You’ll find plenty of things to do in Punta Gorda during your vacation; from relaxing in the Florida sunshine to eating at some it’s amazing restaurants. While you’re here, take some time to get to know the history of the area and its ecosystems, here are some fun facts you might learn on your journey!
Unique Historical Facts
Punta Gorda has plenty of family-friendly activities that help you learn about its rich history! Here’s a few things to do in Punta Gorda for a fun-filled history day:
Start your exploration of Punta Gorda’s by visiting the A.C. Freeman House! This home is named after former Punta Gorda mayor and business magnate Augustus Freeman. Its Queen Anne style architecture is uncommon in Florida, so you’ll be able to spot this house easily as you walk around the area.
Next up is a museum visit! Joseph Blachard, a black sea captain, built his home in Punta Gorda in 1925 and now his home is a museum dedicated to educating locals and tourists about the African American community.
Finish off your day with a visit to Babcock Ranch for a swamp buggy eco-tour! This tour will take you around the sites of the 156,000-acre ranch that was originally purchased in the late 1800s. The ranch became a base for Edward Babcock’s timber business in the early 1900s. Much happened after before it became the preserve it is today.
Unique Environmental Facts
On your swamp buggy eco-tour, you’ll also get to see the amazing wildlife that calls Punta Gorda home! Your tour guide will fill you in on fun facts about the flamingos, alligators, birds and flowers you’ll see during your trip.
Once the tour ends, check out the walking trails in the area to explore the wet flatwood habitat and the palmetto prairie. Babcock Ranch eco-tours offers a no-cost walking tour that’s just over a mile long!
Back in town, you can learn more about the natural habitats you saw on your Babcock Ranch eco-tour. Visit the Peace River Wildlife Center to learn about a variety of rescued birds or take a trip to the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Center to learn fun facts about some bigger animals, like leopards and bears.
Book A Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour Today!
Ready to start vacationing in Punta Gorda? If you are looking for things to do, book a tour with Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours. Our tour guides will help you learn and truly experience the real Florida. You can expect to see plenty of native wildlife and have lots of opportunities to take awesome shots, so have your camera ready!