Where can you and your children go for Easter on Siesta Key?

imageSunrise Easter service is a true Sarasota tradition! Imagine your toes in the sand, a tropical breeze blowing, uplifting music and the chance to celebrate Easter morning on the beach! The 58th Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service is held at 6:30am in front of the main pavilion and presented by the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church. All denominations are welcome, this is a wonderfully beautiful community event.

Siesta Key is home to several beautiful churches if you prefer a more traditional service:
St Boniface Episcopal Church
5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.bonifacechurch.org

St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
5394 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.stmichaelssiesta.com

Siesta Key Chapel-Presbyterian
4615 Gleason Ave, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.siestakeychapel.org

The Easter Bunny visits Siesta Key!

The Easter Bunny visits Siesta Key!

 

If your little ones are looking for some Easter fun, the 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Games on Siesta Key for kids ages 1 – 6 takes place April 19, 2014. Siesta Key Oyster Bar is sponsoring the event this year. Sign the kids up to this event for face painting, Easter egg hunting, goodie bags, fire truck tours and more family fun; but, do it quick because there are only 125 spots! The festivities will take place at Beach Access point #5 at Beach Road and Ocean Blvd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and each child will receive an Easter Bunny or stuffed toy, goody bag and participate in an Easter Egg hunt for eggs stuffed with prizes. The rest of the family will enjoy the trip to the beach too with trolley rides around the key. So mark the date on your calendar, April 19, and sign up through instructions on this link:  http://www.siestakeyvillage.org/images/pdf/easter_registration_2014.pdf

 

 Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m on April 20, 2014 for all the kids staying at the resort this Easter vacation!  See the front desk for more information on this! Let the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts suggest more fun activities for kids 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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Time to Tee Up? Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses.

Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses!!

Expansive greens and golf courses for every budget and skill level

Sarasota is home to a wide range of spectacular golf courses!

 

Want to take a day off from the beach but still enjoy the gorgeous Sarasota weather? Why not play a round of golf at one Sarasota’s superior courses! The county is home to over 60 golf courses ranging from the budget friendly public courses, like Bobby Jones, to swanky private courses with big greens fees… and lots of options in between. Growing up in Sarasota with tons of country clubs and choices to play a round, learning a little about the game is just par for the course! My dad outfitted me with the cutest purple golf bag full of miniature sized clubs and took me out to the range to hit balls and even a to a few par 3 courses. Unfortunately, I never ended up being too great at it, but a day on the golf course with your dad is always the best! My father on the other hand, though definitely not a pro, really enjoys golfing and takes advantage of the excellent golf courses we have in town. From his local insight and my past experiences I have chosen three really enjoyable golf courses for those vacationers who want an outing away from the beach on their vacation to Sarasota or Siesta Key.

TIP: Most local courses offer discounted fees in the late afternoon! Whether you want to save a little money or enjoy the beach in the morning, take full advantage of better rates later in the day for your tee time.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club:

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

 

This Arthur Hills designed golf course is located just ten minutes from Siesta Key. The par 72 layout permits players of all skill levels but is best for those with a bit of experience. It is a challenging course with water hazards and natural wetlands, but is also one of the most beautiful courses in town. The course consists of Bermuda grass fairways and Tiffeagle Ultra Dwarf greens. The GPS on the carts will stop you from going too close to the greens and will send you a message if you’re running behind time. Didn’t bring your clubs? Don’t fret you can rent them on sight!

8801 Stoneybrook Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34238
Phone: (941) 966-2711

Calusa Lakes Golf Club:

Calusa Lakes Golf Club

Calusa Lakes Golf Club

 

Calusa Lakes gives you the true Florida feel with its course that twists through a diversity of Florida landscape and wildlife, while also providing a mid-Atlantic feel with the many pine and oak trees. There are multiple lakes around, though the course is still player friendly. You will find new Champion Grass greens as well as enjoyable rolling fairways and fair landing areas that are made to accommodate players of all abilities. You can also rent your clubs and cart while there. This location is a few minutes further away from the Key, but it’s a fantastic golf course to check out!
1995 Calusa Lakes Blvd
Nokomis, FL 34275
Phone: (941) 484-8995

 

 

Misty Creek Country Club:

Misty Creek Country Club

Misty Creek Country Club

At Misty Creek Country Club, you can “golf in nature’s backyard”. This golf course is very unique in that it is the only course in Southwest Florida that is on a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles. Not to mention, it is a championship golf course where almost every fairway is bordered on one or both sides by oak forests. This course is for serious golfers! It is a par 72 course with four sets of tees. Some wildlife you might see is deer, bobcats, wild boar, alligators and a variety of bird species. Here you can enjoy your golfing while experiencing the nature Florida has to offer.
8954 Misty Creek Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone: (941) 922-2188

 

The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest the right course for you or help you with additional information and tee times 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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Do you plan on bringing your dog with you on vacation?

