Day Trips

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,

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., 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 | 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 | 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 | Luna, a leucistic (or albino) screech owl, is one of Peace River Wildlife Center's most popular residents. Punta Gorda, Florida.

A Visit To Peace River Wildlife Center

Located on the Ponce de Leon Park overlooking Charlotte Harbor, the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda is within easy reach of both Fort Myers and Sarasota. The center has two aims:... Read more | With Cinderella’s Castle and six themed areas, DisneyWorld really can be more than just a one-day visit. Your admission includes Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Liberty Square. As well as meeting famous Disney characters, the park has plenty of rides, shops and things to do, from a Jungle Cruise to It’s a Small World.

Visiting Orlando Theme Parks

By: Gillian Birch Orlando is less than two hours’ drive from Sarasota, making it easy to make a day trip to Disney, SeaWorld, Epcot, Harry Potter and the other amazing attractions in Orlando. Bear... Read more | Restored Z-28 Camero Muscle Car City museum Punta Gorda, Florida

Muscle Car City is One Man’s Dream Car Collection

Anyone who has a fascination with classic cars will want to visit Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda – and never leave! This amazing 99,000 square foot museum is dedicated to American motor... Read more
View meaningful exhibits of over 1,000 donated artifacts, documents, and original photographs from the Holocaust and World War II at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SW Florida in Naples, FL.

Encounter World War II History at The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of SWFL

An important part of 20th century history is contained in The Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida. Conveniently located on US 41 in Naples, Florida, the Museum has a fascinating collection... Read more
Fishermen's Village entrance Punta Gorda, Florida

Shop, Dine and Stay at the Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda

Located right on the waterfront in Punta Gorda, the collection of shops, restaurants and resort accommodation is in beautiful warehouse-style buildings. Free to visit with plenty of parking, this recreated Fishermen’s Village makes... Read more
Sarasota Florida birds eye view point infographic

Sarasota Florida Birding Infographic

Whether you enjoy birdwatching to spot new species, or to capture them on photographs, Southwest Florida has some of America’s top refuges for spotting rare and unusual birds, from waders and ducks to... Read more
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