Rainy Day Fun Near Riviera Dunes Marina

Rainy Day Fun Near Riviera Dunes Marina

Rainy Day Fun Near Riviera Dunes Marina

Rainy Day Fun Near Riviera Dunes Marina

Just because the sun is on vacation for a day or so doesn’t mean the fun stops near Riviera Dunes Marina! There are plenty of activities that you and your family will enjoy when in Palmetto and nearby Sarasota . . . even when it’s a rainy day! From museums to the local family skating center, a rainy day in Palmetto will certainly be well spent.

Head to the museum.

From classics cars to sharks, the museums here will provide much fun, rain or shine. At the Ringling estate, visit the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for nonstop rainy day fun! Here you can view 21 galleries chock-full of Renaissance and Baroque art as well as American contemporary art. In addition, head to the Circus Museum on the property, which is included in your art museum admission, to view authentic costumes and other neat treasures from “The Greatest Show on Earth.” At the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, feast your eyes on rare and classic cars. See Paul McCartney’s Mini Cooper and even a car resembling the famous DeLorean from “Back to the Future.” For marine fun without getting wet, the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is home to a sea turtles, manatees and a 135,000-gallon shark tank!

Create your own art.

There are several spots to exercise your creativity, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating. Once you peruse the gift shop and the lovely art by local artists at the Artful Giraffe gallery, head to their pottery studio where you can mold and paint your own works of art. The studio will glaze and fire your pottery, then you can take it home! At Arts A Blaze in Lakewood Ranch, try your hand at pottery making, glass painting and infusing, pallet painting and more! This walk-in studio has it all, no matter your age or skillset.

Release some energy.

Even though it’s wet out, there is plenty of rainy day fun to be had! From roller skating to speed skating, show off your skills and even get some exercise in at Astro Skate Family Fun Center in Bradenton. If you’re still working on your skating skills, the center also offers skating lessons. The fun doesn’t stop when you tire of skating! There are also dance rooms, inflatables, an arcade and so much more.

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Don’t Miss these 4 Breweries near Sarasota

Don’t Miss these 4 Breweries near Sarasota

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Don’t Miss these 4 Breweries near Sarasota

Calling all beer lovers! The craft beer scene has taken off in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas! There are several breweries near Sarasota where you can have a brew, have a bite and enjoy beautiful Manatee County. Here are four breweries you do not want to miss during your visit.

3 Keys Brewing and Eatery

2505 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton

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This family-owned brewery is known for their exquisite small-batch brews and fresh, wholesome menu! Unlike other breweries near Sarasota that partner with food trucks to provide delicious nosh, the folks at 3 Keys pride themselves in a well-rounded offering of appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Bring the kids and pups and enjoy a visit at 3 Keys.

Darwin Brewing Company

803 17th Avenue West, Bradenton

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Inspired by exotic flavors and spices, Darwin Brewing Company translates this to their brews, too. From tropical pineapple and grapefruit notes in their Summadayze IPA to the Amazonian chocolate notes you’ll find in the Llama Mama Milk Stout, the brewers at Darwin Brewing always keep your tastebuds entertained.

Motorworks Brewing

1014 9th Street West, Bradenton

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As Bradenton’s first craft brewery, you won’t want to miss a pint (or two) of their delicious brews amid the largest beer garden in the state! Their flagship lineup includes award-winning brews Rollcage Red Ale, Midnight Espresso, Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA and V Twin Vienna Lager. Of course there are specialty offerings that are offered seasonally such as their Pumpkin Ale.

JDub’s Brewing

1215 Mango Avenue, Sarasota

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What began as a homebrewing mishap by a soldier stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington is now JDub’s Brewing in sunny Sarasota. The brewers at JDub’s pride themselves in creating funky, wild brews that are also high-quality and distinctive. Flagship beers include Up Top! an IPA, the Kolsch-style ale Poolside, Bell Cow, a milk chocolate porter, and Passion Wheat brewed with passionfruit and mango. You’ll also find rotating limited releases such as En Haut, a French Oak aged IPA, a rye amber ale and many others.

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4 Top Spots to Visit in Bradenton

4 Top Spots to Visit in Bradenton

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4 Top Spots to Visit in Bradenton

There’s never a dull moment when vacationing in Bradenton! Next to our beautiful beaches and year-round sunny weather, there’s an abundance of unique, top spots to visit while you’re in Bradenton.

