The family vacation is a time-honored tradition that doesn’t always go smoothly but is worth every effort we put into making these getaways special. It almost doesn’t matter where you go, as the most important part of the story is spending time with your loved ones, but if you want to make your vacation shine, choose Cape Coral as your destination and our Vacanza Rentals summer sanctuaries for your home away from home is the best way to do so! Offering everything that makes Florida special and all the comforts and luxuries you and your family deserve, THIS will be the family escape you will never forget! Our guide to things to do in Cape Coral with family to enjoy during your summer adventures in Cape Coral will help make sure you don’t miss out on a single moment of fun!
The Simple Moments
Not all family-friendly activities have to involve a lot of moving pieces. Sometimes the simplest moments are the ones that can make the biggest impact as you enjoy the time spent with your family. The taste of an ice cream cone on a hot summer day can never be a bad thing and Ice Sssscreamin, 520 Cape Coral Parkway E is destined to offer all the delicious proof you need. This stand-alone shop offers over 75 flavors and just makes us happy. Seriously, how can you not be happy when sitting at a table under the clear blue skies of Cape Coral, watching your kiddos desperately try to keep up with the melting cone (and failing, of course, but that is just a part of the charm of the moment!)
Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park, 35 NE Pine Island Road
The alligator is Florida’s official state reptile, but don’t worry, there are no real gators at this family fun park trying to interrupt your enjoyment of the day! Offering batting cages, go-karts, and ax throwing as well as a plethora of other activities that will have you wishing the day could go on forever, Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park truly does put the fun back into family adventures! One of the more difficult aspects in planning a family vacation is trying to find something that EVERYONE can do together, but Gator Mike’s makes that part of the planning look easy! Ax throwing is an activity best experienced by those who are 14 or over and if you want to sip while you toss you will have to be over 21, but you can already see how much more enjoyable this park is than many others you may have visited over the years! Mini golf, a virtual reality gaming arcade, and paintball offer even more examples of why Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park is perfect for you and your family!
Dolphin Tours with Banana Bay Tour Company
Anyone over a certain age may remember a television series about the dolphin named Flipper but even if you aren’t old enough to remember the beautiful creature, you will definitely enjoy one of the dolphin tours offered by the Banana Bay Tour Company! Offering a variety of tours, including a romantic Sunset Tour you may want to check out on a return visit, our favorite tour is the Half Day Ecological and Dolphin Cruise. This three-hour cruise takes you to where the dolphins are playing, but also gives guests a peek into the lives of the beautiful birds that make their home in the area. Learn all there is to know about these beautiful creatures and all there is to know about the importance of continuing conservation activities AND enjoy a visit to Picnic Island where you can enjoy the picnic lunch you packed in advance, hunt for shells, or simply bask in the glory of the island’s natural surroundings! Swimming is allowed here as well, so don’t forget to wear your suit under your clothes!
Sandcastles with the Kiddos
Of course, you will want to spend as much time as you can on the beach, especially when you remember how much fun you had with your own parents at the age your children are. Building sandcastles at the shore’s edge is another one of those time-honored family traditions requiring nothing more than sand, water, parents, kids, and a variety of buckets and shovels. Oh, and if you sprinkle a handful of imagination into your adventure, the sandcastles you build will reach magnificent proportions!
Stay Home and Play
The most magical of memories will be made without even having to leave the boundaries of our Vacanza summer sanctuaries! Swimming in either community or private pools, enjoying barbecues in which you have grilled your own catch of the day, and movie nights with the family gathered around the state-of-the-art televisions, munching on freshly popped popcorn recently prepared in our fully equipped kitchens! Reserve your favorite summer sanctuary today!
Cape Coral is the definition of life on the water—hundreds of miles of canals form a giant playground for those looking to participate in a bit of water recreation, and it’s one of the few places where you can boat to your favorite restaurant. Besides all the water activities you can splash into, you’ll also find lots of things to do locally, including outdoor recreation, indoor activities, family-friendly fun, and great local dining—just to name a few! To add to the attractiveness of our unique locale, we’re also less than an hour from tropical Gulf Coast beaches, as well as Fort Meyers which offers tons of additional things to do. If you’ve been looking for the perfect vacation destination, you’ve found it, so start planning your Memorial Day Cape Coral getaway today!
Live Life on the Canals
Spend Memorial Day on the water, taking a picnic along on the boat as you cruise up and down the Caloosahatchee River marveling at the sights, or spend the morning fishing for a fresh catch to BBQ up for a Memorial Day dinner. Besides providing plenty of ground to cover in the city, canals also lead out to the river and other interesting areas like the spreader canals, where one side borders the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve. You’ll never run out of ways to enjoy life on the water when you visit Cape Coral for Memorial Day!
Explore Local Cape Coral Attractions
From the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery to the Sun Splash Family Waterpark, you’ll find there’s an array of activities to be explored in Cape Coral. Stop by Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park for a selection of thrills ranging from go-karts to carnival rides—there’s even mini-golf, which can make for a great date night activity! If you’d like to learn more about the unique terrain of Cape Coral and how the city came to be, be sure to stop by the Cape Coral Museum of History, where you can educate yourself on what makes Cape Coral a one-of-a-kind place! Just over the bridge in Fort Myers, you’ll find the IMAG History and Science Center, which can be a great way to escape the heat of the day and where the kids will love the interactive exhibits.
Visit State Parks and Wildlife Watch
Cape Coral is home to many escapes that a nature lover would put at the top of their list! Right in town, you’ll find the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve, a wetland preserve that features walking trails through mangrove forests, along with kayak rentals so you can explore the preserve by water. To the west of Cape Coral lies the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, where you can kayak and fish, as well as watch for birds and other wildlife. There are hiking and paddling trails that provide access to the preserve, or you can sign up for a tour with a local company like Gulf Coast Kayak.
