We appreciate our natural areas and the critters who live there. Catching a glimpse of a manatee, an alligator, a sea turtle, a dolphin or three, or a bobcat or Florida panther (if you’re very lucky) can be exciting, and the sheer variety of birds in the area is endlessly entertaining.
To observe our wildlife safely, for both you and them, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach offers a number of nature tours and encounters. Visit our Attractions page to find your next adventure.
A great way to get out and experience nature is a Babcock Ranch Eco-Tour. This is a fun, informative, and value-added (read: lunch at The Gator Shack then shopping in the gift shop) tour through pristine nature areas rife with wildlife and historic cracker cattle.
If birds are more your thing, you'll be happy to know there are seven sections of the Great Florida Birding Trail within Charlotte County. We're definitely a birder's paradise. Visit our Birding page for more information.
Of a feather, as it were, is Peace River Wildlife Center (PRWC) in Punta Gorda. While they rehabilitate and rescue all kinds of animals, they offer plenty of up-close bird-centric experiences. If you visit around 2:30 pm; you may catch them feeding the pelicans.
This area is special, and we’re grateful for the many individuals and organizations who work hard to make sure that the bounty we’re blessed with is safeguarded for all to enjoy. We treasure our natural areas, and we invite you to enjoy them too. Find out more on our Nature & Parks page.