Arts, Culture & History
Art galleries, festivals and exhibits, a professional symphony orchestra, theatrical productions, and more offer artistic and cultural experiences year-round. History buffs will want to soak up Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach's rich past at museums ranging from the Charlotte County Historical Center to a refurbished home that houses an African-American museum to the Military Heritage Museum.
We are also a military-friendly community, from the discounts offered at local businesses to our memorial parks, a new public mural (and one that was lost), and our designation as a Florida Purple Heart entity. In fact, in 2016, Punta Gorda became home to the Vietnam Memorial Wall of Southwest Florida, a half-scale (approximately) replica of the memorial in Washington, DC. This permanent installation in Laishley Park is a beautiful memorial to the men and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.