7 Offbeat Attractions You Have to Visit in Sarasota FloridaSarasota Florida is a cultural center full of upscale boutiques, fine dining & million dollar homes. It is also a place that thrives on a unique vibe all its own.
You might not think of south Florida when you think of "happening" places in the United States, but there's more happening here than meets the eye.
Here are seven offbeat attractions you have to visit in Sarasota Florida if you are visiting Siesta Key!
Mote Marine Aquarium & Laboratory
Learning and sharks should be a bigger part of your Florida Vacation than you think! Mote Marine is a World-Class Aquarium and Research Center right here in Sarasota.
Visit Mote to learn about The Gulf of Mexico and see lots of marine life including sharks, manatees, otters & sea turtles!
Selby Botanical Gardens
Ok, TripAdvisor's #2 Attraction may not be so "offbeat." To be fair, many people visiting Siesta Key don't think to visit a Botanical Garden on their beach vacation.
This is an amazing one to visit for people of all ages and interests. Bring headphones to take the audio tours on your cell phone (families or adults) or take the guided tours starting at 10:30 AM. See lots of beautiful plants and flowers along Sarasota Bay!
Siesta Key Rum
Troy makes the best rums in the world. All the rum magazines have given him every award they have. Need any more reason to go? They have free samplings, but you will be leaving with a bottle. Guaranteed.
Siesta Beach Access #5
This is where I chose to be married so yes it is the best part of Siesta Beach. It's over a mile away from the Sunset Deck and public facilities, but it's right on the edge of Siesta Key Village so you are still close to facilities and food. It tends to be less crowded and has the best spot for sunset photos with water on both sides of your view west over The Gulf of Mexico.
They hand craft cold-pressed juice daily at CROP by using the highest quality organic vegetables. CROP also packages the juice in glass to ensure the freshness. Stop by for coldpressed raw organic produce & smoothies! They have now begun to deliver locally as well!
JDubs features award winning beer, tasty food trucks and a laid back atmosphere. You can play games in the backyard and admire local Star Wars art in the taproom. Come try some amazing local Florida beer!
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Some of the best food on Siesta Key and a fun atmosphere await you at SKOB. There's something for everyone and the drinks are reasonably priced.
There is usually live music and it is always busy. The locals know you can just walk to the bars to get a drink even if you're waiting for a table. Don't tell anyone we told you that...
Come stay right in the heart of Siesta Key Village with us at Minorga on the Key Village Condos!
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