Rent your vacation house at Peppertree Bay on Siesta Key! While you’re here, take the family to nearby attractions and kid friendly museums in Sarasota, like the interactive science museum complex, GWiz, or the “everything circus” museums at the Ringling campus. Experience live marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory, and be entertained by the bird and reptile shows at the zoological park, Sarasota Jungle gardens. Adults can have the thrilling experience of betting on live greyhound racing at the Sarasota Kennel Club, or motor up to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.
SARASOTA FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
John Ringling Museum Of Art and Circus Museum
The Ringling campus features the most complete collection of circus memorabilia in existence. The exhibit also includes the extraordinary Ca d’Zan mansion on Sarasota Bay, rose gardens, the Florida State University Asolo Theatre, vast Asian and Renaissance art collections and dynamic exhibits of the greatest old masters and contemporary artists.
Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone(G.WIZ)
G.Wiz is a world-class science and technology center for learners of all ages, housed in a 33,000 sq. ft. facility located on Sarasota’s beautiful bay front. Experience the Wave Zone, Body Zone, Explora Zone, and other kid-friendly exhibits.
Mote Marine Laboratory
Get a close up view of seahorses, sharks, dolphin, manatees, sea turtles, and over 100 species of fish! The public aquarium and Mote Marine Laboratory sees nearly 400,000 visitors a year through its seven research centers – one of few organizations in the world that combine marine research with public outreach.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Mixon Fruit Farms, Inc.
Dakin Dairy Farms, Inc.
TAMPA BAY ATTRACTIONS
Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has an African theme. The theme park is one of America’s largest zoological institutions. Experience up-close encounters with animals, take a safari across the Serengeti Plains, ride the roller coasters, take in a stage show, and enjoy colorful live entertainment all year long.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island's 30 acres of water-drenched fun include corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, a rambling river, and other family attractions. Adventure Island also features outdoor cafes, picnic and sunbathing areas, gift shops and a championship sand volleyball complex.
Just a few hours drive away, you can visit some of the attractions that made Florida the #1 vacation spot in the world!
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort is truly a world waiting for your enjoyment. The Resort includes Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Animal Kingdom® Park, Hollywood StudiosTM and two water parks- Typhon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Rosa Filrelli Winery, Inc.
Local tours, wine tastings, and full Italian meals served on the pavilion by the Conquistador grape vineyard.
Sarasota Kennel Club
In Sarasota, live greyhound racing takes place six days a week! Come and enjoy live simulcast wagering from major racetracks and horse tracks around the country.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Tampa
Exploding fountains, award-winning restaurants and bars, and a 90,000-square-foot casino await your visit. Located just minutes from nearby Tampa.