Where to Dine on the Water Near Palmetto

Where to Dine on the Water Near Palmetto

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Where to Dine on the Water Near Palmetto, FL

With the long weekend upon us, there’s plenty of extra time to dine on the water near Palmetto!

Our area boasts beautiful waterfront restaurants offering everything from tropical drinks to the freshest seafood entrees and more. You don’t want to miss all of the delicious places to dine on the water this Memorial Day Weekend and during the upcoming summer months!

Here are 4 restaurants that offer magnificent waterfront dining:

The Crow’s Nest

After a day on the water, pull your boat up and finish the day in the Venice Inlet at The Crow’s Nest, where you will find a casual, yet fine dining experience. Enjoy offerings from the raw bar, soups and salads, the daily fresh catch and a plethora of steaks cooked to perfection.

Dockside Waterfront Grill

The name says it all at Dockside Waterfront Grill! A local gem, enjoy views of the bay while dining in the open air atmosphere. For lighter fare, try their succulent lobster rolls, salads or tacos. Or if you have a grander appetite from being on the water all afternoon, perhaps the pasta dishes and seafood entrees are more suitable. Whatever you choose, you certainly won’t leave hungry!

The Old Salty Dog

Dine on the water at an old Florida favorite, The Old Salty dog has three locations in City Island, Siesta Key and Venice Island. Start with their delicious and spicy housemade crab dip or conch fritters. Order from the raw or steamed bar, or go the burger and fish taco route while you enjoy the mesmerizing waterfront views.

Ophelia’s On the Bay

Get front row seats to Little Sarasota Bay as you dine on the water seated at their open air patio. At Ophelia’s, savor the flavors of classic American cuisine with an international twist. The menu changes daily, so you’re always in for a surprise! On a given night you may have steak tartare, eggplant crepes or escargot! Of course there are plenty of seafood entrees and salads if you have a more traditional palate.

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5 Theaters to Visit in the Sarasota Area

5 Theaters to Visit in the Sarasota Area

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5 Theaters to Visit in the Sarasota Area

Whether you have a love for theatre or are just looking for an exciting thing to do when taking a pause from the water, there are a variety of theaters here! Take a break from the sun this summer by seeing exciting productions at one of the many theaters we have here in the Sarasota area.

Asolo Repertory Theater

Every season, Asolo Repertory Theater presents up to 15 extraordinary productions ranging from classical to contemporary.

Upcoming shows:

  • Beatsville, through May 27
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, June 7–July 1

Dog Days Theatre

Visit Dog Days Theatre in its inaugural season this summer! Dog Days Theatre will produce modern plays featuring professional actors from the Sarasota area and the country as well as students from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

Upcoming plays:

  • Relatively Speaking
  • Double Indemnity 

Florida Studio Theatre

Known for its hip and contemporary productions, Florida Studio Theatre is actually a campus of multiple, intimate theaters. Each of the theaters are small, but they create the perfect setting for you to fully immerse yourself in the productions. 

Upcoming plays:

Mainstage

  • Burt & Me, May 31–June 18 at 
  • The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, July 5–Aug. 6
  • Doublewide, Aug. 2–20 

Summer Cabaret

  • The Jersey Tenors, June 13–July 16
  • The Blue Eyed Bettys, July 18–Aug. 20
  • Roar! The Music of the 1920’s and Beyond, Aug. 22–Sept. 24

Winter Mainstage

  • Rich Girl, through May 26 

Winter Cabaret

  • Older Than Dirt, through June 4

FST Improv

  • 17 Improv Festival, July 13–15

Children’s Theatre

  • Just For Laughs, June and July

McCurdy’s Comedy Theater

For the stand-up comedian lovers, this downtown spot is for you! See topnotch performances in a state-of-the-art facility featuring nationally renowned acts. You can also enjoy great food and drinks in the showroom before or after the show. 

