Located near Fort Myers on the Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral is home to beautiful nature preserves, beaches, picturesque canals, restaurants, a choice of water sports and scenic golf courses. Relax at the Yacht Club, shop at the farmers' market, visit the Southwest Florida Military Museum, explore the Rotary Park Environmental Center and stop by the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden on your weekend trip. Here are the best things to do on your day trip or weekend getaway to Cape Coral, Florida.

1. Yacht Club Community Park

Yacht Club Community Park
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The Cape Coral Yacht Club is a public community center situated on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River. Built in the 1950’s, the Yacht Club is one of the city’s original landmarks and one of the top Cape Coral attractions. The Yacht Club is home to Cape Coral’s most popular beach zone; a wide stretch of white sand lines the beach area where families are able to set up chairs and umbrellas.

The Yacht Club also offers a long fishing dock and a community swimming pool. An on-site playground is also available, along with a pavilion, snack center, and facilities. Throughout the year, the Yacht Club is also host to a variety of events and festivals, all listed on their online calendar of events. Explore beautiful Cape Coral beaches on your getaway.

5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-574-0806

2. Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden, Cape Coral, Florida

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The Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden, located at Rotary Park, is dedicated to preserving native butterfly species, and the house is a sanctuary for butterflies from predators, and is one of the best things to do in Cape Coral, Florida. Once the butterflies have hatched, matured, and become grown, they are released back into the wild.

At the butterfly house, visitors are able to witness all four life stages of the butterfly, from egg to bright winged, with free tours on Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings. The guided tours educate visitors on characteristics of the specific butterfly species, and inform them about the mission of the butterfly house. Restaurants in Cape Coral offer many different flavors.

Rotary Park, 1340, 1372 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral, FL 33914, Phone: 239-573-3128

3. Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library

Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library
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The Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library is dedicated to honoring the military and educating the public through the display and preservation of military memorabilia and interpretive information. The museum features informative content, literature, artifacts, and displays beginning with the Revolutionary War and lasting through the current Middle Eastern Conflicts.

The materials used in the museum have all been donated and are certified as authentic pieces. The museum and library are also host to a range of events throughout the year. Admission is free. Browse our things to do in Florida guide for more ideas.

4820 Leonard St, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-541-8704

4. Cape Coral Farmers' Market

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The Cape Coral Farmers' Market is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The market, which holds a seasonal schedule and occasionally closes for off times, is host to a variety of shopping opportunities.

Visitors to the market are able to peruse stalls of locally grown produce, meats and cheeses, baked goods, canned goods, cut flowers, and more.

Additionally, handcrafted goods are also available for sale. The market offerings also include a variety of food truck vendors, who sell unique street food from their location, parked just outside of the market grounds. Florida beaches offer a cheap way to enjoy the natural beauty.

SE 47th Terrace & SE 10th Pl, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-549-6900

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5. Rotary Park Environmental Center

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The 97-acre Rotary Park Environmental Center is comprised of a variety of landscapes and ecosystems. Salt marshes, upland, and ground level rock are all a part of what makes the center a unique Cape Coral attraction. Visitors are able to appreciate the land through a variety of walking trails, boardwalks, and open parks.

A large dog park is also available. An enclosed on-site environmental center hosts nature and gardening classes, exercise glasses, kid’s summer camps, and various festivals and events throughout the year. The Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly Garden is also located at the Rotary Park Environment Center. If you are wondering what to do in Cape Coral, Florida with kids, this is a great place to visit. Tampa Bay Beaches are free and relaxing.

5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-549-4606

6. Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery

Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
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The Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery is a well-known distillery in the region. A favorite spot for rum enthusiasts and tourists, the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery offers a diverse and engaging tour of its facilities.

Visitors are able to participate in guided tours through the site’s distillery plant, where a rum expert provides information on the ingredients, sourcing, cooking, fermentation, and distilling process, all of which takes place on site.

The group then transitions into the barrel room, where visitors witness the unique process that provides the rum with it’s distinct taste and color. Read about the best Florida weekend getaways for a relaxing vacation.

