The holiday season is a busy time for everyone. From family parties to gift shopping, there’s a lot to be done, but before it all really gets underway, there’s that brief period of time where everyone gets to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner. There’s plenty of ways to enjoy Thanksgiving, too, and sometimes taking that trip out of town is a good way to get away from it all and escape the cold weather back home.
Cape Coral and the surrounding area are all great places to visit if you’re looking to beat the winter cold. No matter the time of year, the beaches are open, and the weather is comfortable, making it an ideal vacation destination. So, whether you’re planning that Thanksgiving vacation to throw a big feast for your friends and family, or you’re looking for a peaceful beach getaway and a Thanksgiving dinner prepped for you, you’ve found the right place. Here are some ways to spend the holiday when you stay with us.
Fort Myers Turkey Trot 5K
Freshly off a new partnership with Edison and Ford Winter Estates, the Fort Myers Track Club is putting on its annual Turkey Trot. This will be its 42nd consecutive year of celebrating the event, and what better way to prepare yourself for the impending Thanksgiving dinner than by getting in some good exercise while you enjoy the cool ocean breeze?
By participating in this event, you’ll be supporting a charitable cause that directly benefits the preservation of historically significant sites. You’ll be able to register alone or as a team if you’re looking to run, and you’ll also be able to participate on the sidelines if you aren’t up for the 5K. Observers can also purchase a virtual ticket if they’d like to show their support from their home, so if this interests you, you and the family can watch it from your vacation home while you put together that perfect dinner.
Annual Fall Garden Festival
If you’re going to make it into town a few days before Thanksgiving and you’re available on November 20th or 21st, the annual Fall Garden Festival is a great, relaxing way to spend a few hours of your day. Due to its diverse ecosystem, the local area has plenty of exotic tropical plants with beautiful colors, and also unique plant life from the nearby swamps just off the coast.
The whole festival takes place outdoors, with plenty of shade provided by the trees all over the area. While you’re taking a look at all of the gorgeous plant life in one convenient place, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to visit the food trucks that will be on site. After you’ve sample some of the local food, you can also relax and listen to the live music that will be playing during the festival, and if you find a plant that you want to bring home with you as a new decoration, there’s plenty of advice available for how to treat and transport them.
Surfside Sunshine Market
Taking place just a couple days before Thanksgiving, the Surfside Sunshine Market might just be the perfect spot for you to go and find some local seafood to make the perfect side dish for your upcoming feast. It isn’t just limited to seafood, either, as the market will be offering all kinds of fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, and quite a bit more that you can bring home with you. If you’re going to stay local, why not make your Thanksgiving meal reflect that? Find the perfect cranberry sauce or pick up a pie baked just for the occasion.
Stay in and Enjoy Thanksgiving in Peace
Of course, with all of the things to go out and see, there’s always the tried-and-true Thanksgiving tradition of staying in for a quiet meal with friends and family. Our rentals are equipped with fully equipped kitchen suites that will provide you with all the tools you need to put together a Thanksgiving feast and then some. If you choose to go out and bring something back for the meal, you’ll have everything you need to heat it up and make the meal taste nice and fresh, and if you choose to put it all together from scratch, all the utensils and tools you need are ready to go.
While you’re at it, there’s no need to hide from the cold. When you’re staying with us, the weather is always going to be nice enough to take in the fresh air. Throw open the windows while you cook if you like, and you can even dine waterside if you want to take the meal outside and lounge by the pool or the nearby river depending on which vacation home you choose!
Your Thanksgiving Vacation Is Waiting
No matter how you choose to enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect rental if you stay with Vacanza. Our comprehensive portfolio will make sure that we’re able to pair you with perfect rental property for a party of any size to dine in style. Enjoy that quiet, waterside Thanksgiving of your dreams, or head out into town and enjoy any of the amazing Thanksgiving events that are happening in town. Get in touch with us now to get started on your Cape Coral vacation.
If you’re planning on heading down to Cape Coral this autumn, there’s a wide variety of things to do for the season. With its temperate, hospitable environment, especially with the summer heat and humidity calming down, it’s an ideal temperature to catch some of that ocean air and see the sights. Between nature walks, shopping on the beach boardwalks, and sitting oceanside, there’s no shortage of opportunities to make the most of the weather. Plenty of Halloween-themed events also happen in the area around this time of year, and here are a few suggestions on must-see attractions during your vacation.
Haunted Nature Walk at the Calusa Nature Center
Running for over 35 consecutive years, the Haunted Nature Walk is a volunteer run experience that happens during the last two weekends of October. Nature walks in this part of the state are stunning, with a wide variety of plant and animal life, especially birds, to see up close. Depending on the area, you might get to walk down a wooden walkway built directly into or over the greenery, giving a unique way of seeing the densely packed wildlife from the inside.
Maskless costumes are welcome on the Haunted Nature Walk, and since the event takes place at night, the trail will be ominously lit to really bring the experience to life. It’s recommended to pre-purchase your tickets ahead of time, as availability is limited, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get a more expensive ticket at the door.
Lakes Park Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Bring the whole family out to the Lakes Park Fall Festival, an event that runs for the second half of October and see all of the great attractions they’re putting on. Entry to the event is free, and many of the additional attractions are only a small fee to participate in. A mainstay of the festival is the Halloween Express Train ride, where riders get to see gourd patches, mini villages, and a waterfall. There will be hayrides, inflatables, and plenty of concessions for festivalgoers to enjoy, and a literature themed scarecrow competition will be happening, where competitors dress a scarecrow up as their favorite book character for judging.
Gator Mike’s Frightmare On 78
A great place to visit during any time of the year, Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park has a wide variety of attractions in an environment that’s friendly for all ages. Even if you don’t plan on attending the Halloween event, you should stop by and check out the host of activities. There’s mini golf, go-karts, axe throwing, batting cages, ziplines, an arcade, and more.
Frightmare On 78, however, is not marketed toward children, and is a must-see experience for anyone looking to experience the horror of the Halloween season. Strobe lights, fog, realistic props, cinematic gore, tight spaces, and darkness are all things you should expect to interact with here, and the performers are trained to get a scare out of you. It goes without saying that if you’re not looking to get spooked into jumping a few times, this isn’t the event for you. This event runs every Friday and Saturday through Halloween night, so don’t miss out on your chance.
Ft Myers Halloween Bar Crawl
A great way to experience some of the best bars and night life in the area, the Ft. Myers Halloween Bar Crawl is a large, one night event that draws in hundreds of participants. This event has a very free form structure, where you’re given a list of participating bars to go visit in any order you like after you check in. Participating locations will be offering custom food and drink specials, and the badge you’re given will have your cover waved at all venues. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a costume contest that you can participate in for the chance to win $1,000. Cap off your night with a massive after party that runs from 10pm to midnight, complete with a great martini bar and live DJ set. Tickets are available for pre-purchase online, and the bar crawl happens on October 30th.
South Cape Spooktacular Trolley Event
Running for its 8th consecutive year, the Spooktacular Trolley Event is a 21+ experience that takes participants to various hotspot around South Cape, where drinks and candy will be available for everyone to enjoy. There are plenty of prizes to win as well, with a costume contest, trivia, and “passport” you can get stamped at as many participating locations as possible for a chance to win the grand prize. In addition to all of this, expect a lot of live entertainment, with live music, dancing, and singing all night. Dress for the occasion and hop aboard the trolley to get a unique taste of the lively night life.
Get All the Best of the Season
Cape Coral Rentals offers a wide variety of rentals to complete your perfect stay. Book one of our condos, vacation homes, or luxury rentals as the perfect spot to stay while you experience all of the great Halloween events happening in town!
Picture this: You’ve planned for a beach getaway in the beautiful seaside town of Cape Coral. You’ve packed your swimsuits, flip flops, and sunscreen, expecting nothing but fun in the sun. You open the curtains on your first day in Cape Coral, ready to take on the sun and the surf, when you discover that it’s a rainy, gloomy day. Although an unexpected rainy day can dampen anyone’s spirits during an oceanside vacation, don’t be discouraged! Cape Coral is filled with tons of fun activities to enjoy until the clouds clear and the sun shines again. Keep reading to find out our favorite rainy day activities in Cape Coral.
Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
It’s no secret that the main attraction in Cape Coral is its beautiful beaches and numerous canals. However, when you can’t get out on the water due to inclement weather, there is no better place to be in Cape Coral than the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery! Wicked Dolphin is famous for its variety of small batch, handcrafted rum that is distilled from premium Florida cane sugar. Using local ingredients and the best methods, Wicked Dolphin is a must stop for any spirits lover! On a rainy day in Cape Coral, drown your sorrows with a rum tasting and tour here, offered on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm, each hour on the hour. The approximately 35-minute tour will take you through their distilling process and give you great stories and insights into the history of the Wicked Dolphin Distillery. Best of all, both the tour and the tastings are completely free! This is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon, and while the tastings are reserved for those 21 and older, the tour itself is family friendly and open to everyone of all ages. If you like what you taste, you can pick up a bottle to take home as a souvenir, along with t-shirts, barbecue sauce, and other great items in their shop.
