Sarasota is alive with exceptional blessings from Mother Nature. From one corner of the city to the next, the beauty and wonder of all that Mother Nature has created is bountiful. From the local flora to the local fauna, there are so many ways to take full advantage of being able to see these things that amaze and to make incredible memories.
Here are some of our favorite places to visit to experience the best that Sarasota has to offer:
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: The Gardens are located in downtown Sarasota on the Bay. Their mission? "To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes." Now if that doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, we don’t know what does. From the greenhouses to the immaculately maintained grounds, Selby Gardens is an experience you don’t want to miss. Sweeping views of the bay, brilliant aromas from the many plant species, wonderment from the stunning growth of the different trees, and tranquility from the peace and serenity of the property will take you away from the hustle and bustle. Allow several hours for this afternoon of enjoyment.
Myakka River State Park: Located just 9 miles from Sarasota and is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The Florida wild and scenic Myakka flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. One of its most popular types of wildlife observation is that of the Florida alligator! Many gators can be seen sunning and swimming around while being viewed from one of the world’s largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal. They can also be seen while just paddling through the streams by canoe, for those of you who are brave enough! There is also the Canopy Walkway. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of treetops, wetlands and the prairie/hammock interface. You can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palm trees.
Manatee Viewing Center: Located about 1 hour North of Sarasota, the Manatee Viewing Center is located adjacent to the Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. Everyone loves to see these gentle giants. When the water begins to get chillier, somewhere around 68 degrees, the manatees seek refuge in warmer waters. When the Big Bend Power station takes in saltwater from Tampa Bay to cool Unit 4, it is then discharged as clean and warm water, back to the bay. Big Bend’s discharge canal is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for these unique, gentle animals.
Let our local, knowledgeable staff help you with these or any other activities during your visit to Tropical Beach Resorts in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL.Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com 941-349-3330