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Explore Sarasota & Bradenton's many attractions and activities. From historic estates, marine life and local museums, to parasailing, boating, fishing, kayaking and other eco-tourism activities. Families will love the entertaining and educational adventures that await them.
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AMI Adventure Rentals delivers authentic and memorable experiences to our adventure seeking clients through our Land, Water, Day and Small Group Adventures. We hand-pick industry leaders to be our partners in delivering one-of-a-kind experiences to our clients. Our clients can be assured that AMI Adventure Rentals Partners share our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
402 Church Ave, Bradenton Beach
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Join us for Comedy Cruise or a Live Music Cruise aboard the Anna Maria Princess, the only paddle wheel boat sailing the waters of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key! This 80-foot beauty features two decks for sight seeing and nature viewing. We have a light menu aboard and a full bar, so you will be comfortable aboard the charming Anna Maria Princess as she takes you on a unforgettable voyage! www.AnnaMariaPrincess.com
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota
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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is an ever-growing large-animal rescue in eastern Sarasota County. Founded in 1987 by Kay Rosaire, the nonprofit sanctuary is a permanent home for dozens of exotic animals, offers placement for animals in need, and works to educate the public about animal care and conservation. www.BigCatHabitat.org
201 10th St W, Bradenton
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From a microscopic cell to a faraway galaxy, we are all connected to the cosmos and the world around us. Get ready to be amazed at The Bishop, the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. In addition to offering engaging exhibits like The Mosaic Backyard Universe, The Planetarium and The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, The Bishop also has educational programs and a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions. The Bishop is open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm and Sun, 12pm-5pm. www.BishopScience.org
402 Church Ave, Bradenton Beach
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Located on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach is the premier watersports destination. Ready to get on the water? We offer a variety of boat rentals including deck boats and pontoons. If you are looking for excitement, our jet ski rentals include both free ride trips and guided sand bar tours. Or enjoy our popular dolphin eco-tour or sunset cruise. Your adventure on the water awaits! www.BradentonBeachMarina.com
Serving Anna Maria, Tampa, & Sarasota Areas
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Experience riding & swimming on horseback with a Gypsy Vanner horse. Ride out into the bay, bask in the beauty of the sea life, and end your ride with an invigorating swim on horseback. Maybe the dolphins will join in.
1249 Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key
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An Orvis Endorsed Outfitter & Fly Shop, located on beautiful Siesta Key Florida is the largest on-the-water Bait & Tackle Shop that offers Siesta Key Boat Rentals, Fishing Charters, Fishing Tackle, Jet Ski Rentals, clothing & sandals for everyone. CB’s Outfitter shop & “Beach Boutique” on Siesta Key carries the leading name brands in outdoor sportswear & sandals for men and women, plus T-shirts for the whole family. So bring the family and stop by to see why CB’s on Siesta Key has become one of Sarasota’s must see landmarks since 1959, a leader in the sport fishing community. Open daily 7am – 6pm.
1826 4th St, Sarasota
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4735 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota
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Sarasota's #1 public golf facility! With a 60-station Driving Range, a chipping green, a putting green and an 18-hole Waterfall Adventure Mini-Golf Course, Evie's has something for everyone. On a rainy day, check out the Arcade with 15 games and two pool tables. Hungry? Evie's Pizzeria and Ice Cream Parlor are here too. You can even have your car washed at Evie's Car Wash while you play!
1250 Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key
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A unique beach shop located on beautiful Siesta Key, Florida. A one stop shop for the entire family offering fashionable swim wear and casual clothing featuring popular brands like Roxy, Quiksilver, Vissla, Reef, Salt Life, OluKai and Rainbow Sandals to name a few. Find all your beach vacation needs here including caps, t-shirts, sunglasses, sandals, shoes and fun stuff for the beach. We’ve got the kids covered with beachwear, sandals and t-shirts. Book your jet ski or parasail ride while visiting our store. FIN Island Company wants to help equip you for a super Siesta Key vacation! Open daily 9am to 8pm. www.CBsOutfitters.com
1265 Old Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota
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Funboat Tours offers sunset, dolphin, adventure and private tours. We also offer fishing, diving and custom charters. Whether you're looking for the majesty and peace of an evening sunset, the frolicking playfulness of a family of dolphins or the anticipation of that first tug on your fishing line, our Sarasota and Siesta Key boat tours can offer you and your family a vacation you will never forget! www.FunBoatTours.com
402 Church Ave, Bradenton Beach
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Island Pearl Excursions now offers four vessels. Island Pearl, Now and Then, Island Hopper and Island Breeze on Anna Maria Island. All vessels depart from Bradenton Beach Marina. Come enjoy a tour of beautiful Sarasota Bay and the intracoastal waterways of Anna Maria Island! We are offering daily sightseeing, sunset cruises, circle island tour, and a verity of private cruises. www.IslandPearlExcursions.com
5358 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach
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The Just 4 Fun team carries a huge selection of rental bikes for all ages, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and a full selection of beach supplies. Ask us about our boat rentals! We proudly offer FREE delivery from Anna Maria Island to Longboat Key, West Bradenton and the Robinson Preserve. Roadside service is included with all bike rentals within the free delivery areas! The Beaches of Anna Maria Island, along with our beautiful Robinson Preserve, offer the perfect environment for watersports and Fun in the Sun! www.just4funami.com
1250 Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key
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Newest parasailing adventure on Siesta Key.
