The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it an ideal destination any time of year and heading there in early summer means getting some of the best of it. As spring turns toward summer and the heat steadily rises, those looking for a break before the high point of summer vacation season sets in will enjoy an early summer getaway to the Florida Keys. Pack your bags and gather your friends and family for a fun and exciting vacation. Set your sights on the keys and the many fun and unique offerings you’ll find there will have you building a vacation that keeps everyone happy and busy during your stay and gives memories to last a lifetime.

Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Florida is brimming with some of nature’s best. From the beautiful scenery of the Gulf Coast to inland lakes, from wildlife that live on land to the wildlife that live in the waters, Florida’s incredibly unique ecosystem is as enjoyable as it is educational. For some indoor fun if the sun’s a little too intense – and a little learning – head to the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, formerly known as the South Florida Museum. There are permanent exhibits as well as a variety of rotating exhibits, so no two visits will ever be the same! Visit the manatee habitat where you can learn about manatee rehabilitation and meet the manatees or visit the newly remodeled planetarium for a show that illuminates the whole universe.

Anna Maria Island Historical Museum

Take some time to learn about where you’ve chosen to stay during your early summer getaway. The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum is packed with history and treasures from the locale’s past. Visit the old city jail, what’s now an Anna Maria tourist spot but was previously the actual city jail that was operating until the 1940s. Learn about Hollywood movies shot in the area, like Palmetto and The Perfect Storm, and even early life on the island dating back to evidence of Native American cultures as early as 700 AD.


An island vacation without a visit to its beaches, no matter the time of year, is virtually unheard of. Gather the group and the beach gear and head to the sand. Take a refreshing dip in the Gulf, sit out and soak up the sun, or enjoy take turns building sand castles and burying each other in the sand.

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Paradise Boat Tours

Paradise Boat Tours is based in Bradenton Beach and offers fully narrated, 90-minute tours of the intercoastal waterways. Bring your camera and keep your eyes open for local sea life like dolphins, manatee, rays, and more! Relax in the luxury and privacy of a private tour without guests from other parties. Enjoy the adventure and pack a picnic, as you’re welcome to bring your own food and even alcoholic beverages for lunch or dinner at sea.

Bicycle Rentals

Like on many islands, there are several places that a motor vehicle just can’t go. Ditch the rental car for a while, gather the group, and explore the many walking and bike trails that let you see the sights of the Florida Keys that aren’t accessible by car. You will find a bike to fit the needs of each group member. Rent single-seat bikes with or without gears (also known as cruisers), adult-size tricycles for added balance and basket space, a bicycle built for two, and even children’s bikes or adult bikes with baby seats. Many rental companies also provide complimentary locks and baskets with your bike rental. Ask about safety gear like lights and helmets, too, and perks like delivery to your accommodations.

Family Fun in Florida

When you book an early summer getaway with Rent The Keys, you won’t be short on fun activities in Florida Keys to fill your time. From spending the day at the sand to spending the day lounging in your vacation rental, you’ll be able to build a vacation that is uniquely yours. Relax and unwind in a private rental home after a fun-filled day. Enjoy a 1-bedroom for your small group, all the way up to a 6-bedroom unit for a reunion. Rent a single-family home for extra privacy. Make a delicious meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, many with stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the meal in the large living/dining areas in many rentals, or in a private outdoor space. At the end of the day, relax in a private bedroom, or gather together to watch a show or movie. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, or private pool; some are even screened in for added protection from the hot Florida sun. Include the whole group by inquiring about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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