Looking for things to do in Labelle Florida?
Welcome to Labelle, Florida, the city under the oaks since 1925, often known for its agriculture, tight knit community feel, and a rich history rooted in waterway travel.
When passing through on Highway 80, this town may not look like it has all that much going on, but venture off the highway down the “dirt roads” and you will find more hidden gems than you’d ever guess.
Labelle is a beautiful spanish-moss covered city nested on the Caloosahatchee river. The foliage alone is enough to make you want to stay awhile. While you’re at it, check out the 14 best (in no particular order) things to do in Labelle!
14 Best Things to do in Labelle Florida this weekend
Historic Downtown Labelle
First stop is the Historic Downtown Labelle. History buffs and those looking for a scenic stroll will be sure to enjoy this one!
You can take a self guided historic walking tour of the downtown hub. The downtown Labelle website describes the tour as “an entry into the past,” and encourages guests to “take a step back and listen to the voices recorded so many years ago.” You may want to invest more than one day to this particular adventure, as the audio recordings and walking components can take between 3 to 4 hours to complete.
However you plan to approach this journey, you’ll be mystified and inspired by the city under the oaks and the multitude of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. If you get a hankering to shop or dine along the way there are a variety of local establishments in the downtown area. The Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. falls right in line, being one of the historic elements of this cozy little town.
This popular family run business has made its home in Labelle since 1954. Stop in for some honey, chitchat with the owner, or peruse the collection of honey related items available. Be sure to take a selfie with the locally famous honey mural on the outside wall of this La belle staple.
Downtown Shopping and Coffee Spots
Need a mid-morning pick me up? Stop by the Cottage Under the Oaks for a caffeinated (or decaffeinated) beverage! This stop is relatively new in town and has quickly become a local fave. “The Cottage,” for short, has a small but comfortable outdoor seating area and an indoor boutique style store with locally made items and goodies.
After fueling up at The Cottage, you may want to enjoy some of the shopping within walking distance of this stop. Take a trip to Labelle’s past with shopping at Me and My Girls Antiques or the Country Peddlers Antique Mall across the street. “Charlie’s place,” officially Bridge Street Coffee and Tea, is another long-standing labelle locale. This coffee and lunch spot has homey indoor seating and free Wi-Fi for patrons.
It is located in the heart of downtown right across from the local newspaper headquarters. Snag a free copy of the latest edition of the Caloosabelle Newspaper from the receptacle outside. Right around the corner you can treat yourself to a treasure of your choosing from one of the many discount bins at this lesser known discount bin warehouse. Your best bet is to come early as these discount bins are a huge hit and items move fast!
A fan favorite great for an afternoon date or an evening of family fun is Pelican’s Snoballs. This useful establishment boasts over 100 flavors of New Orleans style shaved-ice snow cones with flavor palettes ranging from classic to board to downright wild!
You can keep it light with just the fluffy flavored ice, or add a cream of your choice to sweeten your treat even more. The local website hits the nail on the head when describing pelicans as a fun, colorful environment with music and free games. Pelican’s offers outdoor seating and games to enjoy. Cool off with an icy treat and then burn off your sugar rush with a game of life size connect four, gigantic Jenga, or oversize TicTacToe, and more.
This place was created with kids and families in mind, and they have succeeded in making an inviting place where your kids can romp around, play, eat, and enjoy. Pelican’s loves to go all out for holidays with themed decorations and at times hosts special events with face painting crafts, bounce houses, and more. Bring Fido along too – he deserves a pup cup!
If you only have time to see one park in town, make it Barron Park. This is one of Labelle’s eleven parks, located right on the Caloosahatchee river. There are gazebos, stages, outdoor seating areas, picnic tables, benches, and a great view of the water and drawbridge.
It’s a great spot for a picnic or a peaceful walk along the river. This park hosts events year round. Some of the highlights are the annual Dachshund Halloweenie race held in October, the artisan and craftsman Wharf Walk with live demos and vendors in November, and the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival rooted in deep southwest Florida history, food truck events, and so on, held in February.
The Swamp Cabbage Festival is easily the town’s most loved event, depending on who you ask. Labelle locals swear by the statement, “you either love it or you hate it!” If you’ve never been, it’s worth finding out for yourself. Check out the event website for more information at https://www.labelleswampcabbagefestival.org/. People travel far and wide to come to this, and it really is something to see.
Arts of the Inland Gallery and Cultural Center
While you are in the area of baron park, consider strolling into the art gallery located on site. It is housed in the historic Christie House built in 1914. Many consider the building a piece of art itself, as it is nearly in original condition. Previously called the Barron Park House Gallery, now renamed and revamped as Arts of the Inland and Labelle Gallery and Cultural Center.
