If you’re someone who enjoys being on the water, on the trails, and on the beach, you’re an Outsider. If you’re looking for a vacation that is as unique as you are, then you’re an Outsider. And in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach we say, “Outsiders Welcome.” And we mean all Outsiders, big and small. Because, here, we believe Our Best Side is Outside, and our incredible outdoor experiences set the stage for fun for the whole family. From parents to kids, Outsiders come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re all welcome here. So, check out these BIG Adventures for Your Little Outsiders.

Feel the Learn

Photo of CHEC wading tour at Ponce de Leon Park with guide teaching boy about item they found in waterBeing an Outsider means more than just catching some sun, riding the waves, or getting some dirt under your fingernails. It means learning about and respecting our natural environment. For the ultimate mix of outdoor fun and education, check out the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC). Opened in 1987, CHEC provides family-friendly environmental education and sustainable recreation opportunities. CHEC offers more than 20 educational programs, including volunteer-based water monitoring programs, King Fisher Fleet boat tours, and guided educational walks. Their wading tours are a family favorite, and parents and children delight in discovering what plants and small animals are hidden just beyond the shore.

Real “Off-Road” Trails

Wolverton Trail KayakingFor a big adventure even the littlest Outsiders can enjoy, explore the expansive Charlotte Harbor, the second-largest marine estuary in the state of Florida, via the Charlotte County Blueway Trails. Stretching along hundreds of miles of undeveloped shorelines, consult the Blueway Trails Guide for details on each of the 57 trails, including information on ease of access, difficulty, and scenic value. Once in the water, colored trail markers are nestled in the mangroves to keep you along the path. Keep a look out for native wildlife - Outsider families are likely to see manatees, dolphins, or fish jumping out of the water.

Little Outsiders Make Big Waves

Riding the Waves EcotoursOutsiders big and small will love exploring Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach by boat. For the ultimate in relaxing on-the-water exploration, let one of the area’s experienced charter captains guide your family along the waterways on a sailboat, sightseeing tour, or sunset cruise. King Fisher Fleet, based out of Fishermen’s Village, hosts some of the area’s best cruises, tours and fishing charters – all great options for Outsider family fun. Or, take a more personalized tour with Englewood-based company Riding The Waves, providing one-of-a-kind sunset and eco tours on personal motorized catamarans. Some families also enjoy renting paddleboards and kayaks for a more up close and personal experience. Rental companies like Hooked on SUP offer a variety of options, including lessons, eco-tours, popular Light Up the Night paddle tours, and even Aqua YOLO Yoga Classes for families looking for that quintessential Outsider experience.

No matter how your Outsider family enjoys our beautiful Florida outdoors, the important thing is you’re creating happy memories that will last for a lifetime. In Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, we believe Our Best Side is Outside. And, if you’re the type of family that would rather spend their vacation on the beach, on the water, or on the trail, then you’re an Outsider family. Here in Florida’s Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, we say “Outsiders Welcome.”