Top 10 Activities for Kids in Sarasota
Young families are a rapidly growing demographic in Sarasota, and it has changed the face of Sarasota real estate. If you have kids, there is a wealth of opportunity for a great afternoon – from outdoor activities to indoor learning. Here are some of the top Sarasota activities for kids, in no particular order.
1) The Beach – there is no denying that the most obvious answer is still the best. Wide flat beaches, with extremely gradual drop offs, sandbars, gentle water and plenty of lifeguards make for some of the safest fun available. Just make sure you have lots of water and sunscreen. See Siesta Beach Webcam.
2) Lido Mangrove Tunnels – Canoe or kayak, this is a great way to experience old, natural Florida up close and personal
3) Bayfront Park – With a new playground, huge expanse of grass for running, tumbling or ball throwing; fountains to play in, picnic facilities, huge trees to climb – this is a kids paradise. Add in the fact that it is dog friendly – and most humans are very willing to let the kids play with or pet their pooch – and Bayfront Park is a great way to spend a day.
4) Mote Marine Laboratories – Sharks, a touch tank, colorful fish, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees and moray eels are all up close and personal. A great opportunity to learn about rescued sea life, conservation and responsibility to take care of the oceans. Check out the Shark Tank Cam!
5) Myakka State Park – If you thought a day in the woods was only an activity up north, think again! Myakka offers miles of walking trails through old growth forests, canoeing and kayaking, and of course – alligators. Make sure you go on an airboat ride – sign up when you first arrive.
6) Caspersen Shark Tooth Hunting – Tides and an offshore reef combine to make Caspersen Beach, just south in Venice, a gold mine for little ones looking for treasure. Shark’s teeth are found on a regular basis right along the shoreline.
7) GWiz Science Museum – The best place to entertain children on a rainy day! GWiz allows kids to touch, experience, create and learn in a fully interactive environment.
8 ) County Parks – From Red Bug Slough to Twin Lakes to Urfer Family Park, Sarasota’s park system is diverse and a fantastic way to explore. Parks offer walking trails, playgrounds, fishing, sports fields, and more. With each park offering something different, its tough to pick a favorite.
9) The Jetties - Located at the south end of Casey Key, and the north end of Venice Island – These parks offer some of the best opportunity to see dolphins and manatees in their natural environment. Kids love climbing on the rocks, and watching the fishermen pull in catch after catch.
10) Selby Gardens – You might not think of the Botanical Gardens as a great place for kids, but there are so many cool and exotic plants, the kids are enthralled. Add to that canopy walks, bay front play areas, and indoor exhibits with all kinds of creepy crawly creatures, and you’ll see how much fun nature can be this close to downtown Sarasota.