Looking forward to fall? So am I. There's an abundance of outdoor activities in the Sunshine State, but it takes too much endurance to indulge in them in these brutal summer temperatures. If you're looking for ideas for when fall finally arrives (maybe by December?), the folks at Port Charlotte and the Gulf Islands have options:
Kayaking, sky diving, fishing and golfing are the main attractions in the Port Charlotte area, which also includes the communities of Boca Grande, El Jobean, Englewood, Manasota Key, Palm Island, Placida and Punta Gorda. There are also amazing sunsets, if you aren't the extreme sports type.
Check out the highlights:
Start your engine: Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City museum (Punta Gorda) showcases classic cars, trucks and automotive memorabilia and accessories, including vintage gas pumps and signs. There are nearly 200 classic cars, trucks and automotive memorabilia dating to the 1920s. (musclecarcity.net)
Go Fish: Charlotte Harbor is known as the "Tarpon Capital of the World," offering clean waters that host dozens of sport and edible species. Charter captains in the area say that anglers could fish a different way in a different place for different fish for six months without repeating. (kingfisherfleet.com)
Take a Dive: First-time sky divers can tandem jump with an experienced instructor at the SW Florida Skydive Club, which also offers group rates and jump videos set to music. (skydiveswflorida.com)
Glide by Sail or Paddle: Named to SAIL magazine's "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the U.S.," the area offers regattas, sailing charters and schools, including sailing for those with disabilities. (charlotteharbortravel.com)
Go for the green: The Charlotte Harbor area offers year-round golf on more than 20 courses. The Visitor & Convention Bureau regularly posts golf vacation packages. (charlotteharbortravel.com)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun