Ideas for a Sarasota, Florida Vacation

You deserve a little down time.

Here is some inspiration for ways to enjoy Sarasota, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Venice–beyond the white-sun-kissed sands and relaxing Gulf shores. Of course, you’ll want to explore the areas miles of coastline, and you’ll have no problem finding a great spot to spread out, relax, and enjoy your time away. 

Plan a Staycation or Getaway. Ideas for a Sarasota, Florida Vacation. Things to do on vacation, getaway, or staycation in Sarasota and Siesta Key getaway. The beach and beyond from friendly family activities to outdoor restaurants on the water, eco-tours, and parks. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

Sarasota, Florida Area Beach Info

Info on the best beaches in Sarasota and VeniceParking tips for Siesta BeachTips for finding sharks teeth on Venice Beach and Caspersen Beach.

These posts offer tips for staying safe while at the beach: 

Florida Beach Warning Flags

Florida Beach Safety Tips

How to Avoid Being Stung by a Stingray

Turtle Nesting Season in Southwest Florida

Fun Family-Friendly Things to do in Sarasota

These family-friendly attractions and activities are sure to keep the kids smiling for hours! 

Animal lovers of all ages should plan to visit Sarasota Jungle Gardens where you can feed the flamingos and Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary where you can see lions, tigers, ligers and a slew of other animals. 

Feeling Adventurous? 

Then check out these fun and exciting activities and tours.

Experience Natural Sarasota, Florida

Nurture your soul on a serene sailing cruise with Kathleen D Sailing, Key Sailing, or Sail Venice

Rent a bicycle, kayak, or SUP or take a guided kayak Siesta Key eco-tour or Lido Key mangrove tunnel tour with Kayaking SRQ or Ride and Paddle.

Check out Peace River Charters for one-of-a-kind eco-adventures!

If you love to fish or dream of hauling in “the big one” then check out this quick guide to fishing in Sarasota, Florida or this guide to fall fishing.

Explore Selby Botanical Gardens downtown Sarasota campus and Historic Spanish Point campus near Venice. 

Fun and Unique Things to do in Sarasota 

Book a pub boat or bicycle tour with Sip-N-Cycle Cruises so you can cycle, sip, and sightsee all at the same time! 

Restaurants on the Water and Rooftop Bars

After these past few months everyone is ready to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the cooking! Here are 8 Sarasota restaurants with outdoor dining on the water and spectacular views.

Cool off with a cocktail at one of these downtown Sarasota rooftop bars

Do You Need Some Sarasota Day Trip Ideas?

If Key West is on your bucket list, then you’ll definitely want to check out this article about visiting via the Key West Express ferry

Take a short drive to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales where you can wander through 50 acres of meandering pathways, gardens, and marvel at the 205’ Singing Tower and its carillon bells.

There are plenty of exhibits to ooh and ahh at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa.

These two posts offer helpful tips if you are planning a family road trip to Sarasota, Florida: Healthy Road Trip SnacksWays to Keep Kids Entertained on a Road Trip.

Plan a Staycation or Getaway. Ideas for a Sarasota, Florida Vacation. Things to do on vacation, getaway, or staycation in Sarasota and Siesta Key getaway. The beach and beyond from friendly family activities to outdoor restaurants on the water, eco-tours, and parks. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
Photo credit Nita Ettinger

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Nita Ettinger is Co-publisher for Siesta Publications Inc. and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed magazines and the website MustDo.com. Must Do magazines are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County Chamber of Commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications can be found.

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