FUN THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Visani Restaurant and Dinner Theater
Visani Restaurant ALWAYS serves dinner. With or without a show. In addition to filling your night with laughs, Visani also serves as a prime dinner location with our private dining area. Theatre or private it will be a night to remember! To see the menu and the upcoming shows, visit their website at: Visani Restaurant
Address: 2400 Kings Highway – Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Charlotte Stone Crabs – Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training
The Charlotte Stone Crabs are a minor league baseball team based in Port Charlotte, Florida. They are members of the Florida State League and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team.
During spring training, you can watch the Tampa Bay Rays practice to get ready for baseball season. Following that, catch the Charlotte Stone Crabs baseball team.
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society
From the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society website:
Mission Statement: Preserving the history of the Punta Gorda, Florida area through the beauty of mural art.
The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization whose objectives include the Revitalization, Preservation and Economic Enhancement of our community through the painting of murals that depict the rich history of our area. We have no paid employees and the business of the PGHMS is conducted by a volunteer Board of Directors and Advisers.
In August 2004, Hurricane Charlie roared ashore in Punta Gorda with winds in excess of 160 mph destroying among other things, half of the 20 murals that had been painted since 1995. Through lots of effort and community support, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society has repainted nearly all of the lost murals as well as adding additional ones throughout the community. To date, 29 murals have been painted, proudly depicting the rich history of our area.
Renderings of all of the murals are on display at the Charlotte Harbor Events & Conference Center, the Punta Gorda City Hall the old Punta Gorda Courthouse, and the Charlotte Community Foundation.
To learn more, and to get an interactive map so you can view these beautiful murals throughout Punta Gorda, visit their website: Punta Gorda Mural Society
Murder Mystery Dinner Train – Ft Myers
Looking for a unique experience? The Murder Mystery Dinner Train is a working train that takes you on a ride for about 3 1/2 hours.
“Join the fun! They will unravel a comical mystery before your eyes. It is up to you to decide just who the killer is and why they would do such a dastardly deed. Make sure to write down all the clues you discover. Clue sheets will be collected before the final act, when everyone will discover why the perfect murder just can’t be pulled off… or can it? A prize will be awarded to the one super sleuth in each dining car. Price includes a scrumptious five (5) course dinner, murder mystery show and train ride. All Murder Mystery Dinner Trains depart promptly at 6:30 pm (5:30 pm on Sundays).
” Prices: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays $75.00* Saturdays $79.00*
For details or to reserve your place, please call: 239-275-8487 Mystery Train
Peace River Wildlife Center – Punta Gorda
Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC) is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility located at 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway Punta Gorda, Florida 33950. They are in Ponce de Leon Park. Open daily from 11am-4pm. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. They also are available from 8am-5pm for injured animal intake. Please call them at (941) 637-3830.
From their website:
Started in 1978, PRWC is dedicated to the rescue, care, protection and preservation of native wildlife. Originally confined to the lanai of one of its founders, the Center quickly gained credibility and a new location as citizens learned of its successes in wildlife rehabilitation.
Since its beginnings the wildlife center has treated over sixty thousand birds and small mammals, offering a high-level of skilled care by trained and permitted wildlife rehabilitation specialists with years of experience in treating native fauna disease and trauma.
Peace River Wildlife Center is a member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (FWRA), the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA), and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). We are licensed and overseen and permitted by the US FWS, USDA, and FL FWC.
Currently, PRWC admits about 2,000 patients annually, a number that has increased every year since the Center’s founding. If a bird or small animal cannot be returned to its native habitat after treatment and recovery but is otherwise healthy, it becomes a permanent resident of the Center or another federally and state approved facility. Right now, the Center has almost 200 permanent residents.
All of the permanent residents are available for viewing by the public in attractive, spacious aviaries and habitats, suggestive of their native environments. Among the birds available for viewing are eagles, hawks, owls, ospreys, sandhill cranes, pelicans, herons, gulls, terns, cormorants, songbirds, crows and vultures.
The costs involved in maintaining these educational displays is nearly $75,000 per year just to feed the almost 200 permanent residents.
All of the Peace River Wildlife Center’s expenses are met through grants, donations, recycling efforts and gift shop sales. PRWC’s mission is carried out primarily by volunteers. Visitors are welcome at the Center and its gift shop from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. The Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day to receive injured, orphaned or ill wildlife. Peace River Wildlife Center
The LinkSide Cafe is located at 24315 Vincent Ave, right along the Golf Course in Burnt Store Marina. Reservations for Dinner Required – Please Call 941-637-6405. Direct Access on Vincent Avenue. Take Burnt Store Road to Vincent Ave. – Located on the Charlotte/Lee County Line. The public is welcome for daily lunch and weekend breakfast. Menu, hours and other details available on their website: Linkside Cafe
Laishley Crab House in Punta Gorda
Laishley Crab House is a wonderful waterfront dining restaurant offering seafood, steaks, sushi & more. Offering Blue Crab right from Charlotte Harbor & the Peace River Seafood Market, fresh Alaskan King Crab & Snow Crab flown in daily from Dutch Harbor Alaska. Pets are welcome on the outdoor dining deck. For pictures and menu…..or to make online reservations visit their website: Laishley Crab House
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
Don’t miss this beautiful park! Filled with nature trails, fishing piers, seasonal Kayak rentals and a Veteran’s Memorial Area. Located in the city of Cape Coral, FL. Beautiful natural mangroves trail along the Caloosahatchee River. Possible wildlife sightings include eagles, ibis, herons, other wading and migratory birds, raccoons, snakes, etc. Be sure to stop at the visitor’s center for information on programs, local wildlife and trail guides. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve East end of SE 23rd Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 239-549-4606
No Pier Pressure Charters – Cape Coral
Enjoy the natural resources of Southwest Florida! Book a Sunset Cruise, Dolphin Tour, or Sightseeing Tour with Captain Paul Today! Call 239-313-1750 for details. No Pier Pressure provides a relaxed atmosphere so you can enjoy the natural resources of Southwest Florida. Visit Ft Myers Beach or Sanibel Island, dine in local restaurants, watch the dolphins play, see local homes, try out geocaching on remote island locations or enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
RumRunners Restaurant in Cape Coral
Rumrunners is the brainchild of Partners Jeff Gately and Chefs Todd Johnson and Ralph Centalonza. The three have a long history of successful restaurants in Southwest Florida, including Bistro 41 in Fort Myers and the Aqua Grill in Naples. The décor, the menu, and the staff provide a waterfront dining experience like you won’t find anywhere else in Southwest Florida.