Upcoming shows:

  • Dwight Slade, May 19–21
  • Following Jesus with a Rock n Roll Heart, May 23 and June 20
  • Ken Miller, May 24–28
  • Rob Little, May 31–June 4
  • La Hardy, June 7–11
  • And so much more! 

Players Centre for Performing Arts

Watch educational and enriching theatrical performances at the Players Centre. Though The Players Centre categorizes themselves as a non-professional community theatre, there is a variety of exceptional actors from students to those with lengthy resumes. 

Upcoming shows:

  • Beau Jest, June 14–25
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes, July 12–23
  • Arsenic and Old Lace, Aug. 9–20
  • Mammoth Bones, Aug. 22–27

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5 Unique Things to Do on the Water in Sarasota, FL

5 Unique Things to Do on the Water in Sarasota, FL

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5 Unique Things to Do on the Water in Sarasota, FL

In beautiful Sarasota, FL, it’s easy to spend the whole afternoon on the boat cruising the glistening waters while simply enjoying the views. Though, there are also the days you may be looking for new activities and ways to enjoy our area by boat. Here are five unique things to do on the water in Sarasota, FL that include more than fishing and cruising—though those activities are just fine with us!

Go snorkeling in seagrass.

Snorkeling in seagrass is a beautiful and exciting way to spend your day on the water in Sarasota, FL. See if you spy spotted seatrout, pinfish or sea turtles having their lunch. Then, you may see majestic ospreys and pelicans while hovering over the water. Whatever neat creature you are lucky to spot, snorkeling is a special way to spend your afternoon in Sarasota.

Explore the many sandbars nearby.

Take your adventures out to the sandbars during low tide where you can see the water from a new perspective. Pull up your boat, park your beach chairs, and hang in the “middle” of the ocean. Sandbars are also a great place for your furry friends to exercise their legs since it’s particularly shallow.

Take a luxury home tour.

Be amazed at the grandiose homes that are on the water in Sarasota, FL. From gorgeous architecture to ornate guesthouses and boat docks, the homes are always a spectacle to see! Waterfront homes also take it up a notch in terms of lawn art. See a life-sized statue of Michael Jordan or original masterpieces grazing in the yard.

Have a waterfront picnic.

Sure, picnics on land are just fine, but when you’re on the water in Sarasota, there are ever-changing backdrops for you to enjoy while dining. Cling your forks to the sunset or sunrise, or you may even get front row seats to a dolphin show!

Locate the area’s spoil islands.

Spend the afternoon looking for secret spoil islands! Spoil islands were created when the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway was being completed. These dredged areas, or spoil islands, now create an environment for visitors to anchor their boats, swim and explore their surroundings. The spoil islands were formed in all shapes and sizes, so there’s always a new one to explore. On spoil islands, you’ll also see an assortment of interesting creatures from raccoons to salamanders.

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Red Snapper Season Begins This Weekend

Red Snapper Season Begins This Weekend

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Red Snapper Season Begins This Weekend

Bradenton anglers, get ready for red snapper season kicking off this weekend!

At the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s April meeting, they announced the beginning of a 78-day recreational red snapper season in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico waters.

The parameters for red snapper fishing stretch from the shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf state waters.

Here are some guidelines when fishing for red snapper in our Florida gulf waters:

  • The 78-day red snapper season begins this Saturday, May 6.
  • Snapper fishing will continue on Saturdays and Sundays through May 27, then it will be permitted daily through July 9.
  • In September and October, anglers can fish for red snapper on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day.
  • Sixteen inches is the minimum total length required in order to keep a red snapper.
  • Two bags of red snappers are permitted per day, per person.

Earlier this week, it was announced that recreational anglers from privately owned boats can participate in red snapper season within federal waters for three days from June 1–3. In addition, charter boats and headboats with federal permits are permitted to fish for red snapper from June 1 through July 19.

