Must Do Sarasota Visitor Guide Winter/Spring 2019

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At Must Do Visitor Guides we believe the best experiences in life are better when shared, and so we do. Inside this Sarasota Winter/Spring 2019 issue, you will find over one hundred well-researched and carefully curated standout things to do so you can make the most of your visit to Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, Longboat and Lido Key, Florida. Everything from major attractions to awe-inspiring tours or family activities conveniently arranged in our Must Do directories. Our dining and nightlife recommendations take the guesswork out of where to find a great meal or drink while on vacation. You can make your experience here even more spectacular with our valuable deals and coupon savings.

WINTER | SPRING 2019

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CONTENTS

WINTER | SPRING 2019

WELCOME 6

MAPS

FLORIDA’S SUNCOAST 8

LIDO & SIESTA KEYS 9

EXPLORE MUST DO

BEACHES 10

ACTIVITIES 15

FAMILY FUN 18

ATTRACTIONS 21

FESTIVALS & EVENTS 24

MUST DO COUPON SAVINGS 26

TOURS 29

GOLF 32

DAY TRIPS 35

SHOPPING 39

DINNING 44

NIGHTLIFE 48

PHOTOS (THIS PAGE): NITA ETTINGER, DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

FUN FACTS

Florida beaches are home to 80%

of the Loggerhead turtles in the

U.S. From May through October,

there are an estimated 50,000

sea turtles in Florida making it the

most important nesting area in the

United States!

According to research from Mote Marine Laboratory,

Sarasota Bay is the year-round home to more than

150 identifiable Bottlenose Dolphins.

An adult West Indian manatee can consume over

100 pounds of vegetation per day!

Venice is considered the “Shark Tooth Capital

of the World” due to the many prehistoric

sharks’ teeth of all types and sizes that

wash up on shore.

Sarasota has been known as the “Circus Capital

of the World” since the 1920s

when John Ringling

made it the winter

quarters of his

famous Ringling Bros.

and Barnum &

Bailey Circus.

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JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Welcome to Sarasota, Venice and the Gulf Islands!

As an avid traveler, I know the great effort that goes

into planning a fulfilling holiday. There are endless

experiences to be had, but narrowing down the

worthwhile activities can be a challenge. Let Must Do

Visitor Guides help you create a fun-filled agenda!

At Must Do Visitor Guides we believe the best experiences

in life are better when shared, and so we do. Inside this

Sarasota Winter/Spring 2019 issue, you will find over one

hundred well-researched and carefully curated standout

things to do so you can make the most of your visit.

Everything from major attractions to awe-inspiring tours

or family activities conveniently arranged in our Must Do

directories. Our dining and nightlife recommendations

take the guesswork out of where to find a great meal or

drink. You can make your experience here even more

spectacular with our valuable deals and savings.

Our website MustDo.com is loaded with interesting

photos and videos, discount offers from area businesses,

and expanded local information including feature blog

articles. There is always something going on, and our

Events Calendar provides information about recurring

and special community events, exhibits, festivals, and

more. Be sure to follow us or share your experiences

through our social media outlets. I am convinced you will

find this Sarasota Must Do visitor guide and our website

invaluable and inspirational resources to fill your days

with fun in the sun.

I hope you have a memorable visit!

Editor in Chief

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PUBLISHER

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Ocean Blvd

To Anna

Maria Island

& Coquina

Beach

Whitney

Beach

Gulf of Mexico Dr

LONGBOAT KEY

i

Longboat Key

Beach

Gulf of Mexico Dr

Longboat Key

Beach

26th St

Sarasota

Bay

St. Armands Circle

Lido Beach

South Lido Park

53rd Ave

41

Ken Thompson

Park

South Lido Beach

SIESTA KEY

i

Siesta Key Village

Siesta Key Beach

Higel Ave

69th Ave

Midnight Pass Rd

Beach Rd

15th St

N Tamiami Trail

789

John Ringling

Causeway Island

Park

Crescent Beach

70

Siesta Dr

Tallevast Rd

301

Downtown

i

N. Washington Blvd

S Tamiami Trail

41

33rd St

Prospect Rd

Desoto Rd

Bahia Vista St

17th St

Fruitville Rd

Southside

Village

Bee Ridge Rd

Proctor Rd

Stickney Point Rd

Lockwood Ridge Rd

Phillippi Estate Park

Gulf Gate

Village

53rd Ave

University Pkwy

Beneva Rd

Beneva Rd

72

McIntosh Rd

70

Honore Ave N Honore Ave

Nathan Benderson

Park

SARASOTA

Bahia Vista St

758

Clark Rd

Honore Ave

Exit 217

75

N Cattleman Rd

780

To Tampa

i

Cattlemen Rd

75

Lakewood

Main St.

Exit 213

University Pkwy

The Mall at

University

Town Center

Exit 210

Fruitville Rd

Palmer Blvd

Exit 207

Bee Ridge Rd

Exit 205

Clark Rd

Proctor Rd

To Myakka

State Park

70

LAKEWOOD

RANCH

Celery Fields

Bee Ridge Rd Ext

Iona Rd

S Tamiami Trail

South Siesta Village

Midnight Pass Rd

FLORIDA’S

SUNCOAST

i

Visitor

Information

Beach

Gulf

of

Mexico

Turtle Beach

Little Sarasota Bay

41

Blackburn Point Rd

Casey Key Rd

OSPREY

Oscar Shearer

State Park

Albee

Rd

681

75

NOKOMIS

Exit 195

Laurel Rd E

To Ft. Myers

S Tamiami Trail

Border Rd

Downtown/

Entertainment District

Parks

VENICE

Nokomis Beach

North Jetty Park

South Jetty Park

Venice Municipal Beach

So. Brohard Beach & Venice Fishing Pier

Downtown

E Venice Ave

41

Center Rd

Harbor Dr. S.

VENICE

i

N Auburn Rd

Jacaranda Blvd

2 4

Approx. Scale in Miles

8

Caspersen Beach

Jamaica Rd

S Tamiami Trail

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Longboat Key

Gulf of Mexico Drive

To Longboat

Key Beaches

789

Ken Thompson Pkwy

City Island

John John Ringling Ringling Pkwy Pkwy

North

Lido

Park

North

Lido

Beach

Lido Key

Ben Franklin Dr

Boulevard of Presidents

St. Armands Circle

To Downtown

Sarasota

John Ringling Blvd

789

PARASAILING

Fly Single, Tandem, Or Triple

Fun & Easy For All Ages!

Lido

Beach

Bird Key

LIDO KEY

.25 .5

Approx. Scale in Miles

Siesta Key

Village

i

1

Ocean Blvd

South Lido Park

South Lido

Park Beach

Higel Ave

758

Siesta Drive

To 41

DOLPHIN CRUISES

Sunset/Dolphin Cruise

Private Dolphin Charters

Restroom On Board

Free Beer & Wine

JETSKI

30 Yamaha Waverunners

Ride Up To 3 People

Unrestricted Riding Area

Age 16 & Up Can Drive Solo!!!

Midnight Pass Rd

Ocean Blvd

Siesta Key

Beach

Beach Rd

BOAT RENTALS

Gulf Access Allowed

& Stay Out Later

Siesta Key

Beach

Gulf of

Mexico

SIESTA KEY

Crescent

Beach

South Siesta Village

Midnight Pass Rd

To Turtle

Beach

Stickney Point Rd

To 41

$10.00 OFF

First parasail trip of the day

(Premium flight only)

$5.00 OFF

Jet Ski Rental

(Before noon)

1536 Stickney Point Rd.

Sarasota, FL 34231

941.921.3030

LOCATED ON EAST SIDE OF STICKNEY

POINT BRIDGE AT YELLOW LIGHTHOUSE

Easy Online Booking at www.SiestaKeyWatersports.com

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Good Times & Tan Lines

Dig your toes into the powdery soft sand

and you’ll understand why folks come from all over the

world to relax and play on Sarasota’s beaches. Grab

a towel, sunscreen, and some beach games or a good

book, and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about!

Visit MustDo.com for additional information on area

beaches.

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JENNIFER BRINKMAN

NITA ETTINGER

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MUST DO BEACHES

Brohard Beach • Paw Park

• Venice Fishing Pier

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice

A paved walkway leads

directly to the area’s only beach where

dogs can be off-leash. Paw Park features

shaded fenced play areas, doggie waste

bags and receptacles, doggie fountains,

dog showers, and leash posts. No fee

or license required to fish from the Pier.

Bait shop available. Wetland area is

ideal for fishing and bird watching.

Limited free parking and restrooms

available.

Caspersen Beach

4100 Harbor Drive, Venice

Known for the many prehistoric

sharks’ teeth of all types and sizes

that wash up on shore. There is over

9,000’ of Gulf beach frontage where

beachcombers will also find a great

selection of shells. Features a boardwalk,

canoe/kayak launch, paved and unpaved

walking/hiking/biking trails, fitness park,

canopied ADA playground, restrooms,

outdoor showers, and ample free parking.

No lifeguards on duty.

Coquina Beach

South end of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island

At 1 ½ miles long, this is the

longest stretch of beach on Anna Maria

Island. Features soft white sand and

often very clear water. Amenities include

plentiful free parking, picnic tables,

lifeguards, and restrooms and showers.

Boat launch nearby. Alcoholic beverages

are prohibited. Accessible from Longboat

Key via Gulf of Mexico Drive or from

Bradenton via Cortez Road or

Manatee Avenue.

Lido Beach

400 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key

A great place for a beach

stroll. Offers more than one mile of white

sand beachfront extending through North

Lido. Ample free parking, lifeguards on

duty year-round, concessions, picnic

tables, daily-fee heated swimming pool,

playground, and umbrella and chair rentals

make it a family favorite. Beach wheelchair

rentals available. Located one-half mile

southwest of St. Armands Circle.

Longboat Key Beaches

Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Longboat Key’s access to its beaches

is limited, but your reward is 10 miles of

uninterrupted, uncrowded beach with

wonderful Gulf of Mexico water and white

sand. Whitney Beach, at the north end of

Longboat offers public parking, all other

access points have very limited parking.

No amenities. Alcoholic beverages

are prohibited.

Concessions Dog-Friendly Fishing Parking Restrooms

Nokomis Beach

100 Casey Key Road, Casey Key

The area’s oldest beach

is quite popular with families. Though

not as prevalent as on Caspersen Beach,

there are sharks’ teeth that can be found

washed up on shore. Offers some of the

best surfing on the Gulf Coast. Fishing

enthusiasts will enjoy shoreline fishing.

