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Peace River Wildlife Center & Ponce De Leon Park
3400 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
941 637 3830
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Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Punta Gorda
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Birmingham, Alabama
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A nice break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife and I really enjoyed walking the pier and talking with the locals about how the fish were biting.
There's some really nice pavilions at the park. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and check it out.
There are also some beautiful historic homes just across the street that you won't want to miss!

Visited April 2013
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Utica, New York
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“Great Volunteers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Great Volunteers doing great work. They were very informative of what wildlife was there and the work that they do there.

Visited April 2013
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Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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“Punta Gorda's treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

When you visit Punta Gorda be sure to take a picnic to Ponce De Leon Park or just buy lunch from the hot dog stand that is there daily. It is on the inlet to Punta Gorda Isles and there is lots of boat traffic to watch coming from the canals. There is also a boat launching ramp for fishing boats or kayaks and a boardwalk nature trail through the mangroves. The spacial treat for the whole family is the Peace River Wildlife Center which houses injured birds and other critters. This is primarily a rehab center but for those animals (mostly birds) with injuries that are such they cannot be reintroduced into the wild, it is their "forever home". There is no fee to visit but be sure to leave a donation to support the rehab efforts.

Visited April 2013
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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“A "feel good" experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Wonderful place to bring visitors to the area. First, the view at Ponce De Leon Park is just beautiful. Clean restrooms, good tables and shady areas. The small mangrove walk is a tiny slice of "real Florida." At sunset you'll see lots of folks in their bag chairs ... reading a book or maybe couple holding hands... and waiting for the free show!

Besides the beautiful sunsets the animals at the Peace River Wildlife Center are awesome! What a great job the employees and volunteers do here. The donation requested is nominal and worth every penny. It is a great opportunity to get "up close and personal" to a variety of Florida's bird population ...

I highly recommend taking a little time to visit this small but worthwhile place. It'll make you feel good as you contribute a couple of bucks and maybe consider volunteering a couple of hours a week!

Visited January 2013
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Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“GREAT!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

A small little center that does so much for wildlife. A must see for anyone in the area. Located on the tip of punta gprda isles with a panoramic view of charlotte harbor.

Visited April 2013
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