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Try Out Some Old-Fashioned Games at Cape Coral Parks

Oct 03, 2023 08:00AM ● By Ann Marie O’Phelan

Image courtesy of the City of Cape Coral.

If you want to exercise and enjoy a good old-fashioned game, set down the remote control and joystick and head to one of Cape Coral’s parks that offer outdoor fun, such as horseshoes, shuffleboard, and cornhole. 

“The City of Cape Coral is proud to offer a variety of parks & recreation amenities to its residents and visitors.  If you are looking for some friendly competition and good exercise, you can play sports and games at our parks,” Kaitlyn Mullen, Senior Public Information Specialist for the city of Cape Coral. 

There is no charge to use these regulation-sized horseshoes, shuffleboard, cornhole courts, and pits, but you must bring your equipment to play. They are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, however, use courtesy if others are waiting. The games take some skill but are easy to learn and fun to play. 

Shuffleboard requires alternating players to use cues to push weighted discs down a narrow court, where they ultimately come to rest in a marked scoring area that offers a variety of points to earn in the scoring zone.  Rules and regulations can be found at the USA National Shuffleboard Association at

Try out cornhole during your next visit to a park in Cape Coral. 

Cornhole has players or teams take turns throwing bean bags at a raised, angled board with a hole in its far end. Players strive to land the bag on the board for one point or put it in the hole for three points. Rules and regulations can be found at

Horseshoes uses two alternating players to throw four horseshoes at their targets, which are stakes. A “ringer” is when the horseshoe encircles the stake. Points can also be earned by throwing closes to the stake. Rules and regulations can be found at the National Horseshoe Pitching Association (NHPA) at

Camelot Park offers one horseshoe pit and one cornhole court, Jaycee Park offers one cornhole court, Joe Stonis Park offers two shuffleboard courts and one cornhole court, Horton Park offers one cornhole court, Paul Sanborn Park offers two horseshoe pits and one cornhole court, and Saratoga Lake Park offers seven horseshoe pits. A few new parks will provide more options.

“Sands Park will feature cornhole pits and a putting green. Lake Meade Park will feature cornhole pits and shuffleboard courts,” explains Mullen.

The City of Cape Coral offers various parks with many excellent amenities, such as playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic complexes, community centers, tennis courts, a youth center, a skate park, boat ramps, and a premier public golf course. There is something for all to enjoy at the more than 39 locations. For more information on what amenities are at Cape Coral parks and locations, visit

Ann Marie O’Phelan is a SW Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media.