Punta Gorda lies on the West Coast in the South of Florida and is about 133 miles to Orlando and 181 miles to Miami. You can easily reach there by Routes 17 and 41, which go through this city. If you want to visit this area, you can also take off Interstate 75 exit 164 to route 17.
Punta Gorda has a population of about 16,000 and is a small city resembling a medium town. But this won’t affect this city’s visitors as you will find various activities for your family. Here we have put together a list of some things to do in Punta Gorda with kids.
Peace River Wildlife Center
Next to Charlotte Harbor, you will find the Peace River Wildlife Center. This is an educational center for your family, especially for children. Here, they can learn about the impacts humans have on wildlife and what measures we can take to protect the local wildlife of Florida.
They take injured animals in the center and treat them, release them in the wild, or keep them in the center where they give these animals proper care under the supervision of experts. You can see all the animals they are currently taking care of and learn about how they look for these animals and rescue them.
Harbor Walk is the best place to experience the sounds and smells of Florida. This sidewalk is lined with palm trees and water that have a calming effect on the mind. On one side, you will be able to see hotel resorts, and on the other side, you will be able to see the Florida sun setting down between greenery and blue sky.
When you stroll along this two-and-a-half-mile sidewalk with your family, you will see incredible views. You can also visit restaurants near the river and enjoy luscious and thick mangroves while eating your meal.
Punta Gorda Nature Park
If you are heading to the Punta Gorda Isles, you should visit Punta Gorda Nature Park. It is an amazing place to visit. This park extends over 21 acres, and your family will need a whole day to see everything in this park. This should be one of the top items of things to do in Punta Gorda with kids.
You can go for a picnic and enjoy the environment of this beautiful nature park and you can also go fishing. Your children will learn lots of interesting facts from the signs and boards which will explain the wildlife and plants you will find during your visit.
Escape Rooms Unlocked
If you are not interested in visiting natural and cultural spots, you should take a trip to local escape rooms. You and your family will get 60 minutes to solve puzzles and try to escape the room within the given time. You can choose from seven adventures such as ‘The Hideout,’ ‘Heist at the Grand Hotel,’ and ‘The great movie disaster,’ which involves Billy Kidd, a great outlaw of America.
Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours
The top item on the list of things to do in Punta Gorda with kids is to go on an Eco-Tour through Babcock Ranch! It is the perfect outing for families who love the outdoors and are excited to learn more about Florida wildlife.
You can explore the historical center, get some souvenirs from the gift shop and indulge in some delicious food at the Gator Shack. Don’t forget to bring your camera, there will be plenty of opportunities for stunning pictures!