If you live in Charlotte County, FL or are just planning to visit, it has a lot to offer everyone. Here you will find parks, beaches, golfing, swimming, fishing, boating, shelling, canoeing, tennis, biking, hiking, museums, shopping, bird watching, baseball, dining, and more. Charlotte County is located on Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast.
Here is a list of the some of the local attractions:
- Babcock Wilderness Adventures
- Charlotte County Historical Center
- Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
- Fishermen’s Village
- Port Charlotte Town Center
- Florida Military Heritage & Aviation Museum
- Muscle Car City Museum
- The Visual Arts Center
- More than 70 Parks and Recreation Areas
- Charlotte Sports Park
- Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
- Private and Public Golf Courses
- Cultural Center of Charlotte County
For more information go to the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands web site at:
http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/. Here are the Fast Facts from their web site:
- Established in 1921; population approximately 152,814
- 693.60 square miles; 448,640 acres
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute relays shoreline mileage for Charlotte County at 830 miles including river passages, mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and 28 miles of sandy beaches.
- Approximately 84% of the Charlotte Harbor shoreline is preserved land.
- Canoe/Kayak Blueway Trails – 53 trails for a total of 192.9 miles throughout Charlotte Harbor
- 365 miles of canals; 190 miles of saltwater and 175 miles of freshwater
- Charlotte Harbor, fed by the Peace and Myakka rivers, is the 17th largest estuary in the nation and the 2nd largest estuary in the state encompassing 270 square miles.
- The 106-mile long Peace River is one of the longest rivers in Florida; it finds its terminus in Charlotte Harbor. The Spanish are credited for naming the waterway in 1544 as Rio de la Paz, “river of peace.”
- The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is the 4th largest state park, of which 30,000 acres are in Charlotte County. Enjoy the vast hiking opportunities including the Old Datsun Trail.
- 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.
- Designated as one of the “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States“ by SAIL magazine.
- Ranked “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America” by Golf Digest; “… golf has surpassed baseball as the national pastime for a generation of Americans now more than intent on playing than watching sports.”
- Named one of MONEY magazine’s “Best Places to Live in the South”.
- Designated as one of “America‘s Best Healthy Places to Retire” by U.S. News & World Report.
- TripAdvisor™ TravelCast named Englewood, Florida a “Top Ten U.S. Destination for 2009”.
- Englewood, Fla. named “Best Affordable Place in America to Retire” by NeighborhoodScout.com.
- Port Charlotte, Florida named “Best Place to Retire” by Money Magazine.