Cedar Point Location Map

Cedar Point Visitor Center Hours:
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Trail Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset Every Day


CHEC at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Visitor's Center
Cedar Point Visitor's Center

Cedar Point Park was purchased by Charlotte County in 1992, trails were established in 1995, and the Visitor Center opened to the public in 1998. CHEC has been actively involved in its management and the coordination of educational and recreational programs since 1995.

The Park is a 115-acre Charlotte County Park located in Englewood across from Lemon Bay High School that borders Ainger Creek, Oyster Creek and Lemon Bay. Three hiking trails lead directly to Lemon Bay. Trail maps are available at the Visitor’s Center.

Cedar Point also has guided walks, special event lecture programs, a Native Plant Butterfly Garden with plants identified, an historical Cookie House building, and an Eagle's nest, to name a few of the things you can experience at this Park.

The Cookie House
The Cookie House

The Cookie House was a part of the Bass Biological Laboratory and Zoological Research Supply Facility Company established c. 1931 on New Point Comfort Road in Englewood. As the first full-time marine station on the Florida mainland, the laboratory’s mission was to promote scientific marine exploration in southwest Florida. The lab ceased operations in 1944 and the “Cookie House”, which served as lab and office of John Bass, was moved to Cedar Point Environmental Park in 2006.  Read more about this historical structure and why it is called "The Cookie House".

Eagle Nest
Eagles at Cedar Point

American Bald Eagles have nested in the Park since at least 1992! Every September, the eagles return to breed and raise their young.  By April, all are ready to fly to their summer homes and return once again the next fall.  A viewing tube along the trail allows for easy eagle watching.

Stop in the Visitor's Center and purchase some local honey, collect free maps and educational literature, identify shells with the Sea Shell Display, and visit the "Touch Table". Plenty of other displays depicting the local flora and fauna be found here as well.   

To protect our wildlife, Dogs are not permitted in the park. Please take only Pictures and Leave only Footprints!


CEDAR POINT WISH LIST- Please Help, if You Can!

  • Shelving/Shelves (metal preferred) for basement
  • Large White Board for Center planning schedules and meetings
  • Projector for Lectures and Workshops
  • Laptop - ours REALLY needs to be upgraded
  • ATV or MULE for trail maintenance & safety
  • Thank you to:

  • Sea Tow for children's life vests
  • Fisherman's Edge for bait supplies
  • Capt. Ron Blago and Andrew Morris for technical fishing assistance
  • Polly Allen for 2019 Ecological Calendar
  • Denise Girard Estate for books, shelving, etc.
  • Carol Leonard & Coastal Wildlife Club for pull-down projection screen
  • All our wonderful volunteers!

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT CEDAR POINT:


Free SEAGRASS WADING ADVENTURE!

Explore the aquatic environment of Lemon Bay using nets and viewers. Participants walk a short distance to the Bay and wade into the shallow waters in search of sea horse, pipe fish, scallops, crabs and more before releasing them to their watery homes. All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited so make your reservations early by calling 941-475-0769!


Lemon Bay Volunteer Monitoring Program

Lemon Bay Program volunteers monitor 16 locations within the Lemon Bay area; testing pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and more. Attached are the most recent analysis results:

Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas Information for Lemon Bay


Wildlife and plants observed within the park

Birds

Birds listed were seen and heard by volunteers over many years. (List currently under construction)

Plants

A few of the many plants that have been observed growing in the park. (List currently under construction)

Amphibians, Mammals and Reptiles

Some of the animals that have been observed active within the park.