65 Things To Do in Sarasota with Kids [2023]

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This is a list of fun things to do in Sarasota with kids.

Explore new places.

Let the kids run off some energy.

And make some memories.

Indoor Activities at Defy Bradenton

Let’s dive right in.

Here are best kid-friendly activities and fun places to go with kids:

  1. Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  2. Bearadise Ranch Bear Preserve
  3. Children’s Garden
  4. The Cookie Cottage
  5. Acro Fit
  6. Defy
  7. Myakka Elephant Ranch
  8. Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  9. Arts A Blaze Studio
  10. TreeUmph! Adventure Course
  11. Big Cat Habitat
  12. Jumpin Fun Inflata Park
  13. Bounce Down Under
  14. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  15. The Artful Giraffe
  16. The Fish Hole at Lakewood Ranch
  17. Beaucoop Farm
  18. Smugglers Cove Sarasota
  19. Collect Shark Teeth
  20. Riverwalk Splash Park
  21. Livingston’s Amusements
  22. PopStroke
  23. Bowlero Bradenton
  24. Painting with a Twist
  25. AMF Gulf Gate Lanes
  26. Albritton Fruit Farms
  27. Hunsader Farms
  28. Mote Marine Aquarium
  29. Fun Life Trampoline Boat
  30. The Nest at Robinson Preserve
  31. Robinson Preserve
  32. The John Ringling Museum
  33. Ellenton Ice Skating Rink
  34. Astro Skate of Bradenton
  35. Circus Sarasota
  36. Sarasota BMX Track
  37. Payne Skate Park
  38. The Sandbar Restaurant
  39. Suncoast Science Center
  40. Crowley Museum & Nature Center
  41. Sarasota Pier
  42. Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy
  43. Sun n Fun
  44. Indoor Playground at UTC
  45. Lido Key Tiki Bar
  46. Dakin Dairy Farm
  47. Mixon Fruit Farms
  48. Mysterium Escape Rooms & VR
  49. Florida Studio Theatre
  50. Sarasota Art Museum
  51. Best Playgrounds
  52. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  53. Evie’s Family Golf Center
  54. Siesta Key Drum Circle
  55. Sarasota Farmers Market
  56. Cat Depot
  57. Myakka River State Park
  58. Oscar Scherer State Park
  59. Faulhaber Fab Lab
  60. Historic Spanish Point
  61. Legacy Trail
  62. Celery Fields
  63. The Fish Hole Miniature Golf
  64. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe
  65. Smugglers Cove Bradenton

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

6180 Edgelake Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240

Sky Zone is the perfect place to go when the weather is rainy or too hot. They’ve got trampolines, rock climbing walls, foam pits, and zip lines. It’s also a great place to bring toddlers who need to burn off some energy. It’s ideal for a morning or afternoon activity.

Bearadise Ranch Bear Preserve

6908 245th St E, Myakka City, FL

Bearadise Ranch is a natural habitat preserve for the Welde bears family. It’s a great place to go see bears and learn about conservation. If you want to see bears roam around and swim, reservations are required.

Reservations: (941) 322-2462

Children’s Garden

1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL

Childrens Garden Sarasota Florida

Children’s Garden is a whimsical wonderland of repurposed wonders. Discover sensory gardens, hills made of rubber tires, mud pie kitchens, dress-up rooms, magical maze and a woodland stage.

They even have a bamboo forest with a water sprinkler for those hot summer afternoons. Every Wednesday they offer a craft (included with admission) from 11-11:30am.

335 Gillespie Ave, Sarasota, FL

The Cookie Cottage is a fun spot to decorate your own set of sugar cookies. Choose from different assorted themes like jungle or beach. Drop-ins are welcome but they encourage you to call ahead to ensure they have space. 6 cookies are provided in each kit along with 4 small bags of icing.

Acro Fit

4015 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Acro Fit

Acrofit is a full service gymnasium that offers gymnastic classes for kids of all ages. They have open play sessions for kids under 5 every Saturday 11:15am-12pm for $10.

Kids can bounce, jump, and swing around the gym’s trampolines, high bars, and foam pits. During the last 15 minutes, children gather to parachute, dance, and run through bubbles.