at Marina Jack Plaza, Sarasota
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Enjoy a narrated dolphin watch cruise and observe dolphins in their natural habitat. A narrated sightseeing cruise combining Sarasota's abundant wildlife, history and spectacular shoreline homes, or a sunset cruise featuring live entertainment, dancing and a fabulous sunset.
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Experience light tackle/inshore/nearshore fishing with 30 year gulf coast fishing veteran, Capt. Chuck. Charters available 7 days per week. Sightseeing and marine life watching are simply a bonus with Let’s Get ‘Em Fishing Charters! www.LetsGetEm-Charters.com
1534 Mound St., Sarasota
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Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus is an oasis of tranquility, offering a respite from the commotion of urban life. It is the perfect place to escape from the everyday and experience the beauty of nature. This campus features a variety of gardens and habitats, displaying tropical and subtropical plants from around the world.
337 N Tamiami Tr., Osprey
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2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
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The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy is a unique Museum dedicated to the creative human spirit and raising the importance of Whimsical Art. Our exhibit is a collection of light-hearted paintings, sculptures and stained glass. The outdoor Gardens feature many large sculptures, including several grand pink flamingos, two bronze rabbits, a ballerina sculpture and a stainless steel rocket ship. They’re nestled within a canopied historic oak grove with cascading orchids and indigenous tropical plants. Being here will inspire your creativity, lift your spirits and touch your heart!!! www.WhimsyMuseum.org
Sarasota Downtown Bay Front, Sarasota
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Escape aboard the Marina Jack II! Join us for a relaxing narrated sightseeing lunch or sunset dinner cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy delicious dining, outstanding views. Docked behind the Marina Jack restaurant, located on the Downtown Sarasota Bay front, our air conditioned salons and open air outside deck will provide you with best way to enjoy the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Please call or visit website for reservations or information. MarinaJacks.com
2525 27th St E, Bradenton
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Come take a ride on the Orange Blossom Express, with a stop at our Wildlife Rescue Center! Interact with the rescued wildlife, then let Mixon’s treat you to a FREE cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice or Lemonade, made right here in our packinghouse! Homemade Fudge samples and Wine Tasting daily. Be sure to enjoy one of our “almost world famous” Orange Swirl Ice Cream Cones. We have a HUGE new play area with a slide, putting green, water duck racing game, tetherball, tire hill and much more! Feed the koi fish and walk through our butterfly garden maze. Browse the 14,000 sq. ft. Gift Shoppe, and enjoy a delicious lunch in the Groveside Café. Planning a wedding? Check out our Garden Oasis Pavilion for the wedding of your dreams. Mixon’s Farmhouse Inn is the perfect place to stay, too! Store hours are Nov-Apr: 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday; call for hours and tours. May-Oct: 10am-3pm; tours and play area, Tuesday-Saturday.
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota
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Immerse yourself in the marine world at Mote Aquarium. Otters, sharks, manatees, sea turtles, touch pools and special exhibits showcase Florida's fascinating marine life and the world-renowned research conducted by scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory. www.Mote.org
1600 Ken Thompson Pwy, Sarasota
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As you enjoy Southwest Florida’s beaches and coastal waters, please be vigilant for marine animals and follow the best practices below to avoid harming sea turtles as we enter nesting season. Visit mote.org/nesting for more tips.
13208 State Rd 72, I-75, Exit 205, 9 Miles East, Sarasota
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Explore the distinctively diverse landscape and encounter the prairies, hammocks, pinelands, and wetlands that lead the Florida Wildlife Service to consider this one of the best state parks in Florida for wildlife observation. Experience the natural beauty of Myakka River State Park today. www.MyakkaOutdoors.com
1250 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota
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Come fly with Parasail Siesta! As one of Siesta Key's most popular attractions, parasailing is safe and fun for all ages. Enjoy views of Siesta Key's beautiful beaches as you gently glide above Florida's scenic coastline. As you parasail, you may even spot dolphins and manatees playing in the surf or pelicans flying past you to say hello. Your parasail flight can be tailored to your liking. You can stay completely dry or opt for a gentle dip in the water. It’s your choice, high and dry or wet and wild. So, come join Parasail Siesta for a parasailing experience you'll never forget! www.ParasailSiesta.com
4192 SW Adventure Way, Arcadia
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Experience the thrill of an airboat ride on the scenic Peace River in Florida's heartland. Captians are Coast Guard approved and knowledgeable guides. Or take a swamp buggy tour or do both! While wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, this is an area that offers an abundance mammals, birds and gators. You can even hold a baby gator if you dare! Open daily, call for reservations or book online at PeaceRiverCharters.com
1707 1st St E, Bradenton
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Shop our flea market plaza in air-conditioned comfort. With farm-fresh produce, plants, great food and collectibles, the entire market is open year round Fri, Sat, Sun 9am-4pm, (Open Wed seasonally from Nov-Apr). Plaza open year-round Tue-Sun 9am-4pm. Closed Mon. Like us on Facebook and Instagram.
