Discover Sarasota’s Safari Wilderness!

Discover Sarasota’s Safari Wilderness!

Discover Sarasota’s Safari Wilderness!

By Hannah M.

Safari Wilderness

Have you been looking for the ideal vacation spot with endless adventures? Sarasota, Florida has many fascinating attractions, but perhaps one of the most exciting is the Safari Wilderness less than two hours away! Located in Lakeland, Florida, this ranch is home to over 500 unique animals with breathtaking Florida landscapes. An array of species that reside here, originating from South America, Africa, and Asia in beautiful natural habitats will take your from the perfect Florida day trip to an unforgettable global adventure!

The Adventure Begins!

Entering this wonderful wilderness paradise, a short boardwalk will take you over Florida’s second largest wetlands area, the Green Swamp. While waiting for your safari to begin (be sure to make reservations!) you will see a number of furry friends roaming – the sister Calico cats are the sweetest friends! You’ll even be able to see magnificent peacocks, with other birds in the aviary.

Animal Lover’s Paradise

Be sure to bring some treats along for the friendly ostriches, antelope, swamp deer and the others! There are a number of animals in this pet paradise which you will be allowed to feed – one of the most captivating are the gentle water buffalo. The llamas are especially friendly, so be prepared to have some sweet furry friends come right up to you for more treats. Nothing beats the ostriches need for treats, however; they have been known the chase after the safari bus in hopes of more treats – they don’t give up easily! As long as you have some food to offer, these gentle animals will want to be friends “fur”ever! With the wide array of different species residing here, it will be hard to pick a favorite, but once you meet the charming zebra you will be instantly infatuated. You may even see a baby zebra or two hiding behind their mother! These absolutely endearing and sweet-tempered creatures will steal your heart right away.

Don’t Forget!

On your Safari Adventure, you’ll want to have a few things on your list for your best adventure yet! Closed-toed shoes are highly recommended, even if you’re planning on taking the safari bus – you will find many grassy areas with dirt, so to avoid any unwanted accidents that may shorten your adventure, close-toed shoes should be number one on your list!

Have your camera or phone on hand and ready, you won’t want to miss any of the amazing animals you encounter.

This is going to be an unforgettable day adventure, so make sure you bring some snacks along for the journey!

Endless Adventure in Florida’s Wilderness Safari

When your two-hour safari adventures ends, be sure to stop by the gift shop area to memorialize your adventure. But before you head there, meet the casual camels, who are very photogenic and love to take photos when you say cheese. Don’t forget to get a shot of the mesmerizing peacocks and other birds in the aviary. Still craving more adventures in nature? The tour guides recommend returning, because of migration and weather, each tour is highly specialized and you will always be in for a new adventure.

If you’re looking for a different adventure deeper in nature, Safari Wilderness not only offers two safari tours a day, but camel voyages, a kayak safari, a sunset safari and unique personal encounters with the lemurs and guinea pigs. Are you a nature lover looking for the perfect place to party? Safari Wilderness has endless adventure options, including offering The Safari Lodge to be rented for special events. Buckle in and get your cameras ready for the nature lover’s retreat of a lifetime!

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Take a Day Trip: Warm Mineral Springs near Bradenton

Take a Day Trip: Warm Mineral Springs near Bradenton

Take a Day Trip: Warm Mineral Springs near Bradenton Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

Take a Day Trip: Warm Mineral Springs near Bradenton

Did you know that our Sunshine State is home to the largest mineral spring in the entire world? After you let that soak in, did you know that Warm Mineral Springs is the only one of its kind in the whole state? It’s also just a short drive from Riviera Dunes Marina. After just 51 minutes via I-75 S, you’ll be able to swim in the only warm mineral springs in the entire state, making this a one-of-a-kind experience during your visit.  

For those cooler, spring days, why not take a day trip to North Port’s Warm Mineral Springs for a nice, warming soak in this naturally warm spring! Remaining at a constant temperature of 87 F, the spring is also surrounded by a resort and day spa. Admission to the spring is $20 for adults and $10 for those ages 10 and under.

If you’ve never been to a mineral spring before, here are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting:

  • To avoid the crowds, visit the Warm Mineral Springs either during the week or earlier in the day if you visit on the weekend.
  • From fish to turtles, you never know what kind of wildlife you may encounter when swimming in the springs. Keep a watchful eye out for wildlife. After all, you’re a guest in their home.
  • In addition to wildlife, be wary of the vegetation on the bottom of the spring. Though Warm Mineral Springs gets up to 250 feet deep at its center, be careful not to stir up sediment or disturb the ecosystem when in the more shallow areas.
  • While this might be a no-brainer, make sure you don’t forget your essentials. Take a advantage of the clear waters by bringing your snorkel and mask to view the wildlife beneath you. Then in your waterproof bag, make sure to pack multiple towels, snacks and water and even water shoes if you prefer.
  • Lastly, please do not leave any trash behind. Dispose of your trash to not only clean up after yourself but also to protect the wildlife and their home.

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6 Secret Islands to Visit Near Palmetto, FL

6 Secret Islands to Visit Near Palmetto, FL

6 Secret Islands to Visit Near Palmetto, FL Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

6 Secret Islands to Visit Near Palmetto, FL

Looking for a quick weekend getaway or a new destination for your family’s next vacation? Look no further than these six secret islands for your next adventure!

All six of these secret islands are within three hours of Palmetto, FL, so you can choose to take a quick day trip or opt for a longer weekend or week-long stay.

1. Gasparilla Island

Embrace the slower Gasparilla Island lifestyle via golf cart, like a true local. Enjoy shelling, swimming and even snorkeling here. Take a visit to the restored Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, and bring your picnic lunch for a bite in the scenic Gasparilla Island State Park.

2. Jupiter Island

Stretching less than 4 miles, Jupiter Island is a private barrier island home to celebrities including Tiger Woods and Celine Dion. Lounge on the island’s beautiful white beaches or go for a stroll through the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge where you just might meet a loggerhead sea turtle.

3. Merritt Island

Though not as “secret” per se, birders will enjoy a getaway here as they traverse the thousands of acres at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge also hosts Beginner Birder Tours that you do not want to miss! You’ll also enjoy an interactive afternoon at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and may even get to witness a rocket take off!

4. Cedar Key

If there were two words to describe Cedar Key, they would be ‘calm’ and ‘clams.’ Venture through the National Wildlife Refuge by kayak or cast a line at the local pier, but whatever you do, don’t leave without a bowl of their local clam chowder.

5. Pine Island

Cruise into Pine Island for optimal relaxation and a getaway immersed in art and local culture. Spend the day at the 300-foot-long fishing pier, peruse local art galleries, and dine at the freshest seafood spots. If you choose to stay overnight, you’ll find plenty of charming hotels and cottages with beautiful views of the water.

6. Cabbage Key

For a truly secluded and hidden getaway, enter a nature lover’s paradise at Cabbage Key in Pineland. Panoramic views of the sound and nature trails await you as you exit the ferry. That’s right, the island is only accessible by boat.

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