Happy Holidays

There’s always something fun to do in Sarasota, and when the holidays come around, there are even more things to do! Check out this list below so you can find and plan which festivities you want to attend.

Weekend of December 6th

Holiday Night on St. Armands

St. Armands Circle proudly presents “Holiday Night of Lights”. St. Armands is THE holiday destination, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, as the Circle magically comes to light and life with grace and elegance.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street

The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids presented by Grace Community Church. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local non-profit organization each event.

Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade

The Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade is an tradition that draws an estimated 25,000 spectators. The parade includes more than a thousand participants, floats, and – in vintage Sarasota fashion – circus wagons! Santa and Mrs. Claus plan their annual beach vacation to coincide with the parade each year — so stick around to say hello to the parade’s guests of honor from the North Pole! The parade kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at the east end of Main Street at Washington Blvd, and travels west to Gulf Stream Avenue, running approximately two hours.

Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts

Lido Beach transforms into an outdoor gallery of extraordinary original handmade fine art, created by the works of local, regional and national artisans. Explore a spectacular tapestry of art woven from creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, metalwork, woodworking and more.

Holiday Market

The markets will take over the parking lot with 50+ local makers on December 7-8th from 11 AM – 5 PM. Shop from handmade jewelry, body products, candles, holiday decor, and more!

Weekend of December 13th

Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

The Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights (6:00 p.m.) is an annual tradition celebrating more than three decades of festive floatin’ on the waters of Sarasota Bay. An armada of approximately two-dozen brightly-lit boats, ranging from small water crafts to luxury yachts, set the bay a-twinkling with fun holiday decorations and seasonal tunes. Pull up a folding chair along the shore at Bayfront Park or Centennial Park and enjoy this aquatic-take on a holiday classic!

Weekend of December 20th

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting the 15TH ANNUAL Breakfast with Santa!

This popular children’s event will include a breakfast buffet, holiday music, a toy giveaway, holiday crafts, a gift raffle and of course, a visit from Santa himself. (Parents or caregivers and families should accompany children.)

Thursdays in December

Deck the Halls of Ca D’Zan

Deck the Halls of Ca D’Zan is a special holiday edition of The Ringling’s year-round Art After Five offering (Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.). Enjoy after-hours tours of the Ringling’s 1920s Ca D’Zan Mansion with its halls decked for the holidays.

 

Getting ready for your Adventure Kayak Tour is fun and exciting. There are so many things to see. Whether you’re new to kayaking or have experience, each trip is bound to be different. Here are a few of our tips to help have the perfect Adventure Kayak Tour.

Pack an extra pair of clothes. You might want to hop in the water for a quick dip, or maybe not. Regardless, while kayaking, there will be a chance of getting wet. Not drenched, but wet. Each time the paddle goes into the water, water comes into the kayak. When you get back to your car, it’s better to get in with a dry pair of clothing rather than wet ones.

Even if you’re local to Florida, you can still get a sunburn. We recommend that you wear sunblock. It’s best to apply it before you get into your kayak. Not only are you exposed to the sun, but the water is reflecting the sun, so you’re getting double the exposure.

Wear a hat and sunglasses as extra protection. Not only is it protecting you from the sun and the reflection from the water, but they’re both helping you to see what is IN the water. By wearing both hats and sunglasses, it is easier for you to see fish, sea stars, jelly fish, turtles, manatees and dolphins!

Perfect Adventure Kayak Tour
Photo Courtesy of Tanya Ruff

Kayaking is a workout! You can go as hard or as easy as you want to, but we are in Sarasota, Florida, and it can get hot, so you want to stay hydrated. Bring a reusable bottle of water with you.

We mentioned above some of the wildlife we can encounter, so of course no Sarasota Adventure Kayak trip is complete without packing a camera (or cell phone)! This kayak adventure is one you won’t forget, so you will be sure to want to snap some photos or capture some videos of the experience along the way!

Who’s ready for an experience you won’t forget? When you book a kayak tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter in Sarasota, Florida, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Whether you’re an expert on a kayak or a beginner, it doesn’t matter, we’ve got you covered.

Experience You Won’t Forget

Kayaking on Lido Key, a barrier island in Sarasota, is quite the experience. It’s a beautiful little island located right on the Gulf of Mexico. You get to experience the beautiful blue waters of the gulf, and the calm peaceful waters of Sarasota Bay. That’s the best of both worlds!

Kayaking is a great way to get out on the water. Being so close to the water allows you to see and experience so many of the great marine life southwest Florida has to offer. Having a guided tour gives you an up close and personalized experience with many of the creatures that call this area home. Our guides are local to the area and are well versed in their locations and habits so they’re able to give you the best viewing opportunities possible.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters has tours that are perfect for people of any age. The calm bay waters make kayaking accessible for everyone. Parents can rent tandem kayaks so children don’t have to paddle alone, children can double up. It’s up to you. Sarasota is the perfect place to make family memories that will last a lifetime! This is the perfect place to plan a day for an experience the whole family won’t forget. What’s better than a relaxing trip in paradise? Just remember the camera to capture it all!

