Nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast, the city of Englewood is an enchanting and popular vacation destination that offers sparkling blue waters and activities galore for the entire family. Activities range from fishing along the shore, searching the sandy beaches for seashells, visiting wineries, and embarking on water crafts and boat tours. There is something for everyone in this beachfront city. Book a stay at one of many unforgettable Englewood vacation rentals today. Check out the most exciting things to do in and around Englewood.
1. Search for Shells at Blind Pass Beach
Spend a day searching the sand for sea shells, shark teeth, and even grown turtles when visiting Blind Pass Beach. Referred to as “Middle Beach” by the locals, this secluded area is nestled on Manasota Key between Englewood Beach and Manasota Beach. Featuring calm waters ideal for the little ones to make a splash without getting overpowered by fierce waves, Blind Pass is also a great fishing spot for the avid fish enthusiasts in your family. Take a chartered fishing trip with Rock Bottom Fishing Charters for some expert guidance, or, bring your own rods along for a private excursion.
2. Browse the Crops at the Englewood Farmer’s Market
Let the kids pick out your dinner menu when browsing the fresh fruits and veggies available at the Englewood Farmer’s Market. Fresh, homegrown vegetables are abundant. However, the market also serves as a flea market with plenty of choices for souvenirs. Grab a homemade doughnut from one of the street vendors at the market to satisfy your sweet tooth or let the kids pick out some fresh flowers to spruce up your vacation rental after taking a day trip to this popular tourist spot.
3. Picnic at Indian Mound Park
Enjoy the breathtaking ocean view while picnicking under one of the pavilions at Indian Mound Park. Give the kids a lesson in history when visiting the Indian burial mound onsite. Situated just on the point of Lemon Bay, this park provides you with the venue to fish, swim, build sandcastles, and watch the sunset all in one day.
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4. Take a Fishing Charter Trip
Enjoy a family day of fishing with a little instruction when signing up for a fishing charter. Skilled fishermen from Captain Van Hubbard Fishing Charters, Gator Flatts Charters, and Grande Adventures Fishing Charters offer family-friendly lessons to provide your family with a fresh meal with which to prepare at your Englewood vacation rental.
5. Make a Splash at Englewood Beach
Join other families when making a splash at Englewood Beach. This family-friendly beach offers clear waters to take an afternoon dip with the kids. Just a short drive from your vacation rental, you can spend the day catching waves on your surfboards or building a sandcastle with your little ones. Cross the street for a meal, too, with the variety of restaurants offering fresh seafood nearby, such as Lock ‘N Key Restaurant and Pub, Gulf View Grill, or SandBar Tiki and Grille.
6. Take a Boat Tour
See the beauty of Florida’s Gulf up close when taking a boat tour with the kids. Rent your own boat from Charlotte Harbor Tours and cruise the gulf or sign up for a chartered trip with Gulf Island Tours or Lemon Bay Tours. Dock for a dip at Stump Bass State Park or Manasota Key Beach when the sun is beating down, and your kids need to cool off. Many tour companies also feature snorkeling opportunities so you can view sea creatures while wading the waters. Whether you are a novice or expert snorkeler, opt for a guided tour underwater to entertain the kids.
7. Take Part in a Water Adventure
Feel the cool breeze and the thrill of riding the waves when renting water crafts for the day with your kids. Pick up a few jet skis from Beach Road Watersports, or, opt for a two-person kayak to enhance your water adventure. Navigate the gulf in small catamarans to give the kids the thrills they are seeking. Strap on a few life jackets and test your water skiing skills, or have the kids tow behind your water craft on a raft as the waves crash by.
8. Hike Through Stump Pass Beach State Park
When you need a break from the water, get to know nature with your kids when hiking the trail at Stump Pass Beach State Park. Make it to the stump to see the clear blue waters and maybe even a few dolphins peaking out of the gulf. When the nature walk comes to an end, continue your journey on the sandy beach to see if you can spot a few pelicans, search for colorful sea shells, or nab a shark’s tooth hiding in the sand. Continue your hiking excursion down the miles of the beach or cool off while wading in the Gulf as sunset approaches.
9. Embark on a Wildlife Experience
Get to know nature with your kids when visiting Cedar Point Environmental Park, located just minutes from Lemon Bay. Learn about native plants and butterflies while walking through one of the demonstration gardens, or set out on the trails to see an eagle’s nest. With crabs abound and woodpeckers within earshot, your family can immerse themselves in the best of what Mother Nature has to offer for the day while learning about the environment.
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