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10 Best Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota

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From feeding sharks, exploring a new museum,and splashing around in the water, there are so many awesome things to do with kids in Sarasota. Beyond hitting up some of the most gorgeous beaches, the activities are endless for kids, and we’ve rounded up the absolute best of the best things to do. Whether you’re looking to watch your kiddo discover new oceanic life or play all day at the park, it’s time to spend some quality time together!

Get the whole fam excited for a day of fun with these 10 best things to do with kids in Sarasota.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Discovering fish and other marine life is a dream come true for most kids. Mote Aquarium in Sarasota provides an extraordinary experience for everyone. The aquarium is home to stingrays, exotic fish, sharks, manatees and more. 

Expand the excitement by visiting the stingray touch tank and feeding the sharks! Mote Aquarium is near St. Armand’s Circle and Lido Beach. We’d recommend parking downtown and hopping on the Trolley. Kids think it’s an awesome ride without a carseat and parents can enjoy the views too!

Sunday – Saturday | 9:30AM-5PM

📍1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

Tree Umph! Adventure Course

Zip, climb, and swing at TreeUmph! Adventure Course. Elevate your family-day adventures by challenging everyone to cool obstacles through the trees, swinging from the zip line courses and walking along suspension bridges. TreeUmph! has a large space of challenging terrain and hundreds of soaring adventures for all levels. Fly though the forest from tree to tree to channel your inner Tarzan. TreeUmph! is one of the most unique attractions for kids, and let’s be honest adults too, in Sarasota!

Monday | 9-11:30AM
Tuesday-Wednesday | Closed
Thursday-Friday | 9-11:30AM
Saturday-Sunday | 8AM-12:30PM

📍21805 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34202

Bob's Train

All aboard Bob’s Train in Sarasota! If you’re kiddos love trains, this is a must. Bob’s Train is the best kept secret that keeps a little piece of the beloved circus history alive in Sarasota. Hop on the train for breakfast or lunch and be ready to learn a lot about trains and history. 

Bob will share his incredible knowledge and stories as he cooks your food on these vintage and historic train cars. The photographs and memorabilia from the circus adds a very extraordinary experience. They are known for their burgers, and you really can’t go wrong with one!

Monday-Friday | 7-9AM, 11AM-2PM
Saturday-Sunday | Closed

📍2211 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237

Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat is a non-profit that has over 150 exotic and domestic animals in need of a safe home. This animal sanctuary is home to big cats and other wild species, some of which were rescued from the circus too. If your kids love animals, this is an amazing day trip to watch tigers play in their pools, get hands-on at the petting zoo, and experience light educational demonstrations. The staff is very friendly and full of information on all of the animals!

Monday-Thursday | Closed
Friday-Sunday | 12PM-4PM

📍7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

The Ringling

The Ringling has an amazing playground, fun mazes and a relaxing picnic area. This 66 acre estate was the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. The Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida and has a remarkable collection of artwork, statues, circus history, and so much more. The Ringling is great for the little ones of all ages with storytime, kids quests, art making, scavenger hunts and more! You can easily spend the whole day here!

Sunday – Saturday | 10AM-5PM
Thursday | 10AM-8PM

📍5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Evie's Tavern & Grill on Main Street

Evie’s on Main Street is a fun spot for the whole family, especially when there’s a big game on. This tavern offers great food, pool tables, bowling and overall a day of fun. Come for lunch and to cheer on your favorite team, and stay for a few games of bowling too. We recommend ordering the chicken wings, tacos or a burger. Everyone will have a good time here!

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-10PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-2AM

📍1560 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sun n Fun RV Resort

Sun N Fun is a waterpark that’s so hidden that most locals drive past it without realizing the potential hours of aquatic fun it can provide! They have a kiddie pool for the little ones, water slides for the adventurous and bigger ones, and shaded seats for the grownups. Sun N Fun is a gem that all locals and tourists need to check out now for a splashing day in the sun!

Sunday – Saturday | 9AM-6PM 

📍7125 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240

Payne Park

A day at the park is always a great idea to spend quality time with the whole family. Luckily, Payne Park in Sarasota is a perfect spot with endless activities to choose from. Home to the Payne Park Tennis Center, Skate Park, Circus Park, Cafe, Auditorium, Amphitheater and more, you’ll never get bored! The hot spots here are the small splash area, rock climbing, music makers and soooo much more! The playground is really cool as its circus inspired.

Sunday – Saturday | 5AM-11PM

📍2010 Adams Ln, Sarasota, FL 34237

Florida Studio Theatre Kids Komedy Club

Does your kiddo love cracking jokes? If so, the Florida Studio Theatre Kids Komedy Club is calling their name. Sign them up for a class or come see the students who write, rehearse and perform sketch comedy and improvisation games for the audience. Plus, it’s free, you just need to make a reservation in advanced. Get the giggles out and watch the talented kids perform after a few practices!

📍1241 North Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236

Selby Botanical Gardens

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers 15-acres of beautiful gardens in Sarasota showcasing thousands of tropical plants, a conservatory and garden museum. Your kids will be happy to also feed the vibrant koi fish for just $1. We’d also recommend popping into the Kids’ Corner for a unique scavenger hunt! The views are brilliant and the staff is beyond friendly. You can easily spend a good amount of time here with the whole family.

Sunday – Saturday | 10AM-5PM

📍1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

10 Best Things To Do With Kids in Sarasota

Your kiddos will never get bored in Sarasota. With this guide of the best things to do with kids, you can plan your next family outing in a heartbeat! 

We would love to see your family photos at these places! Tag us at @stufftodointampabay on Facebook or  Instagram!

Haley Haman

Haley Haman

Haley is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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