Best of Sarasota, Florida With Kids – Favorite Playground, Best Breweries, Adventure Course, A Day at Sarasota Yacht Club, Big Cat Habitat, Mini Donuts, Siesta Key and More!

After sharing our favorites of our recent visit to Disney Springs and all about our day at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure I have to go back to the beginning of our trip. Before all our fun in the Orlando/Disney area, we spent a week in Sarasota with a good friend and her kiddo.

We’ve come to Sarasota together a few times over the years for little getaways here and there. It’s always such a treat and such a great place to go. Since it’s always so fast paced and so much is going on with the kids, I feel like I’ve never really been able to blog about our favorite places to go while we are there, and it’s such a great place to be with kids! So here is my round up from our latest trip of the best places we got to go!

First up – a little tip for the airplane ride, especially if you’ve got kids. Book the direct flight #becausekids – and Second of all, since we were going away for almost 2 weeks, I had the boys be in charge of packing their backpacks full of their entertainment while we were away. These rolling backpacks {similar} are so great for travel to give the kiddos some independence of their stuff. Highly recommend.

Now back to Sarasota!

Favorite Playground: Payne Park

So Sarasota is apparently the birthplace of the circus – because the Ringling Brothers had their headquarters here back in the day. So there are tons of circus themed places around the city. This park is one of them – but its massive, seriously huge, contained {#momwin} and a great spot for the kids to play. We’ve come here every visit – its fabulous.

Best Pub with Waterside Dining: Woody’s River Roo

We sort of stumbled upon this place by accident on our way from the airport to Sarasota, but it was a great place to stop for lunch with fun views and live music depending on when you visit.

Favorite Brewery: Calusa Brewing

We were able to hit up a bunch of different breweries during our time in Sarasota. I love trying local brews and they ALWAYS have different fun spot for the kids to enjoy while parents relax. Calusa brewing was my favorite spot + vibe.

Honorable Mention Breweries: Big Top Brewing + JDUBS

Both of these places had AMAZING outdoor kid fun for the littles. Brooks actually requested to go back to JDUBS a few times on the trip because he loved the outdoor spot. Good beer here too for sure!

Best Outdoor Activity: Tree Umph! Adventure Course

Brooks is becoming quite a little ropes course lover, so I try to find new ones whenever we travel. I love encouraging him to push himself, try new things and {literally} go out on a limb. It always impresses me how quickly and easily he takes to this, so I want to continue it when I can.

This course was BEAUTIFUL. A perfect spot in the forest, very natural and challenging. Brooks had a fabulous time. I can’t wait until Graham is tall enough to join him on these adventures!

Best Getaway: Sarasota Yacht Club

I’m not sure how much I need to explain about this. Pretty sure the picture is worth a million words of relaxing, unwinding, vacation vibes. We were lucky enough to be able to spend some time here and had the entire pool to ourselves, which was incredible.

Seriously, this day was BEYOND.

If you can get yourself here, GET YOURSELF HERE.

And get the fish tacos, they were insane.

Best SPLASH: Sarasota RV Resort

One day we are at a Yacht club, the next we are at a RV park – it’s all about balance people! There was a local even that invited us to check out the RV Resort and we had been driving by the pool all week – looked awesome and they boys were pumped to check it out. Great water slides, great splash pad, food and drinks for kids and adults – basically an incredible place to spend a day!

Best {Mini} Donuts: Meaney’s Mini Donuts

Donuts on a stick, with rainbow sprinkles?!

I’m in.

Best Animal Encounter: Big Cat Habitat

I could do an entire blog post on this place, it was SO GOOD. They rescue and rehabilitate exotic animals in need of a home. They work to educate the public about animal care and conservation – and they do a fantastic job. I was blown away by everything here and really suggest anyone in the area to go.

We saw lions, tiger, bears and LIGERS {oh my} – Graham touched an alligator {NOPE, not me}, we pet baby goats {and they literally ate my shorts} – saw a reptile show & wild animal encounter and had a ton of fun. It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Best Food Truck: Mobstah Lobstah

I had the crab cake sliders and the tater tots  w/ chipotle chili aioli and OMGGGGG. It was incredible.

Best Day Trip: Siesta Key

It’s got a reputation as one of America’s Best Beaches and it’s not lying! This place is BEAUTIFUL – and not far from Sarasota. It was so easy to drive over here to spend a day at the beach. I mean this sugar-fine, quartz-white sand and beyond gorgeous water is insane. I want to come back here and spend a week!

So that is a quick round up of some of the fun we had while in Sarasota. There is so much to do and it really is a great area to come and vacation with kids. We had another incredible visit and hope we can come back again one day soon!

Now I’d love to know – Have you been to Sarasota? I’d love to hear your favorite places to go! Please share!

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  • Reply PATTY September 20, 2019 at 10:42 am

    What a great recap – love seeing all the fun things and places you visit. The boys are so very lucky to have you for their mama – never boring!

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