Lifeguards on duty year-round, free

parking, concessions, picnic tables,

and restrooms available. Also features

a boat launch.

Siesta Beach

948 Beach Road, Siesta Key

Powder-soft, sugar-white sand

is 99% quartz. Awards include America’s

Best Beach and Top U.S. Family Beach.

Family-friendly amenities include year-round

lifeguards, concessions, playground, tennis

courts, sand volleyball, grills, and picnic

tables. Beach wheelchairs and floating

wheelchairs available. A great place to fly a

kite. Although there is a large parking area,

it fills up quickly during peak season so plan

to arrive early in the day.

South Lido Park Beach

2201 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key

A favorite with families, boaters,

kayakers, and fishermen. Located on the

southwestern tip of Lido Key, the 100-acre

park is surrounded by water—Gulf of

Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and

Bushy Bayou. Offers shaded picnic areas,

grills, playground, volleyball, canoe trail,

nature trails, restrooms, and free parking.

Swimmers beware strong currents and no

lifeguards on duty.

Turtle Beach

8862 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

Located at the southernmost

end of Siesta Key and features some of

the tallest dunes in the area. Amenities

include a handicap accessible boardwalk,

pavilion, boat ramp, kayak launch,

horseshoe courts, picnic shelters, free

parking, restrooms, and playground.

No lifeguards on duty. Fishing is

permitted in Blind Pass Lagoon.

Popular campground adjacent.

Venice Municipal Beach

101 The Esplanade, Venice

A favorite beach spot for

locals and divers who come for its coral

reef located ¼ mile off-shore. Like

Caspersen Beach, you have a good

chance of finding sharks’ teeth washed

up on the sand. Amenities include a

boardwalk, concessions, picnic area,

lifeguards, restrooms, sand volleyball

courts, and beach wheelchairs.

Parking is free but limited, so plan to

arrive early in the day.

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PET FRIENDLY BEACHES

Pets are not allowed on Siesta,

Lido, and Longboat Key beaches.

The only beach in Sarasota County

that allows pets is Brohard Beach

in Venice. Off-leash pets are

welcome providing you pick up

after them. Please don’t bury pet

waste–children like to dig in the

sand as much as pets!

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SEA TURTLE

NESTING SEASON

From May through August

hundreds of sea turtles lay their

eggs on Sarasota area beaches.

Hatchlings emerge through

October to make their way to the

water. Please do not approach

or disturb nesting females or

hatchlings. Remember to fill in any

holes dug on the beach, ensuring

they have a clear path to make it

safely to the Gulf waters.

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Beach Scavenger Hunt

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Sarasota County has 35 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Challenge

your kids to find starfish, egg casings, sea glass, sand dollars, coral, and more

while exploring the white sandy beaches. They will enjoy exploring the coastal

environment and delight in having found a natural treasure to take home. And, who

doesn’t love beach combing? One important caution: Make sure the shells your

kids collect are not live (inhabited). Aside from the surprise you'll get back home, it's

illegal to remove living shells from the beaches. This includes sand dollars, starfish

and sea urchins.

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Scavenger Hunt List Suggestions:

Three different kinds of shells.

A feather.

A unique piece of driftwood.

A creature’s home

(crab holes are a good one).

Something swimming

in the water. What is it?

A whole sand dollar.

A starfish.

A piece of seaweed.

A piece of coral.

Three pieces of trash.

A piece of sea glass.

An egg casing.

An animal track in the sand.

What type of animal made

the track?

Count how many waves crash

into shore in one minute.

How many paces wide

is the beach?

Wade into the water. Time

how long it takes for your

feet to dry.

Find something red.

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Hunting for

Sharks’ Teeth

on Venice’s Beaches

By: Gillian Birch

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

A strange natural phenomenon has led to Venice becoming known as “The

Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.” These smooth T-shaped prehistoric teeth

are usually dark grey in color and may be anything from one inch to five inches

in length. They are so numerous in this area you can cheat and buy them at

local souvenir stores for a couple of dollars, but it’s much more rewarding to

have the thrill of finding your very own shark’s tooth.

Why is Venice so Special for Finding Sharks’ Teeth?

These warm Gulf waters were once filled with numerous giant sharks such as the extinct Carcharodon Megalodons. Area

waters are still home to a few species of smaller sharks, but it’s very unlikely to see one within sight of land.

Millions of years ago, the sharks lived, bred, and then died in these exceptionally calm waters and their carcasses lay on the

seabed. Although most of the shark’s remains would rot, disintegrate, or become fish food, the hardened T-shaped teeth

became fossilized over time.

The tides carry, bury, and later uncover these hard objects, especially during winter storms. Eventually the teeth are thrown

up on the beach around Venice, due to the converging currents that deposit sediment along the shallow drop-offs along the

coastline.

Best Beaches in Venice for Finding Sharks’ Teeth

With 14 miles of sandy beaches in Venice, there are a lot of opportunities for finding sharks’ teeth washed up along the edge

of the water. Here’s a rundown to some of the best beaches in Venice where you stand a good chance of going home with your

own prehistoric collection of sharks’ teeth – if you know how and where to search for them.

Venice Beach is one of the busiest beaches in the area and for that reason is possibly not the best beach for competing with

other sharks’ teeth fossil hunters. However, after a storm you may be lucky and find a tooth thrown up from the depths after 15

million years or so.

The quieter Service Club Park Beach further south may be a better place to start your search. It is located behind the

municipal airport and has free parking, restrooms, showers, and a boardwalk to the beach.

The best beach for finding sharks’ teeth is Caspersen Beach, at the extreme south end of Venice’s beaches. This beach is also

good for scuba diving, which greatly enhances your chances of finding a larger Megladon tooth which can be more rare and

valuable. When the surf is calm proficient swimmers can snorkel out from the beach, and dive down to scour the sandy bottom

by hand-fanning the sand or look in crevices in the rocks or pockets of sand deposited there.

How to Search for Sharks’ Teeth

You will always find ardent searchers sifting the water on Caspersen Beach with their sand scoops and nets, looking for the

next treasure. You may want to use a sand sieve to sift through the tiny broken seashells that hide those elusive sharks’ teeth.

Use a small spade to shovel sand into your net or sieve. Let the water rinse away all but the larger particles, then examine them

for dark tooth-shaped forms. Sooner or later you will be rewarded with your very own prehistoric shark’s tooth to take home

and show off to family and friends.

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NITA ETTINGER

Beach Safety

These Beach Tips are great to know – they may even save a family member or your life.

Don’t Swim Against a Rip Current

If a rip current is pulling you out to sea, swimming against it will only make you tired. Instead, swim out of the current parallel to

shore. Once out, swim back to shore.

Know The Signs of Drowning

Drowning can be a quiet process. No breathing means no calling for help.

Because humans instinctively push their arms into the water, a drowning victim may

not be able to wave for help. So, whether someone is flailing frantically for help or

quietly bobbing at the surface with their

mouth submerged and arms extended

horizontally, ask them if they’re alright,

if they cannot answer, help them or get

help quickly.

Protect Your Neck

To avoid serious neck injuries never dive

into unknown waters. Remember “first

time, feet first”.

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SANDALS

Reef, Sanuk, Speedo, Cobian & Olukai

SURFWEAR

RVCA, Billabong, RipCurl, O’Neill, Stance Socks,

Flomotion & Katin etc.

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Siesta Key’s Beach Superstore

5211 Ocean Blvd. • Siesta Key

941.346.2995 • www.beach-bazaar.com


Watersports Cruises & Adventures

Southwest Florida’s balmy weather

and the Gulf of Mexico provide the Sarasota

area with a year-round playground. Whether

you choose a leisurely approach or an adventure

packed one, there are a multitude of activities to

please the entire family.

NITA ETTINGER

ELIZABETH BARNETT

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

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MUST DO ACTIVITIES

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SUNSET PICNIC ON THE BEACH

The setting sun, sound of softly crashing

waves, and gently blowing breezes create

a memorable atmosphere for a fun and

romantic outing. Visit a local grocery to pick

up finger foods or snacks and something to

drink. Pack a cooler, a blanket or chairs, your

camera, some beach toys for the kids, and

head to the beach with family or friends.

Be sure to include a flashlight if you plan to

stay after dark.

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Bayfront Excursions

South Siesta Key & Downtown Sarasota

941.349.9449 • BayfrontExcursions.com

Provides a wide range of water activities

that are fun for the entire family. Cruise at

your own pace with a deck boat, bowrider,

pontoon, or fishing boat half or full-day

rental. Boats are easy to operate and

equipped with everything you need for a

great day on Sarasota’s inland waterways.

Also offers hourly WaveRunner, and half-day

paddleboard and kayak rentals. Reservations

are recommended.

BeachHorses.com

8400 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton

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Fun and exciting horseback riding along

the beach at Palma Sola Bay in the calm salt

waters where the horses will actually swim.

Plus, an opportunity to try horse surfing,

the only outfitter in the world who offers

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No riding experience required. Ages 3+

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Reservations are required.

Canoe Outpost-Peace River

2816 NW County Road 661, Arcadia

800.268.0083 • CanoeOutpost.com

Enjoy a peaceful float along the natural

beauty of the Peace River, Florida’s most

popular state paddle trail. Offers canoeing

and kayaking rentals and tours, wildlife

viewing opportunities, fishing, swimming,

hiking trails, wilderness camping, picnicking,

and fossil hunting along the Peace River.

Kids and pets are welcome. Reservations are

recommended. Open daily.

CB’s Fishing Charters

1249 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key

941.349.4400 • CBsOutfitters.com

Offers inshore, backcountry, and offshore

custom guided half and full-day fishing

charters for fly and spin anglers of all ages

and abilities. Fish for snapper, trout, redfish,

pompano, snook, and more. All of CB’s

guides are knowledgeable and experienced.

Tackle and license included. Also features a

full service bait and tackle shop with outdoor

clothing and accessories. Reservations are

required.

Island Style Watersports

Various Tour Locations

941.954.1009 • IslandStyleSports.com

Learn to windsurf or kiteboard in a

safe and easy environment with PASA

certified and insured coach Laurel Kaiser

who pioneered kiteboarding instruction

in Sarasota. The area offers optimal

beaches and protected waters for

instruction. Explore some of Florida’s

unique wildlife and natural beauty with

a guided kayak tour.


Key Sailing

Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota

941.346.7245 • SiestaKeySailing.com

Enjoy peaceful relaxation or create your

own private sailing adventure aboard the

comfortably appointed 41’ Key Breeze yacht.

