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Punta Gorda

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Punta Gorda is a city in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 16,641. It is the county seat of Charlotte County and the only incorporated municipality in the county. Punta Gorda is the principal city of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also in the Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda Combined Statistical Area.Punta Gorda was the scene of massive destruction after Charley, a Category 4 hurricane, came through the city on August 13, 2004. Charley was the strongest tropical system to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and the first hurricane since Hurricane Donna in 1960 to make a direct hit on Florida's southwest coast. In the immediate years following the storm, buildings were restored or built to hurricane-resistant building codes. The new buildings, restorations and amenities concurrently preserved the city's past while showcasing newer facilities. During this time, Laishley Park Municipal Marina was built and the Harborwalk, Linear Park and various trails were created throughout the city for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.HistoryThe name Punta Gorda has been on maps at least since 1851, referring to a point of land that juts into Charlotte Harbor, an estuary off the Gulf of Mexico. It was in the late 1800s that early settlers began to arrive in what is the present-day Punta Gorda area.
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
Fishermen's Village ©
Marina
Fishermen's Village
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Duration: 2 hours
Peace River Wildlife Center ©
Zoo
Peace River Wildlife Center
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Muscle Car City Museum
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Cape Coral
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Caspersen Beach ©
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Caspersen Beach Venice
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Stump Pass Beach State Park Englewood
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Wildlife Area
Captain Jack Boat Tours Matlacha
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Hidden gems in Punta Gorda

Laishley Park ©
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Laishley Park
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Duration: 2 hours
Babcock Ranch Preserve ©
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Babcock Ranch Preserve
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Gilchrist Park ©
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Gilchrist Park
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Museums in Punta Gorda

Military Heritage Museum ©
Military Museum
Military Heritage Museum
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Duration: 4 hours
Punta Gorda History Park ©
Specialty Museum
Punta Gorda History Park
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Duration: 2 hours
Blanchard House Museum ©
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Blanchard House Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
A. C. Freeman House ©
Specialty Museum
A. C. Freeman House
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Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Punta Gorda

Ponce de Leon Park ©
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Ponce de Leon Park
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Duration: 30 minutes
Harbor Heights Park
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Harbor Heights Park
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Duration: 2 hours
Hathaway Park ©
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Hathaway Park
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Duration: 2 hours

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