Over the long Labor Day weekend, we encourage you to visit us in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach for adventure or downtime, or a bit of both. Add a hearty helping of dazzling dining, splendid sunsets, and an almost endless array of activities, and you’re set for the whole weekend.
Make Saturday a Punta Gorda Day
A visit to Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is an amazing trip through world-class art installations and wild botanicals, with the added fun of the Butterfly Pavilion and feeding the koi.
Next up is Peace River Seafood and Botanicals for fresh seafood, an authentic “crab shack” vibe, and locally-grown and crafted wellness products. They're a favorite of locals and returning visitors alike. We also recommend a free tour of Alligator Bay Distillers and a taste of their locally sourced, award-winning, “cane-to-bottle” rum. For some suds and authentic Thai food and sushi, check out Peace River Beer Company.
Don’t miss the Military Heritage Museum and its thousands of artifacts, flight simulators, virtual reality experiences, and much more. Nearby is Fishermen’s Village, a dining/shopping/live music/prime-sunset-viewing destination in itself. To visit both, arrange a free golf cart ride from the Village to the Museum and back by calling 941.456.3883. Right across from Fishermen’s Village is The Visual Arts Center. There’s always at least two exhibits going and their gift shop is a perfect place to get your art on.
Get out on the water: try kayaking or standup paddleboarding with any of our local vendors or rent a boat to explore on your own. No matter how you get out on the water, you’ll see birds of all kinds, fascinating sea life, maybe a dolphin or manatee, and truly beautiful views.
Once you’ve had some adventure, it’s time for lunch at one of the tasty spots near Englewood Beach, then a leisurely stroll down the coast or a swim in the usually flat, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Monday – No Labor Allowed
The annual Wet & Wild Kidz Fest takes place over the long Labor Day weekend—Augusut 30 through September 2, in 2024. Although the fest is all about the kids, there's an Adult Zone where parents can enjoy a cocktail while the kids play to their heart’s content.
IguanaLand also often runs admission specials over the long weekend, so if you have reptile appreciators in your group, this will be a treat for them.
Harpoon Harry's at Fishermen's Village also typically organizes a weekend-long Labor Day celebration with live music, great food, and delicious drink specials.
We hope some of these ideas for things to do over Labor Day Weekend inspire you to come visit us!