Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach has so much to offer all year round, but especially in the summer, so it's a great time for families to explore, with many activities to keep everyone busy. Enjoy beautiful beaches full of gorgeous shells and fossilized shark's teeth, sunny skies, and lots of family-friendly activities and places to visit. Here are a few ideas for family-friendly activities this summer.

Outdoor Fun

Beach Day!

A day at the beach is a great way to spend time together building sand castles, swimming, and finding seashells! A beach day is also a great way to relax for parents. Englewood Beach is known for its thousands upon thousands of seashells. The kids will love hunting for pretty shells and all sizes of shark’s teeth. It’s fun to make a game of having the kids find shells with certain shapes or colors. You can also use the shells you collect to make a craft with the kids another day!

Babcock Ranch Eco Tours

We experienced a Babcock Ranch Eco Tour, and it is still one of our favorite trips since moving to southwest Florida. It is such a cool thing for families to do. You get to see all kinds of local wildlife up close and personal. There's also a fun gift shop and a restaurant with lots of tasty options. Don’t miss this adventure!

Charlotte County PlaygroundPlay at the Park

A visit to the playground is always a good way to keep the kids entertained and get some energy out, and Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach has plenty of great ones.

It can get pretty warm in the summer, so you might want to go in the morning before it gets too hot or in the evening before the sun goes down. Grab some bug spray and a frisbee and have fun at the park! A few of our favorite parks are:

Tringali Park at 3460 N. Access Road in Englewood

Rotonda Park at 100 Rotonda Blvd. E. in Englewood

Bayshore Live Oak Park at 23157 Bayshore Rd. in Port Charlotte

Cool offAnn Dever Park Splash Pad

Splashpads are a great way to be outside in southwest Florida in the summer and not get overheated, but don't forget your sunscreen!

The splash pad at Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park pool features a transitional shallow wading pool with a small slide, downspouts, bubblers and many other fun features. The fees are $3 for 16 years and up, $2 for ages 2-15, and under 2 is free.

The South County Regional Park Recreation Center features a kid’s pool area with splashing areas and a slide. 

In addition to a splash pad (open 10 am–5 pm from Nov. 2 to Mar. 14 and 10 am–6 pm from Mar. 15 to May 31), McGuire Park in Port Charlotte features multi-purpose open space, a nature trail, picnic tables, playground, restrooms/portable toilets, and more.

For more information on any of these parks, call 941-681-3743 or email CommunityServices@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

The whole family will also love the Laishley Park Interactive Fountain at Laishley Park. It's the perfect place for an outing, with covered seating and a neighboring park and play area.

Things to do on a Rainy Day

We all know that summer means a rain storm can move in and out of the area quickly. Although great for the greenery, it can sometimes ruin outdoor plans, so here are a few things to do in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach on a rainy day.Aerial Image of Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda

Kidstar Park in Port Charlotte is a big indoor play place and arcade and is such a fun place for kids! The only thing to remember is that they are only open Friday through Sunday. They also have free WiFi so parents can get some work done or check email while the kids play.

Bowling on a rainy afternoon is always fun, so if you find yourself with a few rainy hours, check out Bowland Port Charlotte or Treasure Lanes.

Fishermen's Village lets you have it both ways when it rains, with an open-air design with plenty of shelter and tons of fun stores. Enjoy a meal either inside or outside at one of their waterfront restaurants, and often, live music in Center Court.

For kids and parents alike, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach has a lot to offer! With these ideas, there should be no “I’m bored!” comments from the kids! Have a fun and safe summer!