Harbour View Gallery
Although a rainy day may obscure your view of Cape Coral’s beautiful beaches, you can still take in lovely sites by browsing the work of local artists at the Harbour View Gallery. Open daily from 11am to 8pm and conveniently located between the shores and the downtown area of Cape Harbour, Harbour View Gallery is a lovely place to spend the afternoon. Enjoy a variety of works from local artists, from paintings and sculpture to jewelry and crafts, there is something here for every taste and nearly every budget. Each month, the gallery features a 2-D artist and a 3-D artist, meaning that no matter how many times you travel to Cape Coral, there will always be something new to enjoy in the gallery. This is the only artist owned co-op gallery in Cape Coral, which ensures that the artists have a say in how their work is displayed and you can be sure that they directly receive commission from the sales of their works. Since its opening in the fall of 2007, Harbour View Gallery has displayed the works of over 300 local artists!
Cape Coral Historical Museum
What better opportunity to learn about the local history and culture of Cape Coral than on a rainy day! The Cape Coral Museum of History is a great destination for anyone interested in how this Florida town began. Although it has only been incorporated for just over 50 years, the rich history of the area dates back hundreds of years, and the museum is a fun place to explore the history and learn more about the people and landmarks of Cape Coral. The museum is open Wednesdays-Fridays from 11am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Admission is very reasonable, just $5 for adults and free for students with ID and children 17 & under. Usually, the museum allows you the option to browse the exhibits on your own or choose a tour, however due to current health restrictions they are open for museum tours only. Enjoy a guided tour, limited to eight guests plus the tour guide, making it feel like a private experience! Learn great tidbits about Cape Coral and its history. You may even want to return when the weather is nice to explore the gardens and take a free tour of the “Florida-Friendly Gardens” here!
The last thing anyone wants during their beach vacation is a day spoiled by rain. However, when you’re in Cape Coral, be sure to make the most of your rainy day by heading into town and exploring some of the many local destinations that are sure to delight! There is sure to be something to entertain the whole family during your rainy day adventures in Cape Coral. Book your Cape Coral vacation today!
The 4th of July is a fun-filled summer holiday that celebrates America’s birthday, and is the perfect excuse for a getaway! When planning a summer holiday weekend vacation, what could be better than time spent at the beach? For a great beach destination, look no further than the beautiful seaside city of Cape Coral, Florida! Enjoy gorgeous beaches, a lively town atmosphere, and plenty of opportunities for summertime fun! Those looking for a great 4th of July weekend will be delighted by a stay in Cape Coral. Keep reading to find out our top picks for activities during 4th of July weekend in Cape Coral, Florida!
Cape Coral Farmers Market
Your Independence Day weekend in Cape Coral is sure to be filled with lots of excitement and fun, so you may want to consider a more low-key beginning to the weekend. For that, head on over to the Cape Coral Farmers Market to kick off your weekend. Held every Saturday beginning in March and going through October from 8am to 1pm, this is one of the best farmers markets you’ll find anywhere! Not only will you get to pursue a fantastic selection of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and flowers, but you’ll also get to enjoy live music and food vendors. There are also booths dedicated to arts and crafts, making it the perfect opportunity to take home a unique and handcrafted souvenir. Located in the heart of downtown Cape Coral, this farmers market has been a local hotspot for over 20 years. Make time for a stop during your visit to Cape Coral for the holiday weekend and find out what makes this a Travelers Choice pick for things to do in Cape Coral!
Priority Business Solutions Freedom 5k
Start off your 4th of July with a fun activity for the whole family by signing up for the Priority Business Solutions Freedom 5k. Sign up costs are $25 for adults, $20 for Veterans, and just $10 for kids. Shirts are given to the first 800 adult participants and all kids receive a t-shirt and ribbon for participating. Veterans should plan to stay after the race for a special ceremony to honor their service where they will receive a commemorative coin. The 5k race begins at 7am on Sunday morning, followed by the Kids Fun Run. Kick off your holiday by staying active and helping support a good cause, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brotherhood of Heroes and the Special Operations Communicators Association.
