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12 Best Things To Do In Cape Coral, Florida

Louise
Updated Jul 30, 2018

Experience the friendliness of Cape Coral, Florida. Known for its 400-mile (643 kilometers) long canal and 355 days of sunshine, Cape Coral is one of the favorite holiday spots for families. Countless activities await you including fishing, boating, water sports, golfing, kayaking, cycling, birding, and shopping. Remember, all of these are available throughout the whole year with the eternal Florida sunshine!


Read on to find out about the top 12 things to do in Cape Coral, Florida.

1. Visiting museums: Cape Coral Historical Museum & Southwest Florida Military Museum

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Posted by Cape Coral Historical Society & Museum on Saturday, 29 October 2016


Did you know Cape Coral was grown out of land-deals and salesmanship? Find out these more of these unknown facts about Cape Coral’s history from the Cape Coral Historical Museum.

The Southwest Florida Military Museum is the best place for getting an overview of United States’ military history from the 18th through 21st century. You will find a good collection of exhibits that describe warfare and military figures during your visit.

Cape Coral Historical Museum

Address: 544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990-1212

Website: Cape Coral Historical Museum

Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library

Address: 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral, Florida 33904

Website: Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library

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2. Cycling along 8 bike routes

Built along the canal are 90 miles (144 kilometers) of interconnected bike routes. Take a scenic bike ride along the canal that leads you through the nature preserves, marinas, golf courses, and the expansive Caloosahatchee River. The paths are safe and well-maintained. Occasionally, you may want to get down from your bike and go about walking or kayaking through a pristine mangrove forest.

8 Bike Routes

Website: 8 Bike Routes

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3. Birding at the Rotary Park Environment Center


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Posted by Cape Coral Historical Society & Museum on Friday, 24 February 2017

You can come to the Rotary Park for birding throughout the whole year. Forming part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, this 97-acre (39.2 hectares) park is a haven for birds since it features ponds, wetlands, salt flats, and uplands. If weather permits, you can join the free tours of the Tome Allen Memorial Butterfly House, which are offered every Monday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 am. You can enjoy the park facilities such as picnic shelters, Liam J. Perk Memorial Playground, Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House, and nature trails.

Rotary Park Environment Center

Address: 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral, FL 33914 

Website: Rotary Park Environment Center

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4. Fishing at Four Freedom Parks/Bernice Braden Park


Being the “Fishing Capital of the World,” Florida attracts more than 2.8 million anglers every year. There is no difference here in Cape Coral, where the long canal promotes fishing activities. Along the river, you will find various spots for freshwater fishing with excellent shade under the bridge and at various parks along the shoreline. Some places are open 24 hours, so check them out!

Four Freedom Parks/Bernice Braden Park - Shoreline & Under Bridge

Address: 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral, FL 33904, USA

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5. Wildlife viewing & kayaking at the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

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Located north of Veteran’s Parkway, Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is one of the largest preserved spaces in Cape Coral that is open to the public. It is a wetland offering a walking trail, visitor center, Veteran Memorial Area, and seasonal kayak rentals. The boardwalks are for everyone to enjoy wildlife viewing, from which you may spot eagles, ibis, herons, and other wading and migratory birds. Stop by the visitor’s center before you start to get some hints of what to look out for.

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

Address: East end of SE 23 Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33990 

Website: Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

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6. Walking and nature trails around Sirenia Vista environmental park

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Sirenia Vista is an environmental park that allows you to walk along the nature trails and view manatees, especially during the cooler months. Fishing is most favorable throughout the year. Kayaking can be exciting as it allows access to Calusa Blueway through Matlacha.

Sirenia Vista

Address: Corner of Ceitus Pkwy & Old Burnt Store Rd., Cape Coral, FL 33991 

Website: Sirenia Vista

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7. Boating on the Caloosahatchee River

Posted by Boating Cape Coral on Thursday, 4 July 2013

Calling for boating enthusiasts of all ages! The city of Cape Coral is best suited for a unique boating experience. Enjoy the sunsets, cool breezes, and fishing along the long canals in safe water. From the canal, you may enter the Caloosahatchee River and Gulf of Mexico for more exciting sailing.

You may access the city’s waterways through the five improved public boat ramps including a BMX Boat Ramp (freshwater access), Burnt Store Boat Ramp, Horton Park Boat Ramp, Rosen Park, and Yacht Club Boat Ramp.

Boating Ramps

Website: Boating Ramps

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8. Go shopping at Cape Coral Farmers' Market

Great day at the Cape Coral Farmers Market!

Posted by Peter Busch on Saturday, 13 February 2016

Now, head back on to the land for fresh produce from Cape Coral. You must visit the farmers’ market for the fresh fruits, vegetables, food, baked goods, made-on-site guacamole, salsa, homemade jams and jellies, pickles and olive mixes, and cheese.

Cape Coral Farmers Market

Address: Cape Coral Farmers Market, 5789 Cape Harbour Dr., Cape Coral

Website: Cape Coral Farmers Market

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9. Family outing at the Yacht Club Community Park

Have a family outing at the Yacht Club Community Park, an original landmark in the city that was built in 1958. Set in a beautiful landscape, the club is located on the Caloosahatchee River. Visitors have access to the public beach, fishing pier, and community pool.

Be sure to check out Cape Coral’s nearby beach. It is located at Four Freedoms Park on the banks of Bimini Basin just south of Cape Coral Pkwy.

Yacht Club Community Park

Address: 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904, USA

Website: Yacht Club Community Park

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10. Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Sunday’s are a blast at Sun Splash! We’re open from 10am-5pm!

Posted by Sun Splash Family Waterpark on Sunday, 2 April 2017

Stay cool in the coolest place in Cape Coral. The Sun Splash Family Waterpark has everything for everyone. Play you hearts out on Cape Fear, Fun-L-Tunnel, Zoom Flume, Drop Slides, an ecological boardwalk, sand dollar walk, Pro Racers, Rain Tree, Main Stream River Tube Ride, Pirate’s Cove, Electric Slide, Power Surge, Thunder Bump, Terror Tube, X-celerator, volleyball court, and the family pool.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

Address: 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991, USA

Website: Sun Splash Family Waterpark

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11. Coral Oaks Golf Course

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Keep your hobby habits alive in Cape Coral by enjoying a few rounds of golf in Coral Oaks Golf Course. With an Arthur Hills design, the golf course hosts an 18-hole course surrounded by a rich green environment. On top of its extensive 72 courses setting, Coral Oaks Golf Course is also the largest practice facility in the area, making it a perfect training ground for one to practice their golf skill under the close supervision of professionals. You can also get the latest gears from the on-ground golf shops that would make great souvenirs for you to bring home.

Coral Oaks Golf Course

Address: 1800 NW 28th Ave, Cape Coral, FL 33993

Website: Coral Oaks Golf Course

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12. Jaycee Park


Jaycee Park is one of Cape Coral’s best attractions. Thanks to its spacious green setting alongside the rich varieties of activities one can participate here, Jaycee Park has since become a local favorite as well as attracting many foreigners to check out the friendliness of the attraction for themselves. Loosen your shoulders and enjoy a nice picnic session here with your friends and families, or you could also check out the fitness stations and gazebo while you are at it.

Jaycee Park

Address: Jaycee Park, 4215 SE 20 Place, Cape Coral, FL 33904

Website: Jaycee Park

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Claim your joy at Cape Coral

Cape Coral is ready for your visit anytime of the year! Go claim your joy here and give your family a holiday treat. Enjoy the parks, nature, water sports, and bring home the taste of Florida from Cape Coral.

This article was originally published on Aug 07, 2017

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