Rumrunners offers award-winning waterfront views, the freshest seafood and best steaks you’ll find anywhere. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax after a day of boating, want to celebrate a special occasion with your family, or need that special spot to get together with friends, we’ve got the perfect place.
Also a great place to hold a function, party and/or wedding with stunning views. 239-542-0200.
Harbour View Art Gallery in Cape Coral
Located in the Shops at Cape Harbour, this is the only artists-owned co-op gallery in Cape Coral. Harbour View Gallery exhibits local art and has a frame shop on the premises. Featuring local artists, fine art and unique gifts. Open daily 11-8. 239-540-5789.
Banana Bay Tour Company – Cape Coral
Experience Florida through the Banana Bay Tour Company. Ecological, Dolphin & Lunch cruise. This tour is a must for those who want to experience nature as it happens. View wild dolphins, osprey, egrets and other Florida wildlife. Homes & Harbour Tour. View the multi-million dollar estates and luxury yachts as we leisurely cruise the waterways that surround cape coral. Sunset & Dolphin Cruise. Relax and unwind as we depart on a stunning sunset and dolphin cruise. They also offer Group Charters, perfect for any of your group gathering needs. 239-728-8687.
Cass Cay Restaurant
Cass Cay Restaurant is located in Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda. It is open to the public and specializing in Steak and Seafood, at Cass Cay you’ll be treated to an extraordinary waterfront dining experience. Open at 11AM you will enjoy a full bar, scheduled live entertainment and a waterfront view from every table in the restaurant.
Whether enjoying a cold drink in our LARGE (COVERED) OUTSIDE DECK, watching your favorite sports team in our NAUTICAL THEMED SPORTS BAR, or sharing a romantic sunset dinner with that special someone in our INTIMATE DINING ROOM, you won’t be disappointed! With plenty of seating for large parties or groups,
Please contact us at (941) 347-7148 for information, menu or reservations.
King Fisher Fleet Cruises
King Fisher Fleet, is located at Fishermen’s Village Marina in beautiful Punta Gorda. It offers the best of Florida – both for sightseers and for fishermen. Sightseeing cruises to the out-islands, eco-tours, full and half day cruises, sunset cruises and harbor tours will keep your camera clicking at dolphins and other wildlife.
Fishermen will be thrilled with deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and back bay fishing in the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve.
For more information, just give them a call at: 941.639-0969
Artisan’s Atelier in Downtown Punta Gorda
The Artisan’s Atelier is a working artists studio & gallery. Open to the public 11am-5pm Monday through Saturday. Paricipating member of the Downtown Merchant Association Gallery Walk, and will stay open till 8pm on the third Thursday of each month. Located at 117 Herald Court Centre Unit 113.
The Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association Gallery Walk
A great event! Every third Thursday the businesses of The Punta Gorda Downtown Merchants Association bring you: Art, Music, Live Demonstrations, Shopping and Food!!
Event starts at 5pm and ends at 8pm. Over 49 participating members for the 2015-2016 year.
Punta Gorda’s Free Bicycle Loaner Program
Look for the canary yellow bikes which are available FREE at Fishermen’s Village Marina, the Wyvern Hotel, Laishley Marina, Bayfront Health Wellness Center, Four Points by Sheraton and Isles Yacht Club & Marina! Using these bikes gives you a great and fun alternative to driving around Punta Gorgeous in your car. Enjoy the many miles of Bike Trails on the Punta Gorda Pathways, or simple take a tour around the city by bike.
Fishermen’s Village is located at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade #57A, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Fishermen’s Village features a resort, restaurants, shopping and events that are sure to keep you occupied and entertained.
“Conveniently located between Sarasota and Fort Myers, Fishermen’s Village is the waterside event center and launching site for Florida fishing and recreation, culture and entertainment, shopping and dining. See why Fishermen’s Village is the locals’ enduring favorite and the visitors’ top choice.”
Punta Gorda Farmers Markets
Enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, arts and many other good things at the Farmers Markets in Punta Gorgeous.
These two farmers markets are great. One is held every Saturday from 8am till 1pm in the winter, and from 8am till noon during the summer. You can find it on Taylor Street across from the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse. The second Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday from 9am-1pm at the Punta Gorda History Park, which is located at 501 Shreve St.
Golfing in Burnt Store Marina
Burnt Store Marina has a fun and challenging 27 hole Executive Course. The Club has an Aqua Range, Putting, Chipping and Sand practice areas. Join us for a day round, during your vacation or as an Annual golf member. Don’t forget to stop by the Linkside Cafe for a golf side view while enjoying delicious food and drinks.