The warmth and sun of Florida is an attraction any time of year. Kick off the summer the right way with a trip to enjoy Memorial Day in Sarasota and the surrounding area you won’t soon forget. Pack your bags and prepare for fun in the sun, water, and even on land as you check out many of the exciting activities the area has to offer.

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Not only are the beaches of Sarasota a draw, but the barrier islands of the area also have beaches to discover as well. No matter where your home base is this Memorial Day, you and your group are just moments away from the sand and vibrant waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spread out your blanket and plant your beach umbrella and prepare for a day of lounging on the sand with the sea breeze on your skin or taking a dip in the Gulf.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and even more await. The property and its many nooks and crannies preserve the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. John is one of five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus. Wander the property and visit places like the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays.

Paradise Boat Tours

A great way to get to know the area you’ve decided to call home for the Memorial Day holiday is to get out and explore. While exploring on land is easy, you’ll want to get familiar with the waters of the area too. Based in Bradenton Beach, Paradise Boat Tours offers fully narrated, 90-minute tours of the intercoastal waterways. Keep your camera ready and your eyes peeled for sea life including dolphins, manatees, rays, and more! Plan a private tour and pack a picnic, including your favorite alcoholic beverages.

Bradenton Beach Parasailing

Have some fun that starts with island breezes this Memorial Day. Sail high over the water on a parasailing adventure with Bradenton Beach Parasailing. You’ll take off from the beautiful waters off of Anna Maria Island to fly high above the waters of the Gulf and keep a lookout below for dolphins, turtles, manatees, stingrays, and other sea life. You can take off and land without getting wet or cool off from the beat of the sun with a little dip in the water before flying back up once more to come down for a safe landing on the boat deck of the specially-designed and USGS approved parasailing boat.

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Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Florida is one of the best places to find a variety of nature’s best. From inland lakes and the picturesque shores of the Gulf coast to wildlife that live on land and wildlife that inhabits the sea, there’s a lot to see and learn about the state’s unique ecosystem. For some indoor fun away from the heat and sun, head to the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, formerly the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Prepare for fun and learning this Memorial Day in Sarasota with a number of permanent and rotating exhibits, so no two visits will ever be alike! Don’t miss the manatee habitat where you’ll meet the manatees and learn about manatee rehabilitation or visit the planetarium for an awesome show.

Tours of Sarasota

Sarasota is full of history and sites unique to anywhere else on earth. There are a variety of sightseeing and other tours that let you see the area and learn more than what’s written on a plaque outside a building. This Memorial Day, take a sightseeing tour by bus, hop on a Segway, or take another themed tour like Circus Secrets of Sarasota. Add some ambiance with a sunset city tour or opt for a private tour for you and your group.

Memorial Day Memories in Sarasota

When you book your fun-filled Memorial Day getaway to Sarasota and the surrounding area, you won’t be short on activities to fill every minute of every day. With so many activities to choose from, you’ll find something to do to keep the entire group entertained and happy. Choose a one-bedroom for your small family or a getaway with your sweetheart, all the way up to six bedrooms for a Memorial Day reunion! When you’re not out sampling the delicious local cuisines, prepare a mouth-watering home-cooked meal in your rental’s fully equipped kitchen. Relax after a long day or take your morning coffee out to a private deck or balcony. Recharge with a nap or a good night’s sleep in a private bedroom or spread out in the spacious living area to read a book or watch a movie. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, double ovens, flat screen TVs, and more.

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