Southwest Florida offers a wide variety of recreational activities, making it easy to find something for everyone to enjoy!

Local Outdoor Attractions

Myakka State Forest

Located in Englewood, the serene Mayakka State Forest offers outdoor adventure close to home. You’ll find recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing/paddling, and trail riding areas for horse back riding and bicyclists.

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Sarasota Jungle Gardens

The Sarasota Jungle Gardens are one of the oldest attractions in Florida, offering exhibits that are home to a diverse population of birds and animals such as parrots, crocodiles, snakes, and more. The lush 10-acre tropical garden offers winding jungle trails as well as educational wildlife, bird, and reptile shows.

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Babcock Ranch Eco Tours

Visitors get back to nature and experience what Florida’s wilds offer through guided 90-minute eco-tours that travel through 4 diverse ecosystems and offer views of alligators, birds, deer, and other wild animals in their natural habitats.

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Cedar Point Environmental Park

Located in Englewood, Cedar Point Environmental Park is a great experience for families and children. It offers easy hiking and visitors should be sure to stop in at the visitor’s center for a map. The program is constantly offering engaging programs both indoors and along the trail. Check their schedule to discover educational wading adventures into the bay and other engaging activities for all ages. The park also offers a Florida Native Plant Garden.

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Florida Tracks & Trails

Guests are invited to play in the mud at Florida Tracks & Trails, a 1,000-acre outdoor adventure park offering ATV rentals, motocross tracks, dirt bikes, and a Jeep and truck off-road area featuring obstacles. Visitors can also enjoy paintball and a fresh-water beach.

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Stump Pass Beach State Park

Located at the south end of Manasota Key, Stump Pass Beach is loved by those who hunt seashells and shark teeth as well as anglers fishing for prize catches. Visitors can enjoy year-round swimming or sunbathing and a hiking trail passes through five natural habitats that provide homes for a variety of wildlife. Visitors can also launch kayaks and paddle around the two islands located just east of the park's land base. Ranger-guided nature hikes are also available in the winter months.

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Fishing

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach and Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast areas are known internationally as top sport fishing destinations, offering fishing activities for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

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Golf

Listed as the 3rd Best Place in America to Live and Play Golf by Golf Digest, there are more than 27 golf courses within 22 miles of Port Charlotte/North Port’s town center. The area boasts 3 Audubon-certified courses and includes 2 courses awarded 4/5 stars by Golf Digest. All courses are open to the public and offer year-round play in beautiful landscapes.

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Englewood Farmer’s Market

Each Thursday from 9am – 2pm during the months of October thru May, the area’s top food artisans and produce growers gather in the center of Dearborn Street in Englewood. Visitors can shop for locally-sourced, organic produce, delicious baked goods, fresh seafood, and a dazzling selection of flowers and plants.

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Warm Mineral Springs Park

The Warm Mineral Springs Park in the City of North Port is located less than 20 miles from El Jobean. The only natural spring in Florida maintains a temperature of 85 degrees year-round and is a popular destination for those seeking therapeutic relaxation. An array of spa services are available by advance booking and a gift shop offers items for purchase.

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Englewood Beach

Visitors will find that El Jobean is less than 20 minutes from Englewood Beach on Manasota Key. Englewood Beach is one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches and is the most easily accessed on Manasota Key. Beach goers enjoy pristine white sand beaches, picnic areas, recreational facilities, and occasional dolphin sightings.

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Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training

Sports fans are always welcome to cheer on the Tampa Bay Rays during the spring training season.

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Local Indoor Attractions:

Art, Hobby, & History Museums

Art lovers will appreciate the Englewood Art Center, the Artscape Sculpture Garden, Port Charlotte’s Charlotte Art Gallery, or Punta Gorda’s Visual Arts Center. Port Boca (20 mi. away) offers the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum. Englewood is also home to the Lemon Bay Historical Society, a museum committed to perpetuating the legacy of the past and honoring the pioneer settlers of the Englewood, Florida and Lemon Bay areas. History lovers will also appreciate the chance to dive into Florida’s past at Osprey’s Historic Spanish Point. Car enthusiasts will enjoy Punta Gorda’s Muscle Car City, a museum with more than 170 vintage ’50s to early ’70s muscle cars.

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Military Heritage Museum

Visitors to Punta Gorda can learn more about our country’s military history at the Military Heritage Museum. With more than 30,000 artifacts on exhibit and veteran-led tours, guests have the opportunity to experience our military history in a genuine and engaging way.

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Retail Shopping and Dining

Downtown Dearborn street is about a 15-minute drive and offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities including Vino Loco Wine and Tapas Bar, Ivy’s on Dearborn, Joe Maxx Coffee, Kelly’s Tavern, Millie’s Trading Post, Off the Wave, and Sisters Unique Boutique.

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Catania’s Winery

Visitors learn all about wines, grapes, and wine making while enjoying a world-class wine tasting experience. The proprietor, John, is happy to share his vast wine knowledge with wine enthusiasts and novices alike. Also on offer are olive oil samples and first-hand knowledge of authentic Italian food recipes.

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Lemon Bay Playhouse

The Lemon Bay Playhouse in Englewood offers year-round, on-stage excitement and is respected by locals for its ability to captivate and provide excellent performances every time!

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Port Charlotte Town Center Mall

The local mall, located near Punta Gorda, offers a full food court, a 16-screen Regal Cinema, and anchor stores including Beall's, Dillard's, JCPenney, and Macy's.

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Regional Attractions:

Walt Disney World

The happiest place on Earth is only 2 hours from Englewood!


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

An hour and a half away, Busch Gardens offers thrilling roller coasters and rides the whole family can enjoy. It’s also home to 200+ animal species and presents family-friendly live shows by world class entertainers.