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Exploring Florida

Charlotte County offers over 70 parks and recreational areas. There are more parks and areas of interest further afield

Rotonda Park
(941) 627-1628
100 Rotonda Boulevard, Rotonda West, FL 33947
The 32-acre Rotonda Community Park is located in the centre of Rotonda West and is within a 10 minute walk of the villa.
Bike Trails, Multi-purpose fields open space, Children’s Play Area, Nature Preserve, Nature Trails, Picnic area, Picnic Shelters, Tennis Courts. In addition, a bike path winds its way through the park's nature preserve.

Babcock Wilderness Adventures
(800) 500-5583
8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda FL 33982
Ninety minute swamp buggy tour through the 90,000 acre Crescent B Ranch and Telegraph Cypress Swamp, Biking with Bison Tour. This is a chance to meet panthers, bison, birds, and dozens of wild alligators face to face; you might see white tailed deer or wild turnkeys. Professional guides conduct the tours and refreshments are available.
Open November – May 9.00 am – 3 pm, June – October, mornings only

Bayshore Live Oaks Park
(941) 627-1628
Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
Bike Trails, Canoe/Kayak, Walking Trails, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Fishing, Restrooms

Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park
(941) 627-1628
15801 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
Nature Preserve

Charlotte County Citrus
(941) 639-4584
28900 Bermont Road, CR74, Punta Gorda FL 33982
Pick your own fruit

Charlotte Harbour Environment Center
(941) 575 5435
Alligator Creek, 10941 Burnt Store road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955
A 20 acre nature centre offering environmental education programs and wildlife exhibits.

Tippecanoe Environmental Park
(941) 627-1074
SR627, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Hiking trails and wildlife viewing throughout its 275 acres of scrub and pine flatwoods.

Ponce de Leon Park
(941) 575-3324
4000 West Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
BBQ Grills, Boat Ramps, Environmental Centre, (Peace River Wildlife Centre), Fishing, Nature Trail / Walking Trail, Picnicking, Picnic Shelters, Restrooms

Further afield

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River flows through 53 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation.
The park is open everyday, 8:00 AM until Sunset.
The park is located 9 miles E of I-75 at
13208 State Road 72,
Sarasota, FL USA 34241

Hop aboard one of the world's largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal, and take a scenic cruise of the Upper Myakka Lake. Discover what makes the Myakka unique among America's freshwater lakes.These slow-moving but powerful air-powered boats venture into shallow, grassy areas where traditional craft of such size could not go.
The leisurely ride is safe and smooth, allowing ample time for photographs.


Everglades National Park

Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. It contains both temperate and tropical plant communities, including sawgrass prairies, mangrove and cypress swamps, pinelands, and hardwood hammocks, as well as marine and estuarine environments. The park is known for its rich bird life, particularly large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.

Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.
Operating Hours & Seasons
The park is open all year.

The Ringling Estate
Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was established in 1927 as the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936) and his wife, Mable (1875 to 1929).
Recognized as the official State Art Museum of Florida, the Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. The estate features the spectacular Cà d'Zan ("House of John"), a waterfront mansion that was restored in 2002. The Circus Museum displays costumes, wagons, performance equipment, and other artifacts chronicling the history of the Circus. The estate also features Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and beautifully landscaped