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Cape Coral

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Piers & Boardwalks · Distilleries · Wildlife Areas
Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, pre-planned community, the city grew to a population of 154,305 by the year 2010. The city's population estimate was 165,831 for 2013 and 179,804 for 2016. With an area of 120sqmi, Cape Coral is the largest city between Tampa and Miami. It is a principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population estimate for the statistical area was 679,513 for 2014. The city is known as a "Waterfront Wonderland", with over 400mi of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city in the world.HistoryCape Coral history began in 1957 when two brothers from Baltimore, Maryland, Leonard and Jack Rosen, flew over the peninsula known as Redfish point, across the Caloosahatchee River near present-day Fort Myers. Cape Coral was founded as Redfish point. Leonard and Jack Rosen, who were Real-Estate developers, purchased a 103sqmi tract known as Redfish Point for $678,000 in that year and, in 1958, began development of the city as a master-planned, pre-planned community.The Gulf American Land Corporation (GALC), was formed to develop the area. Canals were dug, streets paved, houses and businesses built. Cape Coral was promoted like no other Florida development. Celebrities were brought in to tout the benefits of "the Cape", as it is known locally. The first building was the Rosens' company headquarters, at the corner of Coronado and Cape Coral Parkway. Cape Coral's first permanent resident was Kenny Schwartz, the Rosens' general manager. Cape Coral's first four homes were completed in May 1958, on Riverside and Flamingo Drives.
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Cape Coral
Pier / Boardwalk
Cape Coral
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Duration: 2 hours
Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery ©
Distillery
Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Cape Coral Farmers Market ©
Farmers Market
Cape Coral Farmers Market
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Cape Coral

Miromar Outlets between Naples & Fort Myers ©
Factory Outlet
Miromar Outlets between Naples & Fort Myers Estero
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Stump Pass Beach State Park ©
Beach
Stump Pass Beach State Park Englewood
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Manasota Key Beach ©
Beach
Manasota Key Beach Englewood
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Englewood Beach ©
Beach
Englewood Beach Englewood
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Cape Coral

Rotary Park Environmental Center ©
Wildlife Area
Rotary Park Environmental Center
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Duration: 2 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Harbour View Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Harbour View Gallery
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Cape Coral Historical Museum ©
History Museum
Cape Coral Historical Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Cape Coral

Veterans Memorial Park ©
Park
Veterans Memorial Park
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Sirenia Vista Park ©
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Sirenia Vista Park
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Four Freedoms Park ©
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Four Freedoms Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House
Garden
Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Cape Coral

Coral Oaks Golf Course ©
Golf Course
Coral Oaks Golf Course
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Duration: 2 hours
Palmetto-Pine Country Club ©
Golf Course
Palmetto-Pine Country Club
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Duration: 2 hours
Hunters Run Golf Club ©
Golf Course
Hunters Run Golf Club
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Duration: 2 hours
Cape Royal Golf Club ©
Golf Course
Cape Royal Golf Club
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Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Cape Coral

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve ©
Wildlife Area
Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Tenacity Guide Service ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
Tenacity Guide Service
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library ©
Specialty Museum
Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Captain Jack Boat Tours ©
Wildlife Area
Captain Jack Boat Tours Matlacha
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
Koreshan State Park ©
State Park
Koreshan State Park Estero
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Duration: 4 hours

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