Unique Ways to Tour Bradenton and Sarasota

Unique Ways to Tour Bradenton and Sarasota

Unique Ways to Tour Bradenton and Sarasota Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

Unique Ways to Tour Bradenton and Sarasota

While our area is brimming with beautiful beaches and other entertaining spots, there are even more unconventional and fun ways to explore the area to truly get a taste of the local culture. Whether you’re a lover of food, natural history or sightseeing among our fabulous waterways, there are several unique ways to tour Bradenton and Sarasota. The great thing about these tours is that even if you are a local or have vacationed here several times, you can explore the area in a new way and discover hidden gems along the way. Here are a few unique ways to tour our beautiful area!

Food Tours

There is an abundance of tasty food tours here to make your experience here a palatable one. If you’re available for lunch, try the International Flavors of Sarasota Tour where you get to venture around Downtown Sarasota to taste the local food spots that offer global fare! Then, the St. Armands Stroll & Taste Tour is also offered during lunch and takes you downtown to experience the area’s fine cuisine offerings, all while learning about our area’s rich history. Lastly, imbibe with Happy Tours as you learn more about Florida’s Prohibition-era history and sample specially selected spirits and light nosh to accompany them.

Eco and Adventure Tours

When you’re on the hunt for unique ways to tour the Bradenton and Sarasota, and you’re craving a day of adventure, look no further than the local eco tours! From backwoods bike trails to kayaking, hiking and biking tours among the mangrove tunnels, discovering the area’s natural history is a breeze with the many local tours available to you. Some places that offer nature tours are Around the Bend Nature Tours, ((ecko)) Eco Tours, Biotica Eco Tours and so many more. The area’s eco tours are also very customizable. You can choose among full-day and half-day tours, low–medium gear tours, birding tours and the list goes on.

Sailing Tours

When you just can’t get enough of the glistening Florida Gulf Coast waters (We don’t blame you!), there are tours for you, too! Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans offers dolphin watch tours, sunset sails and adventure sailing tours, which include sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, shelling and even lunch! Depending on your schedule and interest, the duration of their tours can be 2 hours to half a day. Tours take off from Downtown Sarasota and also offer complimentary bottled water and parking for your convenience. All you have to do is bring your own picnic, sit back and enjoy the ride!

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Things to Do on the Water Near Palmetto, FL

Things to Do on the Water Near Palmetto, FL

Things to Do on the Water Near Palmetto, FL Riviera Dunes Marina

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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