When I think of Florida, I don’t picture Disney, I envision walking across the powder white sand collecting shells and shark teeth on the gulf coast. We spend our days doing an excursion for half of the day and enjoying the sunshine at the beach or by the pool for the other half. It really is the perfect vacation scenario and our town of choice in Florida is Sarasota.
Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
I always spend the first morning enjoying my hotel and spending time in the pool with my family. Enjoy the pool and soak up all the sunshine!
Lunch: Old Salty Dog (Great place to grab some burgers right on the water. Once we watched dolphins playing in the water throughout our meal.)
Spend the afternoon at our favorite place in Sarasota…the Mote Marine Laboratory. The best thing about this aquarium is that it is a working research facility. You’ll love meeting our two favorite manatee…Hugh and Buffett. Also, say hello to our pal Hang Tough, a blind green turtle that lives at Mote because he couldn’t survive in the wild. The aquarium is filled with fish, sharks, eels, otters, crocs, ands more. Open daily 10-5. Adults $20 Children $15.