Defy Bradenton

7385 52nd Pl E, Bradenton, FL 34203

Indoor Activities at Defy Bradenton

Defy is a trampoline park perfect for kids of all ages. Older children will love the battle beams, ninja course, wall trampoline, zip lines, and tower-high rug slide.

Between the blaring music, snack bar, and countless activities, kids will be delightfully exhausted after a visit. It’s also a great place for younger kids to hop around and play freely.

Myakka Elephant Ranch

4450 Verna Bethany Rd, Myakka City, FL

Myakka Elephant Ranch is a non-profit conservatory for elephants. It’s a family owned ranch that lets elephants roam free in a natural habitat.

You can learn, touch, scrub, bathe or even feed an elephant breakfast. 72 hour reservations are required. Here are the prices and encounters.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Sarasota Jungle Gardens experience is filled with exotic animals and nature trails. Hand feed flamingos, hold birds and reptiles, feed alligators, stop by the petting zoo, and enjoy their large playground. They offer shows and animal encounters with sea turtles for a small fee.

Arts A Blaze Studio

8111 Lakewood Main St #107, Bradenton, FL

Arts A Blaze offers walk-in ceramic pottery painting for kids and adults alike. Get creative with a piece of your choice and an assorted color palette. They’ve got lots of different brushes and fun tools to help you make your creation unique and special. Leave your piece for a few days and come back once they’ve baked it in their kiln.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

21805 State Road 70 E, Bradenton, FL

TreeUmph! is a 14 acre outdoor zip lining adventure park. There are 6 courses for adults and kids ages 9 and up. There is also an additional course for 5-8 year olds that’s 15 feet high. Adults can climb with their 5-8 year old kids on the “Children’s Ape Up” course.

Big Cat Habitat

7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

Big Cat Habitat is a non-profit animal sanctuary for lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, alligators, goats and many big cats. There’s a little petting zoo for kids and lots of other things to see. You can even feed bears, tigers, koi fish, goats and more at this wildlife refuge.

Jumpin Fun Inflata Park

7321 Trade Ct, Sarasota, FL

Jumpin Fun is a 15,000 square foot inflatable adventure park. There’s a 250 foot zip line, bounce houses, inflatable mazes, climbing walls, ball pits and more inflatable fun. This is one of the most fun things to do in Sarasota with kids.

Bounce Down Under

935 N Beneva Rd., Ste 802, Sarasota, FL

Bounce Down Under is an 11,000 square foot inflatable park. They specialize in bounce houses, inflatable slides and tunnels, inflatable dodgeball and more. It’s one of the best things to in Sarasota with toddlers.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with Kids

Marie Selby Gardens has multiple treehouses with suspending rope bridges, rope swings, tire swings, outdoor musical equipment for kids, rustic walkways through a Children’s rainforest garden and more.

You’ll see banyan trees, mangroves, waterfalls, succulent gardens, bromeliad gardens, tidal lagoon, beautiful trees and flowers throughout the park. Then, there are the unbelievable views of Sarasota bay.

The Artful Giraffe

1861 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236

The artful giraffe offers pottery wheel throwing, pottery hand building, painting classes, drawing classes, resin art classes and more! They offer group and private classes that are 1-4 hours long.

The Fish Hole at Lakewood Ranch

10725 Rodeo Drive, Bradenton, FL

The Fish Hole is a super kid-friendly mini golf course. It’s wilderness themed with waterfalls, nature and koi fish. If the kids get impatient, they can even feed koi fish for about a $1.

Beaucoop Farm

8000 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240

Beaucoop Farm is a small organic farm that’s all about conservation and self sufficient living. They have a petting zoo, but it does require an appointment. You’ll see mini donkeys, ponies, rabbits, goats, pigs, turtles, ducks, red turkeys and lots of chickens!

Smugglers Cove Sarasota

3815 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Smugglers Cove Sarasota is a family friendly adventure mini golf course. There’s lots of things to see and experience while mini golfing. Caves, a pirate ship, live alligators, hills, obstacles and adventurous paths. You can even feed alligators for $4 from a fishing pole.

Shark Teeth from Blind Pass Beach

Collect Shark Teeth

One of the best things to do in Sarasota with kids is collect shark teeth! Sarasota County has the best beaches to find shark teeth in Florida. We recommend Caspersen Beach, Venice Beach and Nokomis Beach if you’re going with kids.

Riverwalk Splash Park

452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

The Riverwalk splash pad and park is a unique find for younger kids. Children can enjoy hours of fun on a hot day splish-splashing through the fountains. Just a few steps away is a large neighboring playground with lots of room to play and explore.

Livingston’s Amusements

5947 Clark Center Ave, Sarasota, FL

Livingston’s is a 50,000 square foot indoor theme park. There are go-karts, arcade games, billiards, bumpers cars and a bar for adults.


195 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL

Popstroke Mini Golf Sarasota

PopStroke has two 18 hole mini golf courses for kids and adults. Designed by Tiger Woods! There’s also ping pong, cornhole and an awesome full gated and shaded playground.

It’s very social, trendy and fun for the entire family. It was one of the most anticipated fun things to open in Southwest Florida in 2022.

Bowlero Bradenton

4208 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL

Bowlero Bradenton is a super clean bowling alley. It’s renovated, welcoming and fun. They offer cosmic bowling, lightweight bowling balls and optional bumpers. It’s one of the best indoor kid activities.

Painting with a Twist

5543 Palmer Crossing Cir, Sarasota, FL

Painting with a Twist offers kids canvas painting classes and many kids events where you can even drop off your kids. They offer Llama painting classes, paint your pet classes and choose your own painting classes.

AMF Gulf Gate Lanes

7221 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

AMF Gulf Gate Lanes is another bowling alley close to downtown Sarasota. It’s something to do with the kids without much notice. They have lightweight balls and optional bumpers.

Albritton Fruit Farms

9600 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241

Albritton Fruit Picking With Kids

Albritton Fruit Farms is one of the best u-pick farms in Sarasota, Florida that’s excellent for kids. They have endless aisles of blueberry picking. 60,000 blueberry plants with 4 different varieties of blueberries.

Hunsader Farms

5500 Co Rd 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

Hunsader Farms is a u-pick farm where you can pick strawberries, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, okra, black eyes peas, zipper peas and more. Check their website for what fruits are in season in Florida.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers a fun glimpse into Florida’s Gulf Coast unique marine life. Immerse yourself in neon tanks full of marine life animals and exotic fish.

They offer a peak into Florida’s Bay habitats, a shark feeding experience, close-ups with otters, and much more. Located minutes from Lido beach.

Fun Life Trampoline Boat

N Shore Rd, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Fun Life Entertainment is an anchored floating water park with trampolines and a water slide. Find them at Beer Can Island on Longboat Key on Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5:30pm. You can also rent it privately for the entire family.

The Nest at Robinson Preserve

840 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

The Nest is a free outdoor canopy playground made of ropes and slides. It’s surrounded by beautiful forestry, lakes, and plants. Kids can enjoy climbing up rope courses and coming down large winding slides. It’s fun for kids of all ages.

Robinson Preserve

1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

Robinson Preserve is a 682 acre nature preserve with 7.5 miles of hiking trails and a 5 story observation tower. If you love hiking with your kids, you’ll absolutely love this place. Kids will love the scenery and the occasional wildlife.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

The Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida with kids

The Ringling Museum of Art has botanical gardens, beautiful property grounds, a cool playground and an art museum. To learn more about the circus history, you can visit the Ca’ d’Zan. You’ll see the mansion of the circus museum owner (additional fee).

The playground has a large wooden tower with multiple climbing levels leading up to a gigantic slide. Across the playground sit 3 large basket swings. The Circus museum’s free days are every Monday. You can easily spend a few hours here.

Ellenton Ice Skating Rink

5309 29th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222

Ellenton Ice Skating Rink is a 115,000 square foot complex with two ice skating rinks, roller blading hockey rink, gym, fitness studio, dance studio and more! Check this out if you’re looking for more indoor kid activities on a rainy day.

