With more water canals running here than in any other city in the world, Cape Coral is rightly called the “Waterfront Wonderland”, hosting one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Located in Lee County, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral accommodates a sandy beach, 24 hour fishing pier, 39 fabulous parks, and 7 golf courses, making it major tourist attraction. The city itself was a master-planned and pre-platted community ever since 1957, becoming the eleventh largest city in Florida as of 2010.
In Cape Coral, the fun never ends all year round and new seasons bring newer attractions every year. Here is a list of things one can do for free while staying at world’s number 1 place for birding enthusiasts, largely due to the fact that it houses the largest population of burrowing owls in Florida.
- Visit the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife refuge where they offer: fishing, hiking, canoeing, Kayaking and informational nature programs. A must see for nature photographers and bird watchers alike.
- Manatee Park welcomes all families and photographers to come and have a look at their elusive wild manatees, also known as sea cows. Best time for visit is when the Gulf water temperatures are relatively low, and then you can find at least a dozen of these large, mostly herbivorous, fully aquatic marine mammals.
- The Matlacha Pass Aquatic Reserve is another place for families and nature photographers to go and be inspired by its jaw dropping scenery and enjoy recreational fishing and crabbing spots along with hiking and Paddling trails.
- Yacht Club Community Park offers a wide variety of things to do as well, with the most popular being strolling along the beach and hunting for sea shells. Play in the sand and swim with the surf along with a community pool that is located within the park.
- Just outside the vicinity of Cape Coral is the Shell Factory which happens to be one of the largest and massive shopping/activity complex with a gigantic collection of shells, shell themed novelties, gifts, coral and jewelry.
- 24 hour fishing is available at: Four Freedom Park, Bernice Braden Park, and Horton Park.
- Sunrise to Sunset Fishing available at: Four Mile Cove Eco Preserve, Jaycee Park, Sirenia Vista, and Glover Bight at Rotary Park.
Apart from observing nature as never seen before, Cape Coral has its own set of cultural assets as well including:
- Historical Museum
- Art Studio
- The Cape Coral Art League
- Cultural Park Theatre - A 187-seat performing arts facility that serves as home to community actors
- Several regional arts and performance venues including the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
- Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park
- Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
With a tropical savanna climate and population density of 1,471 people per square mile, Cape Coral is a haven for visitors and tourist and its welcoming city for all those nature fanatics out there.