131 SW 3rd Pl, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-242-5244

7. Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

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Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve covers 365 acres, and it is the second largest preserved natural space in the city. The area is comprised of a marshland and river system, and visitors are able to access the area by utilizing a series of walking trails or by kayaking. Visitors are welcome to bring their own kayaks or rent them directly from the preserve.

An on-site visitor center provides information on the region and on the preservation efforts, along with maps and recent wildlife sightings.

Eagles, herons, raccoons, snakes, and a variety of wading and migratory birds call the preserve home. The preserve also has a veteran’s memorial area, which celebrates the lives of those who have served the country in the armed services. Browse our best places to visit in Florida guide for more ideas.

2500 SE 24th St, Cape Coral, FL 33990, Phone: 239-549-4606

8. The Boathouse

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Located at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, the Boathouse is a tiki bar and grill themed restaurant. Open early in the morning throughout the evening, this fun and festive spot features a vacation-like setting perfect for seafood, cocktails, and live entrainment on the beach.

When arriving by car, guests can park in the lot, while boat arrivals can park in the restaurant’s lower level slips. A large wooden deck wraps around the building and connects to a sandy strip of private waterfront beach. Guests can sit underneath the tiki awning, out under the large umbrellas adorning the patio, or on beach chairs looking out at the water. Browse the best romantic Florida islands.

5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-945-2628

9. Sun Splash Family Waterpark

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The waterpark is closed for the season and will reopen in 2016.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark is a 14-acre compound of water entertainment and activities that features a variety of slides, including a 30-foot drop called Cape Fear, a wild enclosed ride call Fun-L-Tunnel, and a free falling experience called the Drop Slide, among several others.

The waterpark also has a lazy river for tubing, an ecological boardwalk for viewing nearby Lake Kennedy, a family pool, racing slides, splash pads, an area for toddlers, volleyball courts, and more. The most extreme attraction is known as the X-celerator, a 48” tall drop, where guests speed along at 30mph, nearly 40 feet per second. Florida day trips offer a great way to explore nearby.

400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-574-0558

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10. Foster's Grille

Foster's Grille
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Foster’s Grille is a small eatery open for lunch and dinner. Popular for its friendly neighborhood atmosphere and casual menu, Foster’s Grille has carved out their own niche of the Cape Coral dining scene.

Some of the Grille’s specialties include its fresh, locally sourced Charburger and hand cut fries, fresh squeezed lemonade, extra thick milkshakes, and homemade cakes.

All menu items are made to order. The dining space is welcoming and relaxed, as Foster’s aims to maintain a backyard BBQ atmosphere. Checkered tables, bright furnishings, and sports memorabilia all add to the home-like environment.

728 SW Pine Island Rd #1, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-573-4454

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11. Harbour View Gallery

Harbour View Gallery
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Harbour View Gallery is a unique art center in Cape Coral. The only artists’-owned co-op in the region, the gallery showcases a variety of local art and also provides framing services. Every month the gallery features an artist of the month and displays an exhibit of their work on site.

Additionally, other artists who practice a range of diverse mediums exhibit and sell their pieces at the gallery. A public reception is held on the first Tuesday of every month to honor the upcoming featured artist and to present the exhibit to the public for the first time.

5789 Cape Harbour Dr # 104, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-540-5789

12. Ciao Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria

Ciao Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria
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Open for dinner, this classic Italian eatery is a popular place to eat in Cape Coral. Focused on providing dishes with authentic flavors and made from fresh ingredients, Ciao Wood Fired Pizza and Trattoria features a menu that highlights favorite Old World Italian fare.

While food fired pizza dominates the eatery’s offerings, a large selection of other meals are also available, including classic entrees, side dishes, and salads. This small neighborhood spot is comfortable and warm and has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Exposed brick and rich paint colors lend themselves to a Tuscan vibe, but the ambiance remains laid-back and casual. Read about the most beautiful white sand beaches in Florida.

