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There are plenty of things to do with kids in Sarasota. Mote Marine Laboratory, Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone, Historic Spanish Point, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Myakka River State Park, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Warm Mineral Springs, Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, are some of the most popular attractions appropriate for family enjoyment.
Myakka State Park offers families the opportunity of exploring an unusual combination of wetlands, woodlands and prairie. From their cars, on foot, or bicycle, kids will be amazed at a hand-distance sights of alligators, birds, turtles, wild boar and deer in the wild. The park provides guided boat and train tours that shows the park's varied wildlife. The Airboat Tour is highly recommended.
At Oscar Scherer State Park, families can enjoy bird-watching, biking, walking, camping or just experience another dimension of life in swamps, among palmetto brush and spectacular pine trees.
At Sarasota Jungle Gardens, the kids will find a wide variety of some of nature’s most fascinating creatures from monkeys to friendly flamingoes and less friendly alligators and crocodiles. Visitors can walk along the trails and discover those wild fauna that will keep an eye on those who walk the paths. Jungle Gardens is one of Florida’s finest snake habitats; kids can even hold an eight-foot Burmese python.
You can take the kids to the beach. Top beaches: Lido Beach, Siesta Key and Longboat Key. However, if your children have any respiratory problems, the beach may be dangerous due to the Red Tides which occur very frequently and cause toxic gasses to rise from the water that cause coughing and choking and cause the water to smell like sewage The beaches are kept open even when there are high levels of red tide in the water which can cause choking and respiratory difficulties.
Or, you can take them for a walk along the bay front area of downtown Sarasota, by Marina Jack Restaurant. There is a park that contains a great children’s playground under big shade trees and a children’s water fountain. From there, the kids can look at the boats.