Peace River Wildlife Center. The center houses many different species of native birds, turtles, and woodland critters. It's a great opportunity to see tropical wildlife up close! They even have a small gift shop and donation center, so you can give back to the community or take a small reminder of your visit with you!
Fisherman's Village. The village is an open shopping center, where you can enjoy local icecream, shopping, and foods of all sorts. There's even a military museum, and live music events! On holidays, Fisherman's Village hosts public gatherings. These are wonderful for adults & children! If you're planning a visit, check their calendar to see if there's anything planned. I highly recommend the Christmas and New Year celebrations at fisherman's Village!!!
TT's Tiki Bar is the place to go. It's right at the heart of downtown Punta Gorda, and sits just behind the beautiful Four Points Sheraton Hotel--- right off the water. There's a sand volley ball court right beside the tiki bar, and live music on weekends. It's a great place to sit back and unwind, while enjoying the Florida weather!
Laishley Park & Marina. Laishley Park is a family friendly location. It has a waterside walking trail, playground, splash pad, gazebo, and fishing pier. Its a peaceful place with plenty to see and do. Plus, it's the local hot spot for fireworks on the 4th of July!
Laishley Crab House for dinner. It's a popular seafood restaurant, located right in Laishley Park. They do accept walk-ins, but i recommend setting up a reservation. The Crab House is always packed, and its no wonder.... The food is delicious! It's casual dining with an upscale feel. You can come for special occasions, or just a night out. The food is always fresh, and the prices are moderate. The Laishley Crab House is an experience you can't pass up when youre in Punta Gorda!
So, if you're a Punta Gorda resident, or just happen to be in the area... Check out some of these small town gems!
Laishley Park & Marina
Laishley Crab House
TT's Tiki Bar
Peace River Wildlife Center
Photos courtesy of aforementioned establishments.