U.S.C.G. Master Capt. Tim and his wife Jan

offer affordable and personalized private or

group sightseeing, sunset, and family sailing

cruises. Snacks, chocolates, soft drinks, and

water included in each charter. Winner of

numerous awards. Also offers sailing lessons.

Reservations are required.

Payne Park Tennis Center

2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota

941.861.8193 • SCGov.net/parks

Features 12 affordable, well maintained,

and lighted Har-Tru Hydrogrid tennis courts

with canopy covered bench seating, water

fountains, courtside tables, and locker

rooms with showers. Certified teaching

pros. Junior, adult, and senior activities are

available throughout the year. Daily, weekly,

and monthly play fees, lessons, and clinics

offered.

Siesta Key Watersports

1536 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key

941.921.3030 • SiestaKeyWatersports.com

Soar above the Gulf on an exhilarating

parasailing adventure accommodating

1 to 3 passengers. Rent a WaveRunner to

explore area waters. Also offers fishing

charters, custom sightseeing, and dolphin

watch and sunset tours. U.S.C.G.-licensed

master captains and U.S.C.G.-inspected and

certified boats can accommodate up to 12

passengers. Boasts a perfect safety record for

28 years. Reservations are recommended but

not necessary.

Venetian Waterway Park

257 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice

941.207.8224 • TrailLink.com

Rent a bike and enjoy scenic views on this

paved trail that follows along five miles on

each side of the Intracoastal Waterway to

either Caspersen Beach Park or Shamrock

Park and Nature Center. It also connects

to The Legacy Trail northward through

beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park. See

website for access points, parking, and

trail details.

Yoga On The Beach

YogaOnSiestaBeach.com • ChesapeakeYoga.com

YogaWithElin.us • MovingTowardStillness.net

Take your workout beachside. Grab a

towel or yoga mat and strike a pose within

eyesight of the Gulf of Mexico. Classes

suitable for all ages are offered on Siesta

Beach, Turtle Beach, Lido Beach, Venice

Beach, and Nokomis Beach. Most classes

are free with a minimum cash donation

requested. See websites for location

details, class schedules, and times.

Save $ 5.00 per rider

Use promo code MDSA when you

book by phone or online

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Boredom-Defying Activities

ELIZABETH BARNETT

Parents know that happy kids

make for great vacations and there

is no better place for a playcation! Families

can enjoy spending time together exploring

and learning at a zoo, museum, or sanctuary

and learn about alligators, exotic birds,

marine life, and more. Take a fun filled trip

to an arcade or challenge your kids to an

exciting round of miniature golf.

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MUST DO FAMILY FUN

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Children’s Rainforest Garden

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

941.366.5731 • Selby.org

A tropical jungle environment where

kids can freely explore and play. Features a

12’ waterfall, swinging bridges, field research

stations to inspire curious minds, caves for

exploring, and an adventure trail in addition

to an Amazon village with an amphitheater.

Single entry/exit assures that no child can

enter or exit without parental supervision.

Duffy Electric Boat Rentals

Crow’s Nest Marina

1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice

941.484.7661 • CrowsNest-Venice.com

Easy to operate and quiet 18’ boats can

accommodate up to eight adults, and are

the perfect way for families to explore

Venice’s waterways. Boats feature full

canopy tops, full window enclosures, and

satellite radio. Bring your own food and

beverages or pre-order from the Crow’s Nest

restaurant. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reservations are recommended.

Evie’s Family Fun Center

4735 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota

941.377.9300 • EviesOnline.com

Fun options for the entire family. Features

a challenging western-themed 18-hole

waterfall adventure mini-golf course,

pizzeria, ice cream parlor, fire pits, and

arcade with pool table and air hockey.

Golfers of all ages can improve their game

at the 60-station driving range and chipping

and putting greens. Watch your favorite

team in the sports tavern with food, bar,

and 31 TVs.

LeBarge Tropical Cruises

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota

941.366.6116 • LeBargeTropicalCruises.com

Offers a variety of family-friendly cruise

tour options. Enjoy an educational and

fun sightseeing cruise, a dolphin encounter

cruise narrated by a naturalist/marine

biologist, or a sunset cruise featuring

live entertainment and dancing. Full bar,

light-fare menu, and restrooms are available

onboard. Reservations are recommended.

Livingston’s Amusements

5947 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota

941.925.7665 • LivingstonsAmusements.com

Features over 50,000 square-feet of

state-of-the-art fun for all ages. Get behind

the wheel of a NasKart miniature NASCAR

race car at the indoor go-kart track. Feel the

adrenaline rush of Bazookaball simulated

combat game. Offers arcade games,

bumper cars, billiards, and one of Florida’s

largest prize centers. The restaurant features

great homemade pizza and other snacks.

Smoke free for your enjoyment. Open daily

including holidays.

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FAMILY GOLF CENTER

- 18-Hole Mini Golf Course -

- 60 Station Driving Range -

- Chipping & Putting Greens -

- Arcade -

- Full Service Restaurant, Tavern & Tiki Bar -

941.377.9300

4735 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota

KIDS

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US!

3701 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34234

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ENTIRE

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alligator, feed free-roaming

flamingos and explore

acres of jungle paradise!.

941-355-5305

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The Ringling Circus Museum

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

941.359.5700 • Ringling.org

Interactive exhibits and displays showcasing

circus history, including circus posters,

lavish costumes, intricately painted and

carved wagons, clown and performing

arts memorabilia, and the world’s largest

miniature circus: The Howard Bros.

Circus Model. Guided Circus Museum tours

are offered each day and are included

with Ringling Museum admission. Open

daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday

until 8 p.m.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

941.355.5305 • SarasotaJungleGardens.com

This Old Florida attraction has been

delighting visitors since 1939. Wildlife

exhibits, acclaimed shows, and a playground

surrounded by beautiful gardens and

jungle trails nestled within ten lush

tropical acres. Hand feed flamingoes.

Pose with a parrot. Hold an alligator or pet

a skunk. Enjoy lunch or refreshments at the

café. Gift shop features unique and locally

crafted items. Open daily from 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.

Ski-A-Rees

1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

941.388.1666 • SkiARees.com

This is the only saltwater ski team in the

US. Marvel at young adults performing

spectacular water ski tricks. The one-hour

show features stunts such as jump, barefoot,

ballet, and pyramid. Bleacher seats or

bring your own lawn chair. Free parking and

concessions available. Free entertaining

performances every Sunday at 2 p.m. from

February 3 to May 5.

Siesta Key Drum Circle

Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key

This popular tradition attracts big crowds

of participants and onlookers for drumming

and dancing on Siesta Beach. Drum Circle

regulars occasionally perform with swords

and fire or offer flowers to patrons; you

may even see a belly dancer. Everyone is

welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.

This free event takes place each Sunday

year-round about an hour before sunset.

Venice Pier Fishing

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice

VeniceFishingPier.com

The beach and the Pier extending 700 feet

into the Gulf of Mexico is a fantastic spot

to drop a line or gather to watch sunset.

Fish from the Pier 24 hours a day, no license

required. Papa’s Bait Shop offers live and

frozen bait, coffee, treats, and more. Picnic

shelters and restrooms facilities located

nearby. Located at Brohard Park and

Sharky’s on the Pier restaurant.

Must Do Visitor Guides takes you inside and

behind the scenes with featured blog articles.

Discover the best tours, restaurants, and things

to do on your Southwest Florida vacation.

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Exciting Exhibits & Adventure Await

Discover, learn, and be entertained

by a diverse array of culture and arts, botanical

gardens, animal parks, museums, and more.

Lively arts, extraordinary history, and interactive

exhibits and shows provide one-of-a-kind

opportunities for hours of fun for all ages and

interests.

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MUST DO ATTRACTIONS

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Kay Rosaire’s

Respect • Love • Sanctuary for Life

See Animals in Action

Experience the most exciting,

interactive, educational animal

adventure in Florida.

Exotic animal encounters

A safe permanent home for African

Lions, Tigers, Bears, Primates, Exotic

Birds, and over 30 unique species of

exotic and domestic animals.

Open Rain or Shine

PLEASE CALL AHEAD OR VISIT OUR

WEBSITE FOR CURRENT SCHEDULING

of our animal Training demonstrations

and open visiting hours

Including a

charming

Petting Zoo!

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$18.00 adults

$8.00 children (ages 2-12)

Free Parking

Marietta Museum of

Art & Whimsy

We have created an environment to

Inspire, Nurture Creative

Expression, & Lift our Spirits.

Open November 23, 2018 to May 25, 2019

Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 1pm-4pm

Suggested Donation $5

Visit us at whimsymuseum.org or

call 941-364-3399 for more information.

2121 N. Tamiami Trl. | Sarasota, FL 34234

Air

Conditioned

Arena!

7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240 • (941) 371-6377

www.bigcathabitat.org 501(c)3 CH18749

Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

941.365.2032 • ArtSarasota.org

National and local artists present their

paintings, pottery, sculpture, and more

in the three galleries at this downtown

community art center. Also features a

small sculpture garden. Art demonstrations,

special events, and interactive educational

programs including lectures, art classes,

and workshops are offered throughout

the year. Admission is free. Sarasota’s oldest

cultural attraction is open Monday through

Saturday.

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

941.371.6377 • BigCatHabitat.org

See and learn about exotic and

endangered Siberian tigers, African lions,

and rare white tigers at this nonprofit safe

haven. Also encounter bears, primates,

birds, and other animals. Adults and

children will enjoy being entertained by

the animals during educational training

demonstrations. Also features a petting zoo

and koi pond. Reservations are not required.

Special events throughout the year, call for

schedule.

Florida Studio Theatre

1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

941.366.9000 • FloridaStudioTheatre.org

Their three theatres provide an intimate

and engaging setting for professional,

high-quality performances. FST’s Mainstage

series features productions that draw from

new works, regionally produced works, and

the latest Off-Broadway and Broadway plays.

The Cabaret series presents entertaining

musical and improvisation performances

in the intimate Cabaret Theatre.

Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions

32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City

941.322.1501 • HLipizzans.com

Take the rare opportunity to witness the

beauty and grace of the magnificent

Lipizzan Stallions performing their classical

equestrian moves at their winter training

home. Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria

are the most rare and aristocratic breed of

horses in the world. See ad on page 23 for

training session schedule.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

941.366.5731 • Selby.org

An 11-acre botanical garden featuring

more than 20,000 colorful and exotic plants

including more than 6,000 orchids displayed

in the Tropical Conservatory. Breathtaking

display gardens include a butterfly garden,

bonsai garden, banyan trees, and Sarasota

Bayfront mangrove walkway. Onsite gift

shop and restaurant. Open daily from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

2121 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

941.364.3399 • WhimsyMuseum.org

Dedicated to raising the importance of

positive and whimsical art, the Museum

exhibits light-hearted paintings, sculptures,

and stained glass by approximately 250

artists. Linger under the Museum’s oak

canopied gardens and visit the sculpture

garden to encounter a colorful menagerie

among exotic trees. Admission is free,

with a suggested $5 donation. Open

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from

1 to 4 p.m. November 23, 2018 through

May 25, 2019.

Mixon Fruit Farms

2525 27th Street East, Bradenton

941.748.5829 • Mixon.com

Take a ride through the grove on

The Orange Blossom Express with a stop

at the Wildlife Rescue for a truly Floridian

experience. Gift Shoppe is filled with unique

Florida gifts and gourmet specialties including

homemade fudge, marmalades, and Orange

Blossom honey. Enjoy fresh squeezed Mixon

juices or their famous orange swirl ice cream.

Open Monday through Saturday.

Mote Marine Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

941.388.4441 • Mote.org

Features more than 100 species of marine life,

touch pools, a 135,000-gallon shark habitat,

dolphin, manatee, and sea turtle exhibits

that are sure to please the entire family.

View working labs and interactive exhibits

at the world-renowned marine research and

conservation facility: Mote Marine Laboratory.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

941.359.5700 • Ringling.org

Admission is free on Mondays to the

Ringling Museum of Art, which is home to

one of the finest collections of art in Florida.

Offers self-guided or docent-led tours of

Cà d'Zan, the Ringling’s waterfront mansion.

The beautiful grounds, gardens, and

Circus Museum that showcases circus

history and includes the world’s largest

miniature circus are enjoyable for all ages.

South Florida Museum

201 10th Street West, Bradenton

941.746.4131 • SouthFloridaMuseum.org

Discover Florida’s story from the

prehistoric, to the present with life-sized

casts of Ice Age mammals and fossils at the

largest natural and cultural history museum

on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bishop Planetarium’s

all digital full dome theater offers thrilling

astronomy and light shows with unidirectional

stadium style seating. Parker Manatee

Aquarium is home to rehabilitating sick or

injured manatees.

Come Visit Our

Winter Training Sessions!

The Original

Herrmann’s Royal

December Lipizzan 13 – April Stallions 27

Thursdays & Fridays 3:00 pm

of Austria

Saturdays 10:00 am

Free Parking

Come Visit Our Winter Training Sessions!

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

January - March

Thursdays & Fridays.........3:00pm

Saturdays................................10:00am

Your donation of $5 or more

goes directly to the care of these

magnificent stallions.

FREE & Open To The Public

(Your Donations To Support This Art Are Graciously Accepted)

January - March

For More Information and Group Reservations Please

Call 941-322-1501

Exit 217

Exit 310

I-75

SR 70

Fruitville Rd

12 mi

Verna Rd

Singletary

RD 6 mi

Betts Rd

FLORIDA’S

SWEETEST ATTRACTION

• Orange Grove Tram Tours

• Groveside Café & Gift Shop

• Orange Swirl Ice Cream, Homemade

Fudge, Fresh Fruit & Juice

• Gift Fruit Shipping

• Wine Tasting Daily

• Wildlife Rescue & Education Center

• Play Place, Koi Pond & Gardens

• Mixon’s Farmhouse Inn

Be sure to check our online calendar

for current events!

941.748.5829 • www.mixon.com

2525 27th St E • Bradenton

The Original

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Lipizzan Stallions

of Lipizzan Austria Stallions of Austria

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Myakka

City

The Original

Herrmann’s Royal

Lipizzan Stallions

of Austria

Come Visit Our Winter Training Sessions!

Thursdays & Fridays.........3:00pm

Saturdays................................10:00am

FREE & Open To The Public

(Your Donations To Support This Art Are Graciously Accepted)

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For More Information and Group Reservations Please

Follow

Call 941-322-1501 Us On

For more information and group reservations please call 941-322-1501

32755

32755

Singletary Road

Singletary

• Myakka City • www.herrmannslipizzan.com

Road • Myakka City I-75 • www.hlipizzans.com N

Exit 217

Exit 310

SR 70

Fruitville Rd

Verna Rd

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Singletary

RD 6 mi

Betts Rd

Myakka

City


JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Festivals & Events

Not To Be Missed

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

24 | Must Do Visitor Guides

There is plenty to see and do whether you are here for

a couple of days, a week, or more than a month!

Monthly Recurring Events

Venice Centennial Park Concert

January

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Towles Court Art Walk

Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

Taste of St. Armands

Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival

Downtown Venice Craft Festival

St. Armands Winter Art Festival

February

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Towles Court Art Walk

Sarasota Music Half Marathon

Venice Orchid Show & Sale

Siesta Key Valentine Stroll

Thunder by the Bay

Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts

Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival

Siesta Key Craft Festival


March

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Towles Court Art Walk

Sarasota Jazz Festival

Downtown Venice Art Classic

Suncoast BBQ Festival & Bluegrass Bash

Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival

April

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Towles Court Art Walk

Siesta Fiesta

Siesta Key Easter Egg Hunt & Games

Venice Extravaganza-Egg Hunt

Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival

May

Venice Seafood & Music Festival

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade

Venice Brew Bash

St. Armands Seafood & Music Festival

June

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week

St. Armands Circle Craft Festival

Visit our Events Calendar at MustDo.com for

additional things to do while you visit the area.

You’ll find information about Sarasota and

Venice area events, exhibits, concerts, holiday

festivities, art shows, and more.

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VISIT US ONLINE FOR ADDITIONAL COUPONS

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$5.00 Off

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$10.00 Arcade Credit Free

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

per rider when you book by phone or

online.

Promo code MDSA. Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

941.907.7272 • BeachHorses.com

Present this coupon with $10.00 purchase

of arcade credits and receive an additional

$10.00 free.

Limit one coupon per person, per day. Game card not

included.

Expires 1/31/20

941.925.7665 • 5947 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$1.00 Off Adult Admission

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$1.00 Off Tram Tour

Present this coupon to receive $1.00 off

adult admission.

Limit 4 people per coupon. Valid for general admission

only. Not valid during fundraisers. Void all other events.

Expires 1/31/20

Present this coupon to receive $1.00 off

the Tram Tour.

Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

941.371.6377 • 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota

941.748.5829 • 2525 27 th Street East, Bradenton

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$1.00 Off Admission

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$1.00 Off Admission

Present this coupon to receive $1.00 off

regularly priced daily admission or

purchase tickets online using coupon

code mustdo2020.

Valid for up to 4 people per party. Not valid with any

other offer, special event or toward purchase of

annual or summer pass. Expires 1/31/20

941.355.5305 • 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Present this coupon to receive $1.00 off

regular price adult or senior admission.

Valid for up to 6 people in your party. Not valid with any

other offer.

Expires 9/30/19

941.746.4131 • 201 10 th Street West, Bradenton

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$15.00 Off Boat Rental

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

Kids Free Ice Cream

Present this coupon to receive $15.00 off a

boat rental.

Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

Present this coupon to receive a free small

ice cream treat on a Daytime Dolphin

Watch Cruise.

Kids 16 and under only. Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

941.921.3030 • 1536 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota

941.921.3030 • 1536 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$5.00 Off Jet Ski Rental

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$10.00 Off Parasailing

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off a

jet ski rental.

Valid before Noon. Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

Present this coupon to receive $10.00 off

the first premium parasailing trip of the day.

Not valid with any other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

941.921.3030 • 1536 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota

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MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$5.00 Off Kayak Tour

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$5.00 Off Fare

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

any private kayak tour.

Valid for two people per group. Not valid with any

other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

941.954.1009 • Various Tour Locations

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

each full fare round trip adult ticket.

Must present coupon at ticketing. Not valid with any

other offer. Code MDS

Expires 1/31/20

888.539.4843 • Fort Myers Beach • Key West • Marco Island

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$5.00 Off SUP Tour

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1.00 ct. t.w. Stud Earrings

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

any stand up paddleboard tour.

Valid for two people per group. Not valid with any

other offer.

Expires 1/31/20

Present this coupon to receive 1.00 ct. t.w.

stud earrings from the Platinum Plus

Collection for $9.95. A $50.00 value.

Limit 2 per customer.

Expires 1/31/20

941.954.1009 • Various Tour Locations

941.346.0988 • 5212 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

MUST DO VISITOR GUIDES

$5.00 Off Purchase

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$10.00 Off Purchase

Present this coupon to receive $5.00 off

any purchase of $50.00 or more.

Not valid with any other offer or prior purchase. Some

exclusions apply. Code MMGEM9

Expires 7/31/19

SARASOTA

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purchase of $75.00 or more.

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exclusions apply. Code MMGEN9

Expires 7/31/19

941.921.1221 • 711 S. Osprey Avenue • 1874 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota

941.921.3696 • 1872 Stickney Pt. Rd., Sarasota • 8204 Tourist Ctr. Dr., University Park

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Present this coupon to receive 25% off one

regular price item with minimum purchase

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Five area locations • See ad for details

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Present this coupon to receive 15% off

total Tervis drinkware purchase.

Valid in Osprey and St. Armands Tervis stores only.

Excludes the outlet, the lab, AR, and 3rd party branded

products. Not valid with any other offer.

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Expires 1/31/20

928 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey • 319 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

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$10.00 Off

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$10.00 Off Dinner

Present this coupon to receive $10.00 off

with minimum purchase of $30.00.

One coupon per party, per visit. Not valid with any other

offer. Excludes alcoholic beverages.

Expires 1/31/20

Present this coupon to receive $10.00 off

dinner per couple.

Limit two coupons per table, per visit. Not valid with

any other coupon, discount or promotion. Not valid

on holidays.

Expires 1/31/20

941.312.4773 • 1359 Main Street, Sarasota

941.349.2212 • 9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key


Florida

Sunshine Survival Tips

There’s a reason why Florida is known as the “Sunshine

State”. This subtropical state has year-round sunshine making

it gorgeous for a vacation, but it can catch visitors unawares

if they are not taking some precautions. Dehydration, heat

exhaustion, sunburn, and sunstroke can spoil your vacation,

yet they are very easy to avoid by following our Florida

Sunshine Survival Tips.

