We look forward to Leap Day every four years and always try to take full advantage of the extra day. To help you do the same, we’ve compiled a range of fun activities to help you make the most of any day in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, including the next Leap Day, February 29, 2028:

Fun Things to Do

Englewood Farmer's Market, October through MayCheck out the Englewood Farmer's Market for a wide range of local products including fruit, vegetables, meat, bakery items, honey, and so much more. The market runs from 9 am until 1 pm every Thursday, October through May.

Take a leisurely trip up the picturesque Peace River with Wilderness Boat Tours for amazing wildlife and nature viewing. Their custom-built pontoon can take you where few other boats can. They also offer Harbor Tours, evening cruises, and more.

Spend the day on the water with a private tour with Island Coast Cruises. They offer dolphin & shelling tours, dolphin & lunch tours, and more.

Enjoy the nightlife with our Downtown Punta Gorda Pub Crawl or Follow our Tiki Trail for the ultimate island vibes.

However you spend your day, it’s always nice to wind down and prepare for a fun evening with a glass of wine at Gilded Grape Winery or unWined Wine & Beer Bar, or head to one of our waterfront restaurants to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Special Events

Take everyone out to the ballgame at the #1 Spring Training Facility in the US, as voted by USA Today's 10Best in 2024.. There’s truly nothing like it! You can catch Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training at this beautiful park, as well as Minor League Baseball in June and July. For even more baseball, don't miss the Snowbird Baseball Classic, which runs almost concurrent with Spring Training, from mid-February to mid-March.

Even when not featuring special exhibits, Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is a must-visit. You may be able to see one of their frequent international traveling exhibits, but even the Gardens themselves are a destination.

Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Game, pitcher throwing the ball

Craving culture? Keep an eye on what the Gulfshore Opera or the Florida Philharmonic are offering. We're fortunate to enjoy at least a few full opera productions and plenty of top-notch classical music each year.

No matter how long or short your vacation is, a day spent exploring Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a day well-spent.