If you are looking for an outdoor adventure during your vacation to Sarasota, then look no further! Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures provides a wide variety of guided kayak eco tours that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an adventure of a lifetime. You can explore the natural beauty of Florida and venture through pristine ecosystems and breath-taking surroundings; all while looking for dolphins and manatees.
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
7101 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-928-9966 ~ www.bigcathabitat.org
The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. Founded by Kay Rosaire who enjoys more than 30 years of experience working with and caring for exotic animals. Their goal is to educate the public by fostering appreciation for animals and stressing the importance of habitat preservation.
JM Snooky specializes in teaching people to target Snook, Redfish, Trout and Tarpon while using artificial lures. Their positive approach and calm demeanor makes them great guides with a talent for making you comfortable. With a trophy fish on your hook it’s never a dull moment. Whether you’re an experienced kayak angler or new to fishing JM Snooky can accommodate all skill levels.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-359-5700 ~ www.ringling.org
Add the stunning Ringling Estate to your travel plans. This treat for the senses includes the Cà d’Zan mansion, beautiful grounds and gardens, the Historic Asolo Theater, the Museum of Art and two Circus Museums with the Tibbals Learning Center.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest continuously operating attractions in the State of Florida. Open to the public in December of 1940, the “Gardens” has retained its old Florida charm. A visit to the Gardens will bring back the memories of Florida days gone by. Many of the animals that you will see at our attraction came to Jungle Gardens through many sources. Many of the rare and endangered exotic birds were given to them by various rescue organizations nationwide.
Sit back and relax during this two-hour cruise along the beautiful shoreline of Sarasota Bay. Enjoy the view of spectacular waterfront homes and local wildlife while a narrator tells you about the fascinating history and folklore of the Sarasota area. The experienced crew will tend to your every need to ensure that this cruise is as pleasant as possible. Enjoy your favorite beverage from the full bar or maybe order a bite to eat from the menu.
With direct, no bridge access to the Gulf and a deep water harbor, Marina Jack is located in the heart of downtown Sarasota where the attractions and entertainment are unlimited. Visit the transient area and take in some of the many attractions in a few nights or secure one of the 316 annual slips for the year. The marina includes full amenities, fuel dock, ship’s store and ground transportation. The marina is host to Sarasota’s largest charter boat fleet including fishing, diving, sailing, cruising, and boat rentals. Marina Jack specializes in transient dockage and boating group accommodations to this popular spot with our 25 full time slips. Come visit one of the most popular destinations on the west coast.
The Sarasota Opera House plays host to everything from opera, symphony and classical ballet to film festivals, popular music concerts, comedy shows and clowns. In addition to the theater, the Opera Complex includes a Pavilion with a spacious, multi-purpose banquet/performance facility; the Peterson Great Room, which can seat up to 390 people. Private meeting spaces, as well as private rehearsal rooms are part of the pavilion. The William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre seats 1164.
Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) is the nlatest craze in water sport activities. Sarasota Paddleboard Company is the local leader in paddleboard tours, rentals, lessons and sales. If you want a great workout and to try something new on the water, check out Sarasota Paddleboard Company.
A Miniature Golf Adventure. Come play the best in Florida adventure-style, mini golf amid rushing waters, mysterious caves, and waterfalls on mountainous tropical terrain for a truly unique Florida miniature golf experience!
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-5731 ~ www.selby.org
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida is a not-for-profit institution fostering understanding and appreciation of tropical plants, especially epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants), through programs of research, conservation, education and display. Selby Gardens is perhaps best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids. The 9.5-acre bay front property is an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on over 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rain forests by Selby Gardens research staff. Seven greenhouses are the heart of botanical research and plant identification, for which Selby Gardens is internationally recognized.