4th of July Sunday FUNday
Get the party started early by starting your celebration at Dek Bar for their Independence Day Sunday FUNday celebration! Get there early to enjoy their famous $7 breakfast specials from 9am to noon or wait until 2pm for live music by local musicians such as Tequila Tom and Josh Hoffman. No matter what time you arrive, you’ll get to enjoy some of the best wings in the Cape and their annual $1 corn dog 4th of July special. Cold drinks, great food, and awesome live music is the perfect combination for a fantastic holiday weekend!
Red, White, and Boom!
Of course, you can’t have an amazing 4th of July celebration without a spectacular fireworks show! Luckily, the annual fireworks show at Cape Coral doesn’t disappoint. This show takes place at the foot of Cape Coral Bridge and brings in over 30,000 visitors to the Cape, making it one of the largest events in Southwest Florida. Although you could clamor for a spot in the crowd, you may want to consider purchasing a VIP ticket, which offers you tons of perks including a BBQ catered meal and beverages. Tickets are $35 for guests 13 and over and $15 for guests 12 and under. In addition to having your meal taken care of, you also gain access to a private viewing area in a prime viewing section, a game and face painting area to keep you entertained while waiting for the show to begin, as well as bleacher seating and air-conditioned restrooms. View some of the best fireworks in Florida in great style by purchasing VIP tickets for the Red, White, and Boom fireworks show in Cape Coral!
Hit the Beach
When in doubt of what to do during your 4th of July weekend in Cape Coral, simply hit the beach for guaranteed fun! Consider booking a boating tour to enjoy views of local wildlife such as birds and dolphins or grab a towel and lay out on the sand to soak up some of that famous Florida sun. Whether you want to have an aquatic adventure or simply enjoy the ocean views, your dream beach weekend awaits you in Cape Coral!
Enjoy a 4th of July weekend full of fun in Cape Coral!
Florida is a state full of wonderful oceanside destinations, and Cape Coral is by far one of the most beautiful. It’s waters and shores are full of wildlife, including manatees, dolphins, and many species of native birds, making it a fantastic destination for anyone who loves nature. During your trip to Cape Coral, you’ll soon discover that there are seemingly endless ways to spend time out on the water during the summertime. To make the most of your getaway, consider some of the activities listed below. Keep reading to find out our top picks for summertime activities on the water in Cape Coral!
Book a Boat Tour
One of the top things to do in Cape Coral is to book a boat tour! This is especially helpful to first-time visitors, as it gives you a great lay of the land and plenty of ideas for the rest of your vacation adventures. There are a number of boat tours available in the Cape Coral area, so you can pick the one that is best suited towards your interests. Do you love fishing and want to find the best fishing spots? There’s a boat tour for that! Do you want to learn more about the wildlife in the area? There is a boat tour for that! Do you want to take a sunset tour and enjoy beautiful sunset views? There is a boat tour for that! There are several top-rated boat tours in the area that can personalize a tour to suit your needs. You’ll find that the captains and crews are experts in all things Cape Coral, and you are sure to learn something new on your journey, no matter which tour you decide to book. For the first step to fun on the water, a boat tour is a must!
Yacht Club Public Beach
Those looking to spend time on a great beach in Cape Coral should look no further than an afternoon at the Yacht Club Public Beach! This beach area is a local favorite and best kept secret in the area, but it offers anything you could ask for in a beach day. The Yacht Club Public beach has covered seating areas and a playground that is perfect for those vacationing with little ones. You’ll also find a great restaurant, right on the beach, perfectly located for grabbing a quick bite while you relax on the shores. Unlike some other beaches in the area, parking here is free and there are public restroom facilities. It is the perfect location for fishing, sunbathing, or splashing around in the water. Visit Yacht Club Public Beach and find out why this is such a popular local hangout!
Tarpon Point Marina
Tarpon Point Marina is a luxury marina in the Cape Coral area that is a great location for those looking to have a little adventure in the water. They rent out equipment, such as stand-up paddle boards, single and double kayaks, and boats to guests. Although there are many places that offer decent sunset views, Tarpon Point Marina gives you some of the best sunsets in the area, so it’s a great location for a romantic sunset walk or consider booking their sunset tour. During the day, they sell ice cream and cold beverages to help cool you down during those hot Florida summers.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark
For a different type of experience on the water, consider spending a day at the Sun Splash Family Waterpark! Here you’ll find a range of attractions that are sure to delight the entire family. For a relaxing, low key day at the waterpark, consider the Main Stream River Tube ride, a classic lazy river attraction or explore the ecological boardwalk and the kid-friendly family pool. For bigger kids, they’ll enjoy the Pirate Cove or the Sand Dollar Walk that are interactive and are a great way for them to get that extra energy out! There are also a number of exciting water slides that take you on steep drops, bumps, twists, and turns and are sure to delight even the most difficult to impress thrill seekers. They offer daily rates, season passes, and discounting evening tickets so there is sure to be a ticket level that suits your vacation needs. Starting in mid-June the Sun Splash Family Waterpark is open up 7 days a week from 10am to 7pm.