Wear Cool Loose Clothing The best way

to stay cool is by wearing clothing that is loose fitting

and preferably made of cotton or natural fabrics. Loose

dresses, shirts, tops, and shorts are preferable to jeans and

tight-fitting clothing if you are to stay looking and feeling

cool and comfortable. Swap shoes and sneakers for open

sandals. If you still feel hot and sweaty, use a handheld fan. When the body sweats it loses fluid, salt, and minerals. Water

depletion can cause a dry mouth, headaches, and fainting while symptoms of salt depletion include muscle spasms,

cramps, and vomiting.

Don’t Overdo the Sunshine Heat stroke technically occurs when the body’s core temperature reaches

105°F or above. It can cause nausea, confusion, disorientation, seizures, fainting, cramps, and shallow breathing as the

body struggles to cool itself. Anyone showing these symptoms should be treated as a medical emergency. Remove

any unnecessary clothing, cool the body by bathing with a cool wash cloth or put them in a cool air-conditioned room

and seek medical advice. Give the sufferer plenty of cool drinks of water and monitor their symptoms carefully.

Lather up with SPF Sunscreen Frequently Most Florida visitors diligently apply sunscreen

first thing in the morning when they hit the beach. However, sunscreen does not last all day. The Sun Protection Factor

(SPF) indicates how much longer you can stay in the sun so SPF 15 means that a person who burns in 5 minutes is

theoretically protected for 75 minutes. However, it is recommended that you reapply sun lotion every two hours and

after you have been in the pool or sea. Sunscreen does not just prevent your skin from burning; it also screens out harmful

ultra violet rays that can cause skin cancer. UVA rays cause wrinkles and premature aging, while UVB rays burn the skin, so

choose a good quality sunscreen that keeps them both at bay.

Drink Plenty of Water Keeping your fluid intake high to counter the heat is important, however, drinking

beer or alcoholic drinks can actually leave you more dehydrated than ever. If you drink a glass of beer your body will actually

expel three times that amount leaving you dangerously dehydrated. The more alcohol you drink, the more dehydrated

you will become as alcohol affects the body’s fluid levels. Eating salty snacks is another way to cause the body to lose fluid

from its cells, and sugar-high sodas and sports drinks create a similar problem. You need to drink pure water throughout

the day to counter dehydration, and avoid sweet or alcoholic drinks until the cooler evening. A tip for measuring whether

you are drinking enough is to check you are visiting the bathroom as frequently as usual.

We want you to enjoy every minute of your vacation in southwest Florida, so make sure you pay attention to these sunshine

survival tips and stay cool and healthy!

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Discover & Explore

NITA ETTINGER

A perfect way to kick-off your vacation

is to get a broad overview of the area and all its

intriguing points of interest. You can choose to spend

a morning, an afternoon, or even the entire day with

the area’s myriad of tour options for exploring and

observing the region. Whether you choose a private

or group setting, an exciting tour of the area should

be on every visitor’s Sarasota vacation agenda.

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

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We offer walking, ghosts & murder,

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food & international tours. Group/Private

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1826 4th Street, Sarasota

941.260.9818 • DiscoverSarasotaTours.com

Explore Sarasota on a sightseeing, circus, ghost, or

Happy Hour tour. The 90-minute, air-conditioned

trolley tours are hosted by entertaining guides

that offer an educational and entertaining

perspective into the people, places, and stories

that shaped Sarasota’s past. Four fun, engaging,

and interactive tours depart daily from downtown

Sarasota. Also offers private and special monthly

tours. See website for tour details, schedule,

and reservations.

Dolphin Watch & Sunset Tours

1536 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key

941.921.3030 • SiestaKeyWatersports.com

The entire family will enjoy seeing dolphins

and other wildlife in their natural environment or

a scenic tour to watch a memorable Gulf sunset.

Each eco-tour or sunset trip is personalized to

guarantee a good time. Tours depart daily from

Siesta Key Watersports approximately one hour

before sunset. Private custom charters are

also available.

Historic Spanish Point

337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey

941.966.5214 • HistoricSpanishPoint.org

Explore 5,000 years of history at this 30-acre

waterfront archaeological, historical, and

environmental museum located on Little

Sarasota Bay. See prehistoric Indian mounds,

pioneer-era buildings, colorful butterfly and

historic gardens, and unique archaeological

exhibits. Shaded nature trails wander through

native coastal habitats, and a long boardwalk

affords stunning views of the bay. Offers

self-guided and docent-led walking and

tram tours.

Island Style Watersports

Kayak & Paddleboard Tours

Various Tour Locations

941.954.1009 • IslandStyleSports.com

Enjoy Florida’s wildlife and natural beauty

on a guided tour through the exotic mangrove

tunnels of South Lido. Native Sarasotan, Laurel

Kaiser’s 23 years of experience guarantees a

fantastic outing. Guides provide a customized

tour catering to the interests and abilities of each

group. Watch for manatee, dolphin, a variety of

birds, and more. Daily sunset tours and private

tours are also available.

Key Culinary Tours

Various Tour Locations

941.893.4664 • KeyCulinaryTours.com

Taste a variety of delicious cuisines from area

restaurants during one of their 3-hour walking

culinary tours. Entertaining guides also share

insight of the area’s unique history and

cultural influences. Tours are offered in

St. Armands Circle, downtown Sarasota,

Venice, and Lakewood Ranch. Custom tours

are also available. Reservations are required.

See website for tour schedule.


Marina Jack II Cruises

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota

941.365.4232 • MarinaJacks.com

Relax aboard the luxurious Marina Jack II

for a narrated sightseeing, lunch, or sunset

dinner cruise. Full bar and every seat offers

a view of the water. With a family-friendly

atmosphere, it is the perfect way to see

marine wildlife such as dolphins. Offers

discounts for children under the age of

nine. Reservations are recommended.

Peace River Charters

4192 SW Adventure Way, Arcadia

863.444.0693 • PeaceRiverCharters.com

Experience the nature and beauty of Old

Florida on a scenic and exciting Peace

River airboat, canoe paddle, swamp

buggy, or horseback trail ride tour with

native Floridian, U.S.C.G. Capt. Zac and his

crew. Learn about the history of the Peace

River and observe native wildlife such as

alligator, deer, wild boar, turkey, and more.

Tours are safe, enjoyable, and fun for the

entire family. Reservations are required.

The Ringling Cà d’Zan

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

941.359.5700 • Ringling.org

This 36,000 square-foot Sarasota Bayfront

mansion was home to John and Mable

Ringling. The five-story mansion features

56 rooms filled with art and original

furnishings, which reflects the splendor

and romance of Italy. Self-guided tours

are offered each day and are included

with Museum admission. Guided and

group tours are also available. Located

on the grounds of The Ringling.

Open daily.

Sarasota Bay Explorers

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota

941.388.4200 • SarasotaBayExplorers.com

Observe and learn about the area’s resident

dolphins, manatees, native birds, and

more on a guided Sea Life Encounter

cruise in conjunction with Mote Marine

Aquarium. Kids will love the hands-on

observation of marine life. U.S. Coast

Guard certified and covered boats.

Restrooms, drinks, and snacks available.

Reservations are recommended.

Sip-N-Cycle Cruises

8865 Midnight Pass Road

833.747.2929 • SipNCycleCruises.com

Pedal at your own pace while your captain

or driver navigates on this fun pedal power

water or land cruise that includes a stop

at a bar/restaurant. Families and children

are welcome on boat tour. Bring your own

snacks, beer, wine, or other beverage for

the cooler. Features a canopy cover for sun

protection. Custom private parties are also

available. Various pick up locations; see

website for details.

Enjoy A Unique Excursion By Land

Or By Sea, In And Around Siesta Key!

Join us aboard our Pedal Party Boat or our

Pedal Party Bike for scenic cruises along the

intracoastal or pedal through the center of

Siesta Key’s famous Village and along the

shoreline of its #1 beach. Come Sip, Cycle,

and Socialize with Sip-N-Cycle Cruises!

Pick Up Locations:

Bayfront Excursions | 8865 Midnight Pass Rd | Siesta Key, FL

Pop’s Sunset Grill | 112 Circuit Rd | Nokomis, FL

The Seafood Shack | 4110 127th St W | Cortez, FL

1.833.747.2929 | sipncyclecruises.com

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Top-Notch Courses

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Whether you’re a duffer, a PGA professional, or somewhere in

between you’ll find that the area’s top-rated golf resorts and clubs offer a variety

of tee placements and are capable of accommodating all ability levels. Challenge

yourself to an unparalleled golf experiences while enjoying Florida’s warm sunshine.

For additional information on Southwest Florida golf visit MustDo.com.

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MUST DO GOLF

Bobby Jones Golf Club

1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota

941.365.4653 • BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

Features 45 holes of golf. American Course

is an 18-hole, par-71 with rolling hills and

majestic oaks. The 18-hole, par-72 British

Course features elevated greens and open

fairways. Gillispie Executive Course 9-hole,

par-30 features three par 4’s and six par

3’s. Offers PGA professional lessons. Also

features a golf shop, restaurant, practice

range, chipping and putting greens.

Esplanade Golf & Country Club

12825 Malachite Drive, Lakewood Ranch

941.306.3500 • EsplanadeLWR.com

Course features large greens, varying

elevations, and generous fairways

accommodating golfers of all abilities.

This 18-hole championship golf course’s

amenities include a complete practice

facility with driving range, short game

practice areas, fully stocked pro shop, and

PGA professional instruction offering a

variety of lessons and clinics. Full-service

snack bar and casual patio dining are

available.

941.444.6600 | PopeGolf.net

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Eight Championship Golf Courses in Sarasota – Manatee – Charlotte Counties

Prime Tee Times

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Tournaments & Special Events

Specializing in banquets, weddings, corporate events and outings & intimate events

The Highlands Golf Course

3400 Longmeadow, Sarasota

941.371.0982 • TheHighlandsGolfCourse.com

This picturesque and challenging 18-hole,

par-72 championship course features

generous greens and narrow fairways

lined with mature oaks and pines covering

6,656 yards of play. Amenities include

GPS mobile equipped golf carts and pro

shop. After your round, enjoy lunch or a

beverage at the Centre Court Lounge.

Limited public play.

Legacy Golf Club

8255 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch

941.907.7067 • LegacyGolfClub.com

An award-winning Arnold Palmer 18-hole

championship course. Experience country

club amenities and service at a daily-fee

facility. This par-72, 7,067-yard course

features 360’ wide fairways on all corridors.

Amenities include a practice facility with

an all-grass teeing area, six target greens,

practice bunker, and 8,000 square-foot

practice green. Titleist club rentals

available. Tee time reservations up to

seven days in advance.

Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club

499 Derbyshire Drive, Venice

941.496.4653 • PelicanPointeClub.com

Awarded Reader’s Choice by Sarasota

County residents since 2001. Offers 27

holes of golf among Live Oaks, meandering

streams, and wetlands. Three different

nine-hole courses offer players a variety of

three distinct 18-hole course options. No

parallel fairways. Rates include greens fee,

cart, and range balls prior to play.

PRIVATE COUNTRY CLUBS

Visiting golfers are welcome while we fill our membership roster.

Bent Tree Country Club

941.371.8200

benttreecc.net

Misty Creek

Country Club

941.922.2188

mistycreek.net

Buffalo Creek Golf Course

941.776.2611

golfmanatee.com

Mission Valley

Country Club

941.488.7747

missionvalleycc.com

Twin Isles Country Club

941.637.1232

twinislescc.org

Manatee Golf Club

941.792.6773

golfmanatee.com

Esplanade Golf

& Country Club

at Lakewood Ranch

941.306.3500

esplanadelwr.com

PUBLIC COURSES

Exceptional values, championship golf courses, great service.

Kings Gate Golf Club

941.625.0680

kingsgatehomes.com

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MUST DO GOLF

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Sarasota’s Only Municipal Golf Facility with

45 Holes of Great Golf Fun and Challenges

American Course

18-hole, par-71 with rolling hills and majestic oaks.

British Course

18-hole, par-72 with elevated greens and open fairways.

Gillespie Executive Course

9-hole, par-30

Lessons by PGA “Teacher of the Year” Christian Martin

Golf Shop • Practice Range • Chipping and Putting Greens

Now Open Bobby Jones Grille

Hours 6:30am – 6:00pm

Call 941-365-GOLF (4653) for tee times

1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232 • www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com

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Voted #1 Public/Semi-Private

Course by readers of Herald Tribune

Best of the Best

by Sarasota Magazine

The Preserve Golf Club

7310 Tara Preserve Lane, Bradenton

941.756.2944 • GolfThePreserve.com

Designed with the natural Florida

wetlands in mind, this is a challenging

course where 52 lakes directly affect

play on nine holes. A par-72 course

with five tee boxes that play from

5,095 to 7,000 yards. Aqua range

includes island targets. Chipping

and putting greens available. Half

and full-hour playing lessons are also

available.

River Strand Golf & Country Club

7155 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton

941.708.3617 • RiverStrandGolf.com

A 27-hole Arthur Hills course featuring

a mix of palm trees, live oaks, and

river holes. Several holes have the

Manatee River and its tidal water areas

incorporated into them. Play nine, 18,

or all 27 holes. Those playing 18 will have

nine holes rotated. Large aqua driving

range, short game area, and putting

green are available.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club

5100 87th Street East, Bradenton

941.756.0004 • RosedaleCountryClub.com

Challenging championship 18-hole,

par-72 course winds its way among

lakes and woodlands. Features five

tee boxes and plays from 5,065 to

6,714 yards providing a diverse golfing

experience. Amenities include PGA

professional staff, driving range,

putting green, and bunker/chipping/

pitching area. Enjoy a beverage or

meal in the Clubhouse before or

after your round.

Stoneybrook Golf Club

8000 Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton

941.749.1842 • GolfStoneyBrook.com

An 18-hole, par-72 Arthur Hills

championship course featuring 7,134

yards of golf in an area with mature

woods, wetland preserves, ponds,

and lakes creating a classic blend of

risk/reward holes. Amenities include a

fully stocked pro shop, practice range,

two putting greens, short game area,

and restaurant/bar.

University Park Country Club

7671 The Park Blvd., University Park

941.359.9999 • UniversityPark-FL.com

Play 27 holes of spectacular, awardwinning,

Ron Garl championship golf

just minutes from I-75. Great practice

facilities, golf instruction, well-equipped

pro shop, advance tee times, and casual

lakeside dining for lunch are offered

daily. Rated four stars by Golf Digest

since 1996, and voted “Best Place to Play

Golf” for more than 20 years.


Explore Beyond Sarasota

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

Day trips can make worthwhile

detours even if you planned your visit

to the area because of the warm sunshine

and beautiful beaches. Within easy driving

distance are opportunities to visit worldclass

museums, Tampa and Orlando’s theme

parks, and the Everglades. You can even take

a ferry ride to Key West. Go out and explore!

ELIZABETH BARNETT

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10165 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa

888.800.5447 • BuschGardens.com

An African themed park featuring thrilling

rides, a world-class zoo with more than

2,700 animals, year-round live shows and

entertainment, restaurants, and more.

Experience the Serengeti Plain with

hundreds of exotic African animals.

Young children will love visiting their

favorite Sesame Street friends and the

kid-sized rides at Safari of Fun play land.

See website for hours.

Captiva Cruises

11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island

239.472.5300 • CaptivaCruises.com

Offering scenic narrated cruises to the

islands of Cabbage Key, Useppa, Boca

Grande, and Cayo Costa State Park for

over 30 years. Captiva Cruises’ crew share

their in-depth knowledge and passion for

the area as you cruise through Pine Island

Sound taking in the fresh sea air and

abundant wildlife. Cruises depart from

McCarthy’s Marina and South Seas Island

Resort on Captiva Island. Reservations

are required.

Dali Museum

One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg

727.823.3767 • TheDali.org

This 2,800 square foot museum houses the

world’s most complete collection of works

by surrealist Salvador Dali. Along with its

permanent collection, the museum also

features special exhibitions, usually

including Dali works on loan from other

museums and works by other surreal

artists. Docent guided tours are available.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers

239.334.7419 • EdisonFordWinterEstates.org

Visitors to Edison Ford can enjoy 20

acres of historical buildings and gardens

including Edison’s Botanic Lab and the

Museum. The 1929 historic landscape is

evident throughout the property, and the

Museum has an impressive collection of

inventions, artifacts, archive and special

exhibits. Also features a gift shop and café.

Offers a wide range of tour options. Open

daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fishermen’s Village

1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda

800.639.0020 • Fishville.com

Its location on pristine Charlotte Harbor

makes this a top stay and play waterfront

destination. Enjoy boutiques and shops,

fine dining, spacious villa vacation rentals,

marina, Military Heritage Museum, live

entertainment, and special events.

Offers an array of water recreational

activities including harbor cruises, fishing

charters, and boat and kayak rentals.


The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa

813.273.4000 • FLAquarium.org

Explore a variety of diverse ecosystem

exhibits that are home to more than 20,000

aquatic plants and animals. Interactive

and educational shows presented daily.

Rainforest themed splash pad and outdoor

play area, dive with sharks, swim with fish,

and observe wild dolphins on a boat tour of

Tampa Bay. Open daily from 9:30 a.m.

to 5 p.m.

Key West Express

Fort Myers Beach • Marco Island • Key West

888.539.4843 • KeyWestExpress.net

The fast and fun way to visit the

southernmost point in the USA. Explore

Conk Republic’s historic sites, and the

shops, bars, and restaurants on lively

Duval Street. Leave in the morning and

be in Key West by lunch when you travel

aboard the jet-powered vessels of Key

West Express. Sundeck, flat-screen TVs,

full bar, and food service available. See

website for ferry schedule, rates, and

reservations information.

LEGOLAND Florida

1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven

877.350.5346 • Florida.Legoland.com

Discover ten different themed areas full

of replicas of landmarks from all over the

world, and stroll through the magnificent

historic botanical gardens. Enjoy more

than 50 rides, shows, and interactive

experiences at this 150-acre LEGO theme

park geared towards families with kids

age 2-12. LEGOLAND Waterpark is open

seasonally. See website for park hours.

Muscle Car City

10175 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

941.575.5959 • MuscleCarCity.net

A plethora of pure automotive-viewing

pleasure for Classic Car and Hot Rod lovers.

Over 200 antique and GM muscle cars from

the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s including Caminos,

Camaros, and Corvettes fill 99,000 sq. feet

of museum space. Stock up on memorabilia

and collectibles at the store, then enjoy

all-American fare at the ‘60s style restaurant.

Closed Monday, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday through Sunday.

Orlando Theme Parks

Walt Disney World • DisneyWorld.com

Universal Studios • UniversalOrlando.com

SeaWorld Orlando • SeaWorldParks.com

Experience thrills, adventures, and

memories to last a lifetime. Orlando is

less than two hours’ drive from Sarasota.

Take a day trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom,

SeaWorld, Epcot, Wizarding World of Harry

Potter at Universal Studios, Disney’s Animal

Kingdom, and the other family-friendly

attractions in Orlando.

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Souvenirs and so Much More

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Finding a great souvenir to take home

from your visit to Sarasota couldn’t be easier. Visitors

will have no trouble finding treasures with the area

offering everything from beach shops to boutiques

filled with t-shirts, the latest brands in swimwear and

beach apparel, gifts, designer fashions, one-of-a-kind

art, jewelry, and more. Why not treat yourself, then pickup

something for your friends or relatives at home?

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

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Swim Mart Locations

5923 Factory Shops Blvd. | Ellenton | 941-721-8924

1500 Placida Road | Englewood | 941-474-4088

Swim City Locations

1960 Stickney Point Road | Sarasota | 941-922-4545

50 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota | 941-954-8800

3170 Gulf of Mexico Dr. | Longboat Key | 941-383-2288

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Your Go-To Store on the Island

Morton’s Siesta Market is your one-stop shop

for easy island living. We offer a large selection

of staple groceries, beer and wine, as well as

fresh produce, meats and seafood.

In keeping with our Morton’s tradition, we

also carry a delicious array of prepared foods,

perfect for take-out, picnics, parties and more.

205 Canal Road, Siesta Key • 941-349-1474 • siestamarket.com

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Please stop in and say hello!

Located in the

heart of Siesta Village!

Visit

Siesta Village

Liquors just

next door!

Beach Bazaar

5211 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

941.346.2995 • Beach-Bazaar.com

From swimsuits to fun beach toys, this Siesta

Key Village one-stop shop carries everything

your family needs to enjoy a relaxing or

activity-filled day at the beach. Offers a large

selection of designer swimwear, gifts and

souvenirs, surf and swim gear, t-shirts, men’s

and women’s fashions, flip-flops, sunglasses,

and more. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Created Gems in Gold and Silver

5212 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key • 941.346.0988

5 S. Blvd. of the Presidents, St. Armands

941.388.4367 • SiestaKeyGems.com

Exclusive distributor of Spektralyte

diamonds, a permanent D-flawless lab-created

diamond with all the specifications of a quality

diamond matching its cut, clarity, and faceting.