823 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, Florida, Phone: 239-471-0033

13. Cape Coral Museum of History

Cape Coral Museum of History
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Encompassing 3 buildings and 3 garden areas, the Cape Coral Museum tells the story of Cape Coral and south-western Florida. Packed to the brim with interesting artifacts, documents, photographs and other memorabilia, the museum is dedicated to collecting and displaying anything and everything about the early days in the region. The Rosen Building was originally the pro shop of the Cape Coral Country Club and now serves as the museum’s front desk and store. Two further buildings showcase the museum’s permanent collection which chronicles Cape Coral’s history from the very beginning to the present day. Guided tours of the museum and gardens are available.

Cape Coral Museum of History, 544 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990, 239-772-7037

14. Tropical Breeze Fun Park

Tropical Breeze Fun Park
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Tropical Breeze Fun Park promises hours of great outdoor fun for the whole family. At the heart of the park you will find a landscaped tropical mini golf course which is packed with fun features including waterfalls, adventure holes and one of the world’s longest mini-golf holes. After your round you can test your laser tag skills on a 30 or 60 -minute extreme laser tag session. The setting is very realistic and you will need to complete a succession of adrenaline-pumping missions. The park is ideal for children’s birthday parties – on-site catering is provided and all you need to do is bring the party-goers.

Tropical Breeze Fun Park, 234 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990, 239-574-3939

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15. HeadPinz Family Entertainment Center

HeadPinz Family Entertainment Center
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HeadPinz is an indoor entertainment center where the whole family can enjoy a variety of activities when you need a break from the beaches and outdoor attractions of Cape Coral. The center has a modern, state-of-the-art bowling alley where you can enjoy screened entertainment while you bowl. If you are not into bowling you can enjoy an action-packed Laser Tag game or head to the Game Zone where more than 40 premium games await you. When you have worked up an appetite you can order some delicious food from their large menu which includes appetizers, sandwiches, wings, tacos, pizza and a large variety of drinks.

HeadPinz Family Entertainment Center, 1899 S. Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990, 239-574-3600

16. Escape the Cape Escape Rooms

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The Escape the Cape Escape Rooms provide an excellent indoor activity for families, groups of friends or couples. Your chosen group will be locked into a themed room for 60 minutes. If your group works together to crack the code you could get out before the time limit is reached. You can request clues from your Game Master to help you solve the riddles but you will need to work as a team to stand a chance of winning your freedom. Newbie’s can start with the Haunted Toy Store, which is the easiest of the three escape rooms, while those who seek a real challenge should try the Blast from the Past Murder Mystery room.

Escape the Cape Escape Rooms, 728 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, FL 33991 239-292-9431

17. Wild About Popcorn

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If you enjoy popcorn, you are going to love this unique Cape Coral store where you can buy just about every type of popped corn you can imagine. The company specializes in producing unusual popcorn for parties and events. Designed to titillate your taste buds with flavors that you would never associate with popcorn, Wild about Popcorn has a flavor (and a color) for all tastes. Of course you could stick to what you know and love – they do also stock original favorites like salted and buttered popcorn. If you are ready to try something completely different you can opt for a bag or tin of their Green Apple popcorn, the fiery Flaming NOT Cheetos popcorn or the decadent Caramelized Roast Garlic flavor. More day trips from Naples.

Wild about Popcorn, 1311 Suite D, Del Prado Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33990 239-829-0527

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18. Coral Oaks Golf Course

Coral Oaks Golf Course
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Carefully carved out of a century old oak hammock, the Coral Oaks Golf Course offers 18 manicured holes where you can test your golfing skills. The surroundings are particularly beautiful and the course benefits from 8 scenic lakes and 37 bunkers which will test your accuracy. However, this championship course offers an enjoyable round for golfers of all skill levels. Other facilities include a particularly large practice area with a driving range, chipping area and putting green. You can pick up anything you need for your game at the well-stocked pro-shop and head to Knickers Pub for a drink after your game. Read about the best things to do in Tampa with kids.

Coral Oaks Golf Course, 1800 NW 28th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33993, 239-573-3100

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