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Top 10 Recreation Venues in Cape Coral, Florida

Located in sunny southwest Florida, Cape Coral is not just a vacation destination, it is a great place to enjoy family living. I moved to the city over twenty years ago and have raised four children here. I found it very important to have things for the kids to do. That is when I found out that Cape Coral is absolutely perfect in this regard. There are over thirty parks located in the city and each park boasts unique activities ranging sports complexes to swimming parks. If you don’t have kids - no problem. Cape Coral Parks and Recreation also has amenities suitable for adults. Adults can enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating, and swimming. The city is a great place for retirees but hosts so much for young families to do. This guide reviews many of the parks so that all you have to do is take a look and then head to the park of your choice.

Rotary Park

Rotary Park is a gem located in South Cape Coral. It consists of a 4200 foot environmental center, a butterfly house, a dog park, picnic shelters, a board walk, walking trails and is surrounded by a 97 acre preserve.

For visitors, there are a couple of entrances to this park due to its size. The entry located on Eldorado Parkway at Pelican Boulevard leads to the environmental center, doggie park, playground and butterfly garden area. I have gone to this park many times with the kids. They love the butterfly garden that offers free access at set times during the day and have spent many hours playing at the playground under the trees. The dog park is located under the trees and has buckets for water and benches for the owners (there is a fee and a key entry though so visit the website to find out how to purchase an annual pass).

The entrance off of Rose Garden Road is the one you would want to use if you are a nature lover and want to experience Florida's natural setting. A board walk meanders through the mangroves passing by a lookout tower and ends at waters edge where you will find a covered lookout. This trail is completely wheelchair accessible and great viewing for butterflies.

Burton Memorial Park

Burton Memorial Park is a very popular destination for families with children. It is home of the Cape Coral Girls Softball League and also boasts a playground and tennis court. The facility sits on over 8 acres and is convenient for young families. Parents are able to have an older child participate in softball while having a playground for small children to play in nearby. It is located just off of Del Prado Boulevard behind the Racetrac gas station.

Caloosa Park

Caloosa Park is located behind Caloosa Middle School and is not your typical park. It hosts a football field, concessions, and running track. While it does not have playground equipment on the location it does host Pop Warner football and cheering teams and the track is used for many track meets.

Cultural Park

Cultural Park is not your typical park. There are no football fields or play equipment. It does host a large multipurpose field. Cultural Park is home to the Art League, Historical Society, Cultural Park Theatre and Rose Garden.

Cape Coral's Cultural Park Theatre is a gem. It is a 184 seat theatre that hosts numerous plays throughout the year. These plays are Main Stage productions and Second Stage productions from local artists. In addition to the plays, the park hosts summer concert and a film festival. This is a great outlet for local talent and the plays are awesome. It is nice to be able to sit in a quaint theatre to see our local talent.

But the theatre is not all that you will want to see at this park. Anyone who loves roses will want to walk through the beautiful rose garden or visit the art league. This park boasts culture and beauty and is must see for people visiting or living in our community.

Four Mile Cove Ecological Park

Four Mile Cove Park is located along the Caloosahatchee River and is dedicated to wildlife. This area is leased from the state and is an ecological preserve. The park consists of walking trails, a boardwalk, kayaking and a nature center. The boardwalk takes you through mangroves and has two observation piers where you can view local wildlife.

There is kayaking at the park but the rentals are only available to the public on weekends from November through May. Another note on the kayaking is that this is not a beginner location. There is an 800 foot portage where you have to carry the kayak or canoe and the rentals do not allow children under 6 in the kayaks. Still, for the average paddler this is a beautiful place to view nature.

The south side of the park by the parking lot also has a veterans’ memorial area that offers an outstanding tribute to our veterans. There are several beautiful memorials as well as benches for meditation and relaxation.

This is a great place for a retreat and anyone visiting should take time to check it out.

Hancock Park

Hancock Park is not actually located within Cape Coral city limits but sits on the edge in North Fort Myers off of Hancock Bridge Parkway. I put this here because I have spent hundreds of hours with my kids at this park. The amenities were too numerous to not include in this guide. This park consists of lighted tennis courts, a practice tennis wall, two playgrounds (one for small kids and one for older children), a lighted basketball court, three lighted baseball fields, an open field, and two family pavilions.

This park is the best for families with children of various ages. Parents can have one child involved with baseball while the other children can play on the equipment or enjoy tennis. The tennis practice wall is the best this side of the river in my view. It is the width of an actual tennis court so you really can practice alone in your spare time. This park has been around for over thirty years and even has a lightning detection horn for safety. Every family needs to visit this park. You will not be disappointed.

Mike Greenwells Family fun Park

Greenwells Family Fun Park is a kid favorite in Cape Coral. The park is owned by a former Red Sox player who grew up in Southwest Florida. He opened the park in 1992 to provide a safe and fun place for kids to play. This park has an arcade, batting cages, a small amusement park, go cart rides, a put-put golf course and small pub called The Dugout for the big kids. In addition to the daily fun, the park hosts haunted activities at Halloween as well as other family oriented activities throughout the year. Mike accomplished his goal and has provided a great place for families in Cape Coral.

Cape Coral Yacht Club

Cape Coral Yacht Club has been a favorite for families since 1958. It was an original landmark for our city. This is a one-stop place for families to have fun still to this day. This waterside location offers: shuffleboard, playground, swimming pool, yacht basin, boat ramp, public beach, fishing pier, outside restaurant, pavilion, picnic shelters and a senior center. It is easy to spend an entire day at the park and an easy bike ride from anywhere in southeast Cape Coral. If you want a perfect place for a wedding or to view a beautiful sunset, this is the place to be. The pier side restaurant hosts the weekly sunset festival where residents sit to eat dinner or sip on a beverage as they watch the sun sink low across the river. Our Yacht Club offers the best of Florida for our residents.

Cape Coral Sports Complex

Cape Coral Sports Complex is a must for families who have little athletes. This park sits on over fifty acres and has five soccer fields, five softball fields and four regulation baseball fields. The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation designed this park to be a hub for busy families. In addition to the sports fields, the park has a playground for the smaller children so that they have a safe place to lay with other children while the older kids compete in organized leagues. If you have children involved in soccer or softball, there is a good chance you have the opportunity to hang out at the field and get to know other great families from our community.

Paul Sanborn Park

Paul Sanborn Park is one of Cape Coral's newest parks. It is located on three acres and offers a nice shady place for children to play all year round. The facilities consist of a covered playground, basketball court, walking trail around the perimeter, as well as a pavilion and horseshoe pit. It is a nice place to spend the afternoon and meet other families.

Norma Bolyard

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Top 10 Recreation Venues in Cape Coral, Florida