Fiesta in siesta
Sarasota is all about fun in the sun and there's no better place to kick it than at Siesta Beach. Recognized for having the "whitest and finest sand in the world" by the Great International White Sand Beach Challenge, Siesta Beach offers 40 acres of land with fitness trails, ball and soccer fields, tennis and volleyball courts, concessions, grills, and more. Its shallow waters in the near-shore areas and the year-round lifeguard protection make it one of the safest and most popular beaches in the area. On 948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key Phone: (941) 346-1797
Get up close and personal with fascinating marine life of all sizes at the Mote Aquarium. See a 135,000-gallon shark habitat, dolphins, stingrays, sea stars, sea turtles, jellyfish, manatees and a preserved 35-foot giant squid. Take it to the next sea level with high-tech exhibits like the HD Immersion Cinema and the interactive SHARKTRACKER, which allow you to experience what it's like to be a sea creature. Admission $10-$15. Open daily from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. On 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, City Island. (941) 388-4441 Phone: (800) 691-MOTE
A Hole Lotta Holes
Sarasota's only 45-hole municipal golf facility, the Bobby Jones Golf Complex was named after the legendary Robert Tyre Jones, Jr., who personally dedicated the facility in 1927. Its two regulation eighteen-hole courses and nine-hole executive course have challenged the likes of Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour and even the "Babe", George Herman Ruth. Join the millions of visitors from all over the world who come to this course to tee it up and walk the fairways steeped in golfing history. There are also three tennis courts, rental golf clubs, lockers, and a restaurant. Call for rates. On 1000 Circus Blvd. 941-365-GOLF (4653) Phone: 941-365-4653
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