Tour the gorgeous city of Sarasota from the seat of a bike!

Bike Tours in Sarasota

Bike Tours in Sarasota

 

Sarasota Bike Tours is a unique way to experience Siesta Key and beyond. They are the first and only bike company in Sarasota and they plan for everything you could need! Bikes, helmets, kayaks, snacks or picnic lunch and a local guide are all provided for you. Taking one of their trips allows you to enjoy the more hidden beauty of Sarasota while being active with friends or family. The owner of the tour company is a Sarasota native, so he knows all the best back roads, nature and architecture to explore from the seat of a bike or kayak through Sarasota, Siesta key and Lido Key.

Siesta Key Sunset Tour

Want to explore the number one beach in the U.S.A? With this tour you can experience a leisurely ride on the roads and on Siesta’s white sand beach. Take in the renowned Siesta Key sun set while enjoying a glass of wine or beer with your snack at the end of your trip, which is all provided by Sarasota Bike Tours. The tour starts and finishes in the Siesta Key Public Beach parking lot, and if you are staying on Siesta Key they can usually begin and end at your condo, hotel or beach house.

Duration 2 hours

Distance 5-7 miles

Price $49 (This tour includes a snack and beverage.)

Siesta Key Ride & Kayak Tour

This tour also starts at Siesta Key Public beach, and then continues down Midnight Pass Rd to Turtle beach, where you will be prepped for a kayak trip through old Midnight Pass, the Jim Neville Marine Preservation and turtle lagoon . You will conclude with a short ride back to the Siesta public beach, or your condo, hotel or beach house.

Duration 4 hours

Distance 8 miles

Price $99 (This tour includes a box lunch.)

Why not enjoy an adventure off of Siesta Key on your vacation? Sarasota Bike Tours also has excursion to explore Lido Key and our beautiful downtown area:

Downtown Historic Tour
Lido Beach Sunset Tour
Lido Key Bike & Kayak Tour
Ringling Mansion & Sarasota Bay Front Tour
Taste of Sarasota Tour

Sarasota Bike Tours offers a 20% discount for guests who bring their own bike.

Prices include bikes, helmets, and all equipment. Sarasota Bike Tours accept requests for any tour on days not previously booked. Feel free to call if you have any questions or special requests.

Contact Info:
Jason Crain
(941) 313-0613
jason@sarasotabiketours.com
http://sarasotabiketours.com

The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts are happy to suggest a wide variety of activities during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Wind down your Sunday Fun-Day on Siesta Key with the local rhythm of the drum circle!

Drum Circle on Siesta Key Drum Circle on Siesta Key

Wind down your Sunday Fun-Day on Siesta Key with the rhythm of the local drum circle!

When you’re vacationing on Siesta Key don’t hurry off the gorgeous beach on Sunday afternoon, stay for one of the most eclectic gatherings of people you’ll ever see!

After a fun-filled day of sun bathing, swimming and building sand castles with the kids stay and relax for a while, you won’t want to miss out on the local marvel that starts up one hour before sunset. The Siesta Key Drum Circle takes place every Sunday just south of the main pavilion – follow the music, you can’t miss it! Catch the festival-like ambience in the beautiful setting of a Siesta Key sunset with a unique Sarasota tradition that started with just with a few local musicians and has grown into a weekly event. Widely known by all Sarasotans, the drum circle is open to the public and is free-form drum group that anyone can join. You can enjoy drummers, hula hoopers, belly dancers, fire jugglers and various other types of street performers. You will feel a true beachy vibe with the music and the little ones will love to jam out with the dancers and drummers. There’s no better way to end your week, or vacation on Siesta Key than in the care free atmosphere of local musicians and performers while watching the sun set on the beautiful white sand! Bring a blanket and the family to the beach on Sunday evenings during your next visit to Sarasota! If you are thinking about vacationing on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida.  Watching the ebb and flow of several hundred residents and tourists, it’s hard to imagine the humble handful that started the drum circle more than a decade ago. These days, the crowd of weekly regulars and occasional visitors has made this unofficial Sarasota spectacle one of the largest drum circles in the nation! An open invitation to all is one of the reasons for the circle’s success – everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.So, for a truly unique Sarasota vacation experience, be sure to pack your tambourine or maracas and head over to the Siesta Key public beach. Held on Sunday evenings, the fun starts about an hour before sundown but plan on arriving a little early as parking fills up quickly. Whether you’re planning to join the jam or just hang out with the crowd, bring your blanket and bongos and enjoy the carefree rhythms and performers of the amazing Siesta Key Drum Circle!

