Things To Do In Punta Gorda Isles


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After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile. But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
8655 Piper Road
Punta Gorda,
FL
US
The custom-built steel tanks in Fat Point Brewing's production brewhouse can produce close to 1,000 gallons of beer a day, or enough to fill about 10,000 cans. At that scale, a small miscalculation can be disastrous, so naturally the brewmasters do all they can to make sure their recipes have been fine tuned precisely. That's why, before putting a beer into full production, they use a 20-gallon pilot system to test and tweak new recipes. Even after that they're not satisfied: first beers go on to a small-batch brewhouse before they graduate to the full production brewhouse. Their beers can be found from Naples to Fort Myers to Cape Coral to Punta Gorda to Sarasota, and as far north as Bradenton. They're currently being offered at some of the best bars and restaurants in Southwest Florida. Fat Point Brewing's tasting room serves as the proof of concept for this system. Here, taps flow with the likes of Chorange Stout, a milk stout, or Big Boca Ale, a Pilsner ale with a blend of caramel and vienna malts. The taproom pours Fat Point Brewing's latest creations seven days a week. Alternatively, you can use the brewery's online BeerFinder or spin an empty bottle of Ryeght Angle IPA and follow it to one of the many Florida establishments serving their brews.
611 Charlotte st
Punta Gorda,
FL
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Using the experiences gained during years as a professional racecar driver and builder, Competition 101 Racing School founder Stuart Lycett trains the next generation of podium finishers during one-on-one racing lessons. Whether behind the wheel of stock cars, Trans Am T2 sports cars, sprint cars, or open-wheel cars, pupils soak in on-track experience on dirt tracks, short ovals, speedways, or road circuits while radios and on-board video cameras record every turn for scrutiny during future feedback sessions. In addition to their introductory class, instructors also offer one-, two-, and three-day school programs. After the three-day program, studious speedsters may complete their training by competing in a sanctioned race event in front of paying spectators and a real checkered flag. Stuart and his crew also welcome interns willing to work for six months in exchange for a free three-day racing school program.
8655 Piper Rd.
Punta Gorda,
FL
US
Visit Beef 'O' Brady's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine. Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. At Beef 'O' Brady's, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. Your large group can all sit together at Beef 'O' Brady's. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Beef 'O' Brady's patrons come in casual attire. For the tastes of Beef 'O' Brady's from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. The lot adjacent to Beef 'O' Brady's provides free parking for diners. Meals at Beef 'O' Brady's usually set you back about $30 per diner. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Beef 'O' Brady's serves up all three meals.
1105 Taylor St
Punta Gorda,
FL
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During guided tours, captains transport passengers between the coasts and along waterways of the barrier islands. They may embark on explorations of Cayo Costa State Park, a natural wildlife preserve, or take guests shelling and swimming off Sanibel Island beaches. Powerboats, jet skis, and sea kayaks are also available for rent, allowing customers to explore the bay and islands on their own. Many perfectly seaworthy crafts begin their departure from the company's hexagonal wooden pagoda, which huddles on a sandy shore separated from the surrounding hotels by gently waving palm trees.
33 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda,
FL
US
Engines start to roar, propellers spin, and a large parachute expands into the sky, carrying a light aircraft and its passengers toward the clouds. Silver Lining Aviation's certified instructors create adventures like this every day as they teach visitors to soar behind the controls of sport aircrafts such as powered parachutes, weight-shift trikes, and gyroplanes. Led by licensed FAA flight instructor Craig Ewing, Silver Lining's team takes prospective pilots on introductory flights that allow them to experience aircrafts such as the Airwolf 912 and nibble on different flavors of clouds. The aviation experts also sell sport aircrafts, which patiently wait onsite as customers work through custom ground- and flight-training programs. In most cases, the flight instructors prepare their pupils for aerial navigation in as little as two weeks. They also assist new pilots with replacement parts, provide 24/7 support, and cook oil soup to feed hungry aircraft.
36880 Washington Loop Road
Punta Gorda,
FL
US
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