What to do and see in Port Charlotte, United States: The Best Places and Tips

February 28, 2018 Frederic Celentano

Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. The population was 54,392 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Port Charlotte

1. Peace River Wildlife Center

3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-6312 +1 941-637-3830
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 742 reviews

Peace River Wildlife Center

Reviewed By xyzgreenbay - Green Bay Wisconsin

Enjoy the wildlife they have rescued. Spend about 30-45 minutes here. Beautiful Peace River park adjacent to sanctuary, bring lunch or a snack and enjoy the scenery.

2. Charlotte Stone Crabs

2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948-1109 +1 727-545-9811
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Charlotte Stone Crabs

We are the single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and the only minor league baseball team in Charlotte County. Although we are a baseball team, there is something for everyone with the Stone Crabs including nightly on-field entertainment.

Reviewed By travelMOMMa63 - Port Charlotte, Florida

Sometimes you can sit in your car 30-60 minutes waiting in line to turn into that park. Why not an entrance from the back or side. If it's hot out I like to drink wine....the whole park frequently runs out quickly. Sometimes you can wait 30minutes in line for food. Bathrooms are plenty and are clean

3. Escape Rooms Unlocked

14969 Tamiami Trl, North Port, FL 34287-2731 +1 941-295-6880
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 96 reviews

Escape Rooms Unlocked

Escape Rooms Unlocked is North Port's premiere live-action adventure game. Can you and your team complete our themed rooms? Think outside the box, crack the codes, and solve the puzzles. Perfect for families, tourists, corporate teambuilding, and date night, it's a unique experience you won't forget.

Reviewed By Patricia R - Venice, Florida

What a great way to spend time with family/friends!! We laughed and surprised each other how we figured out the clues!! It was terrific and I highly recommend Escape Rooms Unlocked!! Our hostess was very friendly and fun!!!

4. Military Heritage Museum

Fisherman's Village, 1200 West Retta Esplanade, Unit 48, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 +1 941-575-9002
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Military Heritage Museum

Military Heritage Museum that features artifacts and memorabilia from all branches of the service and all wars the Civil War forward.

Reviewed By RICHARD S - Valley City, Ohio, USA

Do not miss the Military Heritage Museum when you visit the Fisherman's Village in Punta Gorda. The museum is very well done and a fine tribute to our military. The museum is free, donations accepted, and very well worth your time. Most all items are private donations to the museum and show the pride of the owners and their dedication to our country. This is time well spent for non-veterans and well as veterans.

5. The Cultural Center

2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952-5202 +1 941-625-4175
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center been serving Port Charlotte and the surrounding community with educational, recreational, social and entertainment activities since 1961. More than 12,000 happenings go on each year on our 90,000 square foot campus. The Cultural Center enriches the lives of our residents and visitors by offering a theater, The Learning Place - for the Arts, Academics, Dance and Exercise; Beaches Cafe - for delicious breakfast and lunch; and unique shopping in the Thrift and Gift shops onsite. We can also accommodate seminars, banquets, and gatherings of any size in our adjustable 7,200 square foot conference center.Our volunteers, your donations, and the support of the community have allowed us to maintain our legacy as “The Place that Friendship Built”.

Reviewed By Elaine and Alvi... L - Port Charlotte, Florida

The Cultural Center serves an important function in Charlotte County. We have attended several special events in the well-appointed theater. The center also has a variety of classes, Mahjong and bingo games, thrift shops, a cafeteria, coffee shop, and an adequate Fitness Center. Many special yearly vendor days draw large crowds. The building also houses a public library branch

6. Bayshore Live Oak Park

23157 Bayshore Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980-3204
Excellent
62%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Bayshore Live Oak Park

A park with picnic tables and shelter, fishing pier, hiking and biking trail, playground

Reviewed By truthintravel1953 - Port Charlotte, Florida

What a great place for a picnic! This is on the river leaving to Charlotte Harbor near where a brand new huge resort is being planned to move in to. Fortunately the county has purchased vast tracts of land near the planed resort so that families in the area will always have this park and be allowed to enjoy nature and right along with the tourists!

7. Port Charlotte Beach Park

4500 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952-9175 +1 941-625-7529
Excellent
36%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 216 reviews

Port Charlotte Beach Park

Reviewed By Mickie T - Lemont, Illinois

We didn't even know there was a beach in Port Charlotte so we were surprised to see it on the map. It's a small beach in comparison to others in the SW Florida area.

8. Laishley Park

100 Nesbit St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-3629
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Laishley Park

Reviewed By MegPGI - Punta Gorda, Florida

Almost all of Punta Gorda's outdoor festivals and concerts happen at Laishley Park. When there is no event, you can still watch or take your children to the inter-active fountain and the playground. It is beautifully maintained directly on the Peace River. Take your book and just hang out. Ride your bike. And enjoy the nearby restaurants and the best ice cream shop--Scoops and Bites

9. Gilchrist Park

400 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Gilchrist Park

Reviewed By Melissa A - Harrisville WV

Wonderful Park, that over looks the water(peace river). clean and well kept. nice bike paths and walking paths. playground, tennis courts, basketball court. My husband and I were actually married in the Gazebo here, so of course we love it! Local bands Jam out on some week nights. Stop by, you won't be disappointed.

10. Muscle Car City Museum

3811 Tamiami Trl, Punta Gorda, FL 33950-7900 +1 941-575-5959
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 545 reviews

Muscle Car City Museum

Reviewed By Ann M - Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Drove up and was so disappointed - there were construction workers outside and we could see into the shell of a building. Was thinking it had damage during Hurricane Irma and might be reconstructing, but there were no signs and two old cars in back end of the parking lot.

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