Adventure to Fort Myers and Beyond
Beyond the additional eateries and activities in Fort Myers, you’ll also find that Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach are less than an hour’s drive away! Make a day trip of it and pack along with snacks and a picnic lunch to enjoy at the beach, or even bring your own BBQ supplies in a cooler and use the beach charcoal grills to whip up a Memorial Day BBQ. Popular beaches on Sanibel Island include Lighthouse Beach Park and Bowman’s Beach, and on Fort Meyers Beach Bowditch Point and Crescent Beach Family Park are sure to be bustling spots. Even better, if you book a vacation rental with private dock space, you can rent or bring your own boat and be zipping to the Gulf in a fraction of the time it would take to drive!
Enjoy Memorial Day the Cape Coral Way
Kick back with a cocktail and observe the sunset over the Caloosahatchee River from the deck at The Boathouse or take your own boat to dinner at Rumrunners—these are just a few of the ways you can relax on Memorial Day weekend, and you’ll find there are several Cape Coral restaurants that you can boat to! Other favorites include the Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar and Grill or try The Dek Bar and Ralph’s Place for live music. However you celebrate, you’ll find tons to do this Memorial Day weekend in Cape Coral!
Reserve Your Memorial Day Vacation Rental with Us Today!
Your Cape Coral vacation begins with your dream vacation rental, and that’s where we come in! Our canal-front homes can include features such as private lanai-covered pools, private docks, BBQ grills, large flat-screen TVs, and everything else you need for a fantastic Memorial Day getaway. To learn more about reserving one of our Cape Coral properties for Memorial Day weekend, give us a call today!
If you’re looking for a great vacation spot to spend your summer, then you’d be hard pressed to do better than Cape Coral. If you’re from somewhere that has particularly intense summers, you’ll find that you can escape some of that tough summer heat when you come visit the area. Cape Coral is a wonderful destination for anyone who enjoys the beach, and you’ll find that the cool breeze coming in from the Gulf is great for cutting down the heat even on some of the more intense summer days. If you’re really looking to cool off, the water is definitely warm enough for a long swim, and you’ll be able to stay cool while having fun.
On those days that the heat is just too much, or if you’re looking to stay indoors during most of your trip anyway, you’ll find there’s plenty for you to enjoy in town. Cape Coral has been growing fairly quickly over the years, and that kind of growth brings in all kinds of unique businesses for you to visit, especially restaurants. You’ll love going out and experiencing all of the great seafood in town on a hot summer day, and some of the restaurants are located right on the water for that premium atmosphere.
Booking in Advance Saves Money
Getting started early on booking your summer vacation in Cape Coral comes with all sorts of advantages that you’ll enjoy. Though we have a massive portfolio of different vacation homes available to you, waiting longer to book means you’re less likely to be able to book that perfect find if someone else saw it first. Not only will you be able to choose the home with all of the perfect amenities for your stay, but you’ll also be able to secure the prime location to cut down on travel times between your favorite beach spot and restaurants. Booking several months in advance will really open the world of rentals up to you, so start browsing as soon as possible and get those plans started.
Rates are usually better the earlier you secure your vacation rental, too. The sooner you lock in on your vacation home, the more money you save. Avoiding paying those higher rental costs or last-minute fees is a great way to keep your vacation budget looking great, especially since you’ve put so much work into making your vacation happen. All of that hard work going right back into your bank account means you’ll be able to have more fun while you’re here, and who doesn’t want that?
Spending the Extra Time Planning Pays Off
After putting in a bunch of hard work during your daily life, you’ll be ready to get some of the wonderful rest and relaxation. If you wait until the last minute, you might be creating more unnecessary stress for yourself, and that’s definitely not what going on vacation is about, so save yourself the trouble by putting in the work early. If you give yourself the extra prep time, you’ll find that you can put together a really solid plan before you even leave to begin your trip, and you won’t have to worry about crunching when you’re short on time. With as many things as there are to do in the Cape Coral area, you might find it overwhelming if you show up without a plan, so even if you’re just picking a few spots that you’re curious about, having some kind of itinerary will definitely help you in the long run.
Don’t forget about all of the possible seasonal events going on while you’re in town, either. Cape Coral can get pretty lively depending on the season, and people really love the summer weather at the beach, so there’s a strong chance there’s something special going on while you’re in town. If you find something you’d like to attend, planning in advance means you might just be able to shift your vacation days to make that special occasion.
Look Forward to the Good Times
Escaping all of the stress is the most important part of your vacation, and you might be getting off to a bad start if you aren’t careful. If planning winds up being too stressful, you might not be able to rest easy when your vacation is right around the corner. Once you’ve put together your full plan, you’ll be able to mark it down on your calendar and wait for the good times to begin. After all, if the planning went well, how much more fun is the vacation going to be?
There’s actually even more reason to make sure you put together the whole vacation ahead of time. You’ll be able to enjoy some extra mental health benefits when you know that you’ve got a reward coming up. Weeks to months of hard work will feel more justified when you know you’ve got something you’ll enjoy right around the corner, and there are even studies that suggest your life will have overall improvement due to the anticipation alone.
Summer in Cape Coral is Waiting for You
While you spend some time considering what it is you’d like to do while you’re in town, you can rest easy knowing our team of agents is on standby waiting to help you with any and all questions you might have. With all of the important in-depth knowledge about our portfolio of properties, they’ll be able to match you up with the perfect home for your vacation goals. Get in touch with us now and start your summer escape to Cape Coral the right way.
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!