If  you are thinking that the Sunday night drum circle on Siesta Key sounds a fun event to you….. take advantage of this fun event and stay at Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key. It is only  a quick 10 -15 minute walk up the beach to the Public Beach!

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
800-235-3493
(941)-349-3330

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What is there for kids to do in Sarasota?

There is plenty to do for kids in Sarasota!

There is plenty to do for kids in Sarasota!

 

Okay… the family trip is planned! You are headed to Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida!  The kids are excited and you have extra sunscreen packed already! You  know the kids are going to want to to swim and play at the beach as much as possible…

But are we going to do to entertain them when they have had enough surf and sand?

Fortunately, Sarasota has more than our beautiful beaches to entertain the kids!

Planning a vacation on sunny Siesta Key and wondering….  is there something else to do if my little ones get bored with splashing in the gentle waves and building sandcastles in the sugar white sand? Not likely to happen… but the answer is an emphatic YES!  When you take a short ride  off Siesta Key just over the  the bridge you will find that Sarasota offers lots of one-of-a-kind kid fun! Sure we have malls and movies and all the stuff you would find back home – but my suggestion is to take your kids to at least one of the unique fun spots that those of us from Sarasota grew up loving!

Mote Marine

You must visit the dolphins and manatees at MOTE Aquarium in Sarasota, FL

Mote Marine Aquarium
Mote Marine Aquarium is a world-renowned show case of research and over 100 marine species including manatees, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles. This is a great hands on learning environment for the whole family while visiting Sarasota! There are touch pools, interactive exhibits and working labs. They also have some new exhibits such as a narrated training session with sharks, a marine paleontologist attraction where kids can dig for fossils, and the seahorse conservation laboratory.
http://www.mote.org/

Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays
Tickets: Adults (13 & older): $19.75
Seniors (65 & older): $18.75
Youth (age 4-12): $14.75
Children (age 0-3): Free

Kids and families love to visit the Jungle Gardens

There is so much to do for kids and families at the Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
This is one of Florida’s first attractions and is still a huge hit today. Jungle Gardens is full of beautiful flora, fauna and over 150 native and exotic animals! During your visit you can see birds, primates, small animals, alligators, snakes and Florida’s notorious pink flamingo. This fun spot reels in visitors of all ages.

http://sarasotajunglegardens.com/maintenance/

Park information:
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 355-5305

Big Cat Habitat

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Big Cat Habitat
Lions, tigers, bears oh my! Come see a plethora of exotic animals at a somewhat hidden gem of Sarasota. You and the kids can watch thrilling educational demonstrations and maybe even watch the trainers head inside of a lion’s mouth! And the little ones will love the petting zoo.
http://bigcathabitat.org
Hours: Wed-Sun 12:30 PM to 4 PM

Sarasota’s Bay front Park
This island park is right on the beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay. Sidewalks wrap all around the waterfront with benches and swings and picturesque scenery. You can roller blade, picnic or dine at one of the two restaurants on property. The best part is the water fountain area for kids to play which was my personal favorite place to go growing up, not to mention its free! Dogs are also welcome in this park.
Water Fountain Hours: Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) 10 AM to 7 PM
Winter Hours: (Labor Day to Oct 31 and April 1 to Memorial Day) 10 AM to 5 PM

For more information about family friendly resorts on Siesta Key contact:

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.comThere is plenty to do for kids in Sarasota!

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Siesta Key Paddleboard Time!