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10175 Tamiami Tr, Punta Gorda
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See 175+ of the most high-performance muscle cars GM built through the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus a huge assortment of antique chevy cars and trucks. Open Tues-Sun, 9-5. www.MuscleCarCity.net
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota
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Art from antiquity to the present. The joy of performance in a historic theater. A miniature circus and big top thrills. John and Mable Ringling’s bayfront mansion. Breathtaking grounds and gardens. www.Ringling.org
1265 Old Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key
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1968 Tarpon Center Dr, Slip #10 Crows Nest Marina, Venice
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Come sail aboard the Inspiration, a fast and comfortable Hunter 30 in the the Gulf Of Mexico. Every trip is a unique adventure, there will always be plenty of exciting moments that will turn into lasting memories. Your trip can be tailored to your specifications, sail in the afternoon, eat dinner, go out for a sunset sail, just let us know, price may vary slightly, you will always get a great value and a great experience. When you experience the power of the wind and the sea on a sailboat you will really feel a new awareness. www.SailVenice.com
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota
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3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota
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Hold a parrot, touch an alligator, feed free-roaming flamingos and explore acres of jungle paradise! www.SarasotaJungleGardens.com
4110 127th St W, Cortez
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103 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach
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Experience the Segway Smile. You're sure to experience the Segway Smile as you cruise through our coastal communities. Take in the sights over the the Longboat Key Bridge and spectacular beach views along the Coquina Trail. Check out our additional fun with our equipment rental offerings, including bikes, golf carts, kayaks, paddleboards, and more.
1265 Old Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota
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Sarasota Florida Charter Services including offshore and nearshore fishing, diving, snorkeling and sunset dolphin cruises. Owned by U.S.C.G. Master Captain Josh Pritchett, an avid fisherman who started diving at 15. With degree in Marine Technology, Josh became a commercial diver, later started his own business to share his love for the ocean with others. Never been in the ocean? Don't worry! Siesta Kation works with clients of all ages to insure safety and fun. www.SiestaKation.com
1250 Stickney Point Rd, Siesta Key
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Siesta Key's largest Jet Ski rental! New Yamaha VX110 Deluxe Jet Skis, seat up to 3 people. Rent 1 hr, 2 hrs, or more! Jet Ski Tours $200 per ski, around 2 hours. LOCATED under New Daiquiri Deck at 1250 Stickney Point Rd (South Bridge) www.SiestaKeyJetSki.com
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Golf with Gators! Feed live alligators while golfing 18 holes of the best mini golf around set in a Swashbuckling-style atmosphere. Ships, lagoons, and pirate adventure theme. Open seven days a week, 9am-11pm. www.SmugglersGolf.com
2000 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton
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3815 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
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5604B Marina Dr, Holmes Beach
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Treat yourself. Rent on a higher level. Experience our top of the line golf carts and other lithium powered electric vehicles. There’s a kind of luxury that doesn’t need to boast. One that’s as much about service as it is style. Luxury that doesn’t just mean high end golf carts for any occasion, but giving you the personalized, top of the line service to meet your vacation needs. Experience the ultimate electric vehicle rental from a brand known for award-winning customer service.
21805 SR 70 E, Bradenton
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4192 SW Adventure Way, Arcadia
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Our trail rides are a great experience for any level of experience rider. You will embark on a wilderness trail along side the river and back in the Florida cypress hammocks. You will be accompanied by a highly experienced guide and Florida native who will provide you and your group with a personalized one on one experience. Book On Line. www.UpRiverAdventures.com
135 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach
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You Only Live Once! YOLO Adventures has something for everyone that will add a special memory to your vacation. Imagine soaring above Anna Maria Island on a smiley face parasail, enjoying a relaxing boat ride watching dolphins and manatees in their natural environment ending the day with spectacular sunset views. We fly single, double and triples up to 400 feet above the water on our parasail adventures. Our USCG approved 15 passenger sightseeing boat offers several trips throughout the day. They are 2 hours long and includes a stop at a sandbar or beach where you can swim, snorkel or search for that perfect shell. Our Captains & Crew will ensure safety first but also an adventure of a lifetime! ParasailFlorida.com or FloridaFunBoat.com
4110 127th St W, Cortez
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