Day Trips

Here is a guide to help you get the most out of your visit to The Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

A Sarasota Day Trip to The Florida Aquarium

By Vanessa Caceres At The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, you’ll practically feel like you’re part of the sea life. Turn a corner at one end of the museum, and a museum worker is... Read more
What to expect on your visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Wild Rides and Animals at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

By Gillian Birch If you love thrilling white-knuckle rides, roller coasters, and the odd water hazard, you’ll love Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. If you prefer a day enjoying tropical gardens and zoo animals... Read more
Don’t be deceived by the laid-back island atmosphere on Matlacha—international artist Leoma Lovegrove’s Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens if filled with her vibrantly colorful paintings. | Must Do Visitor Guides

Visiting Historic Matlacha, Florida

If you want to experience the colorful charm and laid-back lifestyle of turn-of-the-century Florida, the old fishing village of Matlacha is the place to visit. With a population of under 800, this waterfront... Read more
MustDo.com | Centennial Park Gazebo downtown Venice, Florida

Things to Do in Venice, Florida

Known as “The Sharks’ Tooth Capital of the World”, Venice lives up to its Italian namesake with Renaissance-style architecture in its historic downtown. Antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants thrive in this vibrant area... Read more
Jet ski rentals and tours, water sport activities on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Sanibel, Sarasota, Siesta Key. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. | Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Things to Do in Southwest Florida

The beautiful region of Southwest Florida runs from the south end of Tampa Bay down the barrier islands and estuaries of Sarasota, Fort Myers, and Naples to the vast uninhabited acres of the... Read more
Peace River Charters airboat ride, eco-tour Arcadia and Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Great Vacations Start at Adventure Away on Anna Maria Island

By: Gillian Birch Anna Maria Island is no ordinary island, and Adventure Away is no ordinary tour company! Offering a range of equipment rentals, transport, tours, activities and fun treats, Adventure Away has... Read more
LEGOLAND Florida See LEGO come to life amidst more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and special movie-themed fun all geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland). Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Take a Day Trip from Sarasota to LEGOLAND Florida

By Vanessa Caceres Get Your Little Builders Ready—LEGOLAND Florida Offers Family Fun With Plenty of Ways to Get Creative With Legos! LEGOLAND Florida is about 90 minutes from Sarasota in the town of... Read more
South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium Bradenton, Florida USA. MustDo.com, Must Do Visitor Guides

Things to Do in Bradenton

Bradenton, the county seat of Manatee County, is brimming with historic attractions, sports events, state parks, and beautiful beaches. It’s equally popular with families, couples, and retirees looking for fun things to do... Read more
MustDo.com | Sarasota beaches are among the best in the U.S. and that’s official, as Siesta Beach was ranked #1 by Dr. Beach in 2014. The pure white quartz sand in this area is powder-soft and contrasts beautifully with the blue Gulf waters. Most beaches lie on the barrier islands of Longboat Key, Siesta Key, and Lido Key, creating sheltered waters for boats and wildlife within Sarasota Bay. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey.

Things to Do in Sarasota

Sarasota is a popular destination in southwest Florida, welcoming over 925,000 visitors each year. With its combination of beautiful sandy beaches, upscale shopping, cultural festivals, watersports, golf, and top dining, there’s something for... Read more
MustDo.com | Beautiful white sand beach on Cayo Costa State Park which is a barrier island only accessible by boat from nearby Captiva Island, Punta Gorda, Pine Island and Boca Grande, Florida.

Be a Castaway for a Day on Beautiful Cayo Costa Island

By: Gillian Birch If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Southwest Florida for a day, take a trip to Cayo Costa Island State Park. Accessible only by private boat or ferry,... Read more
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