Fishing, boating, exploring various museums, and visiting nature and amusement parks are common activities in Cape Coral, Florida. The sandy beaches, 400 miles of canals and over 30 recreational parks make Cape Coral a relaxing, family-friendly destination.
Cape Coral is a coastal community with a number of water system networks, including a mega-river, lakes, an immensely long canal and a variety of golf beaches, and it serves as a sporting and fishing area for professional and amateur boaters. Cape Coral also holds the annual Cape Coral Cardboard Regatta Festival in April. Surrounded by estuaries and protected by an undeveloped mangrove ecosystem, the waters in the city make a perfect habitat for diverse types of marine animals. A number of fishing charters offer boat tours and provide equipment for saltwater and freshwater fishing.
The city has more than 30 recreational parks, and the Sun Splash Family Waterpark is southwestern Florida's largest waterpark and one of the city's most popular attractions. Open from March through September, the park features more than 14 acres of swimming pools, slides, food stalls and restaurants. Cape Coral is also home to a number of nature preserve parks, including the Four Mile Ecological Preserve, which offers kayaking and canoeing facilities. The nature preserve also has a 4,500-feet nature trail and the Rotary Park Environmental Center, which is home to the Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House.