We do love our beaches, but sometimes you want to shake things up a bit. Here are 7 fun ways to take a break from the beach:

1. Play Some Games

Kidstar Park in Port Charlotte offers mini golf, go-karts—for both adults and kids!—an arcade, and more. Enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a total play day!

2. Work on Your Golf Game

Golf is always a rewarding way to spend some time and with 15+ beautiful courses in our area, you're sure to find one (or five) you love.Golf club and ball on the green

When you're pressed for time, the weather is not cooperating, or you just want to work on your game in a relaxed, friendly—and air conditioned!—environment, head to Go4Golf. They offer simulations of the greatest courses in the world, so you'll never run out of challenges. They also offer snacks and refreshments.

3. Enjoy Dinner and a Show

Visani Italian Steakhouse and Comedy Theater features live standup shows from huge comedy names like Shawn Wayans, Jamie Kennedy, Jon Lovitz, and more. You can also catch nationally-known music acts paying tribute to everyone from Elvis to Journey. Stop by to dive-in to their authentically Italian menu, or opt for dinner and show to make it an even more satisfying night.

4. Take a Guided Tour of the Night SkyPeople Exploring the Night Sky in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach

Venture out after dark to enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the stars with Starry Night Florida.

This unique attraction, just about 10 minutes from Punta Gorda, offers the opportunity to view celestial bodies through a high-powered telescope while hearing interesting and fun stories about them. Kids of at least 6 years old are welcome.

They provide mosquito jackets, binoculars to use, and refreshments.


5. Sail Away

Taking a break from the beach doesn't mean you can't still get out on the water, and one of the most unique ways to do that is to go sailing! There's nothing like the freedom of gliding along the water with no sound but the wind in the sails. The gorgeous waters of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach await!  

6. Go Treasure Hunting

With markets on Saturdays and Sundays in Punta Gorda and on Thursdays (October through May) in Englewood, it's safe to say that we love Farmer's Markets around here!Englewood Farmer's Market, October through May

Venture out to find everything from fresh food and gourmet pet treats to the freshest produce to art and antiques (and so much more) while enjoying friendly atmospheres and usually, live music.


7. Pamper Yourself

Whether you're looking for a full day of indulgence, a procedure or mani-pedi, a vacation refresher, or even a dedicated staff to beautify an entire bridal party, you'll find a the perfect spa or salon in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. You're on vacation, after all—there's no better time to spoil yourself a bit!

Going to the beach is amazing, of course, but there are plenty of other attractions and activities across our area. If you miss the sand and surf, just think how lovely the reunion will be!