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Up to date Comprehensive Weather Report Saarasota and the Beaches


Tides Winds and Weather

http://www.thiswaytothe.net/tides/florida/sarasota-sarasota-bay-florida.html

 

Stay Informed –  Local Newspapers

Longboat Key  /  Sioesta Key  /  Sarasota  /  East County

http://www.yourobserver.com/

Anna Maria Island

http://www.islander.org/

 

Vacation Rentals

Siesta Key

  https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/south-west/siesta-key 


Longboat Key  

  https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/south-west/longboat-key

Anna Maria Island

https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/south-west/anna-maria-island

Lido Key

https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/south-west/lido-key

 

 

 

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THE ORIGINALS are a group of over 50 locally-owned independent restaurants with a passionate desire to celebrate and preserve our community’s culinary “sense of being.”

Nowhere is this sense of independence and quality more important than the Sarasota-Manatee area. Within a 20-mile radius of downtown Sarasota, there are more Florida Trend Award and Zagat top-scoring restaurants than any other area of the state and every one of these award winners is independently owned.

https://www.dineoriginal.com/

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https://www.eatlikealocal.com/restaurantweek/

 

BEST BEACHES IN THE USA

NEVER MISS A SUNSET AT THE BEACH!

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WHITE SUGAR SAND 

Most other beaches are made mostly of coral, but our sand is 99% quartz crushed into a pure white fine powder. Because quartz is a crystal itactually disperses the heat from the sun and leaves our beaches cool to the touch. Harvard University’s geology department discovered that through millenniums, quartz from the southern Appalachian Mountains came down the rivers until it was eventually deposited into the Gulf of Mexico and then onto the west coast of Florida. No one can tell exactly how long this process takes, but because the grains of sand are so fine we know it to be eons in the making.

 

Manatee County Beaches

  • Bayfront Park
316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
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  • Coquina Beach 
2650 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach
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Lots of Cool places to pick-nick under a canopy of Australian Pines
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  • Cortez Beach
1506 Gulf Dr S, Bradenton Beach
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A few blocks south of Historic Bridge St
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  • Greer Island Beach (know as Beer Can Island)

Located at the northern tip of Longboat Key at Longboat Pass drawbridge. This popular white sand beach was formed by tidal currents and offers a beautiful undeveloped shoreline. Virtually everyone arrives here by boat, though you can walk here during low tide. Park your car at the west end of N. Shore Rd.The swimming here isn’t great, because there are dangerous rip currents in Longboat Pass. It’s safe to swim where you park the car off N. Shore Rd.

N Shore Rd, Longboat Key (just south of Longboat Key Bridge)
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Abundance of Sun & Saltwater Bleached driftwood to photograph.
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  • Manatee Public Beach
4000  Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach
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Sarasota County Beaches

We have 35-miles of beaches in Sarasota County, and all of them are different!

http://www.siestakeyvacation.com/beaches.php

  • Siesta Public beach

This broad, white beach of crystal pure sand has plenty of room for sun and fun.      The Public Beach has a shaded picnic area, playground, pavilion, tennis courts and beach volleyball courts, large parking lot, food & drinks, showers, and with in walking distance of Siesta Key Village.https://www.siestakeyvillage.org/

Sunday evenings offer an added treat for the ears and spirit, as the drumming circle gathers on the beach to celebrate sundown.

948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key
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  • Crescent Beach

Just south of Siesta Public Beach, Crescent Beach offers a more private atmosphere. The southern part of this area, known as the Point of Rocks, is a great snorkeling and diving area. The coral rock formations that extend into the Gulf provide shelter for colorful and abundant marine life.

