This city’s roots date all the way back to the mid 1800s. In 1876, James and Josephine Lockhart bought land and built a house, which is now the center of the city. Punta Gorda is also home to two haunted places. One, the Sandlin house, is over 120 years old. In 1909, the 14 year old daughter of the owner was ironing on the porch when she spilled kerosene all over herself, caught fire, and died. Since then, the closet in her bedroom refuses to stay closed. The other site is Indian Spring Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries around. Many people have reported seeing paranormal activity here, including ghost lights, unexplainable shadows, and disembodied noises that sound like screaming and moaning.
Welcome one and all to the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. Here you can experience the 45,387 acres of natural wonder in Florida's third-largest state park. Hike the trails, paddle along the water with a kayak or a canoe, take that dirt bike out for a joy ride, go fishing for the big catch, go for an outdoor picnic, and get up close with the local wildlife (Though maybe not too close). Come and see the plant life with mangroves, pine Flatwoods, marshes, and scrub habitats galore. Campers are also more than welcome to explore the preserve's areas, though keep in mind that they are in primitive and remote parts of the wild.
Not only that, but you can check out the visitor's center provided by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC). They are a non-profit organization that offers educational programs based on the environment, guided interpretive hikes to go on, and marked trails that span around six miles. With opportunities like these, its no wonder why anyone would want to visit here. Bring your compass, bring your map, and bring as much bottled water as you possibly can. So come on down to Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park, where the outdoors come to you.
Escape Rooms Unlocked has three locations along Charlotte and Sarasota County. They offer seven different escape rooms. That's a whole lot of puzzles! Try to crack their codes and solve the mysteries behind each unique story line and room design. Invite friends and family to join your for a memorable experience, or get paired with strangers for an exciting way to meet new people. For larger parties or group events, Escape Rooms Unlocked has a portable escape room that they can bring to you! Check out their website and plan your next experience.
The Airport Authority owns over 1800 acres consisting of three runways with the longest at 7,195 feet in length. This small airport has 2 airlines with flights to locations in the U.S. The Enterprise Charlotte Airport Park is becoming the hub for economic development in the County. An avionics shop, flight schools, pilot shop, airframe and engine repair facilities, air charter and air ambulance are all located at the Punta Gorda Airport. Commercial commerce centers are growing with non-aviation companies including the Punta Gorda Speedway.
The Punta Gorda Downtown Farmers Market is an award-winning farmers market in Punta Gorda. The market holds the title of the best small market in Florida and ranks 15th in the United States. The market is open from October through April from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m and May through September from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.