From circus museums, to a year-round spring with 87-degree waters, Sarasota possesses a diversity of attractions appropriate for family enjoyment. Travellers to the area can inspect Mote Marine Laboratory, G-WIZ (Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone), Historic Spanish Point, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Warm Mineral Springs, Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, and more.|
Siesta Key Beach.
Siesta Key Beach is between the first and foremost reasons for many travellers to arrive to Sarasota. The sand, which is 99% pure crystal quartz, is often cited as being the cleanest, whitest sand in the world. With an athletic area equipped with vollyball courts, a cookout area full with grills (bring your own charcoal), and life guards on duty all day, Siesta Key Beach is a beautiful area for families and spring breakers alike. On Sundays at sundown, there is a tourist-heavy drum circle where local hippies play and everyone dances.
Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail. Inspect Historic Spanish Point and see the past 5,000 years of history in Southwest Florida. Available to the general public from M-Sa, 9AM-5PM; Su noon to 5PM. Displays range from learning around the Florida Environment, Southwest Florida’s Maritime Heritage, Pioneer Homesteaders, Archaeology and the Bertha Palmer time period of growth in Southwest Florida. The 30 acres of land used as Historic Spanish Point was once the winter estate of Mrs. Palmer. Adults $7, ages 6-12 $3, and under 6 free.
St. Armands Circle
Removed from the intensity of downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle possesses an unbelievable option of original shops, galleries and restaurants. Designed in a charming circular pattern between prosperous landscapes, this makes for a breathtaking shopping or afternoon strolling or evening dining experience. Take Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) to SR 780 W to St. Armands Key, travel over the Ringling Causeway and Sarasota Bay and you will operate right into lovely St. Armands Circle.
Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street. The spring training place of the Cincinnati Reds, if you are in the Venice area amongFebruary and March, catch a preseason game for between $5 and $12. From April to August the Class A minor-league affiliate team of the Cincinnati Reds, the Sarasota Reds play and tickets are only $5, so bring the entire family for an evening of baseball.
Marina Jack, Bayfront Dr. Marina Plaza on the waterfront, Keep your feet on the land while dining at the Marina Jack Restaurant or take off for an evening around Sarasota Bay on the Marina Jack Dinner Boat. Situated on Sarasota Bay, the restaurant provides theatre seating so that everyone can enjoy a view of the waterfront. There is also the Portside Patio Bar for light meals or a drink before dinner. The Dinner Boat is an hour and a half lunch cruise or a two-hour dinner cruise. Enough of temporarily marina slips disposable.