Scenic Aerial Tours of Sarasota: Explore the Gulf Coast from Above

Buckle in and take your Sarasota experience to new heights.

Embrace the freedom of the skies and discover the beauty of Sarasota County from above. Push any fear of heights aside to soar high above the sparkling Gulf Coast, taking in breathtaking views of pristine beaches, lush landscapes and vibrant cityscapes. 

Whether you're seeking thrills, relaxation or simply a unique perspective of our natural wonders, there's a birds-eye view to take a mesmerizing mental snapshot, or a real snapshot to upload to IG later. With a garden-variety of aerial tour options, experiencing this slice of paradise from the clouds should be part of your weekend plans. Check out some of the best ways to embark on a scenic air adventure in Sarasota skies.


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For the ultimate adrenaline rush and panoramic views, clear plans for the day to go on a parasailing adventure along Sarasota's stunning coastline. Strap into a harness, feel the wind in your hair and let the boat tow you high above the white-sand beaches and azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From up high, you'll witness the beauty of Sarasota's picture-perfect beaches, including Manasota Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key and the award-winning Siesta Key Beach

Local tour operators such as Sarasota Parasailing, Siesta Key Watersports, Parasail Siesta, Venice Parasailing, Parasail Englewood, and Englewood Parasailing & Tours should get you soaring high above the picturesque shoreline in no time. If you're lucky you may even spot a dolphin or manatee breaching the surface. 

Helicopter & Plane Rides: 

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Take your sightseeing to new heights with a thrilling helicopter tour of Sarasota County. Lift off from a helipad and fly over Sarasota's skyline, barrier islands and picturesque waterfronts with experienced local pilots and tour guides. You'll get to marvel at the expansive views of the Gulf Coast, spot marine life in the clear waters below and snap jaw-dropping photos of Sarasota's iconic landmarks, including The Ringling Museum, St. Armands Circle, and the historic Sarasota Bayfront Park and marina. 

Florida Suncoast Helicopters, FlyVENTURE, and Sarasota Helicopter Tours are just a few tour operators locally that can get you off the ground. In addition to a helicopter, you can also opt for a historic biplane. Experience the golden age of aviation in a beautiful Waco Classic Biplane with Sarasota Biplane Adventures. There are a variety of choices for passengers, including flights over Sarasota Bay, a Gulf View Tour, Beach Tour, sunset flights and more.

Canopy Walkway Lookout:

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Experience the tranquility of Myakka River State Park and take in Sarasota's stunning natural landscape from its Canopy Walkway. Climb its steps 25 feet up and walk the 100-foot suspension walkway to a vista lookout to observe Florida life in the treetops of an oak/palm hammock. The taller tower soars 74 feet in the air to offer easy access to spectacular views of treetops, wetlands, lush greenery and meandering rivers. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oak and sabal palm trees. Here is where you'll experience the meaning of getting "lost" in nature. 

Rooftop Bars:

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While not an activity per se, the tops of these buildings provide pretty awesome panoramic views worth noting. From swanky, downtown hotel bars and pools on the rooftops of The Westin Sarasota and Art Ovation Hotel, to restaurants such as the cocktail lounge and firepit on top of Sage SRQ and the open-air dining on the upper patio of Siesta Key's Daiquiri Deck, these elevated bar stops are great to head up to for a bite or beverage paired with a scenic perspective of the coastal cityscape.


For the ultimate aerial views and rush, adrenaline junkies will be stoked to find that Skydive SQ Florida Club will take you tandem skydiving with professional skydive instructors. Just east of Manasota Key and Englewood, experience your first jump, or tick another location off your list. The company serves all of Southwest Florida – from Naples to Tampa, including Venice and Sarasota. Free-fall and let that parachute rip as you experience the most scenic drop zone on the west coast of Florida. This is flight in its truest form.