9 Life Changing Sarasota Tours
Our dog friendly furnished vacation rental condos are just steps away from all the action of Siesta Key Village, which is where you will likely end your evenings. You're only a few blocks walk away from the beach if you do decide to go back for a night cap!
While you are here in paradise, you might as well experience all that we have to offer here in the Sarasota area. Originally, we were going to do 3 tours in this blog, because "life changing" is setting big expectations. We plan on delivering! We couldn't just stop at 3 tours that can be life changing, though. Here are 9 legitimately life changing tours to take here in the Sarasota area! Call in advance and sign up for a tour that will likely include Troy, the owner and maker of these delicious rums. Sample the rums to "pre-game" for the tour. Many Rum magazines, and yes these exist, have named the Rums made here the best in the world time and time again.
How is this life changing? You will have a new appreciation for Rum, learn how it is made and very likely have a new favorite Rum as well!
Price: Free tour & Rum sampling
Spanish Point Tour
Historic Spanish Point has walking tours a couple of times per day. These volunteer run tours tend to last around 2 hours and will show you the history of the area. You will bounce between ancient Indian burial grounds and "middens" and early settlements on the property from the 1800s and early 1900s.
How is this life changing? This unique tour covers such unique and localized information that would be very hard to find elsewhere. You will learn so many new things and realize how simply the people who lived on the Gulf Coast had it thousands of years ago. This tour will give you a new perspective on your life and how things have changed yet stayed the same over the years!
Price: Park Admission ($12/person for Adults, Seniors 65+ $10/Person, Children 5-12 years old $10/person and Children under 5 years old are Free, Free tour
Have you ever entered another world while kayaking tunnels running through islands of Mangroves trees before? When is the last time you paddled in calm, shallow waters that are frequented by jumping mullet, dolphins & manatees? This is your chance!
Let Kayaking SRQ take you to another world right here in Sarasota! The kayak tour takes you from Ted Sperling Park on Lido Key through the Mangrove Tunnels and around Sarasota Bay. Dolphins and manatees are frequently seen, but they can't promise a sighting. Go twice to make sure! They also rent kayaks without the tour if you want to explore more after the tour!
How is this life changing? This is as close as you will probably ever get to a manatee or dolphin. If you don't see one of them, you will still get to paddle the other worldly Mangrove Tunnels, which are nearly 100% mosquito free as well!
Price: $50/Person tour
Key Life Charters Dolphin Tour
Want to see dolphins and Sarasota Bay but prefer a motor to do the work for you? Captain Mike has you covered! Roam the open water, visit sand bars and keys and let Key Life Charters show you all the coolest spots around Sarasota Bay!
How is this life changing? Once you realize that you could be spending your days watching dolphins on a boat in Sarasota Bay every day, doing anything else just won't do.
Price: The 2-hour sunset or dolphin/sightseeing charter is $250. The half day, 4-hour charters are $375. Many options include snorkeling, dolphin watching, sandbar/shelling stops and tiki bar crawls. The full 6-hour day is $550.
JDub's makes some of the best craft beers in Florida. They now do tours of their brewery! Make sure you try the award-winning Poolside Kolsch, Passion Wheat, Up Top IPA, Blueberry or Orange IPA (whatever is in season) and anything else they have brewed up!
Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday at 1 PM & 6 PM. No open toe shoes are allowed on the tour and parties of 10 or more need to reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.
How is this life changing? One sip of the USA Gold Medal winning Poolside Kolsch will have you longing for another one until you do!
Price: $5/Person (Includes a 12 oz. Flagship Beer)
Ready to relax on a pontoon and jump in for some stand up paddle boarding? You need to get your day with Kokomo Charters scheduled now! They will take you anywhere around the area including sand bars, restaurants & open water to SUP! They also have a drone to take some photos of your tour from above!
How is this life changing? Spending a day on Sarasota Bay will change you forever. It is a paradise like nowhere else and will make you want to extend your vacation indefinitely!
Price: $400 for 2 Hour Tour, $800 for 4 Hour Tour (Up to 6 Guests Allowed)
G Force Fishing Charter
Fishing isn't nearly as fun as catching. Let an expert do the work for you! They have the boat, the bait, fishing licenses and all the equipment ready for you! Go offshore for some real big fish or stay inshore to catch some snook & trout. Plan on grilling your seafood dinner that day after your charter because you will be bringing home some fresh seafood!
How is this life changing? Once you experience some quality saltwater fishing and get to eat the fresh results, other seafood won't taste as good again!
Price: $100/Person, 4 Person Minimum
Siesta Key Seaplane
How dangerous is this tour? They have had a couple interesting landings that have landed them in the local news but never anyone in the hospital...yet. Thrill seekers will love this tour that takes you over Siesta Beach and Siesta Key for stunning views.
How is this life changing? You may make some promises you should keep when up in the air on this one! You'll be one of the few people who have been able to have the gorgeous rare view from above Siesta Key!
Myakka Airboat Tour
We wrote about Myakka Park in this blog. The less dangerous tour here is on the world's largest airboat. Enjoy some gator stew on shore before observing them from the safety of a large airboat. You will see plenty of alligators in their wild habitat here whether you decide to go on the airboat tour or not. It might be best to make it a game time call once you get there!
How is this life changing? You will realize that there are still plenty of places where nature is in charge, and not humans. Myakka Park is one of those places. Also, you might see a skunk ape as this is a "bigfoot/skunk ape hotspot."
Price: $15/Person for Adults & $7.50/Person for Children, Children 5 Years or Under Free on Adult Lap
Now that you know about these life changing tours around Sarasota, it's time to schedule yours!
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