6499 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota

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  • Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach is on the southern end of Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida. Beautiful water color, views and plenty of space to have your own slice of paradise. The sand is not the sugary white that you’ll find at Siesta Key Public Beach toward the northern end of the key, but more of a granular, greyish, coarse sand. Better for shelling!…
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  •  Lido Beach
Located on Lido Key, one half mile southwest of St. Armand’s Circle, this beach has it all! More than 3,000 feet of pristine white sand, concession and gift shop, restrooms, picnic tables and a pool.
 Lifeguards are on duty year round 
2201 Ben Franklin Dr, Lido Key
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Offshore Grand Prix Boat Racing
Held for more than three decades in the waters off of Sarasota, the annual boat races on the Gulf of Mexico (formerly known as the Suncoast Offshore) returns to Lido Beach in July as part of a series of boat racing events. Sarasota’s events are scheduled for                JULY 5TH THRU 7TH 2019.
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  • Longboat Key Beaches
Beach Access Addresses and Directions:
Longboat Key’s beach is lined with private homes, condominiums and rental properties that limit public access to the beach. There are a number of public beach access points on Longboat Key leading to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. There are 12 beach access points on Gulf of Mexico Dr
 
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  • Paw Park and South Brohard Beach
1600 Harbor Dr South, Venice
Fenced dog play yard leads to the only beach area in the county where dogs are allowed. Other amenities are picnic tables, benches, showers, drinking fountains for humans and dogs.
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  • Caspersen Beach
4100 Harbor Dr South, Venice
Caspersen Beach is one of the best shelling beaches in the area and an excellent spot to find prehistoric sharks’ teeth! There are nature trails traveling through freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove areas, and tidal flats, and excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
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  • Manasota Key Beach
8570 Manasota Key Rd, Manasota Key
Wide sandy beach rimmed with tropical foliage & trails, plus boat ramps & fishing on the sound side.
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  • Nokomis Beach
901 Casey Key Rd, Casey Key, 
Nokomis Beach is on the barrier island of Casey Key, Florida in Sarasota County, south of Siesta Key.
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Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water’s edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see.

Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. More than 328 species of birds
that have been documented.

3500 Pinellas Bayway S.,
Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Fort De Soto Beach

  • Turtle Watch

A favorite activity at the beach….join the “Turtle Patrol”!

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 The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle found in Florida. It has a reddish-brown shell and is named for its large head. Adults can weigh between 200 and 350 pounds and can reach 3 feet in length. Loggerheads typically nest in Florida from April to September. Sea turtle eggs have an incubation period of about two months.

Females return to their nesting beach every two or more years (average 2.7 years) to lay an average of 4.1 clutches, one about every 14 days. Each nest contains an average of 114 eggs.

Please respect marked sea turtle nests. These are marked with 4 tall wooden sticks and thin colored plastic tape which connects all four wooden sticks. There will be a sign attached with an approximate date of egg laying.

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EXPLORE ALL OF FLORIDA’S BEST BEACHES

http://www.florida-beach-lifestyle.com/best-florida-beach.html

 

 

ISLAND TRANSPORTATION

Trolley Service

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Anna Maria Island

MCAT (Manatee County Area Transit) fixed routes connect with the FREE Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island. Daily service runs from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every 20 minutes from the Anna Maria City Pier on the north to Coquina Beach on the south. Trolleys offer both air conditioned and open-air seating.                                         View the map and schedule of the:

Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island.

 

Longboat Key

SCAT BUS

MCAT (Manatee County Area Transit) partners with SCAT (Sarasota County Area Transit) in operating the Longboat Key Trolley from Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island to downtown Sarasota via Longboat Key and St. Armand’s Circle. Daily service runs from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every 60 minutes. Trolleys offer both air conditioned and open-air seating. The fare is $.75 (discounted rates available for senior citizens). The Longboat Key trolley does not operate major holidays including but not limited to New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.    View the map and schedule of the:

http://www.longboatkey.org/pView.aspx?id=23648&catid=467

Siesta Key

 

Come On And Take A Free Ride!

We are a FREE transportation service that provides a fun, safe and eco-friendly way to travel around the Siesta Key area – driver tips only, please! Our fleet consists of both island carts and 6 passenger vans, servicing 8 miles of Siesta Key from Turtle Beach to Siesta Key Village onto the mainland.

https://www.facebook.com/Siesta-Key-Free-Ride-203864849661629/

Sarasota Segway Tours - Tour Sarasota On A Segway
Do you want to experience a very special trip? Are you a tourist who wants to discover all the fantastic places, beaches and natural attractions of sunny Florida? Do you want to enjoy your trip in an extraordinary way? Then you should glide with us – Pleasure Florida Segway Tours! Contact us and schedule your Guided Segway Tour right now!

