Family-Friendly

Many destinations cater only to one travel style, but you’ll find activities for the whole family in Sarasota County.

Finding family-friendly activities that adults will also enjoy is sometimes the toughest part of planning a vacation. But in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast, there are several options that will make both you and your little ones happy. See lions, tigers  and yes, even bears  at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, or check out smaller critters like flamingos, parrots and monkeys at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. For those with kids who want to run and play, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has a tropical rain forest just for that, and The Ringling, the state art museum of Florida, also has a play space on its beautiful 66-acre bayfront grounds.

Gulf Coast Attractions for Families

Family Activities

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3701 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34234-5211

Come visit Sarasota's Zoo, since 1939! Walk among or hand-feed our flock of free roaming flamingos, Florida's unofficial state bird. Pose with a...

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5000 E. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34292
Experience one of Florida's most unique restaurants, tucked away on the banks of the Myakka river in a true Old Florida setting...
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8865 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242

At Bayfront Excursions, we offer deck boats, kayaks, pontoon boats, jet skis and paddleboard rentals. Explore the Jim Neville Marina Preserve that...

Florida House Institute
4454 Beneva Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34233
A demonstration house featuring ecologically sustainable technologies and practices. Our grounds showcase Permaculture Landscape and a hands on STEM Learning Center.
Sarasota Film Festival
332 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging...
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6525 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

Escape Countdown is a fully immersive entertainment experience. Your team will start your adventure in one of our interactive rooms with its...

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3000 Ringling Blvd.
Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds
Sarasota, FL 34237

King Edwards II welcomes one and all to three weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at this year's...

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2250 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237

At Sarasota Lanes Bowling Center we offer 36 quality lanes with easy automatic scoring for family, friends, and league bowling. Join a...

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