5 Things You Can Do In Cape Coral, Florida
That Will Make Your Trip Special.

Cape Coral is a popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico in sunny Southwest Florida. With over 400 miles of navigable waterways, the city is known as the Waterfront Wonderland. It’s a veritable paradise for fishing and water sports.

Here are just 5 out of many exciting activities you can do in Cape Coral,
to make your trip special for you and your whole family.

Cape Coral is a fantastic place to explore the mangrove wetlands of Southwest Florida. If you want to keep your feet dry, there’s a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk in the Rotary Park Environmental Center. This short walk ends at Glover Bight, an area of shallow flats and oyster bars which is a great location to view wading birds. And if you want to hit the serious trails, there are another 97 acres to explore in the park.

Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail passes through Rotary Park Environmental Center. This rugged trail crosses salt marshes and uplands. Keep your eyes open for alligators, gophers, snakes, and tortoises, along with a broad variety of migratory and wading birds. Be aware that sometimes parts of the trail will be underwater, so wear good quality water shoes to protect your feet. And near Rotary Park, you’ll also find the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden. This is a great place to learn all about the lifecycle of butterflies and the wonderful variety of species found in Southwestern Florida, including the Zebra Longwing, which is the Florida State Butterfly. The Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife provides free tours at 10:30 am every Monday, Friday, and Saturday.

With over 400 miles of river and canals, it’s no surprise that Cape Coral is a great place to explore by water. There are plenty of local companies renting boats and many, such as Paradise Boat Rentals, are willing to provide lessons to help you get started. They will even throw in free waterski and wakeboard rental with the boat.

And if you’re already a boating expert, Vacanza Rentals can arrange a money-saving combined villa and boat rental option!
With the freedom of our own rented boat, you can explore the canals, river, bay, and gulf habitats. This is truly the best way to see the whole of Cape Coral. And if you’re a keen angler, you will be in paradise! Rainbow Boat Rentals is our preferred boat rental agency in Cape Coral. They have experience with the waterways around Cape Coral and well-maintained boats.”


Sunsplash Family Waterpark is a great place to take your children for 14 acres of aquatic fun. They’ll love the water slides, like Cape Fear, a 30-feet high platform you ascend to shoot through a 215-feet dark tunnel riding on an inflated tube. And check out the Main Stream River Tube Ride, which is a lazy ¼-mile meandering “river” for a much gentler waterborne experience. There’s also a dedicated toddler section for your youngest kids. Sunsplash Family Waterpark is the biggest waterpark in Southwestern Florida. They open March through September.

This 34,000-square-feet Southwest Florida Military Museum is the biggest military museum in the area and includes exhibits, books, and documents relating to all American wars and conflicts. Many of the displays relate to World War II. The family-friendly exhibits include 60 mannequins displaying authentic military uniforms, display stations, and a theater. All the exhibits were donated or loaned by the government, military, or generous members of the public. A team of dedicated volunteers has labored for thousands of hours to repair and recondition artifacts for public display. But for you, the museum is free!

How can you come to Cape Coral and not sample some delicious freshly caught seafood? The city boasts a wide range of seafood restaurants from elegant, gourmet restaurants to roadside lobster stands. And if you’d prefer to cook your own fish, lobster, oysters, and scallops, why not visit one of the city’s fresh seafood markets and take something back to your rented villa to prepare yourself? And since you’re staying on the Gulf of Mexico, consider trying some locally manufactured rum made using Florida sugar cane. Check out Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum. Contact them for a distillery tour and maybe sample a limited edition not yet available in the stores. But if rum isn’t your thing, try the Big Blue Brewing Company, Wicked Dolphin’s sister company. This craft brewery offers tours and other events for enthusiastic beer drinkers. Visit on the weekend for a guided tour by one of their experts.

This is just a small sample of the many fun things you can do around Cape Coral in Florida. Cape Coral is also a great place for exploring local history, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, and many other outdoor activities. It’s a destination where you’ll find fun things for all the family to do.