Best Visitors Guides 

 Must Do Visitor Guides
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John and Mable Ringling Museums

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ART MUSEUM:   Designated as the official state art museum for Florida. The museum’s art collection currently consists of more than 10,000 objects that include a variety of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods and from around the world. The most celebrated items in the museum are 16th–20th-century European paintings.

CA’D’ZAN:   The home of the circus king and his wife, a couple from humble mid-western origins, Ca’ d’Zan stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the Venice canals, this dazzling palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved. To honor its owner, they named it Ca’ d’Zan, “House of John”, in the dialect of their beloved Venice.

CIRCUS MUSEUM:   Walk the wire. Squeeze into a clown car. Snap photos with a ferocious (faux) tiger. Thrill to it all: the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes, and the cannon that shot daring performers through the air. Wonder at the must-be-seen-to-be-believed 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model and the Greatest Show on Earth Mural celebrating the entertainment that has delighted packed houses in great cities and small towns across America for generations. Step right this way…

 https://www.ringling.org/

 

Circus Performance

SARASOTA  “Circus Capital of the World”

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http://circusarts.org/

Known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” Sarasota, Florida claims Circus Sarasota as its own resident hometown circus. Our annual professional performances, showcased in a one-ring, five-star, European-style big top, have been acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Committed to raising the perception of the circus as the valuable art form it represents, The Circus Arts Conservatory is much more than a circus.  Approximately 80% of ticket revenue to help support its community outreach programs that serve children, the elderly and those in care facilities

The Circus Arts Conservatory shares the entertainment and enrichment that Circus Arts provide. Circus Sarasota and Sailor Circus performances provide great family entertainment and some of the most fun things to do in Sarasota, Florida!

  • Circus Sarasota presents professional performances that are acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment.
  • Sailor Circus performances are known worldwide as “The Greatest ‘Little’ Show on Earth.”
  • Cirque des Voix combines a hundred singing voices and a full orchestra with astounding circus acts.
  • “Summer Circus Spectacular” provides a thrilling summer circus show in an intimate setting in collaboration with The Ringling Museum.

Whether showcased in a one-ring European-style big top, the unique arena facility or an intimate historic theater, Circus Arts Conservatory produces outstanding and entertaining circus shows in Sarasota, Florida. Click here to view current performance dates and times.

 SARASOTA  THEATER

Discover why Sarasota County is
known as Florida’s Cultural Coast !

Great theater isn’t limited to New York or London. It’s also available in paradise. From large to small and tragedy, comedy and everything in between, you’ll get your fill of drama right here in Sarasota.

Florida Studio Theatre  https://www.floridastudiotheatre.org/

The Players Theatre     www.theplayers.org/

Sarasota Opera House  www.sarasotaopera.org/

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall   www.vanwezel.org/

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  Hall Aslo Repetory Theatre     www.asolorep.org/

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Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit marine research organization based on City Island, Founded in 1955.

Mote Aquarium has played a key role in Mote’s outreach efforts since 1980, by presenting exhibits and programs that reflect ongoing research in the laboratory and that stimulate curiosity, discovery, exploration and stewardship of aquatic environments. Nearly 350,000 visitors from around the world experience Mote Aquarium each year.

https://mote.org/

 

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Marina Jack Waterfront Dining & Marina

Located in Downtown Sarasota, Marina Jack has been the premier deep water marina and waterfront dining destination on the West Coast of Florida. A seafood spot with an outdoor raw bar patio, upstairs dining room, piano bar & expansive water views.

