From the always available Swamp Buggy Eco Tours at Babcock Ranch to the special events in Punta Gorda— there is always something fun to do in this bustling Southwest Florida town! Here are a few suggestions of how you can be a part of the action this fall:

October: Historic District Trick or Treat

Trick or treating is a big event in Punta Gorda! The pedestrian friendly Halloween event shuts down Marion Avenue from US 41 to Shreve St so the whole town can come out for a safe, fun, and spectacular celebration from 5-10pm. The treats aren’t just for the kiddos either, there are 11 fabulous food trucks that offer everything from BBQ and pizza to crepes and ice cream!

November: Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival

Come check out the talent of Punta Gorda’s crafters and artists this fall at the Sullivan Street Craft Festival! The two-day event over Thanksgiving weekend is totally free and located in the heart of Punta Gorda’s charming downtown. You are even invited to bring your furry friends to the event, as long as they are well behaved!

December: Gardens Aglow at the Botanical Gardens

As fall comes to an end and the winter season begins, celebrate the change of seasons and the upcoming holiday at the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens. During the month of December, acres of the botanical gardens are filled with sparkling lights. Santa hangs around the gardens for pictures, and s’mores are available for roasting by the fire.

Anytime: Swamp Buggy Eco Tours

Regardless of the dates you’ll be in Punta Gorda, a Swamp Buggy Eco Tour at Babcock Ranch is always a fabulous fall activity option. The tour involves jumping on a traditional Florida “swamp buggy” and riding into the various Southwest Florida ecosystems to spot animals in the wild, learn about the history of the area, and immerse yourself in nature. Along the 90-minute ride, your knowledgeable guide will answer all your questions, point out animal sightings you may have otherwise missed, and tell you tales of the land’s past. To book your swamp buggy eco tour or to learn more about what you can expect on the ride, visit the Babcock Ranch Swamp Buggy Tour website page.