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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6 Family-Friendly Halloween Activities Near Bradenton

6 Family-Friendly Halloween Activities Near Bradenton

Family-Friendly Halloween Activities Near Bradenton Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

6 Family-Friendly Halloween Activities Near Bradenton

With just two weeks away from Halloween, there are plenty of ways to have family fun without the fright! From parades to ghost walks and where to trick or treat with the kiddos, keep reading to find the best non-spooky spots for the remaining weeks of this hair-raising season.

Here are six family-friendly halloween activities near Bradenton and surrounding areas.

Bradenton Beach Ghost Tours

  • From Bridge Street
  • Ongoing, Tuesday–Saturday, 8 p.m.
  • $10–$15

Hear about the history of Bradenton Beach, shipwrecks and mysterious ghost stories, some of which are based on eyewitness accounts! The walking tour duration is 90 minutes beginning at 8 p.m. on Bridge Street. Tours are held every Tuesday–Saturday. Tickets must be purchased in advance online or via phone at 941-704-0621.

Night of Fun, Fish & Fright

  • Mote Marine Aquarium
  • Oct 20, 6–8:30 p.m.
  • $10–$14

This weekend, head to Mote Marine Aquarium for an evening of frightful, family-friendly Halloween activities! Discover shark teeth within Coffin Creek, view their exciting underwater pumpkin carving, Mad Science experiments and so much more spooktacular fun!

Boo Fest

  • Lakewood Main Street
  • Oct. 27, 6–9 p.m.
  • Parking: $5

Join in for this exciting annual event held on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch! Kids can trick or treat from local merchants, traverse their Spooktacular Maze and be amazed at the creations of a ghostly balloon artist. Entertainment includes a costume contest, local dancers and eerie music to set the tone for this haunting evening.

Selby Spooktacular

  • Selby Gardens
  • Oct. 29, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • $10–$20

Kick off Halloween weekend with an afternoon of wholesome, family fun! With trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, seed planting and even a mad scientist experiment, you don’t want to miss out on all the fun at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Stick around for lunch at the cafe as well as frozen goodies by B’s Cool Treat’s.

Children’s Halloween Parade!

  • West Venice Avenue
  • Oct. 31, 4–7 p.m.
  • Free

Parents, bring the kiddos for the annual Halloween Parade down West Venice Avenue! In true Venice fashion, “Old Betsy,” the city’s antique fire truck, will be leading the parade of hundreds of children showing off their costumes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Following the parade, kids are welcome to trick or treat along Venice Avenue.

22nd Annual Halloween Safe Walk

  • Dearborn Street
  • Oct 31, 5–7 p.m.
  • Free

For family-friendly Halloween activities, look to Dearborn Street in Englewood, which will be closed for your little ones to safely trick or treat. When you’ve fulfilled your kids’ sweet tooths, don’t miss the live music, costume contest and many more exciting treats!

Next: 4 Events for Fall Fun in the Palmetto Area