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Things To Do In Sarasota With The Family

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Things to do in Sarasota

Are you ready to escape your everyday life and submerge your family in some balmy Gulf breezes and gorgeous sun-shiny weather? Well, maybe it’s time to visit Sarasota with the family. A trip to sunny Florida is the perfect destination for a relaxing family getaway. My family is lucky enough to live in this beautiful vacation spot and we feel like it appeals to everyone from the young to the young at heart. From world-class shopping and dining to the fabulous Gulf Coast beaches, spring-training baseball games and the famous Ringling Circus Museum, it would be tough to include all that Sarasota has to offer. Listed here are just a few of our favorite, family-friendly activities that will help you enjoy the Florida life…Family-style!

Hit The Beach

Start off the day with an early morning stroll on one of Sarasota’s famous beaches. Whether you escape to Siesta Key Beach – ranked number one in America in 2011 by Dr. Beach and known for its powdery white sand – or Lido Key Beach, your family will enjoy splashing in the water and trolling the beach for shells. My kids love floating in these perfectly-sized waves and would dig in the soft sand all day, if I let them. The public beaches here are perfect for families because they have relatively calm waters that are manned with lifeguards year-round, from 9 A.M to 5 P.M. They also have concession stands and restrooms, just in case “you-know-who” really needs a popsicle or just can’t wait another second to go potty!

Things to do in Sarasota - Digging for buried treasure at Lido Beach

Digging for buried treasure at Lido Beach.

Fly Through The Air With The Greatest of Ease

No trip to the circus town of Sarasota is complete without taking your turn on the flying trapeze. Yep, that’s right, Circus Sarasota offers flying trapeze classes for anyone, age 6 or over, who is brave enough to take flight! Let me just say that climbing the ladder is by far the scariest part! However, once you get up there, with the net beneath you, and you take that first flight…You are sold. Flying through the air is an amazing experience that is hard to describe in words. We learned how to swing, leap and challenge gravity with instructions from world-renowned, professional trapeze artists. I promise you, this is really cool and it will definitely be an adventure that will take you and your family to new heights!

Visit the Fish

Take a break from the sun and visit the fish. From sharks, sting rays and sea turtles to tropical fish, manatees, dolphins and more, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is one of our favorite ways to spend the afternoon. The aquarium is open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day, and in addition to viewing, it offers many hands on experiences like touch tanks and shark tooth sifting for curious little hands. We usually head to the aquarium just before lunch so that we can order a cheeseburger and a hand-dipped milkshake from the 50’s style, Deep Sea Diner while we check out the seahorses… It’s just perfect!

Things to do in Sarasota - Mote Marine Aquarium

Did somebody say S-H-A-R-K?

Circle Around

Removed from the mainland by two bridges over the sparkling Sarasota Bay, the coming and going to St. Armand’s Circle is almost as magical as the destination. Beginning with a vision from circus-great, John Ringling, back in 1917, this picturesque circle of shops and eateries has something for the whole family. We enjoy going to Kilwins for ice cream, homemade candies or fudge, and if we’re lucky, sometimes we even get to watch them make it. There are also lots of other delicious eateries and a boat-load of world-class shops and boutiques. This enchanting circle is one of our favorite family hang-out spots and is a great place for anyone who likes to eat, shop, people-watch, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Walking on Sunshine

No matter how you choose to spend your time, if you visit Sarasota with the family, I can pretty much guarantee that it’s going to be good. I mean, who can resist the beautiful weather, the sand, the surf, and all this stuff? We sure can’t…That’s why we live here!

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Belonging to the rare breed known as native Floridian, Mary Ellen is a wife, mother and freelance writer, currently living in Sarasota, on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast….

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