Family Fun

Southwest Florida has so much to offer visiting families from our beautiful beaches and parks to our many wonderful attractions!

Here are some family fun things to do while visiting our area. Take the kids or reserve one of our Elite Nannies while you play golf or tennis, have some alone time on the beach, dine out, and more.

Sarasota Area

Siesta Sports Rentals located on beautiful Siesta Key Island provides you with hours of fun, whether vacationing or living in Florida, we offer you the opportunity to see Sarasota and Siesta Key, Florida the way it was meant to be seen. We rent bikes, kayaks, scootercars, motor scooters, boogie boards, snorkels & masks and so much more.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens features 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding jungle trails and entertaining, educational bird and reptile shows throughout the day. The “Kiddie Jungle” features a brand new playground. The Flamingo Café serves delicious sandwiches, ice cream and snacks and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Our Café has a wide variety of choices.

Big Cat Habitat is a non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. The Big Cat Habitat was founded by Kay Rosaire who has more than 30 years of experience working with and caring for exotic animals. Our goal is to educate the public by fostering appreciation for animals and stressing the importance of habitat preservation.

At Mote, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

Sky Zone Sarasota offers open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball, (when available) Ultimate Volleyball, and a huge Foam Pit. For just about any age, shape or size, Sky Zone Sarasota is the ultimate 3-D play experience!

Jumpin Fun is a spectacular indoor trampoline park that serves Bradenton and Sarasota. Fun for the entire family, Jumpin Fun has something for everyone. With over 13,000 square feet of trampoline jumping surface, we have a variety of activities including Open Jump, Kid’s Court, Dodge Ball Court, Foam Pit, Basketball Dunk and Fitness Classes.

At 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!

In 1911, John Ringling and his wife, Mable, purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. Today that investment welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums, and a jewel-box of a theater.

Visit Florida’s sweetest attraction. Voted Florida’s #1 grove destination, Mixon Fruit Farms has been here for over 70 years. Mixons has a large gift shop full of gifts and Florida Souvenirs. We have Florida Wines with sampling daily, honey, dressings, jellies, unique jewelry, and more. Pick up some fresh fruit and juice, orange swirl ice cream and homemade fudge. 

We bottle our “Farm Fresh” milk right here on our sustainable family farm! Hayrides, pig races, feeding calves & making butter are all part of our guided tour. An old fashioned “farm fun” play area concludes your visit under our gorgeous oak hammock. 

Our 130,000 square foot facility is home to approximately 250 birds consisting of over 30 species both native and exotic. Come stroll our mostly shaded boardwalk while observing many of our residents in more than 45 manicured enclosures.

Sailor Circus now in its 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 worldwide 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.

Greater Sarasota Beaches

Siesta Key Beach is central Sarasota’s gateway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an island that combines luxurious amenities with a relaxed vibe that appeals to both visitors and locals. Siesta Key ranked the #1 beach in America by Dr. Beach 2011. Read More

Almost a city unto itself, Longboat Key is one of the only barrier islands in the Sarasota area without direct access to the mainland, which makes it a perfect refuge for residents and visitors who desire seclusion without sacrifice. Drive over the bridge from Lido Key in the south end, or from Anna Maria Island in the north, and you’ll discover an elegant tropical setting that offers every amenity you can imagine. Read More

Lido’s beaches are one of Sarasota’s most interesting and varied waterfront locations. South Lido Park is a large area of public land that juts into Big Pass, which connects Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a short walk from the wooded shoreline of the pass, where pleasure boats pull up to drop anchor, to the crashing waves of the Gulf. Read More

The narrow, 8-mile long island of Casey Key is one of Sarasota’s hidden gems, an isolated and exclusive enclave just off the sleepy mainland town of Nokomis. There are only around 400 residents, no massive hotels and little else besides a single road and two public beaches. Read More

Walk from one end to the other and you’ll find a section of beach called Paw Park and South Brohard Beach. This Florida beach is devoted to man’s best friend, where dogs can dig, run and sun themselves alongside their owners. You’ll also see people digging through the sand along the edge of the waves with everything from plastic beach buckets to the metal and wood sifting baskets sold in area shops, looking for the triangular, fossilized… Read More

Much like its sister key to the north, Manasota Key is home to some of the most exclusive homes around. A quiet winding drive takes you past secluded homes that seem to cherish their solitude more than their grandeur. To the south, Manasota Key is bordered by Lemon Bay and its many rookeries and mangrove islands, where the manatees and dolphins are found in abundance.  Read More


Anna Maria Beach

Facing the Gulf of Mexico, this quiet, undeveloped sandy beach offers over three acres of beautiful views.

Holmes Beach

Found at the center of Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach presents a full range of amenities including grills, playground, showers and picnic area, as well as 14,400 feet of sandy Gulf of Mexico beach.

Manatee County Beach

Has over 900 feet of sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico with access at Gulf Drive (S.R. 789) and 40th Street (S.R. 64) in the city of Holmes Beach. 120 parking places as well as public transportation drop off/ pick up.

Cortez Beach (aka Bradenton Beach)

Cortez Beach showcases 140 feet of undeveloped beach. Parking and public transportation drop off/pick available.

Coquina Beach

Located on Anna Maria’s southern tip, Coquina is a popular public beach lined with towering Australian pines. A full-service concession stand, ample parking, barbecue pits, picnic facilities, boat ramp, playground, restrooms, showers and lifeguards make this beach a popular, bustling beach.


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