A Hoot of a Visit to the Peace River Wildlife & Education Center

If you are in the Punta Gorda area, which is in Charlotte County on Florida’s Southwest Coast, it might be worth the short trip over the bridge to Punta Gorda Isles. It is here that you will find the Peace River Wildlife Center.

It is not a big place and will only take about an hour to visit, but don’t let its small size fool you; the mission is big, and the work that is being done here is making a huge difference in the lives of some of Florida’s most precious creatures.

The birds and reptiles that reside here are rescues and are no longer able to survive independently in the wild. They now serve as ambassadors and educators, reminding us humans of the consequences of not being good stewards of our natural environment and to educate us on the importance of conservation and wildlife protection.

Among the birds we viewed were Hawks, an American Bald Eagle, A Great Horned Owl named Bella, and this beautiful and rare white Screech Owl.

The Peace River Wildlife Center runs solely on donations and admission is free, however, a $5 donation is suggested.

The Peace River Wildlife Center is located at 3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 and is open to the public daily from 11 am to 4 pm.

The area is very scenic, and John and I made our visit to Punta Gorda a nice day trip. We visited the Wildlife center and then headed down the street to Fisherman’s Village for some shopping and lunch. Also at Fisherman’s Village is King Fisher Fleet sightseeing cruises that offer Charlotte Harbor & Peace River full-day, half-day, afternoon, and sunset cruises.

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