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Sarasota’s growing population of full-time families makes it a great city to visit with the kids. A science museum, a bona fide zoo, and an aquarium are just some of the on-land family attractions the kids will love when they’re not at the beach or on the water.

Sarasota Family Attractions


Kids won’t even know they’re learning when they explore the interactive exhibits and special displays providing hands-on education at G.Wiz. With nearly 100 diversions, the museum will easily keep your young ones busy most of the day.

1001 Blvd. of the Arts, FL, 941-309-4949,
Tags: family | great value | things to do | family attraction | educational

John and Mable Ringling Circus Museums

The kids probably won’t appreciate the art museum or the grandness of the Ringlings’ winter home, but they will love the circus and clown museums that document a century of the “Greatest Show on Earth.”

5401 Bay Shore Rd., FL, 941-359-5700,
Tags: family | things to do | history | family attraction | museum

Mote Aquarium

Want to know what lurks in the water? This marine biology lab introduces visitors to the creatures that inhabit Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico: dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and even sharks. Splurge on the combination ticket for entry into the aquarium and an eco-tour of Sarasota Bay, which includes a touch tank the kids will love.

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., FL, 941-388-4441,
Tags: family | great value | things to do | family attraction | wildlife

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

This 70-year-old zoo gives visitors the chance to eye gators and crocs up-close and even feed flamingos. There are daily reptile and bird shows and a kiddy play area with a tree house.

3701 Bay Shore Rd., FL, 941-355-5305,
Tags: family | great value | things to do | family attraction | wildlife

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