Unlike cubic zirconia, Spektralyte diamond

gemstones have a lifetime guarantee.

Hundreds of affordable gemstones,

sterling silver and 14K gold designs for

men and women.

The Gallery on Siesta Key

5129 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

941.349.2427

Take home a unique souvenir–artwork

by a Sarasota artist. This art gallery

and clothing boutique features fun,

one-of-a-kind tropical and beach inspired

original paintings, prints, photographs,

blown glass, mosaics, wearable art, seashell

creations, ceramics, and beautiful handmade

jewelry in sterling silver, gold, mixed metals,

and semi-precious stones. Also offers

boutique beach attire including sundresses,

cover-ups, and more.

Island Trader

5112 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

941.346.7712 • IslandTraderSiesta.com

Siesta Key’s premier beach boutique for

women’s trendsetting fashion and affordably

priced designer apparel and accessories

including beach cover-ups, hats, beach bags,

jewelry, and handbags. Notable brands

include Simply Southern, Sugarlips, Papaya,

Lexi, Spartina, Corkcicle, and more. Also offers

an array of beauty, specialty gift, handcrafted

pieces, and novelty items. Open daily from

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Molly’s! A Chic & Unique Boutique

1874 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota

941.921.1221 • MollysSarasota.com

Women’s shoes, handbags, jewelry,

gifts, and more. Nice selection of quality

lines including Vera Bradley, NAOT,

Lindsay Phillips, Eric Javits, and FitFlop.

Get the perfect shoe selected for you by a

professional shoe-fitting specialist. Open

Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to

7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,

and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Morton’s Siesta Market

205 Canal Road, Siesta Key

941.349.1474 • SiestaMarket.com

A family-owned Sarasota favorite since

1969 and Siesta Key’s choice for staple

groceries, fresh produce, prime meats,

seafood, and a large selection of wine

and beer. Prepared foods are available

for easy take-out and picnics. Offers

convenient online grocery ordering

and delivery. On-site bakery and

award-winning catering offered at the

mainland location on 1924 South Osprey

Avenue, Sarasota.

Sunshine & Sand Hidden Treasures

6635 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

941.346.0226

Offers a fun and affordable assortment

of unique and handcrafted, beach and

coastal themed souvenirs, gifts, home décor,

artwork, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, and more

including "products with a purpose" such

as t-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles

and bracelets made from recycled glass

and plastic. Located at Crescent Plaza on

the south end of Siesta. Hours vary by season.

Swim City • Swim Mart

Five Area Locations

941.922.4545 • SwimMart.com

Offers the region’s largest selection of

designer swimwear and resort wear for the

entire family. The perfect suit for every body

including special needs: maternity, mastectomy,

long torso, and plus sizes. Name brands

including Gottex, Miraclesuit, and Sunsets.

Men’s, women’s, and children’s Reef, Sanuk,

and Cobian footwear and sandals. Open daily.

See website or ad for location details.

Tervis

928 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey

941.966.8614

319 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands

941.388.2040 • Tervis.com

Enjoy refreshing beverages at the

beach or on the patio with Tervis insulated

drinkware. For 70 years, their products have

kept hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

Tervis are virtually unbreakable and

dishwasher safe. Choose from hundreds

of fun designs for any occasion, and a variety of

accessories. Offers a lifetime guarantee on

tumblers, mugs, and water bottles.

Venice Stationers

211 W. Venice Avenue, Venice

941.488.6113 • VeniceStationersFL.com

Voted “Best Gift Shop” by locals year after

year. Offers a great selection of souvenirs,

greeting cards, stationery, puzzles, children’s

activity books and games, jar candy, card

games, home accessories, and more. Venice’s

one-stop shop for more than 50 years. Open

Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Sunday.

the

“GAL”LERY

siesta key

on

The Cure For Anything Is Sunshine & Sand!

941.346.0226 | 6635 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota

Everything For The Beach

Island Trader is a beach boutique located

on beautiful Siesta Key. You will be able to

shop for popular brands such as Wishlist,

Sugarlips, Frank Lyman, Spartina, Uno

de 50, and Simply Southern. Come in today

and find your beach or everyday style,

and shop for jewelry, handcrafted items,

and gifts in the heart of Siesta Key Village.

IslandTraderSiesta.com • 941.346.7712

5212 Ocean Boulevard • Siesta Key

Facebook.com/IslandTraderSK

Local Art • Handmade Items • Boutique Clothing

941.349.2427

5129 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-1636 | 941-349-2427

5129 Ocean Blvd. | Siesta Key, FL 34242

Island__trader

Siesta Key’s Artful Gem

At this art gallery and clothing boutique

featuring local Sarasota ARTFUL artists you’ll GEM find

colorful paintings, interesting mosaics,

clothing and beautiful jewelry!

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JENNIFER BRINKMAN

Truly a One-of-a-Kind Place

to Shop and Dine on St. Armands

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

You’ll find 138 merchants including boutiques, specialty

shops, galleries, and restaurants. Stroll around Circle Park

and take a look at the “Circus Ring of Fame” - a sidewalk

commemorating outstanding circus performers. Enjoy

breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the many sidewalk

restaurants and cafes. Stick around after sunset and enjoy

St. Armands’ nightlife scene.

Be sure to take note of the classically designed statuary

featured throughout St. Armands. There are 33 statues,

16 of which were purchased by John Ringling in the 1920s,

supporting his desire to bring art and culture to the city of

Sarasota. A self-guided walking tour brochure is available at

St. Armands’ businesses as well as near some of the statues.

The St. Armands Circle Association and merchants host

several special events throughout the year including art

and craft festivals, sidewalk sales, exotic car shows, and

special holiday themed events. Visit MustDo.com or

StArmandsCircleAssoc.com for details on upcoming events.

NITA ETTINGER

Parking on and around St. Armands Circle is available on

John Ringling Blvd., the surrounding streets, in front of

shops and restaurants, and a newly constructed parking

garage on Adams Drive. St. Armands also offers valet

parking from 4:30 to 11 p.m. between Cafe L'Europe and

Cha Cha Coconuts.

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Fresh Florida Seafood

SHUTTERSTOCK

Florida’s commercial fishermen are continually harvesting seafood from coastal waters and providing their fresh

catch to local seafood restaurants. You may not be familiar with some of the choices on the menu. This should

eliminate some of the guesswork next time you’re dining out.

Alligator – Firm texture similar to pork. Tail meat

is white and mild-flavored. The dark meat of ribs,

nuggets, and wings are stronger tasting. Fried

“gator bites” are popular menu item comparable to

chicken tenders or nuggets. Can easily be substituted

for chicken, pork, and veal in most recipes.

Hogfish – White, firm fish with a sweet, nutty flavor

similar to red snapper. Delicious baked or fried.

King Mackerel – Lean, robust, full-flavored

fish with darkish meat similar to bluefish.

Delicious smoked or wood-grilled.

Amberjack – Nice off-white flaky fish, with a similar mild

flavor to swordfish. Delicious when broiled or grilled.

Blue Crab – Delicate moist and flaky.

Hard-shell served steamed. Picked meat is

fantastic in a salad, crab cake, dip, or spread.

Soft-shell crabs can be eaten shell and all.

Oysters – Tender to firm texture, flavor varies

from salty to bland. Enjoy raw, steamed, boiled,

oven roasted, baked, grilled, or fried.

Pompano – Firm, thick and rich fish but mild and

sweet in flavor with high oil content. Scrumptious

broiled, sautéed or baked in parchment.

Clams – Firm texture, rich meat with sweet to

slightly salty flavor. Best oven roasted or grilled.

Cobia – Firm, smooth-bodied, richly flavored fish with

large flake and texture similar to coho salmon. Great

grilled, poached, sautéed, baked, or blackened.

Golden Tilefish – White, firm mild and succulent

flavored fish compared to lobster or crab.

Terrific sautéed, blackened, or in soups.

Grouper – Thick, white, lean fish with a mild, subtle

sweet flavor and firm texture and taste similar to

halibut. Tasty fried, baked, sautéed, or grilled.

Sheepshead – White, firm, flavorful fish similar to

grouper or drum. Delicious pan-fried, sautéed, broiled,

or grilled.

Snapper – Red and yellowtail are most commonly

offered in restaurants and markets. Mild, slightly

sweet tasting fish with a lean, firm texture. Tasty when

fried, grilled, sautéed, poached, baked, or broiled.

Stone Crab Claws – Sweet flavor with firm, flaky

texture often compared to lobster. Typically

served cold with drawn butter and lemon, or

cocktail sauces, mayonnaises or vinaigrettes.

Available from October 15 to May 15 only.

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All Kinds of Yum

NITA ETTINGER

The Suncoast’s restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences,

everything from cozy cafes to fine dining and bistros, as well as plenty of options for

families where casual atmospheres and liberal dress codes are the norms. Even if you don’t

have a sophisticated palate, you will appreciate the wide range of cuisines Sarasota and the

surrounding region has to offer.

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

JENNIFER BRINKMAN

44 | Must Do Visitor Guides


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MUST DO DINING

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Café Gabbiano

5104 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

941.349.1423 • CafeGabbiano.com

Fresh and local ingredients make up

their classic and modern Italian dishes within a

wine cellar atmosphere. Menu offers free-range

steak and chicken, local seafood, handmade

pasta, and milk fed veal using farm-raised

ingredients to compliment a world-class wine

list. Offers indoor and climate controlled outdoor

seating, tasting menus, and events. Full bar

featuring daily $10 wine tastings and “Siesta

Hour” with $5 appetizers, wine, and martinis.

The Coolinary

1359 Main Street, Sarasota

941.312.4773 • TheCoolinary.com

The chic modern décor provides a

relaxing atmosphere to enjoy their delicious

American infused and Hungarian-inspired menu

made with fresh, natural, and organic ingredients

including vegetarian and vegan options. Also

a great spot for Happy Hour or an after dinner

drink and dessert. Enjoy a wide selection of

artfully handcrafted cocktails, local and national

beers, and fine wines. Reservations are

recommended. Closed Monday.

The Crow’s Nest

1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice

941.484.9551 • CrowsNest-Venice.com

The first floor features a casual

tavern and is a great place for drinks, a meal,

or late night snack. A romantic upscale dining

room is located on the second level and features

panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway,

an award-winning wine list, and is consistently

voted Venice’s best restaurant. Arrive by car or

boat. Dining reservations are recommended.

