Things to do in Sarasota

Things to do in SarasotaWhen you hear of Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach, beautiful Gulf Coast Waters, and gorgeous white sand beaches probably come to mind. All of those are true, but there is so much more to do; All year long. This is especially true during the holiday season. Some people might think that being in a warm gorgeous place, that it wouldn’t feel like the holidays. Between decorations, holiday gatherings and local events, there’s not a chance that you can’t get caught up in it all.

Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, home of the circus king John Ringling and his wife is one of those places. Thursday nights in December, starting at 5pm are the Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan. Admission is free with museum admission. The Ca’ d’Zan is all dressed up for the holidays. The decorations feature festive fireplace mantels, balconies, doors and a gorgeous 10-foot-tall tree that stands in the Grand Court.

Another holiday special is Lights in Bloom. This takes place at the beautiful Selby Gardens from December 16th through December 30th from 6pm - 9pm (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Visitors can stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. Also included in this tropical paradise are miniature garden trains, Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), plus live entertainment nightly.

While not a holiday tradition, you don’t want to miss out on the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival taking place December 3rd and 4th. This unique event blends food, music and visual entertainment offering tastes of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota.  Not only that, but there will be outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres. Finally, there is an outdoor gallery of arts, crafts and food products. So while it might not be a holiday themed activity, you can complete your holiday shopping with some one-of-a-kind items!

Stay tuned to catch our next edition of “Things to do in Sarasota”.

Did you know, that when you book tours with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, you get all three tours in one? There’s no need to book three separate tours. On each tour, we will explore Sarasota by kayak, and during these tours, we will see many different types of wildlife.

Lido Key for Sarasota Kayak

When we kayak through the exotic mangrove tunnels, we gain a unique perspective. The mangroves are a natural habitat to many different plants, marine animals and native birds. Our native kayak guides will point out and explain things as we pass them.

Once we are out of the mangroves, and in the Sarasota Bay, you will love the excitement of encounters with bottle nosed dolphins and manatees. Manatees like to be in shallow salt water bays and estuaries. This makes kayaking in Sarasota, on Lido Key a perfect place to see them.

Whether you live in this area, or are here vacationing, Sarasota is one of the best places in the world to kayak. These experiences are one of a kind, and could be the memory of a lifetime. What’s better than kayaking the clear blue waters of Sarasota, and enjoying the best that nature has to offer?

Manatees on Sarasota kayak tour

At Adventure Kayak Outfitters, we try to make this Sarasota kayak experience simple from start to finish. We offer easy online booking, which includes a discount for booking online. We also offer gift certificates for hassle free gift buying. Not only do we make it simple, our tours are fun for the whole family! See you on the water!

 

Most people are familiar with Sarasota because of our beautiful white sandy beaches, specifically Siesta Key Beach. However, there are many other reasons to love our area. We are on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with exquisite blue waters, warm temperatures and we are abundant with wild life. We see many examples of wildlife on our kayak tours, such as:

• Bottle Nosed DolphinsWildlife
• Manatees
• Black Mangrove Crabs
• Pelicans
• Osprey
• Egrets
• Sea Stars
• Sea Urchins
• Herons
• Roseate Spoonbills

There are so many more, this is only a few.

When you kayak through the exotic mangrove tunnels, you are taking an adventure on the very habitat that sustains many of tmangroveshese beautiful creatures. In Florida, we have three native species of mangroves.

Rhizophora mangle — red mangrove
Avicennia germinans — black mangrove
Laguncularia racemosa — white mangrove

Mangroves are like a protected nursery for fish, crustaceans, and shellfish. They are also vital to our fishing industry, both sporting and commercial. An estimated 75% of the game fish and 90% of the commercial fish species in south Florida depend on the mangrove system. The branches of mangroves also serve as nesting areas for coastal and wading birds such as the ones listed above. Not only do they provide habitat and shelter for animals, but mangroves also protect uplands from storm winds, waves, and floods.

The seeds or pods that float in the water looking for their next sprouting ground can also be used to brush your teeth! Try it the next time you take a kayak adventure in the exotic mangroves of South Lido Key.

Kayaking Checklist

Kayaking in Sarasota Bay is one of the most popular things to do here in Sarasota. If you have kayaked here in the past, you know first-hand how many people come out and enjoy these tours. If you haven’t before, there are some things that you should take with you on your fun filled journey. There is no experience necessary to kayak with us, our native Floridian guides will be there with you every step of the way.
Our top priorities are safety and a fun filled adventure. See our checklist of what to bring.

  • Sunblock – Florida sun is very strong. Bring it with you so it can be reapplied if needed.Lido Key
  • Hat – A hat will help to cool you off, as well as shade your face from the sun.
  • Sunglasses – The sun glares off of the water and can make it difficult to see. Polarized glasses will make it easier to see in the water too.
  • Water – It is important to stay hydrated, so bring a drink with you.
  • Zip Lock Bag – If you don’t want something to get wet, bring a bag to seal it in.
  • Camera – There’s so much to see, you don’t want to miss a great photo opportunity.
  • Your desire to explore!

 

All of our kayaks are clean safe and stable. They come equipped with clean and comfortable personal floatation devices as well as light weight composite paddles.