There are multiple waterfront parks in Sarasota where you and your dog can take a walk, enjoy the scenery, and even picnic by the water.

Bird Key Park:

Bird Key Park, a dog-friendly park, in Sarasota, FL

Bird Key Park, a dog-friendly park, in Sarasota, FL

 

Bird Key Park is right over Sarasota’s beautiful Ringling Bridge that takes you to Lido Key. You are right on the bay where you can watch the boats go by and maybe even see dolphins jumping!

Location: On the John Ringling Causeway – 101 Bird Key Dr, Sarasota, Florida
34236

 

 

Ken Thompson Park

This park is great for the whole family! Your dog can hang with the family on a leash, the kids can play on the playground, and everyone can walk on the boardwalks through the mangroves and tidal marsh restoration areas. The board walk stretches out passing the shore so you can get a great view of Sarasota across the bay. Not to mention it’s one of the best spots in town to have a picnic on one of the many tables that line the water front.

Location: 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, Florida 34236
On City Island, by Mote Marine Lab.

Bay Front Park:

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This Island Park is located on an island peninsula right on the water of
Sarasota Bay. Sidewalks line the water all around the park, making this the perfect spot for walking your dog while getting to take in the wonderful waterfront atmosphere Sarasota has to offer. Also, children absolutely love the water fountain play area and the huge playground. As an added plus to Bay Front Park, there are two waterfront restaurants, O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Marina Jacks dockside.

Location: One Marina Plaza, Sarasota, Florida 34236

Also, the knowledge staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can provide other information to help you plan your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. We even can accommodate dogs at the resort if they are the under 30 pounds and over three years old. Call us or visit our website to learn more.

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

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Could you take our picture on Sarasota’s Bayfront?

A picture with the Unconditional Surrender, the Famous WWII “Kissing Sailor” Statue, is a Sarasota Tradition

The Unconditional Surrender sculpture, the 'kissing sailor' is a great spot for a picture

Make sure to stop by on Sarasota’s Bayfront park to enjoy the art sculptures and get your picture taken!

Looking for a fun side-trip with the perfect picture taking spot? Standing tall and proud on the Sarasota bay front is the 26-foot tall Unconditional Surrender sculpture and getting your picture taken at its feet, kissing or not, is a Sarasota tradition. The statue is located at Bayfront Park, a lovely little peninsula of land at the edge of the downtown area with waterfront restaurants and walking paths. The Unconditional Surrender Statue is a recreation of the famous kissing picture that was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1945, the year of the end of World War II. This statue first popped into the Sarasota scene in 2005 and reappeared in 2009 when a US Navy World War II veteran offered a $500,000 grant to ensure it would stand proud to greet visitors, and as fun and positive to make sure veterans like him would not be forgotten.

Many people stop for their own picture opportunity

Eleven men and three women reported to Life Magazine that they were the infamous kissers of the photograph and more recently the inspiration for the Unconditional Surrender statue. One of these men was George Mendoca, who was identified by the Naval War College in August, 2005 as the kisser by matching his scars and tattoos to those in the photo. This was done by experts at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. George’s story leading up to the photograph goes as follows: George was on a date with a cousin to his brother-in-law. This women, Rita, and George had met at a barbecue and George said it was love at first sight. They were at Radio City Music Hall when they heard people banging on the doors from the street screaming that the war is over! With the news that the Japanese had surrendered the two ran out into times square with the rest of the crowds. George laid eyes on a woman he thought was a nurse, grabbed her, leaned her back, and kissed her with everyone standing only feet away. George thought so highly of the nurses who took care of wounded service men that he said grabbing her was just instinctive. The women he thought was a nurse was actually a dental hygienist named Greta Friedman, who dashed from the office when she heard the good news and was unexpectedly dipped into a kiss.

