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Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

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Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

Hi,

A family of 5 coming to Sarasota in June. The last two summer vacations we've spent in West Palm Beach, so we've covered a lot of the east coast, and now it's time to explore the Gulf Coast. We've done daytrips to Sanibel and Siesta Key from WPB and of course plan to go to both places again. SK more as it will be our "home beach" this time, our house is 15 minutes drive away.

Can you recommend cool places to visit? No Disney. Already planned to take couple trips to Ocala and swim in the 4 springs there. Also will be checking out AMI, Clearwater Beach. We have 2 teenagers and one 7 year old with us.

Personally I want to see the Manatees and also a good mexican restaurant recommendations in Sarasota/Bradenton-area is welcomed :)

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Tyler, Texas
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1. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

This is a little far away.. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks..take the dive boat trip. Great restaurants, good Greek, lots of shops.

Venice pier.rent scoops to search fo sharks teeth in sand. Venice jetty too. Saw manatees last trip

Kayaking. Lido Key, Myakka Park

Rainy day... Red Barn Market in Bradenton...huge

Boca Grande..cute town, great beach, museum.

Do not miss Coquina Beach with cafe at bottom of Anna Maria island

Drive to top of Anna Maria and eat at Rod and Reel

Edited: 10 May 2018, 21:03
Tyler, Texas
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2. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

Eat at Starfish in Cortez just over bridge from Bradenton Beach.

Tyler, Texas
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3. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

Ybor City in Tampa. Eat at Columbia, huge fabulous building , great food. Ikea nearby ☺

Tyler, Texas
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4. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

In Sarasota. eat at Yoders, buy prepared meals at Yoder deli (3rd building) beside market. Shop at Detweilers. good veggies, great made to order sandwiches. Buy natural peanut butter...so good

Tyler, Texas
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5. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

We always stop at Tervis Tumbler headquarters and check out the sale room! North Venice right on 41.

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6. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

Go to Mote and take one of their nature boat trips.

Better sharks teeth hunting on Manasota Key I find,

sarasota, FL
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7. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

How long will you be staying in Sarasota?

You don't want to spend your time doing alot of driving.

There is plenty to do in this area.

What are your interests?

Selby Gardens www.selby.org

Ringling Museum www.ringling.org

Mote Aquarium w/boat trip www.mote.org

Historic Spanish Point www.historispanishpoint.org

Myakka State Park

fishing www.flyingfishfleet.com

Kayaking www.kayakfl.com

Tree Umph (great for teenagers) in Bradenton

Mexican: The Grasshopper, Two Senoritas, The Plaza, El Toro Bravo and others.

Go have lunch at the Linger Lodge

Star Fish Company in Cortez

www.visitsarasota.com

Ocala is a long drive.

~SRQgirl

Tyler, Texas
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8. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

If you go to Mote Aquarium, and you should, eat at New Pass Grill. A baitshop, pier with gas with food. Fun to eat outside. No frills.Great for kids...of all ages. We have seen dolphins cruise by

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9. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

Thanks a lot for all these, we'll be checking them out! Also we plan to get Tampa City Pass. This seems worth the price.

Distance calculator had a 2 hour drive to Ocala from Sarasota, that's quite a bit less than what it took to drive to the Keys from WPB. No Keys this time as it's a 6 hour drive :)

I've tried to find a Puerto Rican restaurant that serve tripletas in Sarasota/Bradenton-area with no luck. Are there any? The fish restaurants mentioned here look amazing, can't wait to sink my teeth into their Mahi Mahi.

The plan is to stay in the Sarasota area for the most time and then do daytrips to Ocala, Sanibel, Crystal River etc anything worth the visit within 2-4 hours drive.

Appreciate all the feedback, do keep adding to this :)

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10. Re: Recommendations for a 4 week holiday

SRQgirl, we're coming for a 4 week vacation.

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