Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 2

Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 2

Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 2

By Hannah M. 

Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 2

Have you been searching for the perfect family adventure that everyone can enjoy? Southwest Florida has boundless fun that will thrill the whole family!

 

10 Ways to Have Fun with The Whole Family This Year:

1. Historic Spanish Point

This charming waterfront oasis is rich in heritage and charisma – the perfect enchanting exploit to add to your vacation itinerary! Historic Spanish Point is also home to one of the largest gardens in Florida, The Butterfly Garden. With Spanish Point being an important environmental area due to its location on Little Sarasota Bay, there’s no shortage of enticing floral to be found here!

2. Kayak Adventure Time

One of the best ways to explore Florida is on the water! Sarasota has endless water activities, but the one of most exhilarating and breathtaking adventure to be had is on Phillippi Creek, cruising through the scenery by kayak. Take a well-earned break midway through your explorations at Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, where you can tie up your kayak for a bite overlooking the creek.  

3. Sarasota Bay Explorers

Get ready for the ultimate aquatic experience with Sarasota Bay Explorers! Working with Mote Marine Laboratory, this excursion provides a unique, first-hand approach to the aquatic wonders of Sarasota. There are many tour options available, including private charter bookings for your special event.

4. Surf With The Dolphins

Humphris Park is a prime location for dolphin spotting and surfing; grab your boards, fishing poles, and head down to the park for a relaxing day on the beach. Once you’ve soaked up enough sun, finish the evening with some of the best fishing in Southwest Florida from the Venice Jetty.

Venice Beach is also the “Shark Tooth Capital of The World”, so don’t forget to bring some buckets to collect your treasures! 

5. Warm Mineral Springs in North Port

This warm outdoor spring has one of the highest mineral content out of any hot spring in the US! Come relax in the healing waters and enjoy the array of spa services offered.

6.  Celery Fields

Enjoy a full nature experience journeying through the paths on the hill that Celery Fields is perched atop. This spot is a pit stop on The Great Florida Birding Trail,so get your camera ready for some choice shots of Florida’s most notable species. There’s even a pet-friendly park for the furry members of your family to join in on the fun! Once you have explored some of the quintessential wildlife and scenery Celery Fields is famed for, unwind at the peak’s picnic grounds with the family.

7.  Sun N Fun

Take a day trip to Sun N Fun and splash in their pools. There are a variety of water activities found here; one of the most exciting feature is their mega water slide! Once all the fun in the sun is had, finish up the day with a game of mini-golf.

8. Nathan Benderson Park

Nathan Benderson Park is truly the ultimate adventure for all! Enclosed in the 600-acre park is a 400-acre lake, with multiple paths encircling the lake. This is a pet-friendly park, so furry family members are welcome. Skate, cruise, bike, or leisurely walk around the beautiful lake, also known for spectacular bird-watching!

9. Sarasota Children’s Garden

Enter a whimsical world at Sarasota Children’s Garden, where you’re greeted by a friendly dragon and fairies frolicking. A preserved wildlife habitat, this garden provides a spellbinding spectacle that is a must-see!

See here for Sarasota Children’s Garden list of upcoming events to plan the perfect family trip! 

10. St. Armand’s Circle Shops and Restaurants

Looking for a cool way to have fun after your explorations through The Sunshine State? St. Armand’s Circle has a number of extravagant shops to explore, but ice-cream tasting is sure to be the sweetest way to spend your day! From Ben & Jerry’s to homemade gelato shops, there’s something for every sweet tooth. Don’t forget to try one of Le Macaron French Pastries famous macarons!

 

Explore Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida is full of unique adventures; adding these exciting excursions to your vacation itinerary, the whole family is in for a memorable time!

Looking for more exciting adventures for the entire family? See Part 1 to complete your family-friendly vacation checklist!

 

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Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 1

Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 1

Family-Friendly Adventures to Complete Your 2019 Vacation Checklist: Part 1

By Hannah M.

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Are you looking for an adventure to intrigue the entire family on vacation this year? Southwest Florida has endless fun in store for all!

 

10 Ways to Have Fun with The Whole Family This Year:

  1. Explore Beyond Florida

One of the most refreshing and fun ways to spend your summer this year is exploring one of the many novel parks in Southwest Florida. From rainforests, circus events, and train rides, there’s endless fun to be had!