This is a small and charming art gallery featuring monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. The staff is friendly and love to welcome walk-ins to enjoy the art on display. This gallery is a good place for all ages. It’s free to enter and enjoy. The gallery also has a small gift shop and proceeds go to keeping the gallery afloat, as it is run solely on volunteers. Stop in and enjoy art varieties of all mediums including visual, literary, and performing arts.
Various gallery events are hosted year round and the prices are always quite reasonable! From plein air painting classes to family friendly themed paint-alongs, there is a little something for everyone here.
Take a look at their website https://artsinland.com/ and social media to find out more about upcoming events and a list of their monthly art challenges. Please note that the gallery is only open from the months of October through May on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hendry-Labelle Rodeo Grounds
If you are looking for something a little more lively, saddle up and head to the Rodeo Grounds of Labelle. This is a 15-acre complex that hosts concerts, contests, food truck events, circuses, family livestock events, and other shindigs of the like.
Upon entering you will find a main area with a covered seating area, a large covered pavilion, and a collection of animal pens. The most popular event held at the Hendry-Labelle Rodeo Arena is the annual Ranch Rodeo put on by the Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association. At this event, real working Florida cowgirls, cowboys, and ranchers compete with hopes of qualifying for the state finals held in Kissimmee, FL. Roping, Riding, and general rodeo shenanigans happen at this weekend long event.
Typically, kids under the age of 10 get in free and a youth rodeo is usually featured on the Friday of this festival. Come hungry for concessions or stop by the Swamp Cabbage Festival ahead of time for some Swamp Cabbage Fritters.
Truckies Axe Throwing
While we are talking about the kind of fun that gets your heart racing, I have to highlight another new addition to this growing community. For a bit of excitement, check out Truckies- Labelle’s local axe throwing establishment! The indoor set up will remind you of a modern warehouse-bowling alley-driving range, but with axes. During your visit you will receive safety instructions and guidance before and during your axe throwing experience.
The place is set up with sectioned off lanes that are lined with a safety marker to stand at a proper distance while throwing. They also have metal and netted partitions between lanes, amongst other safety measures put in place to ensure guests can enjoy their time here in a responsible manner, free of worry or incident. Truckies Axe Throwing is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
They are located at 390 Bridge St, LaBelle, FL 33935. If you are feeling apprehension but interested in giving axe throwing a try, stop in and talk to the staff and/or owner at Truckies. When it comes to the nitty gritty of axe throwing, we’ll leave that for the experts.
With several of Labelle’s featured entertainment options only available on the weekends, Zeze’s paintball is a good “anytime” activity as they are open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Zeze’s caters to family fun for ages 7 and up. Here you can soar down their 10-foot zip line, sing karaoke and of course, make a colorful splash in their paintball center.
The price for paintball varies depending on the number of people in your party. You can visit their website at zezespaintball.business.site to get a quote.
Zeze’s also tends to run specials and coupon codes on their site so it’s worth a few clicks to find out. This is a simple place on a mission to provide safe and reasonably priced fun for locals and visitors alike.
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Firehouse Community Theatre
Be dazzled and inspired as performers take the stage at theThe Firehouse Community Theatre. This community centered establishment has been a well loved staple of Labelle for over 30 years. If you plan to stick around for a while, or if you live in the area, consider taking a step into the limelight. The theatre is staffed 100% by volunteers and is often looking for actors.
The shows rotate on a seasonal schedule and feature a variety of plays and musicals that cater to different audiences each season. The December season is devoted to a family friendly musical with a holiday theme. They run about 6 to 8 shows per month, most of which are evening curtain calls, with 1 to 2 Sunday afternoon performances.
This theatre puts on about 5 different plays per year- one for each of their seasons. They have a great website that details the upcoming shows and seasonal performances, including the timelines for each spotlighted show being featured. This year the seasonal rotations include Four Old Broads on the High Seas, Divorce Southern Style, Elves and the Shoemaker the Musical, Sidekicked, and Same Time Next Year.
For your young aspiring actors, check out their summer youth program where kids become the stars of the show. You can find information about upcoming shows and happenings on their website at http://www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com/.
Walk into the Barron Library and you will immediately find a bookshelf of free to keep books of all genres. Peruse this selection of freebies for a bit, hopefully finding a treasure to take in, and then be welcomed by the inviting staff. This is a cute little library but a gem nonetheless!