Take some time while you’re here in Sarasota to have a different type of experience on the water. Book your tour and get your vacation started today! Your adventure begins here.

Sarasota has so many different options for all ages to adventure. Whether you’re a beach goer, a person who loves to shop, one who loves to wine and dine, or one who has a taste for adventure. On the west coast of Florida, this little slice of paradise has it all! When you embark on a kayak adventure with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, you’re getting an adventure, whilst exploring the simple side of Sarasota.

Here on Lido Key, life is simple. The turquoise blue waters lap at the shore, while shore birds wade looking for fish and other food. The beauty and simplicity of it all is like no other. While Lido Key is only a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of Siesta Key Beach, and the shopping of St. Armand’s Circle, it’s a whole different world here. Here, you’re surrounded by nature and beauty and the sounds of the gulf.

Simple Side of Sarasota

Your guided kayak tour will take you through the shallow protected waters of Lido Key. Here you will encounter many different types of marine life such as dolphins, manatees, sea stars, turtles and so many native sea birds. As you follow your native Floridian guide into the famous Sarasota Bay around Otter Key, you will become acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home.

Simple Side of Sarasota

Then as you navigate your way through the exotic mangrove tunnels, your world is again transformed into something new. A shady and cool retreat which so many wildlife call home, which serves an important role in this precious ecosystem.

This is the most popular kayak tour in Sarasota for so many reasons. See a different side of Sarasota, just bring your camera, some sunscreen, clothes you don’t mind getting wet, some water and maybe a snack, and of course, your sense of adventure! Your adventure begins here!

 

When we get calls to book adventures, we are often asked if they need a guided kayak tour. Well it really depends. We offer both guided kayak tours and kayak rentals. So the short answer is no, you don’t NEED a guided kayak tour, but there are so many benefits to having a guided kayak tour.

Guided Kayak Tour

Our kayak launch location in Lido Key is in shallow protected waters of Sarasota bay, it isn’t a difficult place to kayak. But when you have a tour guide to guide you through the waters, there are so many things to see and learn. Our guides are native Floridians, they are knowledgeable to the area and of the many different species that call this area home.

If you are going on a kayak tour and are hoping to see dolphins or manatees, which also call our area home, our local guides know the best areas to see them. Of course these are wild animals, and we can never guarantee that we will see them, but they do know where you will have the best chance of seeing them.

When taking a guided kayak tour through the exotic mangrove tunnels of Lido Key, your experienced guide will lead you through the many twists and turns, share their knowledge with you about the mangroves, their purpose, and about the marine life that calls the mangrove home.

Without an experienced guide, there are so many things that an untrained eye will just paddle right by, your guide can spot these things, point them out to you, and tell you all about them.

Of course the choice is yours, and if you do choose to rent a kayak, you will be given a detailed map of the area, as well as safety vests, and the area is yours to explore. Regardless of your choice, you’ll have a great day on the water, and we’ll be happy to help you make the best decision for your adventure!

Kayaking Lido Key is a beautiful experience, it’s fun, it’s adventurous and so exciting! With all the beauty and wildlife around there’s so much to enjoy, and we can’t forget to mention the scenery! Florida boasts some of the most beautiful scenery around, there’s a Kodak moment waiting for you around every corner! You can experience all of this when you kayak the beautiful barrier island of Lido Key.

There’s no better place to come relax, soak up the sun, take in the gorgeous views, and see some amazing marine animals than on the west coast of Florida in the Sarasota area. Lido Key is located just minutes from Siesta Key, often named the number one beach in the country!

Kayaking Lido Key

When you have a kayak tour on the beautiful Lido Key, you’re kayaking in one of the most beautiful mangrove landscapes in all of Florida. While you kayak through these exotic mangrove tunnels, you’re kayaking through a natural waterway and estuary of Sarasota. This tour is a perfect choice for families because of its shallow and calm water. The mangrove tunnels offer an escape from the hot sun during the summer months and allow you to enter a whole new world almost. Here you get up close and personal with these tropical beauties.

The mangroves are protected themselves, and are so important as they:

  • Provide a nursery to young fish
  • Serve as a coastal barrier during coastal storms and hurricanes
  • Provide nutrients to the marine ecosystem
  • Provide shelter to the marine life that live in them

Once you exit the mangroves and are in the shallow waters of Sarasota Bay, you can see marine life such as dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and different types of fish, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and many different types of marine birds. This is an exciting opportunity for the whole family! Schedule your adventure with Adventure Kayak Outfitters today!

 

When looking for exciting adventures to do in Sarasota, you might stumble upon Kayak Eco Tours and often wonder what is an kayak eco-tour? It is a tour directed towards exotic, and often threatened natural environments, which are intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. That is exactly what you will experience when you book your kayak eco-tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters.

kayak eco tour

Your eco-friendly tour will begin with instructions on how to maneuver your kayak. Your tour is led by local Florida guides who are exceptionally knowledgeable about our special ecosystem here in the Sarasota Bay in Lido Key. Our guides are excited to share their passion for our beautiful and special local environment.

Your eco-tour will take you through the exotic mangrove tunnels which serve a special part of this ecosystem. They help to keep the coast healthy. They are a habitat for thousands of species. They also stabilize shorelines, help to prevent erosion, and protect land, people, and homes from waves and storms. They also provide a nice and quiet kayak trip, in the cool shade!

Once we come through the mangroves, we are in the Sarasota Bay. This excursion offers many opportunities to view dolphins, rays, sea turtles, manatees, many different types of schools of fish, and so many different varieties of aquatic birds, all while not disturbing them in their natural habitat. Your local guide will be full of both fun and informative information about the different marine life you will be seeing on your  kayak eco-tour.

Book your tour today with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter in Sarasota. This is the best way to explore the stunning side of Sarasota and connect in nature in a way that you don’t normally have the opportunity to, it is a once in a lifetime trip you don’t want to miss out on!

You’ve finally booked your Adventure Kayak Tour or Rental and now it’s time to get out on the beautiful waters of Sarasota’s Lido Key. Now what do you need to have a fun and rewarding kayak trip? The truth is not too much! Nature provides the beauty. And we take care of the safety equipment. You need to bring your sense of adventure and fun.

Fun and Rewarding Kayak Trip

Of course you want to be protected against the elements. In Florida of course you want to protect yourself from the sun. So it’s a good idea to bring sunscreen so you don’t get sunburnt. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat. A hat will not only protect you from the sun, but it’s a helpful aid in providing shade to see in the water better. So when your helpful guide points out local wildlife such as manatees or dolphins you are able to see them better. A pair of polarized sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun and aid in seeing wildlife in the water as well.

Kayaking is relaxing, but when the weather is warm, it’s a good idea to bring along some water to keep hydrated. You could also bring along a snack too. Just be sure to take any trash with you when your tour is over.

Your kayak tour is sure to be memorable so you want to be sure to capture the moment on camera, whether that be by a camera or a smart phone. Just be aware that it could get wet, so either have protection for it in case it gets splashed or we encounter a passing shower.

We provide instructions and comfortable life vests, so you really need to bring along your sense of adventure and be ready to have a long lasting fun memory of your trip! Book your kayak tour here!

Spring Break is right around the corner. It’s a great time to head down to Sarasota, visit the beautiful Siesta Key Beach, hang out with friends and go on a kayak tour! What better way to relax with nature, take a much needed break from school while hanging out with friends, than on a kayak tour?

Spring Break

You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, school is almost done for the semester and it’s time to refresh. A kayak tour on beautiful Lido Key nestled in the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, close to Siesta Key Beach is just what you need to relax and have some much needed fun. Grab a bunch of your closest friends for an adventure filled trip you won’t soon forget!

Your kayak tour will get you up close and personal with some beautiful wildlife. We typically see bottle-nosed dolphins. They call our area home due to the warm shallow waters. We also see manatee, they love the sea grass we have in addition to the shallow water. We have plenty of exotic birds including pelicans, herons, egrets, hawks, egrets and roseate spoonbills. You can also see turtles and sting rays, as well as many different types of fish jumping about. We can’t control the wildlife we see, but these are some of what you can see on a typical day out.

Our journey into the exotic mangrove tunnels is a whole other experience. It’s quiet and serene, it’s shaded too. The mangroves are home to crabs and sea stars. The mangroves have different paths which lead you into the sun-filled grass flats of brushy bayou and Big Grass Lagoon.

Come and discover an eco kayak tour into the shallow protected waters of Lido Keys, a unique experience during your Spring Break, one you won’t soon forget. Book your tour today!

As much as we love kayaking, spring is in the air in Sarasota. And guess what that means? Spring Training is back in town! Now’s a great time to get up close and personal with your favorite players and catch a training practice or even a game while some of your favorite teams are here!

Spring Training

Here’s where you can catch all the action around the greater Sarasota area:

The Baltimore Orioles train right here in Sarasota. Their first home game is on Saturday, February 23rd and they host the Minnesota Twins. They play at Ed Smith Stadium. Here’s a complete list of their 2019 Spring Training Schedule.

The Pittsburgh Pirates play right next door in Bradenton, and Garth Brooks is even in town this week, as an added bonus! Their 2019 Spring Training schedule begins with their home opener at Lecom Park against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24th. Here is their complete Spring Training Schedule.

The Tampa Bay Rays play in Port Charlotte which is a bit south of Sarasota. Their games are played at the Charlotte Sports Park. Their home opener is on Friday, February 22nd against the Philadelphia Phillies and is the kick off game for Spring Training! See their complete schedule here!

If you’re open to a bit of a drive, catch the New York Yankees in action in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field.  Their home opener is Monday, February 25th against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their Spring Training Schedule is here.

And if you’re really up for a drive, catch the current World Series Champions Red Sox at their Spring Training Facility located in Fort Myers at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. They open their Spring Training Schedule hosting the New York Yankees on Saturday, February 22nd!  Their complete Spring Training Schedule is here.

It’s time to play ball!