Manatee Village Historical Park

The history of Manatee County truly comes alive with a visit to Manatee Village Historical Park. From historic buildings to artifacts, learn about decades of Manatee County’s rich history and pioneer life. In the park, peruse 14 buildings and exhibits including Wiggins General Store, Blacksmith Shop, The Settler’s House, The 1860 Courthouse and so much more. Little ones will also love the Junior Junction play area. In addition, the park hosts several special events throughout the year including lecture and craft shops!

South Florida Museum

If you’re a natural and cultural history buff, then you’ve come to the right place! As one of the top spots to visit while here, it’s also the largest museum of its kind on the sunshine state’s Gulf Coast! From collections of historical archeological artifacts to  the Parker Manatee Aquarium, there’s never a dull moment when at the museum. For ultimate stargazing, you don’t want to miss the Bishop Planetarium, which showcases films, art performances and of course an interactive way for visitors to learn more about the universe!

De Soto National Memorial

Get out in nature to traverse Florida’s ecosystems with an afternoon at De Soto National Memorial. Take your bike or travel by foot along the park’s nature trails. Accompany a park ranger to learn about the area’s culture and heritage. Relive history at the park’s Camp Uzita, a replica village where costumed rangers and volunteers present historical talks and demonstrations. Then if you visit the park on a Saturday or Sunday, make sure to schedule an unforgettable kayak tour!

Palma Sola Botanical Park

Ten acres of lush, picturesque gardens, lakes and bridges await you at Palma Sola Botanical Park. From unique flowering trees to subtropical plants, there is no corner of this park that you’ll want to leave unseen. You might even bring your own picnic lunch so you can pause at one of the three lakes, each complete with stunning views. Then, throughout the year, the parks hosts educational programs as well as public events that are perfect for you and your family.

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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 Kid-Friendly Things to Do Near Palmetto, FL

5 Kid-Friendly Things to Do Near Palmetto, FL

5 Kid-Friendly Things to Do Near Palmetto, FL Riviera Dunes Marina

5 Kid-Friendly Things to Do Near Palmetto, FL

With Spring Break here, there’s no shortage of kid-friendly things to do near Palmetto, FL.

From museums to miniature golf, families will never run out of fun things to do!

Here are five kid-friendly things to do near Palmetto that are enjoyable for the whole family.

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

‪201 10th St W, Bradenton

At the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, kids will enjoy exciting exhibits and presentations by the museum’s knowledgeable and lively staff members. There’s even a show recorded by Tom Hanks! You’ll want to make sure you leave plenty of time to visit the planetarium and view the various shows offered. Kids will also enjoy feeding the manatees and stopping by the gift shop to bring home a souvenir.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

‪2000 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton

Play a round of mini golf at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf! Experience a fun, though challenging, game at their scenic course complete with 18 holes and 25 live alligators on-site! You can even feed them for an extra fee. The tropical course also features lovely waterfalls and caves for a serene afternoon for all ages.

The Ringling

‪5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

The Ringling carries on the circus legacy of brothers John and Mable Ringling, known for the “Greatest Show on Earth.” From the Bayfront gardens to the Museum of Art, a Circus Museum, an education center, exhibits and much more, there is much to explore while visiting. Don’t miss the forest of “Pathless Woods,” an exhibit made entirely from ribbons by American artist Anne Patterson. The exhibit will be on display through April 26.

Marietta Museum-Art & Whimsy

2121 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 

Gorgeous grounds await you at the Marietta Museum! The whimsical art museum is chockfull of paintings, ceramic pieces, pottery and more exciting colorful displays. Weave through the gardens as you admire the sculptures and creative artwork. Inside, view the famed Lee Family Arch embellished with beads, crystals, shells and other raw materials in honor of the museum’s founders.

Sarasota Children’s Garden

‪1670 10th Way, Sarasota

Be prepared to spend the better part of an afternoon exploring all that awaits you at Sarasota Children’s Garden! Depending on the day, the garden offers free art programs with admission where kids can learn about gardening, have storytime and explore other fun topics. In addition, there are areas where the kids can play dress-up, play with wagons and let them live out their imaginations for the day! Feel free to bring a picnic for lunch and enjoy this hidden Sarasota gem.

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