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5 Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy This Winter 2018 in Cape Coral

Feb 08, 2018 04:43PM ● By Kevin
Cape Coral has plenty of places to go and things to do all year round. Throughout 2017, you may have read about some of them in the pages of our magazine, in our events calendar, our business/places directory, or articles we've written that are exclusive to our website.

Regardless of where you may have heard about them, it can be tough to remember them all. Cape Coral's best activities and places are both well known and off the beaten path. Here are just some of the activities you can explore in 2018 and beyond in your hometown (or on your vacation if you're just visiting).

Scenic Travel

Key West is considered America's Caribbean Paradise. One of the mottos of Fort Myers Beach-based business, Key West Express, is "where getting there is half the fun!" The service provides a sleek, clean, modern, air-conditioned high-speed ferry, featuring sundecks, snack bar, cocktails and big-screen televisions. The ride takes a few hours. Roberta Stephenson, a reservationist for the business, believes it's worth the scenic tour.

"It remains an idyllic tropical paradise that for centuries has attracted writers, artists, musicians, explorers and dreamers with its crystal blue waters, balmy weather, superb cuisine and water activities," she explains, while also defending against the misconception that the waters are a rough ride. "Travel is directly influenced by the weather of any given day.  More often than not passengers can expect a smooth, comfortable, enjoyable travel experience."

Key West Express is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily, and can be reached by calling 239-463-5733, online at, or on Facebook.
"Key West is a pedestrian Island, be casual and comfortable," Stephenson said. "It is laden with history and attractions that are easy to discover but, if you look a bit deeper you’ll find even more adventurous and fascinating 'off-the-beaten-path' spots you won’t want to miss."

Outdoor Adventures

The Yacht Club was built in 1958 and is one of the original landmarks of the City. Located directly on the Caloosahatchee River in a beautifully landscaped setting, the Yacht Club Community Park encompasses a wide range of facilities and amenities including the public beach, fishing pier and community pool.

The ballroom is a popular rental spot for weddings, private parties and business meetings. Click here for ballroom rental information. An enclosed beach pavilion is also available for picnics, BBQ’s, birthday parties and other casual events. For beach pavilion rental info, click here.

In addition, special events and activities are offered throughout the year including the popular "Sunset Celebration" which takes place the first Wednesday of every month and feature 40-50 local arts & crafts vendors, live music, food trucks and gorgeous SW Florida sunsets over the water.

Upcoming Events at the Yacht Club

Modern Muscle Car Expo - start Feb 10 2018 0900AM

Modern Muscle Car Expo - Feb 10, 2018, 9 AM

Enter your car or just come to browse the Yacht Club’s first Modern Muscle Car Expo highlighting SWFL muscle cars! There will be music, food, raffles, a free continental breakfast for ... Read More » 


The Blu-Tones Retro Rock  Roll Revival Show - start Feb 22 2018 0700PM

The Blu-Tones Retro Rock & Roll Revival Show - Feb 22, 2018, 7 PM

Back by popular demand! The Blu-Tones Retro Rock & Roll Revival Show will be returning to the Yacht Club Ballroom for one night on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Come dance th... Read More » 


Manateeum Fundraiser Gala - start Mar 23 2018 0600PM

Manateeum Fundraiser Gala - Mar 23, 2018, 6 PM

Hosted by the Manatee Cape Connection Committee of the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, the Manateeum Fundraiser Gala will be held on Friday, March 23 from 6-10 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yach... Read More » 


Hit the Links

Coral Oaks Golf Course is an 18-hole, Arthur Hills designed, championship course built within a century old oak hammock. The course boasts large TifEagle greens, contoured fairways, and rich natural surroundings. The 8 lakes and 37 bunkers on the course add to its allure and make it entertaining and challenging for golfers of all skill levels.

In addition to the par 72 course, Coral Oaks has one of the largest practice facilities in the area, featuring a driving range with both grass and artificial turf, a chipping area and putting green. There is also a well-stocked pro shop on site with all the latest golf gear, and a full service restaurant and bar, Knickers Pub, to enjoy after your round. For those who are new to the game of golf or would simply like to brush up on their skills, Coral Oaks has PGA professionals on staff to teach golf schools, clinics, and private lessons.

Featured Ongoing Event

Friday Nine  Dine - start Feb 09 2018 0330PM

Friday Nine & Dine - Fridays through Mar 30, 2018, 3:30 PM

Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this winter? Join us for Friday "Nine & Dine" at Coral Oaks Golf Course every Friday afterno... Read More » 


Go for a Hike

Located in north Lee County, Yellow Fever Creek Preserve is mostly pine flatwoods and totals nearly 340 acres in size, according to its website.

"This preserve includes portions of the headwaters of Yellow Fever Creek, a narrow channel that accumulates shallow water during the wet season. There is 2.5-mile marked trail system at this preserve. A pedestrian entrance is located on Del Prado Boulevard, which provides access to marked hiking trails and includes a small unpaved parking area.

"Part of the northern boundary of this preserve is adjacent to the City of Cape Coral’s Major Park. Eventually, the city plans to develop public facilities, including hiking and equestrian trails, parking, picnic areas, and more. These trails will connect to the trails within the preserve."

Additional Recreation Opportunities (outside of hiking)

  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • geocaching
  • nature study
  • photography.

Go for a Ride

The city of Cape Coral, according to its parks and recreation website, is truly a "bicycle friendly community." In 2015, the city received the designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community-bronze level by The League of American Bicyclists.

"Thanks to a public/private partnership and years of thoughtful planning, the city has created eight dedicated bike routes with distinctive signage, informational maps and kiosks highlighting the dozens of landmarks, facilities and recreational activities you can take in on your ride."

In addition, in 2016 the Florida Bicycle Association selected the city of Cape Coral for the Bicycle Friendly Community of the Year (2016) Award.

The bicycling experience offers more than 90 miles of interconnected bike routes bordering nature preserves, scenic canals, marinas, golf courses and the expansive Caloosahatchee River. 

Things to Do in 2018

Did you miss our annual list of things to do in and around your neighborhood? If you did, don't sweat it! Read the full story by clicking below.
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