So many things to see and do, in any season.....
The Tampa Bay Rays spring training ball park is less than 3 miles down the road?
Ranked "Third Best Place To Play Golf in America" by Golf Digest.
Charlotte County, has 830 miles of shoreline. including river passages, a mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and 28 miles of sandy beaches.
Port Charlotte is perfectly located about halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, and offers every type of water-borne activity you can think of.
Idle Days Vacation Rental
2240 Barksdale, Port Charlotte FL 33948
Contact -Ron and Sharie Holben / homebase is Lansing, MI 517-899-3622 or 517-290-0547
2400 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte
Tippecanoe Environmental Park offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing through 380 acres of scrub and pine flat-woods.
Hiking / biking
There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, where you will see many of Florida's native wild life and the natural beauty of the area.
The Charlotte Harbor estuary is the second largest estuary in Florida and seventeenth in the nation. It was designated an "estuary of national significance" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1995
Natural amenities include miles of beaches; more than 70 parks and preserves; and fishing, paddling and sailing.
For athletes and sports fans, the area is home to 16 golf courses and numerous annual sporting events and recreational facilities.
Cultural pursuits take the forms of visual arts, theater, dance and music, perfect complements to the area's spas, dining and nightlife.
Spring training facility for the Tampa Bay Rays. Also home to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, with games scheduled through August
The Charlotte Stone Crabs (formerly the Vero Beach Devil Rays and the Vero Beach Dodgers) are a Minor League Baseball team in the Florida State League based in Port Charlotte, Florida. The team is the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and is owned by Ripken Baseball. Baseball games the family can afford all summer long.
Discover the natural attraction of golf in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands! Ranked the 3rd Best Place in America to Live and Play Golf by Golf Digest. Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offer year-round play on more than 20 courses ranging in level from executive to championship. Scenic vistas and spectacular landscapes provide the backdrop for naturally inviting play on courses that include two ranked 4½ stars by Golf Digest and three Audubon-certified courses
The beaches of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands line miles of the Gulf coast. Easily accessible yet quiet and remote, our beaches attract our local treasure of abundant birds, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand lapped by gentle waves from the Gulf of Mexico and decorated with colorful shells.
There are many fine restaurants in the area including national chains such as Red Lobster, Carrabba's and the Olive Garden, along with fantastic local and regional eateries. Try Sonny's BBQ for fantastic ribs and you can't beat Boomers if you are hungry for the best wings around. Want to enjoy the sunset over dinner? Harpoon Harry's, in the Fisherman's Village, is the perfect spot.
Some restaurants on the list have links to menus, web sites and reviews
Shopping and Dinning
Idle Days is located less than 2 miles to some of the area's best dining and shopping
Enjoy waterfront shopping at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, and visit the galleries in the historic fishing village of Placida.
For more urban flavor, visit Downtown Punta Gorda and Dearborn Street in Olde Englewood Village for one-of-a-kind shops ranging from clothing to home accents.
There are two malls with stores such as Beals, JC Penney, Macy's, Kohl's, Walmart and K-Mart.
A water front destination to spend the day. After exploring all the unique shops there are many restaurants to choose from for lunch, dinner or just a treat. You can also rent a boat or take a harbor tour or sunset cruise or charter a fishing boat.
There are also free concerts and other entertainment daily.
Canoe/Kayak Blueway Trails - 53 trails for a total of 192.9 miles throughout Charlotte Harbor
Often referred to as the Tarpon Capitol of the World, Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands offer world class fishing with an incredible variety of species, including snook, redfish and sea trout.
Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area encompasses 79,013 acres or 124 square miles of the largest undisturbed pine flatwoods in SW Florida and the 7th largest management area in the state.
Armadillos, bobcat, deer, Coyote, fox, beaver, Bobcat, Jaguarandis, hogs, oppossum, rabbitts,skunk, mink, manitee, whales, river otter, racoons and bear
Cranes, owls, eagles, vultures, tern, pelican, spoonbill, stork, loon, Anhinga and various ducks
Reptiles and Amphibians:
Alligator, crocodile, various turtles
Fresh water fish:
Eels, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, pike, catfish, walleye (pickeral) and bass
Marlin, swordfish, bluefish, bonefish, cobia, dolphin, seatrout, pearch, grouper, flounder, mackeral, sea bass, snapper, lady fish, shark and tarpon.
Some of the wildlife that you might see on your travels are: