Were all faced with dreaded questions or statement: What are we doing today? Can we go somewhere new? Or the all too familiar, Im bored! Summer is an enjoyable time for kids, but can be somewhat stressful for parents. This summer, escape to Southwest Florida
and allow us to guide you through some of our favorite kid-friendly activities along the Gulf coast.
Its safe to assume you know about our gorgeous beaches that dot the coast, but do you know about our family-friendly (and not to mention free) splash parks? Sarasotas Bayfront Park
is located at One Marina Plaza
and offers fountains to splash in and a huge playground zone. Pack and lunch and laze away the afternoons, all while watching boats come into port. Bradenton
boasts the newly revamped 1.5 mile Riverwalk, located at 452 3rd Avenue West
, along the Manatee River
. The large park area features a huge playground area, Splash Park
, plenty of benches and lush green grass. For those with a sense of adventure, ride on down to the skatepark and watch your child perfect his/her ollie.
Rainy days generate a whole new predicament when trying to entertain your kids. We recommend heading over to Mote Marine Aquarium
, located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota
. Here kids can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable working labs and interactive exhibits. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Engage your child in the world of science at G. Wiz Science Museum
located at 1001 Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota
. G. Wiz makes science relevant, technology understandable and learning an interactive experience for your child.
All children have heaps of vigor. In order to tire out those energy-filled kiddos we recommend the following activities: kayaking adventures, Stand Up Paddleboarding, fishing or tennis.
To learn more about the fun activities that dot the Gulf coast of Florida
visit our activities page
. We hope you have a summer filled with creating awesome memories that last a lifetime.