if you rent our unit on longboat key, you also get to use the fitness center 24 hours per day. make sure to take one of the two green membership cards for accessing it off-hours. the membership also allows you to play tennis while here :-)
When on the main island - we love to hit Philippi's Creek Restaurant & Oyster Bar of 41. My kids love eating Alligators & I love the pot of clams. So simple and so yummy. https://www.facebook.com/phillippicreek &
We just came back from a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando (www.universalorlando.com). We bought the 2 day tix & express pass, which allowed us to enter both Universal & Islands of Adventure Park. The express pass allowed us to take more rides as waiting in regular line wld take sometimes up to 110 min. That wld have not been fun during summer time in Florida. WAY TOO HOT. So - although pricey - we do recommend that option. My kids loved the Minions & old but classy E.T. ride. We did stay at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which was a good value with small kids. Their Starbucks inside was my little oasis away from the sometimes overwhelming family craze. Buses to the parks go every ten minutes. If you want to make it a day trip - plan 2 hours & 15 minutes for each way.
TripAdvisor recognizes The Ringling as one of the top 25 museums in the nation.
The Ringling takes great pride in providing one of the best museum experiences in the country, and visitors are taking notice.
The travel website TripAdvisor recently recognized The Ringling as one of the 25 top museums in the 2014 Traveler's Choice Awards. According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services there are more than 35,000 active museums in the United States, and the TripAdvisor ranking places The Ringling in the top 0.05% of museums nationally. More than 80 percent of the1873 reviews of The Ringling on TripAdvisor ranked the Museum as excellent. Operating in 45 countries, TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, which relies on more than 170 million reviews from travelers to compile its rankings. For more, visit: http://www.visitsarasotaarts.org/articles/2014-10-02/tripadvisor-recognizes-the-ringling-one-of-the-top-25-museums-the-nation?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=paid-content&utm_campaign=sarasota-arts
When you feel like eating in (www.cedarseast.net) - get some delicious pizza or pasta from CIAO! Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr # 104, Longboat Key, FL 34228, Phone:(941) 383-0010, Hours: Open today · 4:30 – 10:00 pm. My kids love the Napolitana & Bianco pizza :-)
Hot Yoga - Sarasota
For all Yogis, there is a great Hot Yoga Studio in Sarasota. I just went there for the 6th day in a row & loving how I feel when returning to theCedarseast.net townhome. Although, it is a bit of a ride - you will in a sense FLY home after each class. For location & classes offere, please visit:http://bodyheatsarasota.com/. BTW - there is also Yoga offered directly at Cedars East. I will post their schedule in the next coming days. Until then - NAMASTE.
While staying at the Cedars 619 Townhome, we like to make fun little excursions to local attractions. We never miss to go to the Jungle Gardens in Sarasota - www.sarasotajunglegardens.com. My kids love to feed the flamingos, hold the exotic birds or like this time - even get a photo taken with a snake & alligator :-) We can really recommend the place.
First came to the area in 1990. Love at first sight. Been living, visiting, enjoying it since then.