Pedal and Play, March 23 2024!

Cool to Do

Cool Stuff to Do in Punta Gorda

 (NOTE: Some of our local attractions were damaged by Hurricane Ian. Please check in advance to be sure the venue you'd like to visit is up and running.)

Welcome to Punta Gorda!  We invite you to stay and play before AND after your ride to enjoy our unique and friendly city.  Visit the following websites to learn more.

For the latest TEAM Punta Gorda events, go to http://www.teampuntagorda.org/calendar-changes/



FREE YELLOW BICYCLE PROGRAM  Punta Gorda has a unique bike loaner program which allows visitors to borrow a coaster-type bicycle all day for free!  Some of our bikes will be reserved for folks coming to town for Pedal and Play 2022! Contact the TEAM office at 941-637-8326 to reserve your bike.

HISTORIC MURALS   Punta Gorda has over 30 beautiful historic murals painted on buildings throughout the City. Explore all these wonderful murals by picking up a “Walking & Biking Tour Guide” available at the Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Chambers of Commerce, as well as businesses throughout the City.  Detailed maps are also available at www.puntagordamurals.org.

PEACE RIVER BOTANICAL AND SCULPTURE GARDENS Abutting the Peace River, this 30-acre waterfront oasis encompasses the diversity of five ecosystems including marshlands, wetlands, mangroves, uplands, a tidal basin and an island amphitheater. Flowering trees and plants bloom throughout the year, and more than 15,000 sq. ft. of boardwalks and docks provide optimum viewing of the Garden’s massive sculptures.  https://www.peacerivergardens.org

HISTORY PARK  With the encouragement of the Punta Gorda Historical Society, the City of Punta Gorda provided a site to which historic buildings could be moved and preserved.  The Park is also home to the latest Community (organic) Garden.   Located at 501 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 (Directions)

BLANCHARD HOUSE MUSEUM  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. For more information, visit http://www.blanchardhousemuseum.org/

CHARLOTTE HARBOR ENVIRONMENAL CENTER   "CHEC,” a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, has been providing environmental education, recreation, environmental research, and conservation lands management services to the citizens and visitors of the greater Charlotte Harbor area since 1987. Learn more by visiting https://www.checflorida.org/

FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE  Not to be missed during your visit to Punta Gorda are unique shops, restaurants, a marina, and more that make up Fishermen’s Village.   Something is always happening at Fishville! Go to www.fishermen'svillage.com for more information and to check out events and entertainment at the Village.

MILITARY MUSEUM  Located at 900 West Marion in Punta Gorda, the museum features many military artifacts donated by military veterans from all conflicts.  See more at their website: Military History Museum

VIETNAM WALL MEMORIAL  The Vietnam Memorial Wall of Southwest Florida is part of a beautiful installation honoring veterans with gardens, an honor walk, mural wall plaza, Purple Heart memorial, a gazebo ceremonial plaza and a freedom fountain. For more information, visit Veterans Park

PUNTA GORDA HISTORIC RAILROAD DEPOT AND ANTIQUE MALL   Owned and operated by the Punta Gorda Historical Society, the restored train depot was built in 1928 and is the only one of six depots built in the Mediterranean/Spanish style still standing. The depot’s ticket office houses three exhibits focusing on the History of the railroad, the fishing industry, and the Punta Gorda Army Air Field.  See:  Punta Gorda Historical Society

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Local Bike Routes

Go to the City of Punta Gorda website at Punta Gorda Pathways to download these maps in pdf form and learn about Punta Gorda's local bike routes.

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