If you love your rum, don’t miss visiting the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery. Since opening in 2012, Wicked Dolphin has become the largest craft rum distillery in the United States.
Aside from sampling its delicious spirits, enjoy a free guided tour, departing three days a week on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Get a firsthand view of the fermenting and distilling process and see how the final product all comes together. Its unique rum harbors the finest natural and local ingredients to create a drink unlike any other.
If you join the tour of Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery, you’ll also be able to try some of the limited-edition creations that have yet to reach the open market.
There’s something wholesomely exciting about farmers’ markets, so it’s no surprise that the Cape Coral Farmers Market is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Coral. Comprising the freshest regional produce on offer, the market is perfect for those who need to load up the fridge while indulging in some people-watching.
Held every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm in Club Square, the Cape Coral Farmers Market lets you shop for local produce while perusing an enchanting variety of handmade treats.
Like at any farmers’ market worth its salt, you’ll also have the chance to shop for souvenirs and homemade arts and crafts—all while live music floats through the air.
Florida has fantastic year-round weather, so there’s never a bad time to make your way to Sun Splash Family Waterpark. (And that’s especially true if an insufferable heat wave rolls through the Sunshine State during your family vacation!)
Sun Splash Family Water Park is the largest water park in Southwest Florida, and one of the top Cape Coral attractions for families. The expansive park covers 14 acres of pure fun with a great selection of adrenaline-packed rides such as Cape Fear or the 450-foot Electric Slide.
If you haven’t had your fill of hair-raising experiences, free fall 5.5 stories on the epic Thunder Bump Ride. When everyone’s ready to relax, come together as a family and float down the lazy river.
Within the forest mangroves growing along the Caloosahatchee River, you’ll find Cape Coral’s hidden outdoor gem: Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve. The environmental park covers over 350 acres of scenic beauty with a selection of nature trails to explore.
The most popular walking trail through Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve departs from the visitor center. Following a raised boardwalk, enjoy a pristine stroll through the mangroves on your way through a fragile and rare coastal prairie. Soon, it’ll guide you through saltbush and beside giant leather ferns before reaching views of the historic winter home of Thomas Edison in Fort Myers.
Other outdoor activities within the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve include kayaking through the waterways and fishing from the observation deck.
Just a few miles from downtown Cape Coral is another gorgeous oasis for you to explore. Smaller, but no less serene, Rotary Park Environmental Center offers 100 acres of amazing landscapes. The environmental center is also a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
The Rotary Park Environmental Center is well-connected thanks to the series of boardwalks extending throughout, like the roots of a tree. Discover a variety of landscapes, including shallow flats and mangrove wetlands.
For the best seat in the house, make your way to one of the two observation towers for a view from the sky. Peer down below where you could spot gopher tortoises and alligators in the marshlands. When the tide is out, explore the shallow flats to spot oyster bars.
When exploring Rotary Park, you’ll also have the chance to visit the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden. Housing an impressive collection of native butterflies, the garden lets you see the majestic creatures flutter in peace away from the prying eyes of predators in the real world.
Many of the resident butterflies began their life within this butterfly house, growing to maturity under the eyes of the caretakers before being released into the wild.
Educational tours of the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden take place on Monday, Friday, and Saturday. They allow guests to see the four life stages of a butterfly, along with learning about the beautiful local species flying all around you.
If you’re a budding Tony Hawk and wondering where to go in Cape Coral to skate, then head to Eagle Skate Park, the largest skate facility between Tampa and Miami. The popular recreational park brings a lot to the table for skaters or those on scooters and BMX bikes. At Eagle Skate Park, you’ll find an impressive bowl, half-pipes, and a collection of rails and ramps.
Those that know their way around a skate park can sign the waiver and head right in. But if you’re a novice, why not let an experienced instructor take you under their wing? Learn the fundamentals and be well on your way to shredding up the bowl.
Florida is known for its exceptional golf courses, and this reputation rings true in Cape Coral. And Coral Oaks Golf Course is one of the finest in the state. The real strength of the course, though, is that it’s public.
Arthur Hills designed the championship course with a variety of problems for you to solve through the 18 holes. Coral Oaks Golf Course features a whopping 37 bunkers and 8 lakes to navigate.
Before making your way to the first tee at Coral Oaks Golf Club, warm up on one of the largest practice facilities in Southwest Florida or get some tips from the golf pros in the clubhouse. From there, enjoy a beautiful but challenging course that’ll put your skills to the test.
If the typical Florida heat hasn’t shown up or it’s raining, then one of the best places to go in Cape Coral is Harbour View Gallery. The only artist-owned co-op in the area, Harbour View is constantly changing. It’s always got fresh work on display, allowing return visitors to enjoy the experience as much as first-timers.
All the staff members are artists themselves, adding a unique layer to the experience. Explore the city’s finest collection of local artwork with the chance of bringing home a pleasant addition to your living room. The Harbour View Gallery also has a range of handcraft accessories and souvenirs to check out.
One of the top attractions in Cape Coral is the Yacht Club Community Park. Established in 1962, the park was the town’s original waterfront landmark and has long been a popular gathering place for locals.
Within Yacht Club Community Park, you can visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Fort Myers area. On the beach, set along the Caloosahatchee River, you can laze under the sun or dive in for a refreshing swim on a warm summer day. Anglers can take advantage of the adjacent fishing pier while enjoying access to barbecue grills and picnic shelters.
And the fun at Yacht Club Community Park doesn’t end there. Make use of the on-site racquetball and tennis courts or try your hand at shuffleboard.