Punta Gorda, Florida, is an exceptional place to visit, especially if you are looking for senior day trip options. My family and I have visited the area on a handful of occasions. As such, there are a few day trip itineraries that I’d like to make mention of. Here they are:
Art, Entertainment and Cupcakes
In my opinion, one of the best times to take your crew to Punta Gorda is when the area hosts its monthly Gallery Walk. The every third Thursday event offers visitors access to a bevy of complimentary entertainment options. There are also opportunities for bargain shopping and noshing on awesome, fresh seafood. The festivities typically kick off at 5 p.m. and run until approximately 8 p.m. If you decide to go, make sure that you take the time to check out the art at the Sea Grape Gallery. I’d also suggest fitting in a game of darts at the Ice House Pub and topping off the evening with a coconut overdose treat from Sugar Island Cupcakes.
Fishing and Fresh Seafood
Another incredible place to spend the day in Punta Gorda is the Fishermen’s Village. It offers seniors access to an eclectic assortment of activities, like fishing, paddleboarding and shopping. I also like the fact that free, live entertainment is usually available around lunch and dinner time. The best place to catch the action at those times is near the center stage. Harpoon Harry’s is also a good place to hang out once sunset draws near. If you want to enjoy a snack while your group checks out the view, I’d suggest giving the conch fritters and firecracker shrimp a try. They are two of my family’s favorites.
Farmer’s Market and Music
Would you prefer a Saturday filled with good food, warm breezes and bargain hunting instead? If so, I’d recommend visiting the summer farmer’s market. It is traditionally held until noon. In my experience, the best time to arrive is right when it opens at 8 a.m. That way, you have time to look around and get settled in before the live entertainment kicks off at 9 a.m. Vendors to put onto your “must visit” list are the German Bakery and Dynasty Guacamole.
Muscle Cars and Milk Shakes
Does your group adore muscle cars? My family sure enjoys looking at them. If you share our enthusiasm, I’d suggest fitting Muscle Car City into your plans. It features an uber cool collection of vehicles that’s apt to leave your crew nostalgic and drooling. Some of my favorites were the Corvettes and the GTOs. There is also an onsite diner that serves up a mean ice cream float and a killer chili burger for lunch. The museum tends to open select days of the week at 9 a.m. and admission fees vary based on age. In addition, there are group rates available. Just make sure that you call ahead to verify the rates and hours of operation.
Source: Personal Experience
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