15 Best Things To Do In Cape Coral, Florida

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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!

Stay in one of the best pet-friendly vacation rentals or luxury villas in town, and read on to find out about the fun things to do in Cape Coral, Florida.

1. Have your seafood fix at Twisted Lobster

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Which is your favorite? Our Lobster Sampler lets you try Lobster from 3 different regions...Come judge for yourself! Answer; All Lobster Is GREAT!

Posted by Twisted Lobster Cape Coral on Thursday, November 21, 2019

It’s Florida! Of course, you’re going to find a seafood restaurant on this list. One of Cape Coral’s best dining spots is Twisted Lobster. If you dare to eat raw, their freshest snow crab, shrimp, and gulf oysters catch are available to you! Their entrees are a mix of seafood and meat, including lobster mac and cheese, ribeye steak, Norwegian salmon, and gulf grouper. Hearty meals like these, especially in such a laid-back city, calls for pairing with house wines or ice-cold beers. Come to Twisted Lobster to get your seafood fix soon!

Twisted Lobster

Address: 1341 Del Prado Blvd S #1, Cape Coral, FL 33990, United States

Website: Twisted Lobster

Opening hours: 11:30am - 9pm (daily)

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2. Get a taste of Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery

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If you’re partying with friends in Cape Coral, why not support local businesses and get your alcohol needs from Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery? This local shop in town is popular for its award-winning rum that’s been created with Florida sugar cane and other local, natural ingredients. For premium rum, you can try the coconut, key lime, or vanilla bean if you’re feeling adventurous. They also have a house vodka. If you’d like to see more of their spirits, you can actually book a tour of the distillery.

Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery

Address: 131 SW 3rd Pl, Cape Coral, FL 33991, United States

Website: Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat: 11am - 5pm

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3. View the artworks at Harbour View Gallery

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Posted by Harbour View Gallery on Monday, May 3, 2021

For the art enthusiasts out there, one place you will have fun visiting in Cape Coral is Harbour View Gallery. This art gallery displays juried local art and is actually owned and staffed by the artists themselves. Regularly, this attraction will host a program with monthly highlighted creators and allowing them to sell their work. Some works are island-inspired paintings, 3D art, accessories, and many more. If you’re thinking of a place to visit in the city aside from the beach, consider this vibrant art gallery.

Harbour View Gallery

Address: 5789 Cape Harbour Dr # 104, Cape Coral, FL 33914, United States

Website: Harbour View Gallery

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

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

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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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5. Cycling along 8 bike routes

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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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6. Birding at the Rotary Park Environment Center

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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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7. Fishing at Four Freedom Parks/Bernice Braden Park

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Posted by Four Freedoms Park on Monday, December 17, 2018

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

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This is what makes our area special..meandering manatees on a beautiful spring day! Thanks for sharing, Egidia!

Posted by Preserve 4 Mile Cove on Friday, April 14, 2017

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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9. Walking and nature trails around Sirenia Vista environmental park

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Posted by Sirenia Vista Park Friends on Thursday, February 18, 2021

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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10. Boating on the Caloosahatchee River

Caloosahatchee River
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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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11. Go shopping at Cape Coral Farmers' Market

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Posted by Cape Coral Farmers' Market on Friday, August 14, 2020

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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12. Family outing at the Yacht Club Community Park

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Posted by Cape Coral Yacht Club on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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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13. Sun Splash Family Waterpark

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Everything is better in the sunshine! Come out and enjoy 14-acres of water slides, pools, and fun– we’re OPEN DAILY!

Posted by Sun Splash Family Waterpark on Monday, June 28, 2021

Stay cool in the coolest place in town. The Sun Splash Family Waterpark, one of the places with the best Cape Coral activities, 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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14. Coral Oaks Golf Course

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Reminder: Coral Oaks will close at 3:30pm on 12/24 & will be closed all day on 12/25. Be sure to reserve weekend tee times early at 239-573-3100 or www.CoralOaksGolf.com.

Posted by Coral Oaks Golf Course on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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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15. Jaycee Park

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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 in here, this Cape Coral attraction 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 monument
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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. We hope that this list will help you plan your trip if you don’t know what to do in Cape Coral just yet.

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Frequently asked questions about things to do in Cape Coral, Florida

  • What are the top attractions to visit in Cape Coral?

    If you’re looking for the best attraction in Cape Coral, then you should visit the Cape Coral Historical Society & Museum to know how the city comes to life, Yacht Club Community Park, where you can fish and swim, and Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve to see ibis and herons.

  • What are the best outdoor activities in Cape Coral?

    There are plenty of outdoor things to do here in Cape Coral, and most are water activities, like fishing, kayaking, boating, and more. But if you want to experience the best outdoor activity here, you should walk along the trails of Sirenia Vista environmental park and see manatees.

  • What are the most popular things to do in Cape Coral with kids?

    A lot of kid-friendly activities await you when you visit Cape Corals, like is swimming at the Sun Splash Family Waterpark. Another must-try kid activity here is picnicking at the Jaycee Park.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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