As the weather warms, it’s time to pack up the family and travel to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach. We’re one of the best family vacation spots in Florida, offering tons of kid-friendly activities.

Explore the top 5 reasons families love to visit us below—and watch a beautiful video overview of this entire list—to start planning your next fun family trip:

5. Secluded BeachesFamily enjoying the shoreline at Stump Pass Beach State Park

Nothing says “Florida family vacation” like quality beach time, and we’ve got plenty of beautiful, uncrowded sandscapes for any family. Everyone will love playing in the water, finding shells and fossilized shark teeth, and building sand castles. There are even free beach toys available to borrow on Englewood Beach.

Ensure a great beach day by checking out our handy tips to get your family beach ready and a comprehensive list of beach bag essentials.

4. Pristine Nature

From exploring wild and unspoiled nature preserves to romping in our many parks, there are myriad ways to get your family out and about around here. Wildlife abounds wherever you go, from the cute little lizard you may see in a restaurant courtyard to the dolphins you’re likely to see when on the water to the amazing array of birds, well, everywhere!

Find even more inspiration to plan your perfect family trip in this great video:


3. Endless Waterways

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach area contains many different waterways, including miles and miles of Blueway Trails perfect for paddling, two major rivers— the Peace and Myakka—to fish and explore, and of course, the second-largest estuary in Florida, Charlotte Harbor. Whether you want to try some deep sea Gulf of Mexico fishing, some jet skiing in the Harbor, some relaxed splashing around at the beach, or anything in between, you’ll find it here.

2. Hiking and Biking Trails

Hiking can be anything you want it to be in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, from the workout of a beach walk to a trek though remote wilderness. We’ve compiled our favorite trail adventures and some helpful tips in this blog post which will help you find your perfect hiking experience.

Biking in the area is even easier, with free loaner bikes available at several spots in Punta Gorda and plenty of bike trails across the entire area.

1. Unforgettable AttractionsIguanaLand lizard with its tongue out

Our area is full of unique attractions offering the kinds of experiences that help families make lasting memories. To name just a few:

  • Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens is fun for the whole family with their exclusive—and often whimsical—world-class sculptures and unique botanicals. Kids will also love the butterfly pavilion and feeding the Koi.
  • Fans of lizards, turtles, tortoises, and snakes will never want to leave IguanaLand, the world’s largest reptile zoo.
  • Kidstar Park is just plain fun, with go-karts (for both adults and kids!), an arcade, mini golf, a climbing maze, a restaurant, and more.

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is one of the ultimate family-friendly destinations in Florida. Come on down to create some great and long-lasting family memories. See you soon!