50 pleasurable issues to do in Southwest Florida – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Don’t permit the summer season doldrums get you down.

It is really the dead of summer season and Southwest Florida has absolutely slowed down. There are less occasions, especially outside routines, and the heat and humidity are oppressive. As well as, appear out, there are thunderstorms.  

But no justification, my fellow Floridians. Get off the couch. Get some sunscreen on. Get out and have some pleasurable.

To assist motivate some genuine activity, here’s our once-a-year record of 50 issues to do during the summer season in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

1. Find a shark’s tooth on Caspersen Seaside in Venice. 

2. Shell out the working day soaking up heritage in Cortez with a take a look at to the Florida Maritime Museum, housed in a 1912 schoolhouse. End at close by Star Fish Co. for fresh seafood. 

3. Purchase mad keepsakes at Siesta Key’s Seaside Bazaar. 

4. Consider a dive trip to the reef off of Venice Seaside. 

5. Provide your skateboard, bicycle, functioning shoes, bathing match, volleyball, doggy and/or kid and shell out the working day at Bradenton Riverwalk. 

6. Look for for coquina shells on Manasota Vital. 

7. Examine out a pleasurable summer season study from your area library by component-time Casey Vital resident Stephen King (or, you know, the author of your preference.) 

8. Pub crawl your way along Ocean Boulevard and choose an ironic selfie with a solid member from the MTV fact collection “Siesta Vital.” 

9. Get on the pontoon bash boat — it really is BYOB and has a bathroom — and appreciate an afternoon or night on the Manatee River with the superior individuals from Riverside Excursions Inc., who start from Regatta Pointe Marina of Palmetto.

10. Booze cruise on Sarasota Bay beneath the palm trees of LeBarge, which embarks from Marina Jack in downtown.

11. Check out the Army Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda’s Fishermen’s Village and then grab a chunk to eat at one of the close by places to eat. 

12. Go mudding at Redneck Mud Park east of Punta Gorda.

13. Race your journey at Bradenton Motorsports Park on East State Highway 64.

14. Get started with the day-to-day joyful hour on the h2o at Pier 22 and then bar hop up Outdated Key Road in downtown Bradenton, ending your evening with a big slice of pizza from The Loaded Barrel Tavern.

15. Hike to the Rye Family Cemetery at Manatee’s Rye Preserve, which offers a glimpse of early Florida settler heritage.

16. Roll into Stardust Skate Heart and come across a partner for couple’s skate.

17. Be part of a choose-up basketball game at Venice’s Hecksher Park.

18. Attempt to come across all the meals trucks peddling tasty dishes in the region. Hint: The tasting rooms of our area breweries are well-liked hangouts.

19. Say hello to David (the major bare-dude statue, for the artwork-challenged) at The Ringling on a Monday, when the museum is often no cost of cost. 

20. Pet stingrays at Mote Marine Aquarium, due to the fact they are actually sort of cute following their spiky stingers have been eradicated.

21. Go subsequent door and see/help the lovely feathered close friends at Save our Seabirds.

22. Camp at south Siesta Key’s Turtle Seaside, one of the few places where by sleeping on the beach at evening is not only legal but anticipated (in one region of the park, at least).

23. Mountain bicycle your way by means of the oak-and-palmetto woods along Myakkahatchee Creek in North Port.

24. Bang on a drum, dance or go hooping at the Siesta Vital Drum Circle that forms Sunday about an hour in advance of sunset on Siesta Seaside.

25. Feed the flamingos and do a lot of other pleasurable stuff at area landmark Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

26. Hike to Myakka’s Deep Hole and eye the military of alligators.

27. Kayak the mangroves of South Lido Vital.

28. See the lions, tigers, bears and other animals at Massive Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.

29. Swing by means of the trees at TreeUmph! Adventure Training course.

30. Hug a puppy at Southeastern Information Puppies in Palmetto.

31. Check your skateboard, bicycle or inline skate capabilities in the concrete bowls at the The North Port Skate Park.

32. Go fishing on Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Park and bait your individual hook with stay shrimp.

33. Consider a swim at the Lido Seaside Pool & Pavilion.

34. Shell out an afternoon at Island Park in downtown Sarasota calming in the shade and admiring the sights of Sarasota Bay, or carry the kids to the playground and splash park.

35. Enjoy a healing soak at Warm Mineral Springs in North Port.

36. Look at the Bradentucky Bombers, the original women’s flat observe roller derby residence workforce in Sarasota-Manatee, pummel the opposition. Following residence bout is Aug. 19 at Astro Skate.

37. Cycle the duration of the Legacy Trail, which begins just south of the metropolis of Sarasota and operates about 10 miles to Venice.

38. Check out Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and will not neglect a end at the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Backyard.

39. Look at the fading light-weight glint off the Sunshine Skyway from the observation tower following hiking Robinson Preserve.

40. Go “horse surfing” on Palma Sola Bay causeway in Bradenton (beachhorses.com).

41. Climb the Myakka River State Park Observation Tower, which will put you 74 ft previously mentioned the ground with a panoramic view of the forest and scrub down below, great for catching a glimpse of soaring bald eagles, or the hiking companions straggling driving.

42. Go canoeing at Oscar Scherer and retain an eye out for gators, otters and mullet.

43. Notice the manatees at Portosueno Park, a yacht basin off Palma Sola Bay in northwest Bradenton which is a well-liked hangout for sea cows during summer season mating months.

44. Consider your doggy to the Brohard Seaside Paw Park in Venice.

45. Enjoy disc golf. In Sarasota, no cost courses include things like Payne Park, Lakeview Park and North Drinking water Tower Park. In Venice, Pinebrook Park has a 9-gap program and Fowl Bay golf program has disc golf baskets at all 18 holes. For a small price, you can both stroll Fowl Bay or push a cart.

46. Journey the no cost Anna Maria Island Trolley from the Anna Maria Metropolis Pier to Coquina Seaside.

47. Journey the South Venice Seaside Ferry, due to the fact the calming journey by itself is truly worth the trip and then the boat drops you off on a quiet piece of Manasota Vital paradise.

48. Catch a Marauders small league ballgame at McKechnie Subject. Improved yet, go to on a Thirsty Thursday (they’re this 7 days and subsequent) and drink Budweiser drafts for a buck.

49. Check out the The Sarasota Traditional Car Museum, which is acknowledged as the next oldest consistently functioning antique automobile museum in the place.

50. Take pleasure in the sunset. Any beach, fairly considerably any working day.



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