Museums in SARASOTA with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in Sarasota, Florida, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in this The Sunshine State city offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick! Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in Sarasota…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Museum of Science and Industry

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    (50 miles) Tampa

    A science-tastic day out for kids under 12 where they can play, interact, learn and understand science and the world around them. Perfect for the whole family in the countries largest kids science ...

  • Dinosaur World

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    (52 miles) Plant City

    Come face to face with over 200 life size dinosaurs in a natural Florida setting, with animatronics, fossil digs, playgrounds and more!

  • The Florida Air Museum

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    (54 miles) Lakeland

    Floridas “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center” features a dynamic display of the best examples aviation has to offer including one-of-a-kind designs, classics, ultra-lights, antiques ...

  • Replay Amusement Museum

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    (58 miles) Tarpon Springs

    Visit the WORLDS biggest pinball machine at this fun Florida museum, with over 100 pinball games, and amusements from history. No quarters needed here!

  • Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum

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    (58 miles) Tarpon Springs

    The history of Tarpon Springs is ready to be explored at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. Fascinating and educational experience for the whole family

  • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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    (67 miles) Fort Myers

    Indoor and outdoor facilities including museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • Captain Memos Pirate Cruise

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    (48 miles) Clearwater Beach

    Captain Memo's "Original" Pirate Cruise has something for everyone including face painting, musical games, treasurte hunts and water gun battles. For the adults we offer complimetary beer, wine and ...

  • Banana Bay Tour Company

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    (63 miles) Cape coral

    Banana Bay Tour Company is dedicated to high quality ecological tourism. We invite you to come join us on one of our Dolphin and Ecological tours and experience nature as it happens. We are committed ...

  • Airboat Rides At Boggy Creek

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    (90 miles) Kissimmee

    Glide through the wetlands viewing Florida's native wildlife traveling at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.

  • Wild Florida Airboat Tours and Wildlife Park

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    (91 miles) Keanansville

    Enjoy unforgettable tours with Orlando's ONLY airboat and wildlife park experience...great for all ages!

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    (3 miles) Sarasota

    Visit an independent marine research institution with an aquarium that allows you to meet the fish and the scientists!

  • The Florida Aquarium

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    (42 miles) Tampa

    Tens of thousands of marine plants and animals from all around the world are ready to be explored at this Florida Aquarium, with dive programs and a splash pad too!

  • 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!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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    (48 miles) Clearwater

    Not your typical aquarium, this Florida attraction is a marine life rescue center where kids can learn about rescue, rehabilitation and release!

  • Old McMickys Farm

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    (57 miles) Odessa

    Farm fun in Florida with maze hay rides, animals, pony rides, cow milking - a great spot for birthday parties too! Guided tours only.

  • Tarpon Springs Aquarium

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    (58 miles) Tarpon Springs

    Journey into the world under the ocean with this spectacular living reef.

  • Dade City's Wild Things

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    (74 miles) Dade City

    Embark on an adventure that will take you closer to amazing animals than ever before, with 22 acres of Florida animal fun!

  • Giraffe Ranch

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    (80 miles) Dade City

    45 minutes north of Tampa is 47 rolling acres of countryside teeming with wildlife that kids can play with, feed, look at, and even ride! This wildlife preserve offers intimate safari expeditions for ...

  • Gatorama

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    (82 miles) Palmdale

    It's all things alligator at this fun Florida attraction for families! From gator shows, to fun wildlife encounters, there is lots of animal fun to be had!

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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    (88 miles) Naples

    Open to the public 365 days a year-(except in severe weather) The sanctuary offers a 2.25 mile boardwalk that winds through the swamp- A 1 mile short-cut is also available. There is an admission ...

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (91 miles) Kissinnee

    Hands-on interactive education at this friendly petting farm in Florida: a sensory learning experience with over 300 animals as your teachers!

  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

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    (93 miles) Naples

    A nationally accredited zoo and historic tropical garden featuring a full day of fun activities including a cruise through natural island habitats for monkeys. Much more than a walk through zoo, a ...

  • Gatorland

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    (98 miles) Orlando

    A one-of-a-kind family park within 110 acres of protected habitat where adventures lurk around every corner!

  • Discovery Cove

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    (99 miles) Orlando

    A one of a kind experience where you can SWIM with dolphins, play near otters and walk on the ocean floor!