Friendly employees will greet you with a warm smile and offer up help finding whatever it is you may be seeking. There are tables and seating areas tucked into quiet places all throughout the library for your enjoyment. They have multiple computers, free wifi available to all visitors, and of course, an assortment of interesting books to get lost in. Part of the Hendry County Community Libraries cohort, this small neighborhood library and its partner branches offer many opportunities and experiences to be had.
Not just for the book worms, this library hosts a milieu of things worth checking out. Some of the highlights are sewing club and chess club. Check them out on social media or give them a call at (863) 675-0833 to find out about current clubs and upcoming events.
Labelle Nature Park and Captain Hendry House
A gorgeous hiking and bird watching spot you won’t want to pass up! Upon arrival you will pull up to a makeshift pebble parking area off one of the towns neighborhood roads. It can be easy to miss but step inside the gateway and be transported into a gorgeous and serene nature park.
When walking the trails, I have often thought how could this possibly exist right here off the side of this residential road? There is something mystical about this place that makes it feel like you’ve just entered a little enchanted forest. This lush hammock environment of footpaths features places to stop and sit for a while. There are cross trails, parallel trails, and a perimeter loop that takes you down the riverbank of the Caloosahatchee waterway.
The website describes it perfectly: “While much of the eastern end of the Caloosahatchee River is nothing like it once was before settlers came to this part of Florida and wanted it dredged for commerce, this nine-acre peninsula in the city of LaBelle captures the spirit of the past.” The Labelle Nature Park is home to a historic Hendry County landmark, the Captain Francis A. Hendry House. This is the home of Labelle’s founder and county namesake. This landmark is officially named in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, making it a highlight of this community you should not skip out on!
Labelle Heritage Museum
While we are getting our dose of true Labelle history, let’s touch on another great spot to enjoy, the Labelle Heritage Museum. The artifacts housed in this museum showcase both historic and current components that give essence to the town. This is your expert stop to dive into a vast history with decades old news publications, photographs of the phases and stages of this ever evolving area, and exhibits with items procured from both the town itself and other nearby areas.
If you want to know more about the culture and heritage of this interesting little town on the river, this is the place to go. Be sure to check their hours of operation before making a trip to the Labelle Heritage Museum, as they are somewhat limited.
Their mission statement paints a picture of the core purposes and features stating their mission is, “To gather the stories of the County’s pioneer families. To preserve historic sites, artifacts and records. To promote historical research and knowledge. To present events which make history “come alive” for our community,” and they do just that! Make history come alive with a trip to this local spotlight.
Pints, Pies, and Brews
After traipsing through the beautiful foliage and getting lost in the rich history of Labelle, you can enjoy a relaxing treat at one of several great kick-back spots.
For your sweet tooth, dip into the Michoacana ice cream shop or stop in Two Peas Cafe, home of Granny Ella’s pie, for this famous dessert that has made quite a name for itself. A quick google search will come up with articles on this little cafe that has people coming from all over the country to have a taste.
The Michoacana is an authentic and delicious Mexican ice cream shop and quick bite restaurant. The parking lot is often packed and locals frequent this shop, speaking to the quality of this cash only establishment. The Labelle Brewing Company is another great choice for a refreshing beverage or meal.
They have indoor and outdoor seating, a menu of american fusion cuisine, and a tasting room. Locally owned and inspired by local flavors that are transformed into carefully curated craft beer in their in house taproom, so you know you are in for a treat. Those 21 and older can check out their website for a list of their rotating and seasonal drafts or get a closer peek into what this brewery is all about at https://labellebrewingco.com/.
Sports Complex and Dog Park
The last spot on our Tour de La belle is the community dog park and sports park, housed together and tucked away down a side road. The dog park has two side by side enclosures, one for small dogs, and the other for large breeds.
There is plenty of open field for the four legged friends to roam, a few pieces of agility play equipment, and two covered seating areas and some benches for their humans. On the same property you will find the Hendry La belle Sports Park. Bring your tennis rackets and volleyballs to enjoy the tennis courts and sand-pit volleyball. The park also has two playgrounds and a pavilion with electricity that can be reserved for special use. Other features of this complex are racquetball and basketball courts, a paved walking track, and a large parking lot. There are two sing sets to enjoy and public restrooms on site.
The pavilion is open to the public for use as a covered picnic and seating area when it is not rented out for a private event. You can reserve the pavilion or find out more about all of Labelle’s eleven diverse parks and find your perfect park at https://hendrylabellerecreation.org/parks/. Local events and classes, such as Zumba, are often held at the sports park.
You can find information about classes and events on social media. Please note that this park is not to be confused with the Labelle Regional Sports Complex, which is currently under construction but coming soon. Both the dog park and the sports park are very much up and running and ready for you to enjoy!