On the Water FAQ

We have several great attractions that feature animals as well as tours and parks that offer wildlife viewing.

Red Tide is a discoloration of seawater caused by a bloom of toxic red dinoflagellates. Go here for more information, to check the current red tide status, and to view daily beach conditions

There are drum circles throughout the week at Siesta Key Beach, Englewood Beach, Nokomis Beach and Venice Beach. Learn more here.

Venice is a city in the Southern part of Sarasota County and is called the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Its surrounding Venice and Casperson Beaches are the best places to find shark’s teeth.

Any of our beaches offer the best sunsets. For a full list of sunset cruises check here and add “sunset cruise” in the keyword search bar. Area restaurants are another great option.

Sarasota County offers a variety of dining options and many of its restaurants are Zagat-rated, making it a favorite stop for foodies from around the world. Search restaurants on our website here. If you have the name of a restaurant, you can add it in the search tab on our website . The Visitor Centers carry a dining and culinary guide which you can also download here. Do not forget to check out local restaurants that participate in the Savor Sarasota which takes place June 1-14 every year since 2006!

This area is within walking distance to Lido Key Beach and the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring distinct European flair and an eclectic variety of elegant dining and shopping options. You can explore the Circle with a self-guided history tour of its statutes or simply shop, eat and enjoy a drink in a beautiful setting. 

Please visit our website for a detailed list of our beaches. Beach wheelchairs are available at Lido, Manasota, Nokomis, Siesta and Venice Beaches courtesy of Sarasota County Government. Call 941-861-5000 for more information or visit their website here.