Itinerary for a Perfect Week in Sarasota

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:

DAY 1

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.

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A Perfect Day on Amelia Island

Beautiful Amelia Island is located just off the coast of Florida, about 30 miles from Jacksonville.  This barrier island has 13 miles of sandy beaches and true southern charm.  There are plenty of family activities that will keep everyone happy.  Here is one way to spend a perfect day on this unique island.

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Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium mytravelingkids.com

The Florida Aquarium is a fun way to spend a few hours while visiting Tampa, Florida.  There is so much to explore within the aquarium as well as additional tours and experiences.  Let’s take a tour of the aquarium as I tell you about our fun day.  With over 200,000 sea creatures this is only a glimpse.

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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Mote Aquarium mytravelingkids.com

As a former teacher, I love to see my girls having fun and learning at the same time.  At the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, in Sarasota, Florida, they strive to educate the public about our role in the protection of our sea.  They are also a working research laboratory that is devoted to the ocean and its future.  Let me introduce you to some of the amazing residents at the Mote Aquarium. I warn you…you may experience cuteness overload!

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