Our untamed and unplugged side is part of what makes our destination such an amazing adventure for, well, everyone!

When you're looking for rustic camping and hunting, nature walks through pristine wilderness, serene water adventures, informative and entertaining guided eco-tours, or anything else wildlife- or nature-related, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is the place to be.

In the U.S. the "official" National Wildlife Days are February 22 (in memory of Steve Irwin) and September 4, but in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, every day is a "wild life" day worthy of outdoor celebration!

Into the Wild

Fishing at Babcock/Webb Wildlife Mgmt Area in Punta Gorda, FloridaBabcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area is among the last undeveloped expanses of wet pine flatwood in southwest Florida. This wild oasis is only 5 miles from Punta Gorda and offers all things outdoors: freshwater fishing, hiking, camping, amazing wildlife viewing, and horseback riding (BYOH).

Both Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) locations are open—and programming takes place—year-round. Activities include kayak excursions, guided walks, movie programs, focused lectures, and kids’ programs. The Caniff Welcome Center at CHEC at Alligator Creek in Punta Gorda is open from October through April and features live animals and a gift shop. The Cedar Point location in Englewood offers three hiking trails, a native butterfly garden, a visitor's center and much more.

For amazing bird watching and nature trails, head to Prairie Creek. Keep your eyes peeled for rare Florida scrub-jays as well as gopher tortoises and the eastern indigo snakes.

In and On the Water

Kayakers on Shell Creek in Punta Gorda/Englewood BeachFind your bliss on the water! 

One of the best ways to truly experience Florida wildlife is from a paddleboard, kayak or canoe, or a snorkeling or scuba trip. There are many great outfits that can take you to some of the most beautiful, tranquil spots in the area to do just that. Most offer lessons from certified instructors and private or public trips and tours.

Wherever you go on the water you'll see plenty of birds. Better yet, our coastal waters may reward you with sightings of dolphins and manatees!

Please keep in mind that it's against the law to touch animals in the wild. 

It's always the season to explore and celebrate the Florida wildlife in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. Come on down and experience it for yourself!

Explore the gallery below for inspiring nature and wildlife images: