Nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is a relaxed seaside village known for its coastal marshes and wildlife preserves. Whether you’re looking to tee off at glorious golf courses or go on a fishing excursion, Port Charlotte is the perfect place to relax.
Things to do in Port Charlotte
Don a baseball cap and join passionate spectators to cheer on the Charlotte Stone Crabs as they compete in the Florida State League at Charlotte Sports Park. Arrive early to watch the players warming up in the bullpen, then try a classic “Kayem Frank” with mustard and ketchup sauce.
Pay your respects to America’s war veterans at Port Charlotte's Military Heritage Museum. Explore an impressive collection of artifacts, including uniforms, weapons, machinery and mini-models from both past and present conflicts, and watch recordings of personal accounts.
Volunteer for a day at Peace River Wildlife Center and meet orphaned birds, mammals and reptiles. Overlooking the mangroves of Charlotte Harbour, the wildlife center has helped over 50,000 animals recover and return to their natural habitats. You can get up close to pelicans, eagles and owls, as well as tortoises and turtles.
Explore the rivers, mangroves and marshes of Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. Protecting more than 160 kilometers of shoreline, the park boasts several hiking trails with opportunities to spot local wildlife. Kayak along the Myakka River or fish along the deltas, creeks and streams running off Peace River.
Getting around Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte is 15 minutes’ drive from Punta Gorda Airport. Accessed via the I-75, Port Charlotte is a 1.5-hour drive from Tampa and a three-hour drive from Miami. Port Charlotte is pedestrian friendly, while a car is needed to explore further afield.