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.

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3701 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34234-5211

Sarasota Jungle Gardens has been delighting visitors since 1939. Walk among or hand-feed our flock of free roaming flamingos, Florida's unofficial state bird....

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1670 10th Way
Sarasota, FL 34236-4111
An enchanted place whimsically designed for kids. Pirate ship, secret garden, maze, tree fort and slide, fairy gardens, three little pigs' house...
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8865 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242

Bayfront Excursions is Southwest Florida's Full Service Rental Destination, with 2 locations to serve Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, Longboat Key, and Lakewood...

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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...
Princess
402 Church Avenue
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Experience a totally unique cruise on the only authentic paddle wheel boat in the area with live entertainment embarking from Anna Maria Island...

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