The Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens will be one of Florida's most breathtaking garden parks, featuring diverse botanicals and artistic beauty. It opens to the public on October 20, 2017. Click here for more information.
When: Opening October 20, Punta Gorda
The oldest structure on the island has been a comprehensive museum since 1999. Three rooms cover cultural and social history dating from 12,000 BC–present; a fourth contains a “please touch” area. Features a gift shop offering souvenirs, local artwork and jewelry. Call 941.964.0060 for more information, or click here.
Where: 880 Belcher Rd., Boca Grande
Note: $6 cash toll fee to cross onto the island
View the rich history of Punta Gorda through the beauty of mural art. The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society, through the current 28 murals, has established the city as one of the leading mural towns in the country. Book a private group tour or use this interactive map and see them at your leisure.
When: Permanent Display, Punta Gorda
The Blanchard House Museum is an open access, educational institution devoted to the procurement, preservation, study, and display of artifacts and materials related to the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in the settlement and development of Charlotte County and Southwest Florida.
Where: 406 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Punta Gorda
This educational treasure hunt encourages all to explore local historic sites using questing (a place-based scavenger hunt) and geocaching (an oudoor hunt using GPS devices). Participation and admission is free. Details: (941) 629-7278 or visit their website.
When: Ongoing, Charlotte County
Peace River Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating southwest Florida's native wildlife. Patients which are deemed non-releasable reside here at the center, where the public can learn about and see first-hand the wide variety of birds and mammals that co-inhabit our area.
When: 11am-4pm, Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda