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Wander Siesta Key: Activities Guide

Wander Siesta Key: Activities Guide

 Natalie profile picture NatalieMay 27, 2024

Sarasota Escapes: Unveiling Hidden Treasures Beyond the Sand

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Photo courtesy of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art


Discover the allure of Sarasota's renowned beaches, celebrated for their pristine sands and unique treasures like shark teeth and shells. While Siesta Key and Lido Key beaches are must-visits, explore beyond the shore with our curated list of alternative attractions. Dive into museum wonders, wander through enchanting botanical gardens, or embark on a fascinating marine life adventure—ensuring a memorable escape beyond the beach.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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Photo courtesy of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Distance from Wander: 7.7 miles 

Location: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

Hours: 9:30AM-5PM daily 

Phone: (941) 388-4441

Website: https://mote.org/ 

Dive into an immersive marine experience at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, a renowned research facility and educational hub dedicated to ocean conservation. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing diverse marine life, from playful otters and graceful sea turtles to mesmerizing jellyfish and colorful coral reefs. Engage in interactive learning opportunities, where you can discover the importance of protecting our oceans and marine ecosystems. With its commitment to marine science and stewardship, Mote Marine Aquarium offers an enriching and unforgettable journey beneath the sea.

Tip: Be sure to check out Sarasota Bay Explorers Eco-Tours (https://sarasotabayexplorers.com/), located inside Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, offering immersive excursions that showcase the diverse ecosystems and wildlife of Sarasota Bay. Join knowledgeable guides aboard eco-friendly vessels as you cruise through mangrove islands, bird rookeries, and seagrass beds.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Distance from Wander: 7.6 miles

Location: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Hours: 10AM-5PM daily 

Phone: (941) 359-5700

Website: https://www.ringling.org/visit/venues/circus-museum/ 

Immerse yourself in art, culture, and history at The Ringling Museum, home to an impressive collection of European paintings, Asian art, and circus memorabilia. Explore the magnificent Ca' d'Zan mansion, stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens, and marvel at the intricate architecture of the historic Ringling estate. With engaging exhibitions, captivating performances, and stunning waterfront views, The Ringling offers an enriching experience for visitors of all ages.


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 

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Distance from Wander: 7.7 miles 

Location: 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Hours:  10AM-5PM daily 

Phone: (941) 366-5731

Website: https://selby.org/ 

Discover a serene oasis nestled amidst the heart of Sarasota at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Wander through lush tropical gardens adorned with a stunning array of orchids, bromeliads, and exotic plants. Unwind as you meander along scenic pathways, breathe in the fragrant floral scents, and admire the intricate beauty of nature's masterpieces. With its tranquil ambiance and captivating landscapes, the gardens offer a rejuvenating escape into the wonders of the natural world.

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