Sarasota's proximity to some of the most one-of-a-kind destinations in the country makes it easy to take a break from the sand and sea for a day. Just about an hour north of Sarasota and across the scenic Sunshine Skyway Bridge is Tampa/St. Pete. Professional sports, thrilling amusement park rides and the works of late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali can all be easily found there. Further north is Tarpon Springs. Founded by Greek sponge fishermen, the town still boasts working docks. East of Sarasota is the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. Visit with Mickey Mouse and his friends, see unique marine life or pay a visit to Hollywood. It's all just about two hours away.
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Join captains Barry and Carol for a fascinating 1½-hour private eco-tour by boat to a remote manatee hideout in the Florida Everglades. Get an up-close and personal visit with these amazing ...read more
Stop by the Visitor Information Center for a town map. Visit the award-winning Oratory architecture, Collier Family Farms and the first major U.S. Catholic university built in 40 years; Ave Maria University. There ...read more
Explore the mysterious and unique Florida everglades and Totch’s Island up-close and personal with airboat tours. The uniquely gorgeous foliage makes for a jungle-like atmosphere as you cruise along back routes and tour ...read more
Spend a fun filled day for the entire family with a day trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Thrilling rides, a world-class zoo with more than 2,700 animals, live shows and entertainment year round, restaurants and more. Experience the ...read more
Historic, picturesque, and unspoiled, Tarpon Springs, Florida is composed of delightful residential areas, clustered around beautiful saltwater bayous and other waterways. The community is a mix of new houses and graceful old mansions. ...read more
Families visiting Southwest Florida will enjoy the adventure of venturing deep into Florida’s most mysterious habitat - the Everglades on a tour with Everglades Island Airboat & Totch's Island Tours. See where the ...read more
The world’s most famous theme parks in Orlando, Florida are less than two hours from the Sarasota area making it a great day trip that the entire family will enjoy.
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Experience the beauty of swimming with a manatee in its natural environment on a day trip from Sarasota to Bird's Underwater Manatee Tours. Discover and learn about these amazing gentle giants in an up close and personal encounter in the ...read more
Enjoy nature, sunsets, dolphins, shelling and sightseeing in Naples and Marco Island with Cool Beans Cruises.
Set sail onto the beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters of Naples and Marco Island Florida onboard one of the two beautiful ...read more
Take your sweetheart on the Sunset Cruise and snuggle up as you watch the sun duck behind the horizon over Naples Bay. Look for manatees and bald eagles aboard sightseeing tours that offer you unrivaled views of Florida's beautiful ...read more
To the south of Sarasota lie opportunities to explore the wonders of history, science, nature and more. Experience a bit of history and science in together during a visit to the Fort Myers winter home of two American icons Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Or explore one of the most unique ecosystems in the world with a visit to the Everglades. It is home to roughly 11,000 species of seed-bearing plants and more than 400 species of land and water animals. You can also get a taste of the tropics with a ferry ride to the southern-most point in the United States.
Go out and explore the region with a rewarding day trip from Sarasota.