This is the original picture of the 'kissing sailor'

the actual cover on the LIFE Magazine that made history

Another man, Glenn McDuffie alleged in 2007 that he was the subject of the photograph. Houston Police Department’s forensic artist Lois Gibson analyzed the picture for key facial features to match to current pictures. She came to the conclusion that it was indeed McDuffie, who also passed polygraph tests confirming his claim. His story is that he was on the subway to Brooklyn and came out at Times Square where there was immense excitement in the street with the news that the Japanese had surrendered. He realized his brother who was a war prisoner would soon be released. He claims a nurse held open arms to him, so he ran to her and kissed her long enough so that the photographer could take their picture. On McDuffie’s 81st birthday he was recognized as the “Kissing Sailor” during a Houston Astros and New York Mets game at Minute Maid Park. McDuffie passed away just this past Friday, March 14, 2014. More information on McDuffie’s story and more here: http://life.time.com/history/v-j-day-kiss-in-times-square-and-other-celebrations-august-14-1945/#1

Many have claimed to be the 'kissing sailor' in the iconic picture

Many have claimed to be the ‘kissing sailor’ in the Unconditional Surrender sculpture on Sarasota’s Bayfront, but it was confirmed that McDuffie was the real deal!

Looking for local attractions and places of interest? The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest lots of fun sites to see 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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Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset on Siesta Key?

Have you ever seen the ‘Green Flash’ at sunset or even sunrise on Siesta Key?

the green flash

The green flash is a naturally occurring phenomenon

There’s an old Florida legend that says if you are watching sunset at just the right time, you just may see a green flash. But as it happens, the green flash is a natural phemonemon!

Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that sometimes occur right after sunset or right before sunrise. When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two. Sometimes (rarely) the green flash can resemble a green ray shooting up from the sunset (or sunrise) point. Green flashes occur because the atmosphere can cause the light from the sun to separate out into different colors. Green flashes are a group of phenomena which stem from slightly different causes, and therefore some types of green flashes are more common than others.

Lots of people will claim that they have seen the green flash at sunset, but they are tricky to find and don’t happen all the time. While there is no optimal condition that will guarantee a green flash sighting, a green flash is best observed with a clear view of the horizon and in an area that is free of pollution. It is more likely to see a green flash when there is visibility of several miles, almost to the point of the curvature of the earth, and the sky is cloudless.

Green flash sightings frequently occur at the ocean, where more of the atmosphere is visible and the line of sight is virtually parallel to the horizon. Prairies also have the appropriate conditions for a green flash sighting. One popular but inaccurate explanation attributes green flashes to the sun shining through the waves on the ocean. However, the light entering a wave is bent downward, into the water and cannot escape.

Another common misconception is that a green flash is afterimage, a result of the saturation of the red cones in the human retina or that it was an enduring image that remained after the sun had set. But sightings of the green flash at sunrise made both of these ideas implausible.

Siesta Key has some of the most brilliantly colored sunsets, expansive rays of glowing reds, golds, oranges, pinks, purples, and blues, and also reflecting clouds with clear skies. Sunsets are quite the event on Siesta Key with crowds of people flocking to the beach to see the sunset every evening. After the sun sets, you’ll hear a variety of celebrations occur. Some people clap, cheer, some play music, while others sound off an airhorn. Whatever the celebration, it is an event not to be missed while visiting this special island. Don’t forget your camera and your own type of celebration!

What’s the best thing to do for sunset viewing? Walk to the beach from Tropical Beach Resorts!! With just a short walk from the hotel, the cool, white sand is waiting for your enjoyment! The hotel provides beach chairs and beach towels for you to take to the beach, so you can spend time enjoying the beautiful views!


Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, FL 34242

941-349-3330

http://www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
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Your seaside vacation in Sarasota would not be complete without a sightseeing or sunset cruise

Your seaside vacation in Sarasota would not be complete without a tropical day sightseeing tour or sunset cruise

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL. Complete with palm trees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a way to enjoy the beautiful waters and tranquil atmosphere of Sarasota bay without getting your feet wet? A Sarasota tradition for over 30 years, the tropical day-cruise ship LeBarge offers visitors and locals alike a fun way to see and appreciate our bay. Relax and take in the sight of frolicking dolphins, beautiful waterfront homes and the gorgeous water views. Enjoy a light bite of food and a cool drink while and learning a bit about the folklore and history of Sarasota in the truly tropical atmosphere of LeBarge. This floating paradise with its huge live palm trees and eager sightseers/wildlife watchers is a well-known sight for Sarasotans… it’s customary to exchange a wave with the boaters on board. If you love dolphins, sightseeing or live entertainment on the water then at least one of the cruises the LeBarge holds will make your visit to Sarasota that much more special! The LeBarge offers three different types of cruise each ranging between $20 and $28: dolphin and manatee watch cruise, sightseeing and nature cruise, and tropical sunset cruise – one is certain to top off your Sarasota beach get-a-away.

Dolphin and manatee cruise

Dolphin and manatee cruise

Dolphin and Manatee watch cruise: GREAT FOR KIDS!
This cruise departs at 11am for a two-hour tour hosted by a Mote Marine trained marine biologist who will teach you and the family about our local population of over 120 bottlenose dolphins, and also during season, manatees. The Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program is the longest ongoing dolphin study in the world, so it is the perfect place to observe these amazing marine mammals. You are guaranteed a dolphin or manatee sighting, so do not miss out on your chance to see them while you visit Sarasota.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
(Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. in season)
Ticket prices:
$25 for adults
$20 for children 4-12
Children 3 and under are free

Sightseeing and Nature Cruise:
On this two hour cruise along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay you can sit back and relax as you pass by gorgeous waterfront homes and local wildlife while you learn about the history of Sarasota. Not to mention you can sip on your favorite cocktail or have a bite to eat from the menu provided. The view is much different from the water than what you see walking on land, and you will get to see one of local’s favorite parts about living in Sarasota, being on the water! Experience the beach from the other side and maybe even run into a few dolphins.

Cruise departs at 2pm
Tuesday-Sunday and daily in season
Ticket prices:
$25 for adults
$20 for children 4-12
Children 3 and under are free

LeBarge Tropical Cruises in Sarasota, FL

Sunset Cruise

Tropical Sunset Cruise:
You might have experienced a Sarasota sunset, but I bet you haven’t seen the view of it from the water. The LeBarge is most well-known for this evening cruise that includes live entertainment, drinks, food, dolphin spotting and even a Conga line or two! You can do a little dancing or just sit back and relax as the sun sets below the water right in front your eyes.

Cruise departs between 5pm and 7pm depending on the time of year and the time of sunset. Boarding and live entertainment start a half hour before cruise time.
Tickets:
$28 per person
Children 3 and under are free

For more information or reservations visit www.lebargetropicalcruises.com or call 941-366-6116.

Tropical Sunset cruise in Sarasota, FL

Watch the brilliant colors slowly dissolve into the gulf horizon on your cruise through Sarasota Bay!

 

 

 

 

The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest the perfect day cruise or one of the many other area attractions 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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Ever wonder why Siesta Key has such amazing sugar white sand?

Siesta Key White Sand

What makes Siesta Key sand so white

The sugar white sand of Siesta Key explained:

Siesta Key White Sand

What makes Siesta Key sand so white?

I have to tell you that growing up as a Sarasota local with countless hours spent on the beautiful beaches of Siesta Key I took the sugar white sands a bit for granted.

My search for the truth behind our perfect sand came while visiting cousins up north one summer when I was shocked to find out I needed to run from the shore to my towel because the sand was so hot!

Ok, it was obvious that the sand was made of larger, rougher grains and not at
any where near as pretty as the beaches of Siesta KeyŠ but who would have
guessed it would scorch my feet! All of my beach experiences on Siesta Key
did not require shoes until you hit the parking lot, in fact we would often
leave our flip flops at the edge of the sand, ­ a pretty common practice for locals.

check out this white sandman!

None of that cold snow here, the only white, fluffy stuff is Siesta Key sand!

 

Most other beaches are made mostly of coral, but Siesta Key’s sand is 99%
quartz crushed into a pure white fine powder. Because quartz is a crystal it
actually disperses the heat from the sun and leaves Siesta Key beaches cool
to the touch. Harvard University¹s geology department discovered that
through millenniums, quartz from the southern Appalachian Mountains down the
rivers until it was eventually deposited into the Gulf of Mexico and then
onto the coast of Florida. No one can tell exactly how long this process
takes, but because the grains of sand are so fine we know it to be eons in
the making.