Interested in helping out the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute with their gulf red snapper research? Print out a catch card here and fill out the data to assist the institute in finding out the number of red snappers that are harvested and released by anglers. You can also fill out this data online here.

Happy fishing!

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Day Trip: 3 Best Bike Trails Near Our Marina

Day Trip: 3 Best Bike Trails Near Our Marina

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Day Trip: 3 Best Bike Trails Near Our Marina

Looking for a scenic day trip idea? Just a short drive away from our marina are some of the best bike trails in all of Florida. 

From breathtaking panoramic views to the changing, exciting terrain, it’s a no-brainer that the bike trails near our marina are some of the best that our sunshine state has to offer.

So when you’re yearning for a breath of fresh air, lace up your shoes, grab your water bottle, and head to three of the best bike trails near our marina.

Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park 

Beginning in Sarasota, enjoy an interruption-free ride (for 6 miles) along the Legacy Trail. This scenic trail dotted with waterways, forestry and parks continues into Venetian Waterway Park for a grand total of 21 miles. There are also access points to beaches, shops and restaurants, so there are a variety of places that will appeal to all interests. However, there is little shade, so you may prefer to go on a cloudier day.

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

Spanish moss and ancient live oaks are just a couple of the many reasons why trailblazers will surely enjoy riding along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail. With an average of 70,000 visitors monthly, it’s a popular trail in the area spanning 47 miles. What’s great about this trail is that bikers can travel through some of the busiest parts of the city safely with the help of the over- and underpasses at trafficky intersections. Trail amenities include bike racks, rest stops, restaurants and much more.

Boca Grande Bike Path

For optimal views of the water, traverse the 6-mile, paved Boca Grande Bike Path. In your scenic ride, witness the Gasparilla Island and all of its beauty. See marinas, wave at passing boats, or just bask in the wonder of the white beaches. Should you decide to take a break from biking, grab a bucket to collect some gorgeous shells, admire the local waterfowl or take a dip in the water to cool off.

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4 Golf Courses near Riviera Dunes Marina

4 Golf Courses near Riviera Dunes Marina

4 Golf Courses Near Riviera Dunes Marina

4 Golf Courses Near Riviera Dunes Marina

Stunning grasses, renowned fairways and breathtaking, panoramic views are just a few of the many attributes to describe the golf courses near Riviera Dunes Marina.

When you’re taking a break from the water activities and beach days, head to the prestigious golf courses nearby. Though we can agree it’s hard to take a break from the water, you won’t regret soaking up the Florida sunshine at one of these beautiful golf courses near Riviera Dunes Marina.

The Concession Golf Club

With 520 acres, there is plenty of room to play a round or few at The Concession Golf Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. Secluded and shaded by 200-year-old oak trees, you’ll surely be comfortable even on the hottest summer days.

University Park Country Club

At this award-winning golf course, play 27 holes in the midst of the serene Sarasota scenery. Designed by the famed golf course architect, Ron Garl, the course is open to players for a daily fee as well as tee times reserved three days in advance.

Rates range from $49–$75 and include cart and green fees as well as complimentary range balls.

Palmetto Pines Golf Course

All skills are welcome to play on the lush, scenic courses at Palmetto Pines Golf Course. Everyday rates are $22 to walk and $23.50 for a cart rental. Be sure to ask the friendly staff about special rates that may be available during your visit.

Legacy Golf Club

When surrounded by water and sand, this award-winning golf course offers more than a challenging round of golf; Legacy Golf Club offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Coupled by plentiful landing areas, you’ll get to enjoy 18 holes at an Arnold Palmer Signature Course. Rates range from $19–$49, with special pricing available for groups with a minimum of eight golfers.

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Things to Do on the Water Near Palmetto, FL

Things to Do on the Water Near Palmetto, FL

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Things to Do on the Water Near Palmetto, FL

There’s always an adventure awaiting you on the water near Palmetto, FL. Whether you’re parasailing with the breeze at your back or on an exciting tour in search of dolphins, the things to do on the water near Palmetto, FL are practically endless.