Escape aboard the Marina Jack II! Join them for a relaxing narrated sightseeing lunch tour or sunset dinner cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy delicious dining, outstanding views, and exceptional service. Docked behind the Marina Jack restaurant.

http://www.marinajacks.c

 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A tropical, urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticulture displays and a Sarasota bay-front setting.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (15 acres, including 9 acres of display gardens) is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and their canopy ecosystems, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. Ongoing research and exploration for tropical plants attracts worldwide attention of international scholars and plant enthusiasts. It is located on the grounds of the former home of Marie and William Selby (of the Texaco Oil Company)

 selby.org

 

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Sarasota Jungle Gardens has been a tourist attraction in Sarasota, Florida in the United States since 1936. It offers ten acres of botanical plantings along with bird and animal shows.

http://www.sarasotajunglegardens.com/

 

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum  houses about 100 vintage cars of all types in a 60,000-square-foot facility with constantly rotating collection.  The museum displays rare cars and ones owned by famous people.The museum also has an Italian Car Collection which includes cars from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and Rivolta.

http://www.sarasotacarmuseum.org/

 

 

Must Do Visitor Guides | Sarasota area attractions. Mixon Fruit Farms Bradenton, Florida

 

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Way more than just a Orange Grove! 75 years of excellence.  Grove and Wildlife Tours, Gift Shop, Groveside Cafe, Florida Wines,Free Juice Bar, Events and Festivals,Venue Rentals. Fun for the Whole Family.

http://www.mixon.com/

 

 

AREA  GAMBLING 

Sarasota Kennel Club

Championship Greyhound Racing,  Poker,and More!

  • Providing products and services to pari-mutuel facilities since 1980.
  • Friday Matinees 50 cent Admission, Beer, Sodas & Hotdogs.12:30pm, 18 and up.
  •  Live Simulcast Wagering Year RoundFrom major greyhound and horse tracks across the country.
  •  A state-of-the art poker room on the 2nd floor of the Sarasota Kennel Club. Live action cash games and tournaments offered daily.

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http://www.sarasotakennelclub.com/

 

 

AREA SPORTS

 

http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.buccaneers.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nhl.com/lightning

 

Rowdies' two star crest

http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/

 

 http://www.sarasotapolo.com/

 

GOLF…………………..!

All Courses In Sarasota/Bradenton Area

 

http://www.golfadvisor.com/destinations/174-sarasota-bradenton-fl/

 

BEST KAYAKING SARASOTA- BRADENTON  AREA 

 

The Leader in Kayak Eco Tours in Sarasota..

Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures is the largest kayaking eco tour company in the greater Sarasota area; including Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Myakka, and Sarasota. We provide a wide range of kayak eco tours throughout Florida that allow you to observe and interact with wildlife in non-threatening environments

Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures

 

http://www.kayakfl.co

 

 

 

NATURE TOURS

Discover Sarasota’s natural and cultural history with our Professional Guides. Take a walk in the mangrove forest, net in the seagrass beds, or play with ancient Indian tools.

Around the Bend Nature Tours

http://www.aroundbend.com/

 

LETS GO FISHING

Sarasota, Florida Fishing Charters and Fishing Guides

 Know the Conditions Tides 

Tide Chart / Weather Forecast, Radar,Tropical,Alerts,Wind/  Moon Phases / Sunrise Sunset /Artificial Reefs/

 

Sarasota, Florida Boat Charters, Fishing Charters, Boat Rentals

http://surfinggator.com/sarasota/fishing-charters/fishing-charters.html

 

Saltwater Fishing Regulations  /  Species Chart  /  Gulf Seasons Calendar 

http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/

 

 

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  • Myakka River State Park

One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.

13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241

A view looking up at the suspension bridge at the Canopy Walkway

Gator Gal 70 passenger airboat heading out toward lake.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Myakka-River

  • Myakka State Forest

On a horse, biking or hiking, it becomes easy to imagine Florida’s past as you experience stunning flatwoods, pine forests, and marshes – all preserved within 8,000 acres. Managed by the Forest Service and protected for future generations, the park has two hiking trails (the North and South loops) that lead through the Forest.

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2000 S River Rd, Englewood, FL 34223

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Myakka-State-Forest

 

  • Oscar Scherer State Park

This park’s large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes it one of the best places in southwest Florida to view Florida scrub-jays, an imperiled species found only in Florida.

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The birds are abundant in this 1,381-acre park. In addition to viewing wildlife, an array of other land-based and water-based recreational activities awaits you.