Sugar white sands of Siesta Key

Sugar white sandy shores on Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key white sand

The sand feels like cool, powdered sugar between your toes!

 

Siesta Key is widely recognized for having the BEST sand in the world! It’s
fine, white and feels almost like powdered sugar in between your toes while you walk across the beautiful beach. In 1987 at the Great International White Sand Beach Challenge, it was scientifically proven that Siesta Key obviously has the whitest, softest sand beach in the world. And since sand like ours takes eons to create, Siesta ended any future challenges for this title.

 

 

If you want to experience the best beach with the whitest sand in the world,
Tropical Beach Resorts is the perfect place! It is located just steps from the pristine
beach with beautiful rooms, lush tropical gardens, sparkling pools and
the friendliest staff on the island!

For hotel reservations or surrounding area information please visit us
online at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at
1-800-235-3493.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota FL 34242
941-349-3330
800-235-3493

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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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Enter to Win the Vacation Package of a lifetime on Siesta Key for Valentine’s Day!

Enter today to win a dream getaway

Enter today to win a dream getaway

Enter to win the Romantic Vacation Package of a Lifetime on Siesta Key for Valentine’s Day! Submit your entry today!

Tropical Beach Resorts has put together a romantic vacation package on Siesta Key for the 2014 Valentine’s Day celebration!

The Siesta Key dream get-a-way includes an incredible array of goodies for you and your special someone to share! Enjoy three relaxing nights in a deluxe accommodation at Tropical Beach Resorts with fresh flowers, chilled champagne, and specialty chocolates waiting for you upon arrival. Your accommodations will be located just steps from the famous white sand beach of Siesta Key. Start your first evening in Siesta Key Village at Blasé Café, sipping on the most beautiful cocktails and then enjoy dinner while listening to live island music and laughter at Siesta Key Oyster Bar. Take a stroll down Ocean  Boulevard and delight yourself with your own sensation creation at Sub Zero Ice Cream.

Get ready for a day of adventure with some coffees from Local Bean Coffeehouse, followed by a fresh and tasty breakfast at Village Café. Your day will include Premium Parasailing for two from Siesta Key Water sports, Kayaking for two from Siesta Sports Rentals and a half day of paddle board rentals from CaliFlorida.

Need some more incredible meals during your time? You’ll have a $25 gift card from Big Water Fish Market where they have the freshest fish tacos and sandwiches around (You pick the fish Fresh!) and $25 from Old Salty Dog, where you must try their famous ‘Salty Dog.’ 

After all this activity, you can wind down, stretch, and relax with a private Pilates class for two at Studio RubyLake , yoga at Mandala MediSpa and a blissful, one hour therapeutic massage.

For the special romantic evening with you and your love, an intimate waterfront dinner at Ophelia’s On the Bay will be absolutely divine.  Fine dining on Siesta Key is like no other destination with the brilliant setting sun’s ray reflecting off the sparkling bay waters.

To make the absolute most of this romantic weekend with your loved one, you will be the recipient of a vow renewal or wedding ceremony provided by Sand Petal Weddings. This will include

*A beautiful beach front ceremony which will include an Officiant, whom will also take care of the filing of your marriage certificate, if applicable.

* Your romantic Sand ceremony includes a  keepsake glass jar and your choice of various colored sands to choose from.

* Sand carved heart sprinkled with fresh flower petals for the Bride & Grooms vow exchange.

Capture the memories of this magical time together with a photo shoot with Maggie Dillon Photography surrounded by the sugar white sands of Siesta Key, the gently lapping waves of the glistening Gulf of Mexico and the sweet smells of fresh flowers provided by Flowers by Fudgie.

This romantic getaway package will have you experiencing the very best that Siesta Key has to offer and you will leave feeling refreshed, revitalized, and satisfied knowing that you spent that incredible time with someone who truly deserves to feel extra special and loved.

To enter the Tropical Beach Resorts Siesta Key get-away upload your “LOVE PHOTO,” to our Facebook Contest today! You can also upload your “LOVE PHOTO” on Twitter #tbrcontestlove or Instagram at #tbrcontestlove

Contest entries will be accepted until March  15, 2014
One submission per day
Winner is selected randomly

 

 

 

 

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493
Call today to and let us help you plan your next island get-a-way!

 

 

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