From tranquil to thrilling, here are some of the best water activities you should try when you’re visiting Palmetto, FL.

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Are you looking for a full-body workout? Then try paddleboarding. Step onto a board, then use your balance and strength as you begin paddling at your own pace. Depending on the rental company, you can take your paddling up a notch and go on eco tours! 

Kayaking

Since the Palmetto area has a wealth of beautiful parks, there are optimal opportunities for you and your family to enjoy an afternoon of kayaking. Choose to go on a solo trip, or go with a group, as you explore the winding Manatee River.

Parasailing

Float above the Gulf waters as you enjoy the thrill of parasailing! Grab a friend—or two—and get ready for a unique day of fun on the water near Palmetto, FL! Who knows, you might even see turtles, dolphins and various types of fish while parasailing. You can also choose to stay dry and land on the boat deck or get dipped in the water when you need to cool off. The best part is that no prior skills are necessary!

Dolphin Tours

Now that we’re on the subject of dolphin spotting, there are plenty of opportunities to see these lovely creatures when you’re near Palmetto, FL. On a tour, the captain will take you to where the dolphins are likely to dwell. In addition, some tours will even narrate throughout the tour so that you can learn more about the area’s waterways. Often times, there are also sunset tours, which make for an even more unique, one-of-a-kind experience!

Boating

Of course we can’t talk about having fun on the water and leave out the beloved activity of boating! If you don’t have your own boat, you can rent a boat, which will vary in shapes and sizes to accommodate you and your family. Bring your fishing poles, a picnic lunch, and you’ll be set for an exciting afternoon aboard your boat!

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5 Places to Shop near Bradenton, FL

5 Places to Shop near Bradenton, FL

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5 Places to Shop near Bradenton, FL

When it’s time to take a break from the marvelous boating lifestyle here, there are plenty of shopping opportunities that are perfect for the whole family.

No matter what you’re looking for, Bradenton and the nearby areas have it all! Discover one-of-a-kind boutiques, outlet malls when you’re hunting for a bargain and of course the outdoor shopping centers when you need some fresh air while shopping.

So, when you’re looking for places to shop near Bradenton, these shopping destinations are all located near Riviera Dunes Marina as well. Let the shopping begin!

The Mall at University Town Center

Did someone say Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s? You heard right! These luxury department stores are just a couple among more than 125 stores at The Mall at University Town Center. Shop ‘til you drop, bring your kids to unwind in the play area, then sit down at a delicious restaurant after your day of shopping!

Ellenton Premium Outlets

Beloved brands including Coach, J. Crew Factory, Kate Spade and many others can be found at Ellenton Premium Outlets. For a unique shopping experience, the outlets are in an outdoor mall with serene water fountains and covered walkways, when you need a break from the sun. The best part? The outlet stores are easier on your wallet compared to mainstream shopping destinations!

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

Boutiques, restaurants and mini golf—what’s not to love about the shops at Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street? (Click here to see the full directory of their unique shops.) And when you’re looking for fun activities in addition to shopping, there’s also a cinema and a free concert series on the first Friday of every month—all at Main Street!

International Plaza and Bay Street

For more than 200 specialty shops, head to the International Plaza and Bay Street. This indoor place to shop near Bradenton also has 16 restaurants with fine dining options available at Bay Street at the Plaza. Looking for contemporary housewares? Head to Crate & Barrel. For high-end designer wear, there’s Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and so much more.

St. Armand’s Circle

In nearby Sarasota, St. Armand’s Circle is your one-stop destination for all of your leisurely shopping needs! Pamper yourself at one of the beauty salons or spas. Then you can peruse the galleries or jewelry stores as you look for your next one-of-a-kind gem. Looking to upgrade your footwear? There are several shops that can assist you!

