Become a Sarasota BayWant your kids to learn more about the ocean than they can by just visiting the beach? Interactive marine science boat trips and safaris are cruising through Sarasota Bay and Lido Park that are sure to get the whole family excited about marine life in Sarasota. There are 3 different eco tours available for you and your family to experience, that are in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
Sea life encounter cruise (suitable for all ages):
This 1 hour and 45 minute journey through Sarasota and Roberts Bay will teach you about the ecology, history and folklore of Sarasota. From the boat you will most likely get great views of dolphins and manatees before arriving to an island for a nature walk. A guide will take the group to view pelicans, herons, ibis and egrets in their natural habitat. Also, the kids and adults alike will get hands on time with some critters such as puffer fish, sea horse, stone crabs, cow fish and more though a collection that will be gathered there with a trawl net. The trip will include cold drinks, snacks, and lots of learning!
Reservations are recommended
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Children (4-12): $23
Children 3 and under: Free
(Cruise and Aquarium)
Children (4-12): $33
Children 3 and under: Free
Guided Kayak Tour (6 years old and up):
No kayaking experience? No problem. Before this backwater adventure you will have a quick lesson to teach you all you’ll need to know to paddle through the mangroves and observe the wildlife up close and personal. A naturalist will be there to lead you through the journey in Lido Park and to describe all the plants and animals you will come across.
Kayaks, paddles, life jackets and instruction will all be provided.
Reservations and deposits are required.
Nature Safari (6 years old and up):
This new tour is really the experience of a life time. Go boating with marine biologists to Lido Key Beach to walk through the beach and trails where you can explore multiple different ecosystems including coastal grasslands, wetlands, uplands and tidal mangrove forests with a vast amount of plants and animals in each that will be shown to you by the guide. Next stop is a sandbar to search for live shells, sea stars, fish, crabs, sand dollars and even sea horses.
Children (6-12): $40
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First of all, what is Worlds Oceans Day?
Worlds Oceans Day was invented at the Earth Summit in 1992 and was officially recognized as a holiday for June 8th of every year by the United Nations in 2008. This day was created to honor the Earth’s oceans with all they provides us including seafood, marine life, beauty and even air! The ocean actually produces 70-80% of all the air we breathe, cleans the water we drink, and offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines. Even with all the ocean does for us, we humans often overly take advantage of it. With this being a serious problem to the Earth, World Oceans Day has been used to help spread awareness of over-consumption of fish and global pollution by The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network.
How can you celebrate World Oceans Day with the kids while in Sarasota?
Mote Marine Aquarium is having a World Oceans Day Family Festival a day early the on June 7th, 2014. This day will be Dr. Seuss themed to focus on “the ocean’s deep connection to the human spirit and the boundless inspirational power of our natural world’s greatest resource”. The events will entail games, crafts and marine science learning centering on green practices.
Do not let the family miss out on experiencing this extra special day at one of the best Aquariums in Florida! In fact, Mote Marine’s World Oceans Day festival received the 2010 Big Fish Award for best aquarium World Oceans Day event from Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7
Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota
Cost: Free with admission to Mote Aquarium. Admission is $19.75 for adults, $18.75 for seniors over 65, $14.75 for kids ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Mote Members always get in free.
Contact the helpful staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts for any questions you might have about this event or anything else that will help you with your vacation to Sarasota or Siesta Key!
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242
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