Astro Skate of Bradenton

3611 3rd St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Astro Skate Bradenton

Astro Skate is an 80’s intergalactic roller skating rink for some non-stop fun. Kids of all ages can enjoy roller skating and arcade games. The music is loud, the pizza is cheesy, and the disco lights are aglow. For younger kids, they offer tiny tot skating from 10am-12pm, which isn’t as loud.

Circus Sarasota

5851 Nathan Benderson Cir, Sarasota, FL

The Circus Sarasota is only open June-August and is one of the best things to do with kids in Sarasota. You’ll see acrobats, jugglers, ring gymnasts, magicians, fire breathing acts and more!

Sarasota BMX Track

1590 N Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237

Sarasota BMX Track offers drop in classes on Saturdays. You can rent a BMX bike, helmet and take some classes on an open track.

Payne Park Skate Park

2110 Adams Ln, Sarasota, FL 34237

Payne Skate Park is one of the most popular skateboarding parks in Sarasota. It’s usually fairly busy with kids of all ages. There’s also an awesome playground, free frisbee golf course and a family friendly cafe.

The Sandbar Restaurant

100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216

The Sandbar Restaurant

The Sandbar is one of the best Anna Maria Island restaurants on the water. It’s family friendly, right on the beach and has great food. Your kids can play in the sand and even swim while you wait for your table.

After you order food, your kids can continue playing in the sand 10-20 feet in front of you. The restaurant is far enough where you can have a mojito and not worry about them going in the water.

Suncoast Science Center

4452 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Suncoast Science Center has STEAM classes, science events and long term programs. STEAM classes are Saturdays 9am-12pm. Kids can learn coding, battlebots, engineering, chemistry, vinyl cutting, laser cutting and more.

Crowley Museum & Nature Center

16405 Myakka Rd, Sarasota, FL

Crowley Museum & Nature Center is a 191 acre farmstead with hiking trails, deep history, wildlife viewing and lots of family fun.

Sarasota Pier

420 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Pier or “Tony Saprito Pier” is one of the largest fishing piers in Sarasota county. You’ll find a 550 foot fishing pier, bait shop, a playground, live music on weekends, beer, wine and even fishing pole rentals.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy is a colorful art gallery. Kids will love the 1,200 pound pink flamingo’s, metal sculptures, seashell art, pink flying pigs, seahorses, giraffes, metal wire horses, metal wire moose, blue wired rhino, a silver space ship, a silver submarine and more!

Sun n Fun

7125 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240

Sun n Fun is a small waterpark with slides and a splash pad. They offer day passes for non-guests.

Indoor Playground at UTC

200 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Indoor Playground at UTC

The UTC indoor playground is a great place to go with smaller children. It’s small and contained but gives younger children plenty of room to run and climb. The sea-life themed play space is an easy way to let kids play and get that afternoon energy out.

Lido Key Tiki Bar

1234 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL

Lido Key Tiki Bar is the best beachfront restaurant in Sarasota. Parents can order a few margaritas, turn their chair around and watch their kids build sand castles. It’s a tiki bar that’s right on Lido key beach.

Dakin Dairy Farm

30771 Betts Rd, Myakka City, FL 34251

At Dakin Dairy Farm, you can learn about milking cows, feed some baby cows and goats and try some dairy. You can try chocolate milk, ice cream, butter and even take home some cheese curds. It’s one of the most unique things to do in Sarasota with kids!

Mixon Fruit Farms

2525 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208

Mixon Fruit Farms has many kid-friendly activities. You can take a tram through an orchard, try fresh squeezed orange juice, cool off with some orange ice cream and feed koi fish. You can also see parrots, alligators, turtles and lots of other animals on the tram.

Mysterium Escape Rooms & VR

1900 Main St #104, Sarasota, FL 34236

Mysterium Escape Rooms offers the best things to do in Sarasota with kids who are a bit older. They’ll have to solve fun puzzles to “escape” the room they’re trapped in. They also have free retro arcade games.

Florida Studio Theatre

1241 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL

The Florida Studio Theatre offers kid-friendly productions for all ages. Their children’s theatre is the perfect place for families to come together and share quality time. Productions vary so make sure to give them a call or check their website for their current showtimes.

