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Peace River Wildlife Center Punta Gorda, FL
#1 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
And, as a bonus, it's right in Ponce de Leon Park so you can take a picnic lunch or walk by the water and enjoy the scenery!
It is adjacent to a waterfront park with picnic facilities, a boardwalk through the mangroves & spectacular sunsets overlooking Charlotte Harbor.
#2 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Wonderful place to bring your lunch and enjoy nature.
Because we are older, we strolled the park slowly, but no one hurried us along and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing all these beautiful animals, in cages, but being pampered and taken care of, so well!
#3 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
This is a beautiful little park about a 2 mile walk very scenic and has beautiful trails through a partial canopy to protect you from the sun with beautiful beaches on both sides leading to and little island with...
Nature at it's finest - dolphins, manatee, osprey, eagles, snook, mullet, you name it - it was a great day on the water!!!!
Laishley Park Punta Gorda, FL
#4 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
All by itself, it's a wonderful destination with walking paths, play fountain for the kiddos, sun, shade, benches, killer Peace River views and access to Punta Gorda's many other parks all connected by walking/bik...
This park has interactive water fountains usually (which were really cool!) Free and open to the public...right on Charlotte Harbour so great sunset views.
Gilchrist Park Punta Gorda, FL
#5 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
But most of all, this long linear park with paved walk/bike paths has been preserved so we can all feast on the spectacular wide Peace River, especially the sunsets.
My favourite time is on a Thursday evening when musicians of all abilities tend to gather around the park and just jam, it makes for a great atmosphere, magic!
Manasota Key Beach Englewood, FL
#6 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Great sandy beach good facilities showers toilets etc pay car park and a boardwalk from car park ro beach Lovely sunsets
Lovely for walking, swimming, relaxing, just enjoying nature.
Lemon Bay Park Englewood, FL
#7 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Lemon Bay Park Englewood This is a refreshing park with trails, partially paved, for walking winding in and out of a wooded area to overlook the bay.
Lemon Bay Park has a 2 mile walking trail, that you may see eagles, several birds, turtles, and other wildlife.
Englewood Beach Englewood, FL
#8 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
The Sunday evening- bongo drums at sunset is wonderful experience - but parking is extremely challenging - you have to get there by 4:00 pm to park for the 6:30 pm sunset!
It also provides easy walking access southward to Stump Pass State Park if the small parking lot there is full (which is always likely).
Ponce de Leon Park Punta Gorda, FL
#9 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
I LOVE going to Ponce de Leon Park, I just like to sit and watch the boats, but there's fishing as well, nature hikes, a man made beach, lots to see! Take your camera!
Nice Park and boat ramp, Peace River wildlife sanctuary is within the park, nice little spots to fish and spots or little shelters and picnic tables to get out of the sun for a few
Fishermen's Village Punta Gorda, FL
#10 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
They were having a Key Lime Festival and we had a great lunch and did some shopping after visiting the Visual Arts Center and the Hibiscus Festival at Gilchrist Park...
There are Time Share Resort units located on the second floor and a variety of fishing charters and nature cruises based on site.
Blind Pass Beach Englewood, FL
#11 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Son and hubby snorkeled and saw more shellfish at Fort Desoto State Park and more fish at Anna Maria Island, but water was nice and clear.
Wonderful park, they have beautiful nature walks right off of the parking area.
Babcock Ranch Preserve Punta Gorda, FL
#12 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
I would recommend this to anyone who likes nature, learning about the history of the area or just fun!
An authentic nature tour in an untouched corner of the state by people who are passionate about showing and preserving life as it was decades ago.
Bayshore Live Oak Park Port Charlotte, FL
#13 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
My wife and I walk the length of Bayshore Road regularly and we particularly enjoy walking the paths of the Live Oak Park with its panoramic views across Charlotte Harbour.
I was pleased to find a variety of parking options, a large public fireplace, easy-walking, and beautiful water views at the Bayshore Live Oak Park.
#14 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Wonderful local park with lovely trails and native plants and animals.
there is so much to see and explore this is a must see if you like nature so peaceful i love all the animals you get to see
Indian Mound Park Englewood, FL
#15 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Taking the short hike through the trail shows the aged foliage and somber remembrance of the burial site and history of the park.
I enjoy watching birds dolphins manatees all those things you're more than likely to happen at this beach it is just pure nature absolutely beautiful
Port Charlotte Beach Park Port Charlotte, FL
#16 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located on the Peace River/Charlotte Harbor, this park has many amenities including rest rooms, pavilions, a swimming pool, playground, boat ramps, and a beach!
Port Charlotte Beach Park features picnic pavilions, restrooms, a beach, a swimming pool, boat ramps, and fishing pier.
#17 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
This park seems to have something for everyone: a nice pool, multiple dogs parks, well-kempt playing fields, an animal shelter and my favorite, well groomed walking/running trails.
Wonderful guided nature walk with CHEC volunteer
Ollie's Pond Park Port Charlotte, FL
#18 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Nice quiet nature pond with path to listen to the beautiful sounds of nature and enjoy the sights.
It's a nice, quite park with a variety of flora and fauna.
#19 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Accessible only by boat, this gem of a park offers a beautiful beach, bathrooms, a pavilion and several boat slips to tie up to.
Follow the tunnel to the open lagoon and enjoy more secluded nature!
Gasparilla Marina Placida, FL
#20 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Stump Pass Marina Englewood, FL
#21 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Great place to launch kayak's, Can walk all around the park from street, to the beach and back to the street.
At the present time this part of the park is closed due to dredging of Stump Pass.
#22 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
North Charlotte Regional Park Port Charlotte, FL
#23 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Awesome Disc Golf! Clean facilities, well maintained park.
The park is always clean and well maintained.
Alligator Creek Preserve Punta Gorda, FL
#24 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
It's a beautiful clean park and well worth visiting if you like nature and wildlife!
Visited the newly done up visitor center and was treated to some gorgeous b/w photos of Florida parks and preserves.
Harbor Heights Park Punta Gorda, FL
#25 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
You will be able to enjoy this Great Park!!! Great Place to take out the Boat!
The park is right by the peace river and is a great place for a family picnic.
Punta Gorda Nature Park Punta Gorda, FL
#26 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
I really enjoyed it, just a lovely typical Florida scrub and wetland nature area with a trail tucked in behind buildings and condo's.
It makes me smile every time I walk by or ride my bike or car by the park.
Myakka State Forest Englewood, FL
#27 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Bird sanctuary area and a beautiful nature walk with dense unusual trees and easy flat paths.
Fires, picnics, entertainment, and lots of interesting things about the park going on.
#28 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Large, interesting sculptures, boardwalk to river gazebo and nature trail.
Punta Gorda Pathways Punta Gorda, FL
#29 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Several great restaurants and bars along the way + the best Ice Cream in town at Harbor Walk in the park
Our pathways run along the river, through parks, into our downtown, and even have fitness equipment along the way.
Charlotte Harbor State Park Punta Gorda, FL
#30 of 33 Nature & Parks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
This is a small park with a public pool the harbor also has a nice pier that you can take beautiful pictures from.
First time to this park, nice walking area.