Things to do in SARASOTA with kids

Florida is a state of pristine beaches (800 miles to be exact!), beaming sun and quite possibly the theme park state of the country!

The incredibly HUGE Orlando based Walt Disney World, iconic Winter Haven Leogland and the very cool Cape Coral Sunsplash Waterpark  (just to name a few!) - are all ready to welcome your thrill-seeking family!

However, Florida also has some other really cool features that you just might not know about.  You can take a trip to the Florida Everglades which is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist (pretty cool huh?!)   Get up close and personal with some of the worlds most beautiful animals at the Lowry Park Zoo, or even step back into Florida’s history at Key West’s Hemingway Home and Museum. 

If you didn’t think it could get any better, there are also a number of great FREE activities such as the Jacksonville Maritime Museum, and…keep calm…chocolate factory tours in Daytona Beach!  Yum!

Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen - after all, it is the Sunshine State!

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  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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    (1 miles) Sarasota

    Children will delight in our indoor "rainforest," brilliant dart frog collection, and our gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna. More than 150 scientific expeditions to rainforests around ...

  • Stardust Skate Center

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    (1 miles) Sarasota

    Stardust Skate Center is Sarasota's only roller skating and special event venue. Our fun and exciting roller skating sessions are filled with lots of games, contests, races and prizes! Our "Deluxe" ...

  • Island Style Watersports

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    (2 miles) Sarasota

    Sarasota's warm winters ensure fine year round condition for offshore sailing in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico or sailing on a long reach across one of the most fabulous bays in Florida. We proudly ...

  • Bounce Down Under

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    (2 miles) Sarasota

    A true blue Aussie themed indoor inflatable party and play center for joeys under 13 - crickey!

  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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    (3 miles) Sarasota

    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 and ...

  • Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures

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    (3 miles) Sarasota

    A wide range of guided kayak eco tours (Lido Key, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and around the state of Florida) that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an ...

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    (3 miles) Sarasota

    From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key ...

  • Sea Life Kayak Adventures

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    (3 miles) Sarasota

    An amazing experience on the water where you can enjoy wildlife interactions with dolphins, manatees, birds and seahorses! Ocean fun in Florida!

  • Circus Sarasota

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    (4 miles) Sarasota

    Circus Sarasota intersperses high drama and glamour with traditional circus acts to create a sophisticated and inspirational showcase of exciting family entertainment.

  • Great World Nature Tours Horse Riding

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    (8 miles) Lakewood Ranch

    Treat yourself to an hour of bliss riding an absolutely beautiful and gentle horse along the lovely, palm-lined beaches of Palma Sola Bay. Then ride your horse as it wades and swims in the blue water!

  • Play Away

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    (9 miles) Lakewood Ranch

    Play time fun for active and creative kids aged 3 months to 6 years. Engaging classes in dance and gymnastics as well as camps to develop the brain and the body.

  • Historic Spanish Point

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    (10 miles) Osprey

    An interactive waterfront museum where you can connect to the past with 30-acres of nature trails, a large butterfly garden, pioneer buildings, a footbridge over the bay for viewing marine life, ...

  • The South Florida Museum

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    (11 miles) Bradenton

    The South Florida Museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present with stunning life-size dioramas and dramatic exhibits based on its extensive collections of anthropological ...

  • The Dali Museum

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    (30 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A museum in St. Petersburg dedicated to that master artist we know as Dali.

  • Playtime

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    (30 miles) Apollo Beach

    Indoor Play center for children ages 5 & under. Soft play, clean, safe facility, offering Open play, art, music, yoga, birthday parties & more

  • Florida Holocaust Museum

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    (31 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A moving and eye opening museum that honours the memory of those who were involved in the Holocaust. Suitable for the older children.

  • All About Fun Segway Tours

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    (31 miles) Saint Petersburg

    Explore St. Petersburg on those super fun Segways with All About Fun Tours. Suitable for kids over 12 years.

  • Museum of Fine Arts

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    (31 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A trip through the wonderful world of fine arts in Florida, with a permanent collection, rotating exhibitions and special kid events!

  • Sunken Gardens

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    (32 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A century old garden with waterfalls, tropical plants and meandering paths - St. Petersburg's oldest living museum

  • Great Explorations Children's Museum

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    (32 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A hands-on museum where kids can learn AND play! Kids can role play at the exhibits, learn about reptiles, and enjoy the playground!

  • Manatee Viewing Center

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    (32 miles) Apollo Beach

    Games for kids, nature watching for visitors of all ages, a hurricane simulator and colorful exhibits on how Tampa Electric generates electricity - the Manatee Viewing Center’s goal is more than ...

  • Bisque It Studio

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    (34 miles) Port Charlotte

    Get creative in Florida with this painting studio, with kids art classes, pre-made pottery painting and lots of art fun!

  • The Pirate Ship at Johns Pass

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    (35 miles) Madeira Beach

    This family fun cruise aboard a real replica pirate ship will entertain the whole family with: Water gun battles, Treasure hunts, Pirate face painting, Pirate stories, Limbo and much more!

  • Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

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    (37 miles) Pinellas Park

    Car loving families will love tis automobile museum, just a short drive from Tampa, with an amazing collection of vintage vehicles.

  • Fish Cove Adventure Golf

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    (39 miles) Port Charlotte

    Welcome to Coral Cay Adventure Golf We have two convenient Southwest Florida locations, Coral Cay in Naples and Fish Cove in Port Charlotte. Come relax and enjoy our tranquil, tropical settings ...

  • Canoe Outpost Peace River

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    (40 miles) Arcadia

    Outdoor adventure in Florida with half day, full day, and overnight camping trips on the family-friendly, easy to paddle Peace River! Kids under 12 are FREE!

  • AirHeads Trampoline Arena

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    (40 miles) Largo

    Come JUMP into WEATHER PROOF family fun at AirHeads! With unlimited open jumping every day, dedicated dodgeball courts, a full arcade, fitness class, birthday parties and more, it's easy to see why ...

  • Armed Forces History Museum

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    (41 miles) Largo

    A fascinating museum with incredible displays and exhibits that honour the armed forces, and tell their story.

  • Heritage Village

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    (41 miles) Largo

    A historical 21 acre living history museum where kids can explore 19th century life!

  • The Florida Aquarium

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    (42 miles) Tampa

    Experience the aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the world. With more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Glazers Childrens Museum

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    (43 miles) Tampa

    There are equipped role play settings, elemental experiment sections and construction zones plus art and crafts, computers and plenty more besides.

  • BOING Jump Center

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    (43 miles) Tampa

    12,000 sqft. of super springy surface! Available for open jumping, dodgeball, and everything else you can do on a trampoline!

  • Little Toot Dolphin Adventures

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    (45 miles) Clearwater

    Climb aboard the "LITTLE TOOT", the forty foot authentic tugboat for an exciting dolphin watching adventure with a narrated sightseeing tour of the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Harbor. Enjoy the ...

  • Vertical Ventures Indoor Rock Climbing

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    (47 miles) Tampa

    Rock climbing fun with features from bouldering options suitable for beginners and kids, all the way up to climbing through professional levels! Time to get active!

  • Lowry Park Zoo

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    (47 miles) Tampa

    With more than 2,200 animals, this fun Tampa zoo has interactive exhibits for kids, as well as fun rides! Bumper boats, flumes, carousels - an amazing family zoo day out in Florida!