1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

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https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/oscar-scherer

 

 

  • Sarasota County Park

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A piece of Florida’s yesterday you can experience today.
For over sixty years Snook Haven’s remote location was the site of such notorious activities as a smugglers hideout during prohibition, a speakeasy and brothel and the jungle setting for movies.

Established in 1948 as a fishing camp, Snook Haven’s restaurant, cabins, boat launch and tours reveal a rare opportunity to the experience the Myakka River and Charlotte Harbor beyond. Its uncommon confluence of fresh water from Florida’s interior and waters from the Gulf of Mexico combine to produce a unique ecosystem that supports a undisturbed habitat that earned it the distinction in 1985 as Florida’s only wild and scenic river.

 

The amazing and talented Gulf Coast Banjo Society is back!

See them perform every Thursday from 11:00 am  –  1:30 pm

http://www.snookhaven.com/home.html

https://www.scgov.net/parks/Pages/SnookHavenPark.aspx

 

 

SOLOMON’S CASTLE

4533 Solomon Road
Ona, FL

Solomon’s Castle the home of internationally known artist and sculptor Howard Solomon. You will see over three hundred pieces of art by Howard, who creates masterpieces from discarded materials.
Bring your humor for the guided tour and your appetite for the Boat in the Moat restaurant, also built by Howard. All of the meals are homemade. You can dine inside on the Spanish Galleon, or, on the outside patio, under our the Florida live oak trees.
Closed Mondays AND the months of July, August & September.
SolomonsCastle.org

6908 245th Street East, Myakka City

Paradise Ranch is a unique attraction in a natural Florida setting and home to the famous Welde family bears. Established in 1926 to promote awareness for habitat preservation and conservation for all bear species, and it all began with Johnny Johnsen Welde in Trondheim, Norway. Welde had a fascination with bears and a dream as big as the Norwegian sky. His love for these animals became a reality when he ran away and joined the circus and made his American debut with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus for the 1947 and 1948 seasons.

With his wife, Tove and daughter, Conny, they settled in Tampa, Florida. They left the circus and went into Hollywood where they made movies for Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios. Their bears also appeared in television shows such as the Lucille Ball Show, Beverly Hillbillies, and Lassie just to name a few.


http://bearadiseranch.com/homepage

 

 

CLIMB… SWING… SOAR!TreeUmph!

Action-Packed Adventure in the Trees!

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Designed for Adventure

No treetop excursion would be complete without a lush, sprawling backdrop. Located in the beautiful tropical canopy of East Bradenton, Florida, TreeUmph! Adventure Course was carefully constructed with a strong commitment to preserving the environment and as little impact as possible on the pristine landscape.

Our courses were designed to minimize root damage, and sensitive habitats such as wetlands have been left in their natural condition. The result is an authentic, breathtaking adventure destination set on 14+ acres – more than 10 football fields in size!

http://treeumph.com/

SARASOTA AREA AUTO RACING

 

http://www.bradentonmotorsports.com/

 

congratulations to our 2015 Champions

http://www.desotospeedway.net/

 

 

Most professional race car drivers started out in some form of karting, and for some people (especially younger people) it becomes the natural first step in the pursuit of a professional career. But karting is also a great place for the rest of us who will never go pro, as it offers high-performance vehicles and close competition at relatively low costs.

http://andersenracepark.com/Home.aspx

 

 

NIGHT LIFE!

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Best Bars With Live Music in Sarasota, FL

https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Bars+With+Live+Music&find_loc=Sarasota%2C+FL

 

 

 

SHOPPING MALLS

 

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This world-class fashion and dining destination features Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s and more than 125 stores and restaurants. 

http://www.mallatutc.com/shopping

 

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International Plaza and Bay Street, an enclosed, two-story regional shopping center with an adjacent outdoor lifestyle center, is located on the southeast edge of the Tampa International Airport. It features 200 specialty stores and 16 restaurants, plus Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Renaissance Tampa Hotel

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http://www.shopinternationalplaza.com/shopping

 

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Westfield Sarasota Square is a shopping mall with a total of 850,000 sq.ft. of retail stores. Its has four anchor stores  Costco, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears.

https://www.westfield.com/sarasota

 

Lido Key / St. Armands

Lido’s beaches are one of Sarasota’s most interesting and varied waterfront locations, and St. Armands Circle is a hub of elegant shopping and dining.

