island trips to Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, and Boca Grande, private events, and more. We are located at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, FL.
Horse or ATV Trail Ride with Myakka Trail Rides
Myakka River Trail Rides and ATV Trail Riding Tours is a private Riding facility in Myakka for individuals, families and group outings. From the urbanized beginners to the experienced cowboys, we have the horses, ATVS, trails, and staff to ensure that you have a safe and memorable experience.
Paddleboard/Snorkeling Tour w/ Paddleboard Adventures
Paddleboard Adventures is a family friendly paddle board instruction company providing guided paddle board tours, Snorkeling tours, sunset paddling tours and private lessons from Boca Grande. Common sites during tours are bottlenose dolphin, manatee, sea stars of many varieties, shorebirds, urchins and huge snails!
ART & CULTURE
Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens
This 30-acre waterfront oasis encompasses the diversity of five ecosystems including marshlands, wetlands, mangroves, uplands, a tidal basin and an island amphitheater. Flowering trees and plants bloom throughout the year, and more than 15,000 sq. ft. of boardwalks and docks provide optimum viewing of the Garden’s massive sculptures.
Peace River Wildlife Center
The Mission of the Peace River Wildlife Center is to contribute to the survival of native Florida wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education. The Center and our gift shop is open to the public for tours everyday from 11a – 4p and our hospital accepts wildlife intakes from 8a – 5p everyday, 7 days per week.
Blanchard House Museum
The Blanchard House Museum is an open access, educational institution devoted to the procurement, preservation, study, and display of artifacts and materials related to the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in the settlement and development of Charlotte County and Southwest Florida.