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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Renew your vows on Siesta Key this Valentine’s Day

Register today to “Say I Do Again” while renewing your vows on Siesta Key… The #1 Beach in America!

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Romance is in the air…. Whether you are a newlywed or have been married for decades, its the perfect time to let your special spouse know they’re the one that makes your heart skip a beat! Renew your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day with your toes in the beautiful white sands of Siesta Key! This annual event, held by Sarasota County Parks and Recreations, attracts more previously married couples renewing their love every year. There will be music, giveaways and beach full of happiness and love. Experience the beach wedding you never had or relive the memories! You don’t want to miss out on this romantic experience on such a special occasion.

MUST REGISTER TODAY! Registration can be completed online at parksonline.scgov.net or by calling 941-861-9930. Registration ends Monday, Feb. 10 and there is no on-site registration. The cost is $5 per couple. If you can’t make it this year, you can always plan for next Valentine’s Day or take a peek at the expected 500 couples attending the event on the beach!
The ceremonies will start at 6pm this February 14, 2014.
948 Beach Road, Siesta Key

For local information on Siesta Key hotels contact:

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key Sarasota Fl 34242
1-800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

 

 

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How should we celebrate our anniversary in Sarasota?

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

Draw your own heart in the white sands at Tropical Beach Resorts on beautiful, Siesta Key, FL

How should we celebrate our anniversary in Sarasota?

Sarasota is incredibly romantic. From its award-winning sun swept shores to lively calendar of performing arts, there are many ways to celebrate your special occasion. A beach getaway is always an excellent choice for that special anniversary celebration.  There may be nothing that is more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand on world-famous Crescent Beach at sunset.

If you’re fortunate enough to be staying at Tropical Beach Resorts, you’ll also have the advantage of proximity to quirky Siesta Village… a fun and artsy haven lined with iconic boutiques and great restaurants. For a more intimate anniversary, prepare a meal in your stylish kitchen… Crescent Market delivers fresh groceries right to your door! You may also select from ready-made meals, and their wine selection is unparalleled. Go a little wild. Order everything from lollicakes to floral bouquets. The possibilities for romance are endless.

Every Valentine’s Day natives, transplants and vacationers from all over the country and the world flock to Siesta Key Public Beach to renew their wedding vows. Start planning now! If you happen to be in the area any other time of year, the Siesta Key Drum Circle occurs every Sunday. The colorful celebration of our legendary sunsets is a festive and unusual way to celebrate the day you said, “I do”.

Our staff can help you create a dreamy itinerary. Here’s just one of many reviews on Trip Advisor. This from a couple who recently celebrated their anniversary with us:

“This place was definitely everything everyone else described it as. My husband and I were just there this past weekend for our anniversary and we could not have asked for more. The room was perfect, clean, cozy… I could go on and on… The staff, Buddy and Stephanie were extremely friendly, helpful on anything we needed. Very accommodating. All of their recommendations were right on the money. Finally, the location was PERFECT… We will definitely go back again next year. Thank you to all at Tropical Beach Resort for making this anniversary unforgettable…”

You’re sure to create a lifetime of memories. Reserve your dates today. Happy anniversary!

Tropical  Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
 
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
 
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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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SiestaKey hotel sees growth in yearly numbers

Tropical Beach Resorts along with Sarasota county has seen another year of growth in our total number of visitors this year.

According to Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County had 740,300 visitors in fiscal year 2013, spending $640,974,200 in the area economy. That is a 5.8% jump in visitors from fiscal year 2012 and a 10.2% increase in direct spending.
Tropical Beach Resorts is pleased that business is up.

The 2013 fiscal year ended June 30. Data from the Sarasota County Tax Collector also paints a positive picture for the area tourism industry.

With three months of revenue left to be calculated for 2013, Sarasota County has already raised $12,179,818 in revenue from the Tourist Development Tax — eclipsing the total revenue reported for 2011. This comes after multiple years of increased revenues from the tax. Development Tax revenue grew by 16% in 2011, and by 17.5% in 2012.

The Tourist Development Tax is a 5% charge on the revenue from rentals of six months or less. Revenue from the tax is used for tourism promotion, maintenance and renourishment of beach park facilities and beaches, sports stadiums, nature center facilities and promoting new tourist attractions and events.

Projects like the proposed dredging of Big Pass also rely on Development Tax revenue.
Tropical Beach Resorts General Manager said.” We are very pleased business continues to improve. We’ve done so many upgrades to the property and have continued to grow a talented staff… we couldn’t be happier it’s paying off.”

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Siesta Key Resort Wins 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tropical Shores Beach, A Siesta Key Resort, Receives 2013 Best of Sarasota Award

Sarasota Award Program Honors the Achievement

SARASOTA August 6, 2013 — Tropical Shores Beach Resort, a Siesta Key resort, in Sarasota, Florida has been selected for the 2013 Best of Sarasota Award in the Hotels & Motels category by the Sarasota Award Program.

Each year, the Sarasota Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sarasota area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Sarasota Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sarasota Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Sarasota Award Program

The Sarasota Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sarasota area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices. They have also implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sarasota Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Sarasota Award Program

For more information contact

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sara Sea Circle
Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida 34242
800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Tropical Beach Resorts, a Siesta Key resort, earns 2013 Best Award

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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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Sarasota’s Waterfront Makes the Top Ten List of North America

Sarasota finds itself back on the top ten list.. but not for it’s beaches.. (Voted #1 Beach in the Nation , 2011 Dr. Beach)… This beautiful place that some of us are fortunate enough to  call our “home town” has found itself back in the spotlight again.  USA Today Live Stream featured an article by Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com selecting Sarasota’s marina  as one of the top ten waterfronts to visit across North America.  ” This culture-rich city enjoys close proximity to 40 miles of white-sand beaches lining the barrier islands just off shore. In the city proper, Bayfront Park and Marina is a popular place for biking, walking, kayaking or canoeing with views of Sarasota Bay and the city’s skyline.” (Lydia Schrandt, 10Best.com)  For  complete details of all top ten destinations visit http://usat.ly/12SGab2

Tropical Beach Resorts is located in Sarasota, Florida on Siesta Key and was recently awarded the 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

For more information on Tropical Beach Resorts please visit us at www.tropicalbeachresorts.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-235-3493

 

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Best sunscreens for your kids to keep them happy and healthy during your visit to Siesta Key!

Now we know that one blistering burn during childhood can increase a child’s risk of developing melanoma. So I diligently spread a thick layer of sunscreen on my own sons, who are six and two.

My motivation to protect my children is strong, but getting it done is a bit more of a challenge. Just because the label says, “for children,” that doesn’t mean a sunscreen truly meets the high standards every parent wants for their children’s products.

That’s where EWG comes in. This year, my fellow analysts and I have evaluated nearly 180 baby and kids’ sunscreens, the most we’ve ever assessed for EWG’s Sunscreen Safety Guide.

Some kids’ brands are better

Here’s the good news. Many brands formulate children’s sunscreens with safer, more effective ingredients than those in other products. About 63 percent of kids’ sunscreens contain effective mineral ingredients that provide good protection from ultraviolet-A rays, compared to 40 percent of other sunscreens.

Products with the words “baby,” “children” or “kids” in the product name are also less likely to contain:

• Fragrances. Some of these chemical mixtures may cause allergies and other serious health problems. Nearly three-fourths of kids’ sunscreens are fragrance-free, versus 54 percent of other sunscreens.

• Oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting chemical, is in 37 percent of kids’ sunscreens versus 56 percent of other sunscreens.

But sometimes the words “children” or “kids” are just marketing gimmicks. Sixteen brands included in the Sunscreen Safety Guide list exactly the same ingredients in their children’s products as in their products for general use – down to the exact percentages of active ingredients.

Mineral vs. non-mineral sunscreens

As every parent knows, it’s a challenge to get kids to sit still and let you apply sunscreen. My six-year-old recently announced he would no longer use mineral sunscreens. Rebellion has struck earlier than I expected, but instead of sneaking cookies my son has decided that he wants to use “sunscreens that rub in all the way.” This leaves me in a bit of a quandary because all of EWG’s top-rated sunscreens are mineral-based, containing zinc or titanium. They can leave your kid pasty white.

Here’s the problem: the non-mineral options are more likely to contain potential hormone disruptors and less likely to protect him sufficiently against harmful UVA rays.

My solution? I look for a product that contains three percent avobenzone, the maximum allowable level. Avobenzone is effective and presents relatively low risk of toxicity.

Stay away from products that contain oxybenzone or 4-MBC. These chemicals are potential hormone disruptors.

If you are willing to pay a little more for your kid’s sun protection, try the products that contain Mexoryl SX, the newer generation UVA filter. While the few products with it are pricier than many other sunscreen offerings, the protection is definitely worth it

Thanks to Sonya Lunder for these amazingly helpful tips!

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Mom and Baby at Beach

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Siesta Key Beaches’ Bridge from Sarasota

Tropical Beach Resorts is just blocks from Siesta Key’s historic Stickney Point Road.

And as we all know, Siesta Key is one of the Sarasota area’s most beautiful and attractive barrier islands.

Siesta Key means elegant homes and waterfront estates, fabulous beach resorts, and a beach consistently rated number one in the nation, sparkling Siesta Beach. Life was much different, however, 100 years ago on Siesta Key. Before the 20th century, the island was inaccessible by automobile. The first bridge from the mainland to Siesta Key wasn’t constructed until 1917. The “roaring” 1920s saw the first real estate boom in the area, and in 1924, Sarasota County issued municipal bonds to finance bridge and road construction, including the first Stickney Point Bridge over Little Sarasota Bay. Construction on that bridge began in 1926, but that was also the same year a major hurricane hit south Florida, the start of a real estate market bust that continued right into the Great Depression.

South Florida real estate didn’t really pick up again until after World War II, when the entire nation was prospering. Thousands of veterans who had trained in south Florida at facilities like the Venice Army Air Field returned there to buy homes and raise families in the Florida sun. The first Stickney Point Bridge was a steel Warren truss “swing” bridge, a popular bridge style in the 1920s but entirely insufficient for booming Siesta Key by the late 1950s. In fact, a 1959 Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial called the bridge “a disgrace to the county.” By 1965, replacing the bridge became a priority for Sarasota County, and the new 4-lane Stickney Point Bridge finally opened in 1968. Engineers call it a “bascule” bridge, meaning it’s a drawbridge that can be quickly opened and closed for boat traffic. The bridge quickly became a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts, and there’s even a bait and tackle shop on the Siesta Key side. Boaters, skiers, and windsurfers can be seen from the bridge almost every day of the year.

The Stickney Point Bridge is named after “Uncle” Ben Stickney (1842-1912), a Siesta Key pioneer and early settler who became legendary for his bighearted hospitality and for the huge parties and picnics held at his Siesta Key estate.

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