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Siesta Village, S. Siesta, St. Armands, Venice

DaiquiriDeck.com

Well known for their vast selection of

frozen daiquiris and drink specials. Menu features

oysters, a variety of seafood, burgers, salads,

wraps, and much more. Enjoy great live music and

Happy Hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. at each area

location. Offers special events throughout the

year. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. See ad on

page 47 for phone and location details.

Evie’s at Spanish Point

135 Bayview Drive, Osprey

941.218.6114 • SpanishPointTiki.com

Enjoy lunch, dinner, or drinks while

watching the sunset at this casual open-air,

waterfront Tiki Hut restaurant and bar on Little

Sarasota Bay. Menu features burgers, nachos, a

variety of sandwiches, tacos, salads, and more.

Live entertainment Wednesday through Sunday

weather permitting and daily Happy Hour 11a.m.

to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to close. Arrive by car or

boat. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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135 Bayview Drive, Osprey | Little Sarasota Bay, ICW Marker 38

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FRESH SMOKE.

REAL SPICES. SM

SARASOTA

301 S Pineapple Ave

941-366-2271

LAKEWOOD RANCH

8141 Lakewood Main St., #104

941-362-2833

nancysbarbq.com

“First we eat,

then we do everything else. ”

- M.F.K. Fisher

Eat well with the Little

Sarasota Dining Book

as your guide.

• Features 200 restaurants in every

imaginable cuisine category

• Interesting articles written

by local chefs

• Delicious recipes from some of

Sarasota’s best-known restaurants

Pick up your copy of Sarasota’s dining resource.

Available at Barnes & Noble, Bookstore 1 Sarasota

and other local retailers and online at dineSarasota.com

and amazon.com.

MUST DO DINING

Marina Jack Restaurant

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota

941.365.4232 • MarinaJacks.com

Downtown Sarasota Bayfront

location offering three different waterfront

dining options. The main level features the

casual open-air Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill

and the air-conditioned Deep Six Lounge and

Piano Bar. Upstairs Dining Room features an

award-winning wine list and the regions finest

seafood, steaks, and pasta. Open daily for

lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended

for the Dining Room only.

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

301 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

8141 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

941.366.2271 • NancysBarBQ.com

Succulent pulled pork, ribs, beef

brisket, chicken, and salmon are smoked

fresh daily. Menu also features numerous

sides—many local and vegetarian, large salads,

kids’ menu, craft beer, and wine. Fun, fast,

casual atmosphere with communal tables inside,

picnic tables on the porch. Serving lunch and

dinner Monday through Saturday.

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill

5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota

941.953.7505 • OLearysTikiBar.com

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner

under an umbrella with your toes in the sand

or under the open-air, waterfront Tiki Hut at

this casual, tropical-themed, dog-friendly bar

and restaurant. Menu features a variety of

appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and

seafood entrees. Arrive by car or boat. Open

daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ophelia’s on the Bay

9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

941.349.2212 • OpheliasOnTheBay.com

Enjoy waterfront dining in the

casually elegant dining room, or outside

on the open-air patio dockside on Little

Sarasota Bay. Seasonally inspired menu is

printed daily and features an award-winning

blend of cuisines prepared from the freshest,

and sometimes exotic meat, fish, and

produce. Expansive wine list, homemade

desserts, nightly Happy Hour in the bar,

and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Reservations are

recommended.

Orange Octopus Ice Cream Co.

1220 Old Stickney Point Rd., Siesta Key

941.346.0202 • OrangeOctopusIceCream.com

Offers 24 deliciously dreamy flavors

of creamy, handmade, and slow churned

ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, smoothies,

and sorbet. All of their frozen treats are

prepared on site daily in small batches from

the finest and freshest ingredients and no

flavor additives. Also offers coffee drinks and

gluten-free options. Open daily from

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Siesta Key’s Premier Waterside Restaurant

Join us nightly for Dinner from 5pm to 10pm

Sunday Jazz Brunch from 11am to 2pm | Reservations Suggested

Happy Hour in the bar nightly from 5pm to 6pm

9105 Midnight 9105 Pass Midnight Rd., Pass Siesta Rd., Siesta Key Key •

| 941.349.2212 | www.OpheliasOnTheBay.com

• www.OpheliasOnTheBay.net

SIESTA KEY

5250 Ocean Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34242

941-349-8697

SOUTH SIESTA

1250 Stickney Point Rd

Sarasota, FL 34242

941-346-1664

ST ARMANDS CIRCLE

325 John Ringling Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34236

941-388-3325

ISLAND OF VENICE

300 W. Venice Ave

Venice, FL 34285

941-488-0649

DAIQUIRIDECK.COM

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Vibrant and Laid Back

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

The area’s combination of bars and

restaurants present numerous options for an

exciting night on the town. You’ll find dancing, latenight

menus, and a variety of live music ranging

from DJs playing a mix of today’s top hits, to island

style acoustic, contemporary rock, and jazz. Once

you’ve re-charged your batteries from the days

activities, head out for some fun after dark.

NITA ETTINGER

MARY CAROL FITZGERALD

48 | Must Do Visitor Guides


MUST DO NIGHTLIFE

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Waterfront Dining

The Beach Club

5151 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

941.349.6311 • BeachClubSiestaKey.com

Local bands and DJs present live

entertainment nightly. Large dance floor

and club-like atmosphere make it the spot

for dancing on Siesta Key. Offers Happy

Hour daily from noon to 7 p.m., nightly

themed drink specials, special events, and

annual bikini contest. Also offers pizza and

a package store (beer and liquor sales to go).

See website for entertainment schedule.

The Blue Rooster

1525 Fourth Street, Sarasota

941.388.7439 • BlueRoosterSRQ.com

Enjoy authentic southern comfort food

and cocktails in a relaxed setting. Features

local and national touring bands performing

a variety of musical genres including blues,

roots, and popular dance music on a

professional sound stage. Offers Happy Hour

Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

featuring drink and dining specials. Popular

Sunday Gospel Brunch includes a delicious

buffet and lively performance. Closed Monday.

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

Siesta Village, S. Siesta, St. Armands, Venice

DaiquiriDeck.com

Known for their vast selection of frozen

daiquiris and drink specials. Watch your

favorite sports team, enjoy live music, and

Happy Hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. and midnight

to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Special events

throughout the year. Open from 11 a.m. to

midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to

2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. See ad on page 47

for location details.

Five O’Clock Club

1930 Hillview Street, Sarasota

941.366.5555 • FiveOClockClubSRQ.com

Locally known as “The Five O” this

neighborhood bar has been a hub for local

and national live music and dancing since 1955.

Offers Happy Hour daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Catch your favorite sports on the HD TVs or

shoot a game of billiards. Features an outdoor

patio, smoke free indoors. See website for

musical lineup.

Jack Dusty

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota

941.309.2266 • JackDusty.com

Coastal Cuisine restaurant, lounge,

and marketplace with views of Sarasota Bay

paired with the exceptional service and quality

you’d expect from a Ritz-Carlton property.

Enjoy dinner or cocktails at the bar, indoors, or

out on the patio. Menu features award-winning

creative craft cocktails, an extensive wine list,

raw bar, delectable desserts, and late night

bites. Open daily.

“Best Live Music Venue

in Sarasota County”

Sarasota Herald Tribune

Simple Food, Fresh Ingredients

The New American Southern fare takes simple,

locally-sourced base ingredients and transforms

them into true blue southern comfort cuisine.

The Blue Rooster also offers the best live

entertainment Sarasota has to offer,

delivered through a top notch sound system

in a classic juke joint atmosphere.

941.388.7539 | blueroostersrq.com

1525 Fourth Street | Sarasota, FL 34236

COMFORT FOOD | FEEL-GOOD MUSIC

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JENNIFER BRINKMAN


MUST DO NIGHTLIFE

DEBI PITTMAN WILKEY

50 | Must Do Visitor Guides

“the neighborhood club

with a national sound”

SARASOTA’S PREMIER LIVE MUSIC

VENUE DATING BACK TO 1955.

OFFERING LOCAL AND NATIONAL

LIVE MUSIC ACTS WEEKLY.

1930 Hillview Street, Sarasota • 941-366-5555

For more details: www.facebook.com/5oclockclub/

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Livingston’s Amusements

5947 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota

941.925.7665 • LivingstonsAmusements.com

Experience over 50,000 square feet of

fun state-of-the-art entertainment. Play

games, enjoy a cold one, and socialize

with friends. Fully stocked bar featuring

Happy Hour, ice-cold beer, signature

shots, and premium cocktails. Watch

your favorite sports on HD TVs or shoot a

game of billiards. Menu offers quick bites,

homemade pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and

salads. Smoke Free.

Marina Jack

2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota

941.365.4232 • MarinaJacks.com

Waterfront restaurant and bar

offers spectacular views of Sarasota Bay.

Dine al fresco, enjoy live bands to solo

musicians, and Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.

weekdays in the Blue Sunshine Patio Bar &

Grill. The casual Deep Six Lounge and Piano

Bar features Rock Lee Tuesday through

Sunday starting at 6 p.m. See website for

entertainment calendar. Open daily

until 1 a.m.

O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill

5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota

941.953.7505 • OLearysTikiBar.com

Enjoy a meal, cold beer, cocktail,

or wine under an umbrella with your toes in

the sand or under the open-air, waterfront

Tiki Hut. This laid-back, tropical-themed,

dog-friendly downtown Sarasota bar and

restaurant features live music daily. Arrive

by car or boat. Open Monday through

Thursday until 10 p.m., 11 p.m. Friday and

Saturday.

Sharky’s on the Pier

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice

941.488.1456 • SharkysOnThePier.com

Venice’s only beachfront tiki

bar was also voted “Best Florida Beach Bar”

and is a Venice landmark and popular spot

for sunset. Dine, dance, and enjoy tropical

frozen drinks, ice-cold beer, and cocktails

directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Musical

entertainment Wednesday through Sunday.

Open daily.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

5238 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key

941.346.5443 • SKOB.com

Enjoy drinks and live music daily

in a fun Key West-style setting. Happy

Hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring one

dozen oysters or Louisiana crawfish for $7.

Two-for-one liquor and select drafts after

10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

until close. Over 21 beers on tap along with

domestic, import, and specialty bottled

beer. No cover charge. Open daily.


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Restaurant, Wine & Full Bar

Chef selected farm to table ingredients.

Daily Happy Hour with $5 Apps, Cocktails, Wine and $3 Beers!

5104 Ocean Boulevard | Siesta Key | 941-349-1423 | www.cafegabbiano.com

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