• MustDo.com | Visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates Fort Myers, Florida. This is an easy day trip from Sarasota. Must Do Visitor Guides. Photo by Nita Ettinger
  • MustDo.com| Take the Key West Express ferry from Fort Myers to Key West and the southernmost point in the USA. You can return the same day or extend your stay!
  • MustDo.com | A day trip from Sarasota, Florida to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is fun for the entire family.

Day Trips

An escape to one of Sarasota’s nearby day trips provides adventures for a memorable getaway. Within easy driving distance are opportunities to visit family themed parks with thrilling rides and interactive shows, as well as world-class gardens and museums. No matter what you choose you can’t go wrong with a rewarding day trip from Sarasota.

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Must Do 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, MustDo.com

LEGOLAND Florida

Take a family fun Sarasota day trip to LEGOLAND Florida This Florida attraction is an amazing colorful world of rides, activities, and working Lego models in Winter Haven, Florida. Enjoy more than 50 rides, shows, and interactive experiences at this 150-acre family LEGO theme amusement park geared towards families with children ages two to twelve. The park features ten different themed areas full of replicas... Read More
Captiva Cruises offer cruises to Cayo Costa for shelling and exploring this pristine uninhabited out island near Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Captiva Cruises

A Sarasota day trip to Captiva and Pine Island Sound provides a full day of island activities. Captiva is located a little more than two hours drive from the Sarasota area. Since 1986, Captiva Cruises has been offering tours through Southwest Florida’s estuary and National Wildlife Refuge that is Pine Island Sound. This aquatic preserve is home to abundant wildlife and rich with... Read More
Located on pristine Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, Florida, Fishermen’s Village is just a short drive from Sarasota and Venice making it an easy day trip. Fishermen's Village shopping, dining, marina in Punta Gorda, Florida. USA. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Fishermen’s Village

Located on pristine Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, Florida, Fishermen’s Village is just a short drive from Sarasota and Venice making it an easy day trip. Visitors can enjoy an array of boutique and specialty shopping, waterfront restaurants, and a variety of recreational activities including fishing charters, out island sightseeing tours, nightly sunset cruises, boat and kayak rentals from the marina, as well... Read More
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.

Orlando Theme Parks

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 in mind that most of these top attractions do not open their gates until 9 a.m. or later, so there’s plenty of time to hit the I-75/I-4 roadways after an early... Read More
Sheikra roller coaster. Spend a fun-filled day for the entire family with a day trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Go on thrilling amusement park rides, visit a world-class zoo featuring more than 12,000 animals, see live shows, enjoy a variety of restaurants, and more! Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Thrilling Amusement Park And Zoo Spend a fun-filled day for the entire family with a day trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Go on thrilling amusement park rides, visit a world-class zoo featuring more than 12,000 animals, see live shows, enjoy a variety of restaurants, and more! See Hundreds of Exotic African Animals A day trip to Busch Gardens Tampa, which is one of the... Read More
The Tarpon Springs, Florida community is permanently enriched by the Mediterranean heritage brought at the turn of the century by Greek sponge divers and their families.It is an easy and fun day trip from Sarasota. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Tarpon Springs

A Day Trip to Tarpon Springs is Enjoyable For All Ages 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. There is plenty to see and do, from the world famous Sponge Docks, to deep sea fishing, from antique... Read More
Key West Express ferry boat. Visit the southernmost point in the United States during your Sarasota, Florida holiday. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Key West Express

Go to Key West for the Ultimate Sarasota Vacation Day Trip! Visit the southernmost point in the United States during your Sarasota, Florida holiday. A cruise on the Key West Express ferry is the fast and fun way to visit the southernmost point in the United States, home of pirates, poets, presidents & partygoers. From lazy lounging on the beach to exhilarating activities... Read More
The Dali Museum is one of the most intriguing art museums in the United States and is located in St. Petersburg, Florida which is approximately 45 minutes north of Sarasota. The late surrealist, Salvador Dali, rose to fame by painting outlandish, dreamlike imagery. His paintings of melting clocks, anatomical anomalies, and photographic precision can be seen in this 2,800 square foot museum. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Dali Museum

The Dali Museum is one of the most intriguing art museums in the United States and is located in St. Petersburg, Florida which is approximately 45 minutes north of Sarasota. The late surrealist, Salvador Dali, rose to fame by painting outlandish, dreamlike imagery. His paintings of melting clocks, anatomical anomalies, and photographic precision can be seen in this 2,800 square foot museum. The Dali... Read More
Edison & Ford Winter Estates features over 20 acres of lush botanical gardens boasting over 1,700 plants and one of the largest Banyan trees in the U.S. Visitors can explore nine historic buildings including Henry Ford’s home and Thomas Edison’s main house, guest house, caretaker’s house, the ahead of its time pool complex and the pier built to deliver materials for construction. MustDo.com

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Sarasota Day Trip to Historic Edison Ford Estates Edison and Ford Winter Estates is located in Fort Myers, Florida which is approximately a one hour and thirty-minute drive from Sarasota. This worthwhile attraction should be included on your vacation itinerary. Edison & Ford Winter Estates features over 20 acres of lush botanical gardens boasting over 1,700 plants and one of the largest Banyan trees in the... Read More
Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience. | MustDo.com

The Florida Aquarium

Explore a variety of diverse ecosystem exhibits and learn about marine animals, plants, and their habitats. Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience. Explore The Florida Aquarium Interactive And Educational Exhibits You can start your visit on... Read More
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