Adjacent to Fort Myers on a large peninsula bordered by the Caloosahatchee to the east and Matlacha Pass to the west, Cape Coral is a “waterfront wonderland” city that features 400 miles of canals and waterways and dozens of recreational parks and facilities. Access a variety of Gulf beaches though the surrounding areas, like Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach, as well as tropical islands and fishing grounds.
Cape Coral Yacht Club/
Four Freedoms Park
5819 Driftwood Parkway
4818 Tarpon Court
Built in 1958, the yacht club is one of the city’s original landmarks. Along the Caloosahatchee, the community park features a public beach, fishing pier and community pool. An enclosed beach pavilion is available for picnics, barbecues and parties. The popular Sunset Celebration, scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, features local arts and crafts vendors, live music, food trucks and more.
Four Freedoms Park is nestled on 3.2 acres and overlooks Bimini Basin. Located off of Cape Coral Parkway, between Coronado Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard, it offers a large, shaded, fenced in area with playground equipment. There are several picnic areas and a sunbathing-only beach on site.
Four Mile Cove
2500 S.E. 24th St.
The city’s second largest preserved green space with 365 acres, Eco Park is a brackish water wetland area that features a boardwalk walking trail, visitor center and Veterans Memorial area. The preserve is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset. Possible wildlife sightings can include eagles, snakes and more. Kayak rentals are available on the weekends only, November thru May, at the Kayak Shack Outpost.
Coral Oaks Golf Course
1800 N.W. 28th Ave.
Built in a century-old oak hammock, Coral Oaks is an 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed championship course. It boasts large TifEagle greens, contoured fairways and natural surroundings, along with eight lakes and 37 bunkers. There is a driving range with grass and artificial turf, chipping area and putting green, as well as a full-service restaurant and bar and pro shop. PGA professionals are on staff to help.
Cultural Park Theatre
528 Cultural Park Blvd.
The 184-seat community theater presents a dozen productions during season. In addition to the main stage productions, the company offers second stage productions – original works by local writers – a summer concert series and film festival. The Broadway season, which kicked off in September, will run through May. Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors,
13 for students and $10 for those under 12.
Cape Coral Historical Museum
544 Cultural Park Blvd.
The museum features a picture display of the history of Cape Coral, as well as a large mural of the former Cape Coral Gardens – or Rose Garden – a Native American Room, a Military Exhibit, an authentic Cracker House and more. It is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tours available. Admission is $5; children under 18 are free.
Along Cape Coral Parkway, from Coronado Parkway to the Cape Coral Bridge
The downtown Cape area is home to unique retailers, dozens of independent restaurants and bars, as well as entertainment venues. The South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations host an array of activities year-round, like trolley runs, while the city sponsors holiday events and more in the area.
Cape Harbour/Tarpon Point
5700 block of Cape Harbour Drive
5900 block of Silver King Blvd.
Both Cape Harbour and Tarpon Point offer waterfront shopping, dining and recreation, along with marinas that house fishing charters, boat rentals and guided tours.
Cape Coral Farmers’ Market/ Surfside Sunset Market
Southeast 47th Terrace and
Southeast 10th Place
Veterans Parkway and Surfside Boulevard
Open from October through May, the Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is held in the Club Square every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Year-round, the Surfside Sunset Market takes place on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Shops at Surfside. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral, both markets feature fresh local produce and fruits, baked goods, salsas, jellies, pickle and olive mixes, and more.