Port Charlotte is not only the perfect, central place to stay in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach—affording convenient access to the beachy fun of Englewood and to the charm of Punta Gorda—it’s also a destination in its own right. You’ll find lots of fun and unique activities, stellar dining, several amazing golf courses, and accommodations of all kinds in this friendly town, and it's the only place to go to experience Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training in person.

Read on for a few highlights of what Port Charlotte has to offer and check out an itinerary for a Port Charlotte Adventure you'll never forget!


Outdoor Fun

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Port Charlotte has several large parks, so the birding is top notch! Add in great fishing and you've got an outdoors dream. 

One of our favorite spots is Port Charlotte Beach Park. This local treasure offers easy access to the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor and features a man-made beach, fishing pier, boat ramps, a playground, heated pool, and much more. It's also one of the best places to watch a beautiful sunset. Explore below for more naturally entertaining activities:

>Riverwood Golf Club

  • 4100 Riverwood Drive
  • (941) 764-6661

Four-and-a-half star Golf Digest-rated, par 72 championship golf course with a full-length…

Indoor Fun and Arts & Culture

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With everything from a challenging escape room to professional live standup comedy and fun community theater (in season), to an historical café with weekly bluegrass music, kid-friendly spots and even indoor golf, you'll never run out of interesting and entertaining things to do in Port Charlotte. Explore below for even more activities:


  • 1101 El Jobean Road
  • (941) 889-7802

Golf is always fun at Go4Golf! Come play and have a refreshing drink in the air conditioning…

>Hatch Gallery

  • 14375 Pambar Avenue
  • (941) 764-8838

A unique & colorful art gallery experience in the heart of Placida, Florida showcasing one of a…

>Kidstar Park

  • 18505 Paulson Dr.
  • (941) 255-7827

Go karts for adults and children, huge kids play unit, laser tag, snack bar, Stars restaurant…

Restaurants to Rave About

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The indie restaurant scene in Port Charlotte is thriving, with cuisine and atmospheres of all types, from upscale fine dining to down-home comfort food. We've featured a few highlights below, and you can find more favorites in our Where to Eat in Port Charlotte blog post and of course, on our Restaurants page.

>The Twisted Fork

  • 2208 El Jobean Road
  • (941) 235-3675

The Twisted Fork Restaurant® and Bar is conveniently located adjacent to Bert's Black Widow…

>The Grill at 1951

  • 1951 Tamiami Trail
  • (941) 255-0994

If you have a taste for the finer things in life, look no further than The Grill at 1951. We…

There's a ton of fun to be had right in Port Charlotte. Happy exploring!