• MustDo.com | Sarasota, Florida vacation watersport activities include jet ski, WaveRunner, and boat rentals.
  • MustDo.com | Fun and exciting horseback riding along the beach at Palma Sola Bay, Bradenton, Florida, USA.
  • MustDo.com | Kathleen D sailing catamaran cruises and tours in Sarasota, Longboat Key, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.

Activities

Looking for some vacation activities in Sarasota?

Southwest Florida has more than 600 miles of shoreline, so as you can imagine recreational activities abound. The warm Gulf waters, gorgeous bays, and estuaries all create an environment that’s just screaming adventure! The Sarasota and Venice area offer countless ways to enjoy a morning, afternoon, or full day of activities.

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Must Do Activities

Siesta Key Watersports Sarasota, Florida Take a parasailing adventure, explore the area waters on a jet ski, or rent a power boat. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com. Photo by Elizabeth Barnett.

Siesta Key Watersports

Water Activities For All Ages Soar 1,000 feet above Siesta Key on a safe and controlled parasailing adventure, explore the area waters on a jet ski or power boat rental. Siesta Key Parasailing Tours No experience is required to Parasail. It is fun, safe, and exciting for the entire family! Siesta Key Watersports captains are USCG rated and certified Masters and their USCG inspected and... Read More
Key Sailing sunset and sightseeing cruises of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico ranging from two to eight hours. Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Key Sailing

Set sail aboard Key Sailing's 41’ Key Breeze sailboat with Key Sailing charter owners, husband and wife Jan and Tim Solomon. They offer sunset and sightseeing cruises of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico ranging from two to eight hours. Key Sailing also offers affordable private or group charters for family parties, weddings, sailing lessons or just relaxation. Read Key Sailing's... Read More
Experience fun and exciting horseback riding along the beach at Palma Sola Bay, or out into the calm salt waters where the horses will actually swim.Bradenton, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

BeachHorses.com

Fun and Exciting Horseback Riding on the Beach! All the guides/trainers and horses at BeachHorses.com are experienced, providing a safe and slow ride along the beach at Palma Sola Bay in Bradenton, Florida. In addition to riding along the palm-lined shore, you can ride out into the calm salt water where your horse will actually swim! While in the water riders have an... Read More
Venice Pier Gulf of Mexico beach Venice, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

Venice Pier Fishing

The beach and the Pier extending 700 feet into the Gulf of Mexico is a fantastic spot to drop a line or gather to watch the sunset. Free admission, fishing from the Pier 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays, no license required. There are picnic shelters and restroom facilities located nearby. The Venice Pier belongs to the city... Read More
Payne Park Tennis Center is a downtown Sarasota, Florida tennis facility featuring 12 affordable, well maintained, and lighted Har-Tru Hydrogrid public tennis courts with canopy covered bench seating, water fountains, courtside tables, and locker rooms with showers. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Payne Park Tennis Center

Sarasota Public Tennis Courts This downtown Sarasota, Florida tennis facility features 12 affordable, well maintained, and lighted Har-Tru Hydrogrid public tennis courts with canopy covered bench seating, water fountains, courtside tables, and locker rooms with showers. Tennis Lessons and Clinics Certified teaching pros. Junior, adult, and senior activities are available throughout the year. Daily, weekly, and monthly play fees, lessons, and clinics offered.... Read More
Take your workout beachside! Grab a towel or yoga mat and strike a pose within eyesight of the Gulf of Mexico. Classes suitable for all ages are offered on Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach, Lido Beach, Venice Beach, and Nokomis Beach. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Yoga on the Beach

Take your workout beachside! Grab a towel or yoga mat and strike a pose within eyesight of the Gulf of Mexico. Classes suitable for all ages are offered on Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach, Lido Beach, Venice Beach, and Nokomis Beach. Most classes are free with a minimum cash donation requested. More ways to stay fit on vacation.  Visit the websites below for... Read More

Paradise Key Charters

Private Sarasota, Venice, Siesta Key, Longboat and Lido Key Boat Tours and Cruises Spend a fun filled day, afternoon, or evening on the water touring the inland waterways of Venice, Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat and Sarasota Florida with a 2-hour, 4-hour, or full-day private boat charter. Master U.S.C.G. Captain Matt has over 30 years of boating... Read More
Snook Haven Experience Old Florida with a relaxing day of fishing or exploring the serene Myakka River with a canoe or kayak rental. Sarasota, Florida. Photo by Elizabeth Barnett. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Snook Haven

Experience Old Florida with a relaxing day of fishing or exploring the serene Myakka River with a canoe or kayak rental. Snook Haven Canoe and Kayak Rentals Canoe and Kayak rentals are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thursday and Sunday. Reservations are not required. The front counter can assist with your rental. Rental Rates: Canoes $20/hour or $30 per day.... Read More
Set sail onto the beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters on a relaxing, entertaining, and unique 2-hour sightseeing or sunset sailing cruise aboard the Hunter 30’ Inspiration Sail Venice in Venice, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

Sail Venice

Venice, Florida Sightseeing and Sunset Sailing Tours For a memorable vacation experience, set sail onto the beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters on a relaxing, entertaining, and unique 2-hour sightseeing or sunset sailing cruise. All ages are welcome – Sail Venice is dog-friendly too! Sightseeing and Wildlife Sailing Cruises Sail Venice sailing cruises offer an opportunity to encounter a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, manatee,... Read More

Ride & Paddle by Siesta Sports Rentals

Siesta Key Bike and Beach Gear Rentals for all Ages Ride and Paddle offers a variety of quality bicycles and beach gear for a memorable vacation including bikes for all ages, beach chairs, umbrellas, and carts, snorkel gear and beach wheelchairs. Rent by the hour, day, week, or month. Bike the Legacy Trail,... Read More
Play 18 holes of challenging mini-golf in a lush tropical setting amid waterfalls, caves, pirate ships, and live alligator at Smuggler's Cove in Sarasota, Florida.

Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf

Play 18 holes of adventurous and challenging mini-golf that is fun for all ages in a lush tropical setting amid waterfalls, caves, pirate ships, and live alligators. For an extra bit of fun, you can feed alligators using a fishing pole!  Enjoy a snack, soda, water, beer, or wine before or after you play! Finish your visit... Read More
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