 

 

www.starmandscircleassoc.com/

 

 

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Shopping Downtown Sarasota Florida

Got the bug to go shopping in Sarasota, Florida? There are dozens of shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in downtown Sarasota. From the Bayfront Park dining at the marina to the east end of Main Street near the movie theaters, Sarasota’s downtown has a lot to offer.

http://www.sarasotadowntown.com/index.html

 

FT MEYERS ADVENTURTES

 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates boasts over 20 acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Edison Ford Museum which contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibit galleries. The Edison Ford offers a variety of tours, insuring that there is something for everyone.

http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/

 

Key West Express LogoKey West Express Catamaran

As our flagship vessel, the Key West Express is ready to take you to and from Key West in style. You’ll be cruising through the Gulf waters at more than 30 knots and enjoying every minute of the trip. After all, we make getting to Key West half the fun!

The Big Cat Express has all the same amenities as her sister ship the Key West Express. This vessel is often used for our Marco Island to Key West leg and during the off-season in Ft. Myers Beach.

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https://www.keywestexpress.net/key-west-express-ferries

 

 

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So Much To Do @The Shell Factory

What makes us really different? Well that would be the eclectic nature of our free exhibits and interesting displays. The largest collection in North American of taxidermy animals, on free public display is located at the Shell Factory. The estimated value is over six million dollars. An amazing sea shell replica of All Saints Church is the signature piece of our Shell Museum.

When we say “family friendly” we mean it, including the four-legged members of the family. Our entire retail store (68,000 square feet) is dog friendly. We have two outdoor eateries; Dogbones Café and the Swamp that serve dog treats and have water bowls available. This past fall we completed “Doggy Heaven” our new canine sports park

Our Fun Park is designed for the young and young at heart. Get wet and wild on the bumper boats, pitch a few water balloons at water wars and see if you are ready for the “masters” with a round of miniature golf.

The Nature Park with its botanical trails has expanded yearly and now has thousands of plants and close to four hundred animals, reptiles, birds and fish.

https://www.shellfactory.com/

 

 

2805 Colonial Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33966

ALL ABOARD THE MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN FOR UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE.

ENJOY LIVE MURDER MYSTERY SHOW WHILE OUR CHEF PREPARES YOUR FIVE COURSE DINNER DURING THE 3 ½ HOUR TRAIN RIDE FROM FORT MYERS, FL ACROSS THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER.

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TOP 10 FLORIDA THEME PARKS

These amusement parks are designed for kids big and small – and have plenty to offer adults too. For everything from roller coasters to educational opportunities to nighttime parades, check out these top 10 Florida theme parks.

  1. MAGIC KINGDOM

    Orlando is the center of theme parks in Florida. Of all the parks, no trip to Orlando would be complete without a visit to the Magic Kingdom. The center of Disney World, with Main Street USA and Cinderella’s Castle, is here at the Magic Kingdom. Here there are rides for kids of all ages as well as shopping, dining, and nighttime parades.

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    2. EPCOT

    After the Magic Kingdom, the best known theme park in Disney World is Epcot. This is the place to bring curious kids who want to learn about the planets, the stars, and the intricate workings of the human body. An annual food and wine festival is another big draw to Epcot.

    3. ANIMAL KINGDOM

    When it comes to the top 10 Florida theme parks, Animal Kingdom must be on this list. You may have had the chance to go to a zoo before, but Animal Kingdom brings the concept of a zoo to new heights. Sure you can go on the safari, but here there are also rides based around different animals, even dinosaurs.

    4. UNIVERSAL’S ISLAND OF ADVENTURE

    If your kids have the need for speed, you will definitely want to check out Universal’s Island of Adventure. Here roller coasters and thrill rides will combine the magic of the movies with plenty of spins, twists, and turns. You’ll also find the Wizarding World of Harry Potter here — something the whole family is sure to enjoy.

