Top 10 Siesta Key Off the Beach Activities for Kids

While kids of all ages find plenty of ways to stay entertained at the beach, there are plenty of Siesta Key off the beach activities to diversify the fun! Break up the days by mixing things up fun kid’s attractions and activities that will create memories that will last a lifetime! Our area has everything from sports to nature to museums, aquariums and even a working citrus farm for endless family enjoyment. Check this pivotal list for exciting options for the kids, which the adults will likely find very pleasing!

Kid’s Komedy Club at Florida Studio Theatre
Come out for a great time of laughter and hi-jinx and see the Kids Komedy Club at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. This troupe of young comedic actors aged 9 to 17 do sketch comedy, improv games, and parodies of the modern Facebook, tweeting, and iPhone generation. The kids will love and relate too well!

Baltimore Orioles Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium
Home of the Baltimore Orioles spring training camp, Ed Smith Stadium is quick ride into Sarasota from Siesta Key. Come out and see the greatest game in the historic, yet newly renovated stadium. Kids will love all the baseball and hot dogs! Don’t forget your glove and sharpies for autographs!

Smugglers Cove Adventure Mini Golf
Here’s your chance to golf with the gators as you navigate through 18 holes of fun at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf that includes caves, waterfalls and live gators! Not just one alligator, but 20 or 30 depending on the location. Not only will you have a chance to golf with the gators, you will actually have a chance to feed them as well.  Located just outside Siesta Key in Sarasota on N. Tamiami Trail.

Take a Ride Down History Lane at the Florida Railroad Museum
Here is a museum that you actually get to ride the exhibits! Sound like fun? I think kids of all ages and parents, and grandparents will agree, after all who doesn’t like train rides? The Florida Railroad Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday but actual diesel train excursions occur on the weekends typically departing at 11 AM and 2PM. It will take a little time to get there from Siesta Key (appx 45 minutes, head east off Siesta Key and take I-75 North to exit 229 in Parrish.) but is well worth the trip!

IMAX 3D Theatre
Immerse yourself into an IMAX 3D Experience in Sarasota located at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall. Kids will love the special effects and amazing sound that bring movies to life!

Shark Encounter at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
For the bigger kids (13 and older accompanied by a paying adult if under 18) the Shark Encounter at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a behind the scenes look at the 135,000 gallon shark habitat where you help biologists feed that sharks! Educational and fun at the same time. For kids 10 and over check out the Morning Rounds Experience.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
One of the oldest attractions in Florida established in 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens offers home to more than 150 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, parrots, flamingos and macaws, primates, snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, and crocodiles. The kids will be amazed by the reptile show.

Bishop Planetarium at South Florida Museum
Kids will be enthralled at Bishop Planetarium in nearby Bradenton for its amazing Starshows in stadium style seating. There are a number of different shows, after you see one you will want to come back for more! View the Stelliferous Star Blog and see the show schedule online.

Sarasota Children’s Garden
This whimsical and enchanting off the beaten path attraction for children is the perfect place for kids to explore, imagine and have fun! The Amazing Maze, Rain Forest, Moon Garden, 3 Little Pigs, Butterfly Garden are just some of the many areas for kids to explore at Sarasota Children’s Garden. Tip: Check the calendar for upcoming events.

Tour the Grove at Mixon Fruit Farms
A visit to Mixon Fruit Farms, a working citrus farm, is a fun off the beach activity for the whole family located close to Siesta Key in nearby Bradenton where you can take a tram (Mixon’s Orange Blossom Express) and discover life in the grove while experiencing Florida’s historic citrus industry. The tram stops at Wildlife Inc. Rescue, the Farm’s wildlife refuge of rescued birds, animals and reptiles. Treat yourself for lunch at the Groveside Cafe and enjoy fresh Florida squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice and more!