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7 Things We Love About Sarasota, FL

7 Things We Love About Sarasota, FL

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7 Things We Love About Sarasota, FL

From secret shops to manatees, what’s not to love about Sarasota, FL? Whether it’s your first visit to Sarasota or your fiftieth, there are many things to discover about this beloved county.

Here are our top seven things we love about Sarasota:

1. Foodie paradise

Catering to everyone from the vegans to the meat lovers, Sarasota has it all. If you’re looking for the freshest vegetables in season, there are also plenty of local farmers markets where you can find delicious, artisanal goods. Our local Sarasota Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. at Main Street and Lemon Avenue.

2. Scenic adventures at the river

The Manatee River is the perfect place to embrace nature and get up-close with wildlife for the afternoon. Go on nature tours, swim with manatees and have a picnic, among many more exciting opportunities to get some fresh, Florida air while at the river.

3. The boat life

One of our top things to love about Sarasota, FL is the boater’s lifestyle. Feast at waterfront restaurants beneath the night sky, hop aboard your boat to reel in your dinner, or take a sunrise cruise. These are just a few things to love about the boat life in Sarasota, FL. 

4. The state park

The Myakka River State Park offers another fantastic opportunity to explore wildlife and the great outdoors. Traverse the trails, go fishing and kayaking, then end the day in one of the park’s log cabins!

5. The arts

At The Ringling museum, live music events, exhibits and a step back into history await you. Don’t miss the lovely gardens and of course the circus museum! It’s truly a marvelous place that all ages will be able to enjoy.

6. Secret shops

The Sarasota area boasts a wealth of pop-up shops and dining spots that you will not find anywhere else. The pop-up shops here are certainly one of the many aspects that set our area apart from others.

7. Local events

From Sarasota to nearby Bradenton and Palmetto, there’s always a fun local event to attend. Taste exotic wines at wine festivals, head to an outdoor concert or attend a sporting event. The local events here celebrate every interest you could imagine! 

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Top 5 Boating Destinations Near Palmetto, FL

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Top 5 Boating Destinations Near Palmetto, FL

Hey boaters! There’s always a new, beautiful place to discover when boating in our Florida waters. From the lovely Shell Key in Tampa Bay to the rich culture found at our own Bradenton Beach, venture to one of these boating destinations near Palmetto, FL, and you will be in for an exciting afternoon!

Bradenton Beach

Spend some time in the sun on the gorgeous beaches of Bradenton on Anna Maria Island. First, set up your chairs for an afternoon of sunbathing and a peaceful beachside picnic. Once you’ve had your time in the sun, there is much to see and do in town. Visit specialty shops and galleries or embrace nature on a kayak paddleboard!

Tampa Bay

If you’re looking for fine dining experiences, Tampa Bay is one of the boating destinations near Palmetto, FL that you will not want to miss. In addition to the exquisite dining experiences, there are hidden gems that are only accessible by boat. One of those places is Shell Key—a prime beach for swimming, camping and fishing.

Egmont Key

For a unique experience, Egmont Key is home to a wildlife refuge as well as lovely beaches filled with shells for you to collect and bring home as souvenirs. While you can also swim, picnic and fish here, you have the opportunity to tour an 1858 lighthouse and visit other fascinating historical sites and trails as you step back in time. This park is also quite remote, so make sure to bring plenty of water and food for your visit.

Longboat Key

Along the 12 miles of pristine beaches of Longboat Key, there is much to enjoy. Gather to see the spectacle of sea turtle hatchlings march to the water. Play a round of golf with a view of the water. When you’re ready to take a break from the scenic route, there is fine dining, luxury resorts for you to relax and excellent shopping opportunities.

Manatee River

Spanning 36 miles, Manatee River has a wealth of activities for you and your boat crew to enjoy. From fishing to traversing the lovely parks, there are also many great lunch and shopping destinations nearby if you decide to go inshore during your visit to one of the top boating destinations near Palmetto, FL!

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