Sarasota Art Museum

1001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Art Museum is a 15,000 square foot art gallery. It’s a great place for older kids to get exposed to modern contemporary art. Inspire kids with colorful artwork.

Ashton Kids Playground

Best Playgrounds in Sarasota

  1. Payne Park
  2. Urfer Family Park
  3. Nathan Benderson Playground
  4. Ashton Trailhead Playground
  5. Sarasota Springs Trailhead
  6. Potter Park
  7. Pioneer Park Playground

Read our article on the best Sarasota playgrounds. Compare how they’re different and view pictures before going.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Van Wezel is an 80,000 square foot theatre that always has something going on. You can get tickets to Aladdin, Disney Princess Concert, Cats, Blue Man Group, Mean Girls and more.

Evie’s Family Golf Center

4735 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL

Evie’s Family Golf Center is an 18 hole family friendly mini golf course. It’s well maintained and they even have a giant covered sandbox for little kids to play in.

Siesta Key Drum Circle

948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242

Since 1996, Siesta Key Drum Circle has been one of the best attractions for the entire family. Kids can drum along, dance, hula hoop and listen to the beat. If you’re staying near Siesta Key beach and are looking for free things to do on your beach vacation, this is a must.

Sarasota Farmers Market

Sarasota Farmers Market on Saturdays

Sarasota Farmer’s Market offers families a fun place to discover new tastes, smells, and listen to live music. Vendors offer everything from fresh vegetables to boutique coffee and fresh homemade guacamole.

Looking for more ideas of places to go in downtown Sarasota?

Cat Depot

2542 17th St, Sarasota, FL 34234

Cat Depot is a cat animal shelter that runs events for kids like “reading to Rescues”. Kids can pet the cats and even read to them. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up taking a cat home?

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. It’s about 25 minutes from downtown Sarasota. There’s hiking, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife tours and bicycling.

See dozens of alligators from a safe distance. Walk on the 100 foot hammock canopy walkway that hangs 25 feet from the ground. Hop aboard their boat tours. Or hike the most popular kid-friendly hiking trail, the William S Boylston Nature Trail.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park is a 1,400 acre state park about 25-30 minutes from downtown Sarasota. There are 15 miles of nature trails, canoeing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, camping and wildlife viewing. The most kid-friendly nature trail for hiking is the Oscar Scherer Yellow Trail.

Faulhaber Fab Lab

Faulhaber Fab Lab is also known as Suncoast Science Center. Drop in one of their classes to make remote control cars, robots, design a rocket to launch, laser etch a pumpkin, learn to code and more.

Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is a 30 acre hidden oasis with rich history. Kids will love the butterfly garden and other fun things. Throughout the year, they run fun events like fairy gardens, pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts and more.

Legacy Trail

Legacy Trail is an 18.5 mile nature trail that runs from Sarasota to Venice. If you have young kids, we recommend starting at Ashton Trailhead Playground and walking from there. You can walk it and bike it.

Celery Fields

6799 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

Celery Fields is the closest you’ll get to hiking a mountain in Sarasota. Since Florida is flat and lacks hills or mountains of any kind, Celery Fields is the biggest hill in the area. Your kids will love running up and down this 80 foot hill.

The Fish Hole Miniature Golf

115 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL

Fish Hole Miniature Golf is right on Anna Maria Island. It’s super kid-friendly and fun! You can even feed koi fish while mini golfing!. If you’ve never been, this is how all the Sarasota mini golf courses are different.

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe

4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe With Kids

Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe is one of the best places to have breakfast on the beach near Sarasota! Your kid can play on the sand while you wait for your food to come.

We recommend all-you-can-eat pancakes, french toast, sweet potato fries and eggs Benedict. Here’s a list of all the Sarasota beachfront restaurants.

Smugglers Cove Bradenton

2000 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL

Smugglers Cove Adventure Mini Golf has another location in Bradenton. The scenery is fun, filled with caves, live alligators, waterfalls, a pirate ship and more. It’s great for older kids!

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