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FUN & EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES!
Kids of all ages (accompanied by their parents) can climb aboard a 41 foot sailing vessel to bask in
the warmth of the sun. First mate, Jan, is at your side with a cool drink to quench the most tropical of thirsts.
Whether you choose to try sailing the boat from the helm, or enjoying the sights of Sarasota from the water, you can
be assured your voyage will prove to be memorable. Docked at Marina Jack’s
Call for details: 941-346-7245
Le Barge Tropical Cruises
Offering a Variety of Cruises to suit Your Interest; Dolphin Watch, Narrated Sightseeing, Sunset
Entertainment Cruises, Private Charters & Special Events with Local Musicians. Light Food Menu.
Located 200 yards south of Marina Jack’s Restaurant. Reservations are recommended for Regularly Scheduled Cruises.
Call for details: 941-920-3307
Sarasota Bay Explorers
Sea Life Excursions / Kayak Adventures / Nature Safari Cruise ~ Cruise Sarasota & Robert’s Bays
aboard a 40′ Pontoon boat with a Marine Biologist looking for Dolphins, Manatee & More. Nature Safari Cruises,
Guided Kayak Tours, & Miss Explorer Private Charters. Hands-on, Fun & Informative for ALL Ages!
Located at Mote Marine Aquarium
Call for details: 941-388-4200
Bay And Gulf Adventures
Guided kayak nature tours & rentals. Explore the Best Kayaking locations in Sarasota, Bradenton &
Siesta Key, featuring Eco-Tours of Lido Key mangrove tunnels & Myakka River gators.
All skill levels are welcome for Educational, Memorable Nature Tours. Dolphins, Manatees & Bird Sightings are waiting.
Small Tour Sizes are normal and Private Tours are available.
Call for details: 941-893-7221
The Childrens Garden
1.5 acres of land with Koi in a lily-padded lagoon,
butterfly garden, wooden drawbridge and misty rain forest. There’s
a towering green dragon, a leggy purple octopus, a ship dubbed The Black Pearl,
giant chessboard, tiki hut and a scalable mint mountain. Part of the theme is to show
children how to care for their environment. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. 1670 10th Way, Sarasota
Call for details: 941-330-1711
10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding shaded trails and entertaining,
educational bird and reptile shows twice daily. The "Kiddie Jungle" features a tree house, haunted tree,
tiger swings, slide and a custom wooden train for the children to play on. Zoological gardens
with flamingos and peacocks roaming the gardens. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food
from the Flamingo Caf'e.
Call for details: 941-355-5305 ~ 877-861-6547
Mote Marine Aquarium
Pet horseshoe crabs, sea stars and stingless rays; play video games with dolphins and learn the
secret life of seahorses. Follow the research and study of sea turtles, sharks and more … with docents available
to answer your questions. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.
Call for details: 941-388-4441
Big Cat Habitat
A non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. Browse the facility
and learn about exotic and endangered Siberian Tigers, Royal Bengal Tigers, African Lions, and rare White Tigers.
7101 Palmer Blvd.
Call for details: 941-371-6377
Hermann’s Lipizzan Stallions
The Original Lipizzan Stallions of Austria! See the fabulous flying white Lipizzans perform the rare
and beautiful Airs Above the Ground Mounted as seen in Walt Disney’s "Miracle of the White Stallions".
31404 Singletary Rd., Myakka City
Call for Details: 941-322-1501
Rosaires Riding Academy
A world of fun with horses and ponies. Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up, an expert rider or just
starting out, you can come to Rosaire’s and enjoy yourself just horsing around.
901 East Road, Sarasota
Call for details: 941-356-3993
Parker Manatee Aquarium
The Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton is part of the South Florida Museum and Biship’s Planetarium.
Kids of all ages enjoy “Snooty”, the resident manatee. 201 10th Street West
Call for details: 941-746-4131
Starfish, sand dollars, sea sponges and even sea slugs are just a few of the choice speciments
to be seen aboard Captain Kim’s sea adventures.
200 Bridge street, Bradenton Beach
Call for details: 941-920-3307
The Zone Complex- – Trampoline, Arcade & Batting Cages
Whether your game is baseball or softball, fast pitch, slow pitch or anywhere in between you can sharpen your skills in any one of 9 batting cages. Jump as high as you can, shoot hoops, play dodge ball and bounce off the walls. Bring your family, bring your friends and leave gravity at the door.
Holmes Beach Skate Park
5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island
With its colorful splash fountain and playgrounds, the Family Fun Zone is one of the most popular features of Riverwalk. Grab a partner and head to the Beach Volleyball courts or take a skateboard or bike to one of the best skate parks in the area. Along the Manatee River in Downtown Bradenton
Rollerblade, walk and peddle from Sarasota’s Clark Road all the way to Caspersen Beach in Venice. 941-861-5000
An amphibious vehicle that transports you on land from the corner of Nipino Trai and US 41 for
an hour and a half hour tour on the Intracoastal Waterway. From the Train Deot, the rip goes through Nokomis
Bay, under Albee Road Bridge, past Snake Island and a far as the southern tip of Casey Key.
1011 Tamiami Trail S., Venice
Call for details: 941-485-6366
Babcock Wilderness Ranch
Enjoy a taste of real Florida - the excitement of a true wilderness adventure. Travel 90 minutes in a
comfortable swamp buggy with a trained naturalist on a voyage through the beautiful woods and deep, slow-moving waters
of the Telegraph Cypress Swamp. See alligators, panthers, cracker calves, native birds, wild turkeys, snakes and other
animals in their natural setting.
Daily tours are by reservation only.
8000 State Route 31, Punta Gorda
Call for details: 800-500-5583
Rolling two wheel transporters for guided tours along the bay front, Selby Gardens and art
200 S. Washington Blvd.
Call for details: 941-363-9556
In-line / roller skating and arcade with Friday "Kids Night Out" from 7:30 - 11 and
Saturday skate 11 am - 1 pm.
2572 12th Street
Call for details: 941-365-6888
PAL Sailor Circus
Sailor Circus now in it's sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics
class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4 ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest
"Little" Show on Earth. Students from the 4th through 12th grades in Sarasota and surrounding counties
have an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a circus atmosphere. Annual Holiday Spectacular & Spring
2075 Bahia Vista Street. Sarasota
Call for details: 941-355-9805
Perforances are scheduled in December, February, March, and April.
Call for details: 941-555-5555
80 acres of vegetables, fruit & fun. Many children and family friendly events and activites
throughout the year. Farm tours, Pick Vegetables, Hay rides, Petting Zoo, Playground, Picnic Area, Educational
field trip programs, Pumpkin Festival, Country Christmas, Spring Festival, and Civil War Battle Reenactments.
Located on C.R. 675 Bradenton
Call for details: 941-322-2168 or 941-331-1212
Florida Railroad Museum
Year round pleasure for the entire family. A calendar of Holiday events are listed
as well as opportunities to ride in the caboose, sit with the engineer, blow the whistle and drive the train.
12210 83rd St East, Parrish
Call Toll-Free for details: 877-869-0800
Additional School Age Activities
Day Trips for School Age Children