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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Savor Sarasota Week is in full swing and includes Siesta Key restaurants!

We all know that Siesta Key is known for having the#1 beach in the USA, but did you know that Sarasota also has the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida?

We are so truly blessed to be in such a wonderful city full of these amazing restaurants and thanks to Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota Week, these restaurants feature some extra special goodies at an amazing price! Guests can enjoy a multi-course delight for a fraction of the cost.  Lunch is served at $15 per person, and dinner is only $29 per person.  So during your visit to our Siesta Key hotel, make sure to take advantage of all that Siesta Key and Sarasota has to offer!

The event runs June 1-June 14th and can be taken advantage of at a few restaurants right here on Siesta Key! These local places are Miguel’s, Ophelia’s on the Bay, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Eat Here and BluQue Island Grill.  So call up the SunRide Pedicab at 941-343-3400 and make your way to one of these amazing restaurants!

A full list of participating restaurants is listed below:

62 Bistrot , Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood,  Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Bijou Cafe,  Lavanda,  Blue Rooster, Libby’s Cafe & Bar, BluQue Island Grill ,   Mattison’s City Grille, Cafe Americano ,   Mattison’s Forty-One, Café Amici,  Michael’s On East
Cafe Baci,  Miguel’s,  Café L’Europe, Mozaic, Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar,  Ophelia’s On the Bay, Caragiulos,  Pattigeorge’s, Chart House ,  Polo Grill and Bar, Cosimo’s Restaurant & Catering,  Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar , Crow’s Nest,  Roessler’s Restaurant, Currents Restaurant,  Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Darwin’s on 4th ,   Salute! Dry Dock Waterfront Grill,   Sangria Tapas Bar, Duval’s New World Cafe ,   Savory Street, Eat Here , Selva Grill, Euphemia Haye Restaurant, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar,  Super Nova Cafe, H20 Bistro,    Ziti

For more information, check out : http://www.savorsarasota.com/

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