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Cape Coral, fondly known as the “Waterfront Wonderland” is a sunshine-filled land perfect for a family getaway any time of the year. From the long days of fishing in the summer to breezy days in the winter, there’s always a way to get out and live life on the water, the Cape Coral way. Spend your time kayaking the city waterways, boating out to the Gulf of Mexico, or relaxing at one of our parks on the Caloosahatchee River. The outdoor recreation is endless, and our city itself has all the things you could want in a family-friendly destination—welcoming and safe neighborhoods, beautiful local parks, and a wide range of fantastic local eateries.

When you’re taking a family vacation to Cape Coral, you might want to plan your trip around a certain event—or maybe you’ve already booked your trip and are curious if there are any family-friendly events happening when you’re visiting. Whatever the reason, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best family-friendly events in Cape Coral for you to check out when you’re on your vacation!

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Cape Coral Festival of the Arts

This event kicks off the year in Cape Coral, as it takes place in January annually. It’s actually one of the biggest art shows in Florida, and one of the best art shows in the United States! Lined along the streets of downtown, you’ll find hundreds of booths selling unique art, spanning everything from paintings to finely crafted jewelry. Pick up a new metal workpiece to display in your yard back home, or a sculpture, professional photo, or piece of pottery to remember your time in Cape Coral. With so much to look at, kids have been fond of the event in the past, and there are also activities and food vendors to keep you entertained and busy!

Taste of the Cape Food Festival

As we mentioned, we have a high number of delicious local restaurants, and this event is your chance to try them all! Taking place in the spring, the festival is held at our city’s Four Freedoms Park, which has a great view of the water and plenty of green space to enjoy. Dozens of local eateries will be selling their delicacies, and there’s live music and activities for families to enjoy as well. You can even come by boat and listen to the concert from out on the water!

Red White and Boom

As the name might give it away, this is Cape Coral’s annual 4th of July celebration, and no expense is spared! Always a family-friendly event, it’s the number one place to see fireworks in Cape Coral, and the Cape Coral Bridge gets closed off so people can get a better view. It’s not just fireworks though, as you’ll also find all the usual festival amenities, such as crafts for the kids, fun giveaways, and family activities—all topped off with the big firework show. There are VIP tickets for sale if you want to reserve a spot with the best view, but the festival and parking are free, making this a perfect family event that won’t break the bank! Be sure to stop by the apple pie baking contest, or if your little one wants to get in on the fun, there’s a banana split eating contest just for kids!

Cape Coral Oktoberfest

The ideal way to welcome the breezy days of autumn, this festival is southwest Florida’s biggest Oktoberfest. You can expect to find an array of German food, as well as a selection of cold brews for the adults in your family. Explore the festival to the sounds of live music, and visit the kid’s section, which includes arts and crafts, games, and rides for the kids. As a bonus, if you’re visiting during the fall, you can also visit the local pumpkin patch in town!

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At Vacanza Rentals, we’re proud to offer a wide array of homes perfect for family vacations large and small. We have a diverse selection of locations all over the city, from homes facing the Caloosahatchee River to those on the wild spreader canals that separate the city from the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve. We also have a few homes that aren’t on the canals, if you’d prefer! Our homes offer upscale amenities such as flat-screen TVs, gourmet kitchens, massive lanais enclosing outdoor swimming pools, BBQ grills, indoor/outdoor areas, game rooms, private docks with room for boat rentals, and so much more.

To experience Cape Coral life like a true local, a vacation home rental is easily the best choice. If you want to book one of the best vacation rentals in Cape Coral, give our knowledgeable team a call today, and we’ll help you book your Cape Coral getaway!