Practically wherever you go in the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, you'll find yourself enjoying the natural scenery and wildlife. We love our nature, and to help you explore amazing nature attractions in Punta Gorda and Englewood, Florida—and beyond—we've compiled some extra-special experiences to get you started:

5. Glass Bottom Rentals

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Aaron Koher of Glass Bottom Rentals transporting a kayakThere’s nothing like a serene paddle through crystal clear water, but it’s even better with Glass Bottom Rentals because you can see all that compelling sea life through the bottom of the kayak!

Check them out for amazing paddling in Englewood, Florida: they offer guided tours and rentals of clear and regular kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards, so you’re sure to find your perfect paddling vibe.


4. Peace River Wildlife Center

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DTN - STL - Peace River Wildlife CenterPeace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda works tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate injured or sick wildlife and provides a forever home to animals who cannot be released.

Of course, learning about wildlife is always worthwhile, but getting to see the animals up close is even more impactful, and well worth a trip.


3. IguanaLand

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Lizard getting a chin scratch at IguanaLand in Punta Gorda, FloridaWith over 230 species, IguanaLand is the world’s largest reptile zoo.

Featuring everything from snakes and, of course, iguanas, to tortoises, turtles, chameleons, monitors, and more, this is a fascinating trek for anyone.

If there are lizard aficionados in your group, you may want to try an animal encounter, which means some up-close and personal time.


2. Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours

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Racoon Crossing Sign at Babcock Ranch Eco-ToursFor a fun (and funny!) mix of history and nature, try trip with Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours.

This is the best nature tour in Punta Gorda. While your guide shares intriguing and entertaining stories and insights, you'll enjoy a ride on a “swamp buggy” (converted school bus) and see all kinds of animals, from historic Cracker Cattle and alligators to deer, wild turkeys, birds of all kinds, and more.

There's a fascinating little museum onsite, as well as a great restaurant and a gift shop full of fun souvenirs and gifts.



1. Any Beach at Sunset

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Sunset at Port Charlotte Beach ParkNothing puts an exclamation on a day and sets up a great night like watching a sunset. 

All our beaches—natural, man-made, and dry, and from Punta Gorda to Port Charlotte to Englewood, Florida—are oriented toward those daily sky shows. Highly recommended!

Click to explore the 10 Best Spots to See Spectacular Sunsets in the area.

Bonus Video!

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Find some amazing inspiration for a wild vacation in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach: