Punta Gorda is a great place to travel with kids and offers tons of fun adventures and activities for everyone! Here are our top 3 things to do in Punta Gorda with kids:
1. Visit a Preserve or Wildlife Center
Punta Gorda is home to the Peace River Wildlife Center, Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and Babcock Ranch Preserve! All of these options are great choices for anyone looking for things to do in Punta Gorda with kids.
We suggest visiting either the Peace River Wildlife Center or the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary to see rescued animals, and then heading to the Babcock Ranch Preserve for the unique opportunity to experience the real Florida!
On our 90-minute Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour, you can expect to see anything from alligators and native birds to deer and wild turkeys.
2. Enjoy The Sunset at Fisherman’s Village
Fisherman’s Village is a great place to shop, dine and walk the marina with the family. You’ll often find live music here too! Our suggestion is to enjoy dinner with the kids while watching the sunset!
3. Go For a Hike
At Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours, you can take a free walking tour and experience the beauty of the palmetto prairie with the whole family. The walk is just over a mile (it takes about 45 minutes to walk) and allows you to explore the wet flatwood habitats along a well-maintained trail.
There are other parks with plenty of hiking trails like the Punta Gorda Nature Park which recently opened to the public.
Your Trip to Punta Gorda
If you only have a day or two in Punta Gorda we recommend starting off by going for a hike at the Babcock Ranch Preserve and then jumping on a Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour. Then, stop in at the Gator Shack Restaurant for lunch! Afterward, take a trip to a wildlife sanctuary and end the day watching the sunset and eating dinner at Fisherman’s Village. The kids will be worn out but happy after a long day of fun!