Located just minutes away from Siesta Key and St. Armand’s Circle is beautiful secluded Lido Key. There you’ll find beautiful gulf views, native wildlife (including bottle nosed dolphins and manatees, and an exotic mangrove forest). It’s close enough to all the action yet far enough away to feel like you’re in your own little slice of paradise.

Exotic Mangrove Tunnels

These mangrove tunnels are a popular spot for an exotic adventure in Sarasota bay. Mangroves are so important to Florida’s ecosystem, not only do they serve as nurseries for many types of fish and oysters, crabs and shrimp, but they are also rookeries for many different species of birds. Their root system also helps to prevent erosion and protect Florida’s shoreline. They’re a very important tree.

Lido Key is a great place to spot dolphins and manatees before entering the tunnels. When in the tunnels it’s fun to observe the different ocean life such as starfish, jelly fish, different sponges, as well as plenty of horse shoe crabs and shells. There are usually plenty of crabs climbing along the mangroves too.

Kayaking the mangrove tunnels is always a magical adventure. It’s usually nice and quiet, but for the sounds of nature, and the sounds of paddles in the water. The mangroves provide shade, so it’s also a cool relief from the summer sun. The light is filtered and provides magical views of the wildlife both above and below the water.

Fun fact: Many of these “mangrove tunnels” were once man made ditches which were dug years ago as a way to control mosquitos. This didn’t work, and eventually they turned into mangrove arbors. Other mangrove tunnels grew naturally due to the tides ebbing and flowing. When maintained well, they provide a unique way for eco outfitters such as Adventure Kayak Outfitters to provide not only an enjoyable time on the water, but an adventure through a beautiful ecosystem as well! Book your tour today!

February is an exciting month full of events in Sarasota! After you’ve enjoyed yourself kayaking on the beautiful waters of Lido Key, explore the island with these fun things to do!
Sarasota Events

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees are back for another exciting season with their water ski team! Free shows take place on Sunday’s at 2pm. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees a non-profit organization. Membership in the organization is open to youth interested in learning about and developing skills related to water skiing and water safety, and to adults who desire to educate, coach and supervise these youth.

The 30th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th from 10am -5pm on Main St. in Sarasota, FL. Admission to this outdoor art show is free! Sunshine Artist Magazine consistently ranks this as one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows and is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more.

Thunder by the Bay is rolling back into Sarasota from February 15-18. This event continues to honor veterans, active duty military and first responders at this 2 day festival. It is full of events around Fruitville, the Sarasota Fair Grounds, and Main Street. This year, there is also full service camping available at the Sarasota Fair Grounds.  From a wide variety of live music, to bike shows, food vendors, and block parties, there is plenty to do all weekend long! Check out the schedule of events here.

Don’t miss the 24th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival on Saturday February 24th and Sunday February 265th from 10am -5pm on Ocean Blvd in Sarasota, FL. Take in the sand and sea as you discover beautiful creations from over 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in this outdoor gallery which is sure to be a spectacular festival!

We love what we do, and love that our clients can see our enthusiasm. We got this review in our inbox and thought it would be great to share it!

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Jennie O
“Review on your great kayak tour guide Dan
Sorry this is a few months late but wanted to let you know what a great tour my 22yr old daughter & I had in mid August at your Taft Dr. location. I also put a review on tripadvisor today…
We didn’t have reservations but lucked into it being a quiet morning (Florida kids just returned to school I think) and Dan being available to take us on a great tour of Sarasota Bay near St. Armands/Lido area. He was not only fun, but gave us great info about the bay, its plant and sealife and much more. We lucked out that day and not only saw 2-3 manatees up close (they came to us) at the entrance of one of the inlets that goes through Lido key near St Armands but also a 25 min display of dolphins “sharking” a school of fish. Dan made sure we kept far enough back to not disturb the manatees or dolphins but had a running commentary on what was going on and was just as excited as we were.
My parents have lived full time in Sarasota for 30 years and just moved to a retirement community near St. Armands and I’ve never had such fun on the water. Please tell Dan how much we enjoyed his interesting and informative tour and hope to see him again on future visits to do more kayaking. That day is one of those “We’ll remember this the rest of our lives” times!

I’ll also recommend your company to my many family members who love coming to beautiful Sarasota.”

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Kayaking is a great way to get up close and personal to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures and locations. We are lucky here in Sarasota Bay to have dolphins, manatees, as well as beautiful native birds and gorgeous landscape. See some of our other reviews on Trip Advisor and Facebook. To schedule a kayak tour, visit us online and save $5.oo.

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Having fun doesn’t have to cost money. There are so many things to do in the Sarasota area, and since you can’t put a price on happiness, here are a few things you can do in Siesta Key that are free!

Go to the Beach!Siesta Key Beach Sarasota

Our beaches are free! There is no charge to get into the beach, or to park your car in the lot. This is
pretty amazing because Siesta Beach has some of the finest, whitest and in the world. The water is also very calm and clear which makes it perfect for swimming. Grab your sunblock, a towel, a good book and anything else you need to complete your perfect beach day. Stay through till the evening to see one of the best sunsets on the west coast!

Collect Shells

Anther fun thing to do is to collect shells. Turtle Beach on the south end of Siesta Key will have the most shells on the island. Shells can be found on all of Siesta Key’s beaches (Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach), but Turtle Beach has more due to its location, and because it’s much less crowded than Siesta Beach.

Go Diving

Also located on the southern end of Siesta Key is Point of Rocks. This is arguably the best place on the west coast of Florida for snorkeling. There are more than 100 yards of limestone ledges to explore. The calm waters make for a perfect beginner dive. Parking can be difficult, so it is best to go in early morning and get a spot at beach access No. 12. Parking spots are limited and are usually filled by mid-morning.

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

Kayaking in Lido Key

Right outside the hub of St. Armand’s Circle in beautiful Sarasota lays the beauty of Lido Key. Lido Key is surrounded by gulf waters and Sarasota Bay. In South Lido Park, the waters are calm and serene. There’s so much to see. Guided kayak tours through the mangrove tunnels are one of the top highest things to do here in Sarasota. Our kayak trips have something for everyone.

Sarasota Bay

Sarasota Bay hosts about 140 bottle nosed dolphins that play in our waters. Manatees also call this home. They love it here because of the shallow waters filled with sea grass.

Kayaking is much more than just getting in the water and going. Whether it be a guided tour, or a rental there are so many options for both.

  • Our guided tours are fun for the whole family. We offer both Manatee and Dolphin tours which allow you to experience dolphins & manatees up close and personal in their native habitat. Our n13600209_10210092767574740_6117976550622424597_native Floridian guides are both informative and entertaining.
  • The Mangrove Tour allows you to explore the shallow waters of Little Lagoon and navigate your way through the maze of exotic mangrove tunnels that lead you into the sun-filled grass flats of brushy bayou and Big Grass Lagoon. There is truly excitement around every corner, and the lush mangroves offer some shade to cool off from the sun.
  • With a kayak rental the choice is yours. Renters have the ability to explore the open waters and the mangroves at your own pace. There is even a little sand bar. You can pull your kayak up and sit and watch boats go by, wade in the refreshing water, or catch some rays!

No matter how you spend your time here, the beauty and abundant wildlife will create memories to last a lifetime.  Besides seeing dolphins and manatees, there are many different types of fish, crabs, starfish and beautiful native birds! It’s always an adventure with Adventure Kayak Outfitters

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