Arts, Culture & History
Art galleries, a professional symphony orchestra, theater companies, an opera company, and community businesses offer festivals, exhibits, and cultural experiences year-round. History buffs will want to dive into Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach's rich past at a variety of museums of all sizes, focused on military history, the city of Punta Gorda, the African-American experience in the area, and more.
We are also a military-friendly community, from the discounts offered at local businesses to our memorial parks, representation in one of Punta Gorda's historical murals, 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 touching memorial to the men and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War.