Accessible Travel in
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach
This is a welcoming community for all, and no matter your interest, you'll find accessible activities and attractions to enjoy, whether you want to hit the beach, take advantage of our beautiful nature preserves and parks, explore art galleries and unique retail shops, savor some of our amazing restaurants, catch a comedy show, theater or symphony orchestra production, or just chill with a beautiful sunset.
Accessible Things to Do
Explore our website to find a ton of fun, accessible things to do, both indoors and out. If you're looking for a paddling experience, try Selkie Adaptive Paddle, a kayak touring company that offers adaptive guided paddling adventures for everyone who wants to get out on the water. When it comes to beaches, Englewood Beach at Chadwick Park, our main and most easily-accessible sandy seafront, provides free access to beach wheelchairs, as does Stump Pass Beach State Park. For a fun and relaxing boat trip, try Gasparilla Boat Tours. There's a ramp and a wide gateway to accommodate wheelchairs. If a chair won't fit, the captains will bring the wheelchair on through the back of the boat. There’s also a dedicated space to securely park a chair.
You can also find arts and culture galore. The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens features hard-packed, paved, or shelled walkways and two wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge on a first come-first served basis. Motorized wheelchairs are allowed, as are (only) ADA-Certified, task-specific service dogs. No trams, carts, bikes, skateboards, hoverboards, or roller skates are permitted.
For some shopping, gourmet goodies at any of their six waterfront eateries, and often, live music, head to Fishermen's Village. The entire structure is accessible, as are all the restaurants. If art is on your mind, pop across the street to the Visual Arts Center, the largest free art gallery in the area. Featuring ground-level entry with ramped access, the entire facility is wheelchair accessible, including restrooms, water fountains, sinks, parking, curbing, and the main entry and exit.
Nearby you'll find the Military Heritage Museum. The parking structure entrance offers an elevator, and all parts of the building are accessible. For a deeper taste of local history, head over to the Blanchard House Museum of African-American History and Culture of Charlotte County. The building is equipped with ramps for easy access.
We also have a variety of accommodation choices that are accessible. They can be found by clicking this link or exploring under the Places to Stay page with "Accessibility" checked as an amenity to sort by.
As you're exploring this website, you can find out if a particular business is accessible by clicking on the Amenities heading on a business's listing page.
Preserves, Parks, and Paddling
Around here, we say Our Best Side is Outside, and to demonstrate, we'd like to draw attention to a few of our accessible nature trails, kayak/canoe and paddleboard launch sites, and parks:
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Environmental Parks with ADA Trails:
The following ADA Friendly Kayak Launches are located at an existing ADA compliant boat ramp facility and/or have compacted surfaces and graded slopes to and from the launch.
ADA Accessible Parks feature designated handicap parking spaces with ease of access from the parking spaces to the facility, as well as accessible bathrooms.
Below are a few of our "must-visit" parks that offer gorgeous water views, wide open spaces and wildlife viewing, and often, festivals, live music, and other cool events. Check our Events Calendar to see if something extra-fun will be happening during your visit.
It's always a good idea to call ahead to confirm the business hours of operation and specific details of your destination. Wherever you decide to go, you're sure to have a naturally wonderful time!