Things to Do in Siesta Key, Florida

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Siesta Key may not be the right place for a siesta as there is so much to do — Good Life Community’s top 5 things to do while in Siesta Key

Sunset1) Sunset Sail with Key Sailing

Feel like a millionaire that sails the seas on this first class yacht. U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain Tim Soloman and his wife First Mate Jan know these waters like the back of their hand with well over 30 years of experience. You are not just sailing with anyone but a couple of Sarasota’s local celebrities as Jan is the daughter of the late symphony violinist Jean Hamel and Sheriff/Police/Fire/Vets Chaplain J.D. Hamel – namesake of the Bayfront Veteran’s Park, across the street from Marina Jacks where the Key Breeze is docked. The key to the city of Sarasota is onboard in his memory hence the name Key Sailing. They are so accommodating that they will even let you bring your own CD to listen to, provide you with photos, serve soft drinks and feed you chocolate! The 41’ Morgan Classic will comfortably hold 12 but the Soloman’s usually keep their guests to 6. Tim is also an ordained minister and there have been many weddings on board. Trips start at $45 per person for a 2 hour cruise. This is Good Life Community Magazine’s top pick for things to do and the best was to view the spectacular and romantic Gulf sunsets.

Key Breeze Sailing at Marina Jack, 941-346-sail (7245) keysailing@comcast.net

Jet Ski at Siesta Key2) Siesta Key Jet-Ski

You will be able to get a close up look at the Manatee and see some amazing multimillion dollar homes that line the waterways.

You can get up to three people on one of their new Yamaha VX 110 waverunners.
1-4 hour rentals available. Rate per hour $85. 1536 Stickney Pt. Rd.

941-346-3000 www.siestakeyjetski.com

 

3) Best Sandwich at Crescent Beach Grocery

If you are looking for a gourmet sandwich to take to the beach or on your sailing trip look no further. You will find fresh items and locally baked goods. With 22 years of experience Chef Dave Weber takes great care in preparing only the very best ingredients, even using fresh ground pepper, Certified Angus beef that is naturally raised and locally made salsa. Owner Nacey Connelly said that her father started the store in 1958 . You must try their Rosemary Sourdough bread, it’s delicious! Located next to Siesta Key Jet-Ski at Old Stickney Point Road.

941-312-0472 www.crescentbeachgrocery.com

 

4) Parasailing with Siesta Key Water Sports

Get a bird’s eye view of the coastline as you are taken out on a specially designed boat just for parasailing. Take off and landing are easy and comfortable as it is like being in an armchair with the best view. Look down at the water and spot dolphins and …sharks! You get a lot for your money as there is a 30 minute boat trip out. Up to 3 people at one time can ride and go up 1000 feet! Located at 1536 Stickney Pt. Rd

941-921-3030 from $75 to $85.

 

5) See a Shark & touch a Sea Star at Mote Aquarium

This is just a few minutes from Siesta Key and a great way to spend some time out of the sun. Get a close look at sharks, dolphins and get your hands in the water at Contact Cove where you can touch an urchin, horseshoe crab or play with the friendly fish. Animals are beautifully displayed in natural settings. Mote is known for its research and care of marine life. Several rescued dolphins now call Mote home.

941-388-4441 www.mote.org
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