    5. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

    Movie fans won’t want to miss out on a trip to Universal Studios Orlando. This theme park offers rides based on popular movies, as well as the opportunity to learn about how films are made.

    6. SEAWORLD ORLANDO

    One theme park families will love is SeaWorld in Orlando. Here your kids will have the chance to encounter fascinating animals such as Orca whales, dolphins, seals, and sea otters. Be sure to plan your day around the performances so you don’t miss out on seeing the incredible tricks of resident sea creatures.

    7. BUSCH GARDENS, TAMPA BAY

    Orlando isn’t the only place where you will find theme parks in Florida. In Tampa Bay the Busch Gardens theme park offers a great place to cool off during a warm summer day with its water rides. Roller coasters and thrill rides are also on offer at this family theme park.

    8. DISCOVERY COVE

    Another great theme park for water-based adventure is Discovery Cove. Here kids will enjoy the thrill of being able to swim with dolphins. Other fun attractions here include a lazy river, a freshwater pool, and an underwater walking tour called “SeaVenture.”

    9. BLIZZARD BEACH

    Depending on the time of year your family visits Orlando, you might be looking for a way to cool off. Disney’s Blizzard Beach offers a lazy river, plenty of water slides, and chairs for lounging. Families with big kids will find lots of thrills, while those with little kids will enjoy places to splash around for toddlers.

    10. TYPHOON LAGOON

    Another great water park in Orlando is Typhoon Lagoon. A long list of activities here includes water slides, rafting, a surf pool, and even the option to snorkel in the shark reef.

     

 

  • THINGS TO IDENTIFY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

 

 Most Popular Palm Trees

 

Areca Palm Tree

Known because of its edible tasty fruits that are packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential omegas. These fruits are used in energy drinks, weight loss products,lowering cholesterol products.

 

Bismarck Palm Tree

One of the most desired fan palms in Florida.  The Bismarck Palm is native to the island of Madagascar which is off the east coast of Africa. It was a relatively recent introduction to Florida landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottle Palm Tree

The Bottle Palm Tree is native to the Mascarene Islands, which are in the Indian Ocean just East of Madagascar.a single, trunk, about 2ft in diameter with ring scars and green crown shaft at the top. The gray, self-cleaning trunk is bottle shaped, hence the name Bottle Palm.

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Carpentaria Palm Tree

Native to the rain forest areas of Australia’s Northern Territory.  It has a smooth single trunk ringed with old leaf scars that are far apart because of the rapid growth. The Carpentaria Palm has a lot of similarity with the Christmas Palm.

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Chinese Fan Palm Tree

It is native to China and southern Japan.Trunk is topped with an evergreen dense crown of fan shaped, leaves that droop downward creating fountain-like effect. Large, partially segmented leaves can grow up to 5ft long and 5ft wide, and range from bluish green to glossy olive green in color.

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Coconut Palm Tree

is one of the most popular palms in the world because of its fruits “coconuts”.  Coconut oil is used for cooking and in a wide range of beauty products. The Coconut Palms may live as long as 100 years, producing fruits till 80 years of age.

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Cabbage Palm Tree

The Cabbage Palm Tree is native to North America.It is also known as Sabal Palm.The Cabbage Palm has a single, gray, unbranched trunk covered with old leaf bases, also known as boots. Leaf bases create a criss-cross pattern. It gets smoother as the palm matures.

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Queen Palm Tree

It is native to the South American woodlands of Brazil and Argentina. Smooth single trunk ringed with leaf scars and topped with dark green feathery fronds. Pinnate leaves grow upward more so than outward.

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Royal Palm Tree

A native to Cuba.It has a single smooth gray trunk. Dark green arching fronds emerge from a bright green crownshaft. Feather-like, fronds grow up to 6-10ft long.

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Saw Palmetto Palm Tree

It is native to Florida and grows all over southeastern United States.It can spread up to 20ft or more in diameter. It grows as a shrub with stems occurring below the ground or runs along the ground, creating a dense ground cover.

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Sago Palm

Cycads are known to be among the oldest plants on earth, unchanged for millions of years, originating in East Africa. The Sago Palm has feather-like, leaves that are 4-5ft long and 10 inches wide.

