Fun for the Children
Where to go and what to see

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Boca Boat Cruises & Charters (999)416-2628
5800 Gasparilla Road, Boca Grande
Offers lunchtime and sunset cruises through the inter-coastal waterway, the Gulf waters and islands. Private charters available. All cruises depart from Uncle Henry’s Marina Resort.

Grande Tours,Inc. (941)697-8825
12575 Placida Road, Placida.
Boating and kayaking family fun centre including Back Bay fishing, boat tours, water sports and water taxi, customized trips.

King Fisher Fleet (941)639-0969
Fisherman’s Village Marina, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda.
Fishing charter company offers deep sea and back -bay fishing, island sightseeing, sunset cruises and eco-tours. Please call for reservations.

Tabby Cat Sailing Cruises (941)286-1098
PO Box 51255, Punta Gorda.
Sunset sailboat cruises on the Peace Rive. Departs from Harbor Inn Motel dock,
5000 Tamiami Trail, Charlotte Harbor.

Whiddens Marina (941)964-0708
Friendly Captain Russ offers boat rental, with or without a local guide for half or full day rentals. Telephone in advance to ensure availability.

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There is wonderful local fishing, with a wide variety of fish to be caught either from a pier or the shore or you can hire a boat.

Coral Creek Fishing Pier (941)627-1628
Placida Road, Placida.
Fishing, Restrooms.

Captain Steve Futch (941)697-2249
Futch Charters, 15800 Hennapipen Circle, Port Charlotte.
Tarpon Fishing or Back-bay Fishing

Captain Bill Graham (941) 270-2496
This young local offers backwater and offshore fishing - Charges are $300 for half days and $400 for full days including tackle, bait and lines.

Captain Lamar Joiner (941)697-4939
12101 Placida Road, Placida
Year-round native fishing Guide with half and full day charters.

Captain Marian E. Schneider (941) 697-8825
Grande Tours, 12575 Placida Road, Placida
Back-bay Fishing, Kids’ Fishing.

Captain Howard N. Schutzman (941)506-8585
Total Fishing Adventure, 214 Wood Street, Punta Gorda
Vacation planning for Deep-Sea Fishing, Flats Fishing, In or Off shore Fishing, Scuba Trips.

Captain Jeff Totter (941)474-6404
7357 Spinnaker Boulevard, Englewood
Back-bay Fishing, Fly Fishing, Tarpon Fishing (Pass and Beach)

Guests can also “fresh water fish” in the Rotonda River from the rear
garden of the Villa. Four Fishing Rods, Bait etc. have been provided for your use.

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Fun for the Children

Kidstar Park (941) 235 3131
1501, Paulson Drive, Port Charlotte
Go-kart rides, rock climbing wall, giant slide, children’s rides, snack bar.
Closed Mondays.

Peace |River Wildlife Centre (941) 637-3830
3400, West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda
An active wildlife rehabilitation centre with animals and birds for viewing. Wednesday - Monday 11 am - 3 pm.

Pelican Pete’s Playland (941)475-2008
3101, South McCall Road, Englewood
Family entertainment centre with miniature golf, Go-kart rides, batting cages, train, arcade and food stands.

Port Charlotte Bowlerama (941)625-4794
3192, Harbor Boulevard, Port Charlotte
Bowling and Restaurant.

Roller Magic Skating Centre (941)627-0018
4628 Tamiami Trail, Charlotte Harbor, Located at the Rainbow Flea Market Building
Skating sessions. Sunday – Friday

Shell Factory (239)995-2141
US41, South of Port Charlotte at Fort Myers
Offering over 5 million shells, historical displays, trains & fire trucks and other
wacky events.

Treasure Lanes (941)625-3930
Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Bowling Centre.

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Merchants Crossing of Englewood
1500 Placida Road, Englewood
Port Charlotte Shopping Mall
Large shopping Mall with a variety of National and local brand stores such as Dillards, Sears, JCPenny etc. Located on US-41 or another entrance can be found on State road 776 just prior to the junction with US-41.

Sun Flea Market
18505 Paulson Drive, Port Charlotte
Indoor, air-conditioned flea market with over 100 vendors, family entertainment centre with three-storey play area (tunnels, ball baths etc.) and food court.

Rainbow Flea Market
4628 Tamiami Trail, Charlotte Harbor
Indoor, air-conditioned flea market. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sullivan Street Shops
331 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda
A variety of gift, craft and speciality shops with handcrafted art, furniture, decorative accessories, home décor, books, and stationery. Every third Thursday evening features an artistic demonstration and musical performance. Gourmet restaurant.

Fisherman’s Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda
Waterfront mall and marina featuring a variety of boutiques, speciality shops and restaurants. Other attractions include fishing, sailing, water sports, sightseeing and sunset cruises and special events. Don’t miss the wonderful sunsets!

Miramar Outlets
1-75, exit 123 (Corkscrew Road) between Naples and Fort Myers
Over 100 manufacturers’ outlets featuring top designers and famous brand names. Huge discounts, sometimes as high as 70% off retail prices.

Ellenton Outlet Sores
Interstate 75 (North) about 45 minutes drive from Rotonda
This is an out of town shopping complex which offers you the chance to buy designer ware at reasonable prices. Some of the names you will find are Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Adidas, Ralf Lauren, Calvin Klein, Levi to name but a few. Over 150 outlets, again with large discounts. The Shopaholic’s dream!

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Where to go and What to See

Charlotte County offers over 70 parks and recreational areas.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures (800) 500-5583
8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda FL 33982
Ninety minute swamp buggy tour through the 90,000 acre Crescent B Ranch and Telegraph Cypress Swamp, Biking with Bison Tour. This is a chance to meet panthers, bison, birds, and dozens of wild alligators face to face; you might see white tailed deer or wild turnkeys. Professional guides conduct the tours and refreshments are available.
Open November – May 9.00 am – 3 pm, June – October, mornings only

Bayshore Live Oaks Park (941) 627-1628
Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Bike Trails, Canoe/Kayak, Walking Trails, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Fishing, Restrooms

Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park (941) 627-1628
15801 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
Nature Preserve

Charlotte County Citrus (941) 639-4584
28900 Bermont Road, CR74, Punta Gorda FL 33982
Pick your own fruit

Charlotte Harbour Environment Center (941) 575 5435
Alligator Creek, 10941 Burnt Store road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
A 20 acre nature centre offering environmental education programs and wildlife exhibits.

Tippecanoe Environmental Park (941) 627-1074
SR627, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Hiking trails and wildlife viewing throughout its 275 acres of scrub and pine flatwoods.

Ponce de Leon Park (941) 575-3324
4000 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
BBQ Grills, Boat Ramps, Environmental Centre, (Peace River Wildlife Centre), Fishing, Nature Trail / Walking Trail, Picnicking, Picnic Shelters, Restrooms

Rotonda Park (941) 627-1628
100 Rotonda Boulevard, Rotonda West, FL 33947
Bike Trails, Multi-purpose fields open space, Nature Preserve, Nature Trails, Picnic area, Picnic Shelters, Tennis Courts.