SUP on Siesta Key

SUP w/ Studio Rubylake on Siesta Key. Stand Up Paddleboard

Stand Up Paddleboarding,(SUP), is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports on Siesta Key! Recently, I decided to try paddle boarding myself. I wanted to be able to share a first- hand experience with our interested Tropical Beach Resort guests. Let me start by saying, I don’t think anyone would use the word “athletic” when describing me, and I can’t ever recall being referred to as graceful in my lifetime. Don’t get me wrong, I like to play outside and have fun… but I was seriously wondering if I would be falling off my SUP in the first five minutes. I called a couple of my friends (also fun- loving middle-aged women) that had never gone paddle boarding before and asked them if they would take a leap of faith, grab a couple boards, and hit the calm beautiful Sarasota waters with me while we made a video. We decided to take a popular Siesta Key instructor with us on this journey who quickly taught us the ins and outs of SUP, and offered to give us a private Pilates class on the water. Courtney Kees, from Studio RubyLake, immediately put us at ease, and we began to trust very quickly that we had a pretty good chance of staying on our boards. One of the first things I noticed was how spectacular our views were as we were standing up tall, spotting dolphins. I found my experience to be exciting and yet peaceful at the same time. It dawned on me that this was actually a really great way to get a super overall workout. Paddle boarding makes us use our balance and strength to remain upright while we propel ourselves in the water. This means that we are truly using almost every muscle at some point while still being gentle on our bodies. (Taking it easy on the joints and knees, thank-you!) Cardio fitness is said to greatly improve with SUP, and although I have not been doing it long enough to confirm this, I can confirm that it’s a great core workout and has helped me increase my balance.

My girlfriends and I really loved practicing Pilates on our boards. It definitely added some extra balance to the activity. The ambiance of being on the water along with the sunshine made the experience feel a lot more like fun than exercise.

The verdict came in quickly that we could not wait to schedule our next “paddle board girl- time”. Honestly, I don’t see us entering the next local paddle board race in October (http://www.sarasotasupseries.com), or spending 1,000’s of dollars on high end paddle board gear. I don’t think we will be finding ourselves discovered as local Paddle board celebrities, and it’s also unlikely that we will be featuring our “Pilates-Paddleboard six- pack abs” in future videos. However, it is very likely that we will be putting on the sunscreen, packing a little cooler, and taking advantage of paddle boarding in beautiful Sarasota as a regular pastime. We found a new sport we love and let’s be honest…. our roller blades have collected dust for a long time. We needed to find this sport.. we love it and we are actually working out and having a lot of fun!

If you are interested in renting paddleboards on Siesta Key contact Siesta Sport Rentals at www.siestasportrentals.com TIP: Point of Rocks has many beautiful rock formations and colorful fish.

If you would like to take a Pilates paddleboard class contact Studio RubyLake at www.studiorubylake.com

Guests staying at Tropical Beach Resorts can also have paddleboards dropped off right at the beach. Go ahead.. Dare to be a little adventurous… Encounter dolphins, manatees, and schools of fish while getting a full body workout while walking on water!

Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sara Sea Circle Siesta Key Sarasota FL 34242 Reservations (800)-235-3493 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Let the Siesta Key sand help you reduce stress and strengthen your muscles through yoga and SUP!

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Yoga on the Crescent Beach with the Siesta Key sand is an experience you won’t forget

Tropical Beach Resorts understands that our guests come to Siesta Key to feel good and to help alleviate stress. The Siesta Key sand is like no other beach around and you will be drawn to the special sand for years to come. We  strive to ensure  the ultimate vacation experience by offering premier accommodations and exceptional customer service that makes you feel like a star.  To further enhance your vacation experience, we offer complimentary beach yoga every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday on Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Florida. There is nothing like the cool, clean Siesta Key sand to experience a morning of invigorating yoga!

Practicing yoga on Crescent Beach in Sarasota, Florida offers many benefits including using the sand to help support the strength of secondary muscles, reduce stress, increase balance,  and  allow the fresh air and sunlight to help restore the body.
Even if you are a beginner, but feeling slightly more adventurous, we encourage our guests to try SUP yoga through Studio Rubylake. SUP (Stand up paddle board) yoga classes cost $30.00 and can make your work out more intense because your balance will be improved to avoid falling off the board.
So whether you decide to try SUP on Siesta Key or use the crystal white sand to help relax you and strengthen your muscles,  we look forward to practicing yoga with you this weekend.
“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.”
For reservations at Tropical Beach Resorts please call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493
For more information on SUP yoga classes please contact Studio Rubylake at rubylake@verizon.net

“Enjoy the sand, sunshine, and feel like a star on Siesta Key….” – Dawn Bear, General Manager Tropical Beach Resorts

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