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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show

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Address: 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: (941) 388-1666
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Old fashioned free family fun!

We paired the Ski-A-Rees with a visit to Mote Aquarium. The show was fantastic. Our family thoroughly enjoyed it. We packed a picnic lunch, found a shady tree, and ate while... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

We paired the Ski-A-Rees with a visit to Mote Aquarium. The show was fantastic. Our family thoroughly enjoyed it. We packed a picnic lunch, found a shady tree, and ate while watching the fun. It is definitely on our list of things to do again.

Thank Cafly73
Acworth, Georgia
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Great Ski Show. We lived in Sarasota and never went to see the ski show. It was great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Thank Ted S
Sarasota, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a FREE attraction and one of the top ski shows in the United States. A great time for all ages. There are rest rooms and a snack shop. These folks build pyramids, jump over a ski jump with acrobatic style. Highly recommended. Show changes regularly.

2 Thank Andrea M
Colchester, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Found this next door when we visited the MOTE aquarium. This is a free event, run by an enthusiastic and skilled team of water skiers of all ages. There are staged seats available and a small shop selling drinks etc. The compare and backing music add to the spectacle of ski jumps, acrobatics and gymnastics on water. Donations are encouraged,... More 

3 Thank Andy E
Sarasota, Florida
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The whole family will love this show...within a 1/2 mile of the Longboat Key Club Resort. This a local club with children and young adults performing heart stopping acts on water skis.

2 Thank charlotte04050
Jefferson County, CO
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260 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Saw this attraction and since the price was right and within walking distance of St. Armand's, we checked it out. This is an organization of water skiing enthusiasts that could be likened to "Cypress Gardens Lite". Free admission to some basic bleachers but the cast was egnergetic and enjoyed performing. This is a good way to spend a lazy afternoon... More 

1 Thank ObscureDave
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Note: this show closes for the season after the performance on May 10th. An enjoyable time. The kids (mostly kids) are talented. As others have mentioned, it is free. They solicit donations to cover expenses. I wish I had taken a couple of beach blankets to provide cover because their is no shade. Definitely recommended.

1 Thank DenverLisa
cedar mi
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We really enjoyed this ski show, we've seem tomy Barrett's in the Wisconsin dells & the old cypress gardens one but this is every bit as good! Free show, free parking and the "performers" are really good!! Costumes, music, well organized, just fun! They pass the hat to help with cost of gas and equipment so be prepared to donate,... More 

Thank maryloud
Binghamton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We stumbled upon this when reading through some visitor guides and so glad we did. We took chairs, our lunch/cooler and enjoyed a 75 minute show of jumps, barefoot skiers, pyramids, and ballet. There were even costume changes. There was a MC/music to add to the grandeur. This is free but donations are solicited. There is a concession stand and... More 

1 Thank LaylaAnn65
Buffalo, New York
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is old school Florida - a water skiing show. It was truly fun to watch theses kids do their performance. There were water skis, wake boards, and bare foot skiers. They even do jumps and pyramids. Bring a chair or get there early for limited bleacher seats. It was a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Bring your... More 

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