  1.  Smuggler’s Cove

Get ready for the perfect putt putt adventure! Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf courses offer plenty of exciting ventures for the family. Lay the course through caves, pirate ships, and waterfalls. End the day in a unique way and feed the live alligators at Smuggler’s Cove Alligator exhibit.

  1. Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex

Looking for a break from fun in the sun? Southwest Florida has an array of adventures beyond the beautiful beaches. Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex provides a groovy diversion from the heat with DJ skate sessions and more!

  1. Shark Teeth Shakedown

Breathtaking scenery and swimming through sparkling waters isn’t the only alluring attraction of Florida’s gleaming white sand beaches. Venice Beach is the perfect place to hunt for shark’s teeth!

  1. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Explore the secrets of the sea and pet the sharks and stingrays at the Mote Aquarium!

  1. Search For Sea Critters

Gear up with your water shoes and nets and search the Sarasota Bay! There’s no shortage of unique sea life to observe to here.

  1. Summer Beach Fun Run

Running from June through August, this one-mile excursion along Siesta Beach is the perfect family outing – create your own friendly competition and see who can make it to the finish line first! All participants get a ribbon and popsicle at the end.

  1. Siesta Key Drum Circle

Sunday evenings in Siesta are full of entertaining things to do; the Siesta Key Drum Circle being just some of the fun! This is a year-round event, so be sure to stop by and check out this lively crowd on your vacation!

  1. Downtown Farmer’s Market

Downtown Sarasota’s Farmer’s Market has tons of tasty treats to enjoy! Explore Sarasota’s artisan culture with the hand-crafted goodies and live music events found here.

  1. Circus Arts Conservatory

Be sure to squeeze in a spot on your adventure checklist for the circus! Sit back and watch the splendor or for an extra twist of excitement for the kids, they can join in on the fun in the kids-only Sailor Circus.

 

Explore Southwest Florida

The whole family is in for memorable trip with these exciting excursions added to your itinerary. No matter when or where you choose to spend your vacation this year, Southwest Florida brings unforgettable adventures!

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Local Beaches Among Top Family Beaches in U.S.

Local Beaches Among Top Family Beaches in U.S.

Local Beaches Named Top Family Beaches Riviera Dunes Marina

Local Beaches Among Top Family Beaches in U.S.

Three beaches near Palmetto, Florida were named among Reader’s Digest‘s top family beaches to visit in the U.S. and Carribean! You’re in luck when visiting our area because these top family beaches are just a short drive away. Below, you’ll get the scoop on each beach as well as the amount of travel time it takes to reach your destination from Palmetto.

Clearwater Beach

Travel Time: 57 minutes

With it’s pearly-white sand against the lucid ocean waters, what’s not to love about Clearwater Beach? Take the kids to a pirate ship cruise where they can hear pirate stories, play games, go on treasure hunts and much more. You may even spot a dolphin! Speaking of dolphins, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium also boasts a one-of-a-kind experience as you’ll get to meet the movie star dolphin Winter, who starred in Dolphin Tale

Sanibel Island

Travel Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes

When you visit Sanibel Island, there’s one pastime that might take over your entire day: shelling. That’s right—Sanibel is known for its spectacular shelling opportunities! You’ll be surprised to discover a variety of shapes, sizes and colors making this the perfect souvenir to remember your trip to Sanibel. When you’re taking a break from shelling, the Gulf is the perfect area for kids to swim since there’s no shore break. Kids will also enjoy the national wildlife refuge where they can see blue herons, pelicans, alligators and more!

Fort Lauderdale

Travel Time: 3 hours, 16 minutes

When in Fort Lauderdale, you and your family will have plenty of beaches to explore! In fact, there are six beaches; each has its own unique amenities. Deerfield Beach has a family playground and a fishing pier. Then, Hollywood Beach has a boardwalk spanning miles, where you can walk or bike! After the beach, don’t miss Butterfly World downtown where you will see nearly 2,000 caterpillars and butterflies in a screened-in aviary. Then, when you’re looking for a more scenic route to explore the area, hop in a water taxi and enjoy the ride!

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