Whether you are looking to explore the shores of Cape Coral from the comfort of a boat, want to get in the water and play, or want to have full on ocean adventures, there is the perfect activity for you in Cape Coral! Enjoy one of these activities to make the most of your stay in Cape Coral. We hope to see you soon!
Cape Coral, Florida is a fantastic vacation destination for anyone looking to soak up some rays, spend some time in the water, and let all your worries melt away. People flock from all over to enjoy its natural beauty and explore its charms. Although Cape Coral is a great place to visit without a plan, as you are sure to wander into something fun, many take advantage of the opportunity to take a tour and let the locals show them the best places to visit. For the best tour experiences in Cape Coral, consider one of the tours on our list! Whether you like to relax or have an adventure, stay on land or explore the seas, the perfect tour experience awaits you in Cape Coral!
Banana Bay Company Tours
A visit to Cape Coral isn’t complete without at least one trip out on the water! Banana Bay Company Tours is one of the top boat tours in the area, and they were selected for the coveted Travelers Choice award in 2020. If you are looking to sight some local wildlife, then a tour with the Banana Bay Company is a must! They are dedicated to high-quality eco-tourism and they are experts in ecological tours throughout the South Florida region. Explore the estuaries and see dolphins playing in their natural habitat and many other types of natural wildlife. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and feel confident knowing that they are committed to keeping the wildlife safe and preserving their natural habitats.
Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tours
For a great tour experience with a bit of a boozy twist, consider booking a distillery tour at Wicked Dolphin. Founded in 2012 out of a desire to create a truly Floridian rum, their spirits are crafted using 100% Florida sugar and local ingredients and made in small batches using the largest American copper pot still in south Florida! On your tour, you can expect to learn how Wicked Dolphin sources their ingredients, cooks, ferments, and distills their spirits. You’ll also get a peek into the barrel room where you will learn how their spirits get their unique color and taste. Tours are offered every hour, on the hour from 12pm-4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Although walk-ins are accepted, it is highly recommended you make a reservation in advance.
Reel Revenge Fishing Charters
The entire region of south Florida is known as a fisherman’s paradise, and Reel Revenge Fishing Charters knows the best spots and local secrets to ensure you get a great catch! Their captains are experts in the best fishing spots in the area, and your day out on the water will fly by with all of the fun you’ll have. Catch a variety of fish, from grouper, yellowtail, and even shark! Their boats are spacious, well maintained, and perfectly outfitted for a day of ocean fishing. Reel Revenge is considered by many to be the best fishing charter in Cape Coral, with visitors often returning year after year to fish with their friendly staff!
Cruizin the Cape Pleasure Boat
Looking for a family-friendly boat tour in Cape Coral? Look no further than the Cruizin the Cape Pleasure Boat! They offer intimate tours, limited to six passengers, so you and your family can enjoy a personalized tour around the cape. Explore the Gulf, Intracoastal Waterways, and the Cape Coral Canal System on the Karen Marie. Enjoy views of the beaches, and wildlife sightings of dolphins, manatee, coastal birds, and more! Captains Tim and Tom are incredibly knowledgeable about the area and are committed to making your tour experience amazing!
Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden
Although lots of fun in Cape Coral takes place on the water, there is still plenty of fun to be had on land! One of the best local secrets is the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden. Here is a quiet space designed for nurturing the species of butterfly native to Florida. Explore beautiful gardens filled with a variety of butterfly species. Simply enjoy the beauty of the gardens or take advantage of the educational opportunity to learn about native species and how we can play our part as humans to support them. Tours are offered on Monday, Friday, and Saturday mornings.
Make the most of your vacation in the beautiful coastal city of Cape Coral, Florida! Whether you want to let loose, come home with a great catch, or have a relaxing family-friendly experience, there is the perfect tour waiting for you! No matter which one you choose, you are sure to make memories to last a lifetime. You won’t have to settle for anything less than an amazing time in Cape Coral when you choose to book one of these fantastic tours for your next vacation!