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Windmill Palm Tree

It is native to central and eastern China. The trunk is covered with a loose mat of coarse gray or brown fiber and is a bit narrower at the base.The Windmill Palm has  sword-like leaves that are 4 ft in diameter. They range from dark green to yellow-green in color that seem almost silvery on the underside. Leaves grow upward more so than outward. The petiole is about 1 ½ feet long and armed with sharp thorns.

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Mexican Fan Palm Tree

It is native to desert regions of Mexico. Trunk is straight, a little swollen at the base, has no crownshaft, topped with a crown of 20-25 large fronds.

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Pygmy Date Palm

Because of its slow growth and small size it is great in containers. reaches 8 to 10 feet high. This is a very wispy palm with soft leaves. Its origin is in Asia, specifically in Southern China. Laos and Vietnam.  Perhaps its exact origin is in Laos.

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Seashell Identification

 

For the serious beachcomber, the most important thing about shelling is to know theTides as the best shells are found just before low tide.

Another opportune time is after a storm – advancing cold fronts tend to push water away from the beach and tropical storms can churn up the tides bringing shells ashore.

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Local Shell Identification

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Common Jingle Shell Lightning Whelk Apple Murex Incongruous Ark Florida Fighting Conch

 

Ponderous Ark Yellow Prickly Cockle Even Prickly Cockle Florida Worm West Indian Worm

 

Common Atlantic Slipper Chestnut Turban Atlantic Giant Cockle Cross-Barred Venus Sozon’s Cone

 

Sunray Venus Atlantic Bubble Purplish Tagelus Calico Clam Zigzag Scallop

 

Atlantic Calico Scallop Turkey Wing Baby Ear Lettered Olive Variable Dwarf Olive

 

Frons Oyster Morton’s Egg Cockle Common Eastern Nassa Gaudy Natica Alphabet Cone

 

Shark Eye Moon Atlantic Kittenpaws Leafy Jewelbox Florida Spiny Jewelbox Common Nutmeg

 

Banded Tulip True Tulip American Star Longspine Star Jasper Cone

 

Florida Cone Humphrey’s Wentletrap Coquina Crown Conch Angelwing

 

Junonia Lions Paw Common Atlantic Marginella Florida Horse conch

 

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK FOR:

Sharks teeth

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Sand Dollars

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The Legend of the Sand Dollar

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To preserve the sand dollars that you bring home, rinse them several times in fresh water, then soak them for 15 minutes in a water/bleach solution. When the sand dollars are dry, carefully paint them with a mixture that is half water and half white glue. The glue solution will make them less likely to break.They will bleach out by themselves with some time..

WHERE DO I FIND SAND DOLLARS?

  • During Low Tide, wade in the ankle to knee-deep water along the sand bar that you’ll notice running parallel with the beach.
  • Watch where you walk. They crush easily under your foot.
  • They won’t all be sitting totally exposed so, keep your eye out for just the very top of the crowned portion barely sticking above the sand. Gently put a finger under the edge and lift.
  • Do NOT carry them in a plastic bag. By the time you get back to the car, you’ll have a bag full of rubble. Gently stack them in the palm of your hand until you need to start lining them on edge along your arm. Best to put them flat somewhere in the car until you get home, too.
  • If a sand dollar is dark in color and has fuzz on it, it’s alive. Don’t take it. It’s against the law.

BEST SHELLING IN FLORIDA

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Florida Birds commonly seen at our Beach’s

  • Laughing Gull

Graceful and acrobatic, gulls are hardly cautious around humans. They will not hesitate to swoop down and take a potato chip right out of your hand.

Laughing gulls, so named because their call sounds like a laugh, are easily identified by their black head and red bill.

 

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  • Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.

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  • Sandpipers

Most eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or sand. Different lengths of legs and bills enable multiple species to feed in the same habitat without direct competition for food.

 

  • Ospreys

Fish-eating birds of prey, possessing a very large, powerful hooked beak for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, powerful talons and keen eyesight.

 

  • White Egret

The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill.

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  • Ibises 

Their bodies are elongated, the neck more so, with long legs. The bill is also long, curved downward.

 

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