Meta Description: Discover the best things to do in Sarasota this spring! From camping on the beach to kayaking through mangrove tunnels, there’s something for everyone. Explore Sarasota’s picturesque landscapes and take part in outdoor festivals and blooming floral displays.
With a combination of warm days and cool nights, Spring is one of the absolute best times to journey through Sarasota. It’s the perfect time to go on an outdoor adventure and explore some area’s most picturesque landscapes, whether it is by bike, kayak, or in a tent. From outdoor festivals to blooming floral displays, here are the BEST THING TO DO SARASOTA – SPRINGTIME EDITION.
GO CAMPING – BEACHFRONT!
Springtime’s cooler weather means it’s an excellent time to enjoy an overnight camping adventure. And Sarasota offers the perfect spot! Turtle Beach Campground is Sarasota County’s premier beachfront campground on Siesta Key. From sunrise to sunset, there is nothing like camping with direct beach access to the Gulf of Mexico. This quaint and intimate campground features only 39 RV and tent sites. Additionally, the bonus is the FREE open-air trolley that will take you in town to visit all that Siesta Village has to offer including restaurants, recreational rentals, sightseeing, and more.
* Experience the unique opportunity to see loggerhead and green turtle nests on the shores of Turtle Beach. However, NEVER TOUCH THEM!
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME!
Experience the nostalgia of an old fashion ballgame game. The roar of the crowd, the delicious hotdogs, and the chance of catching a foul ball to claim it as your own. A time when players are still accessible. Without a doubt, here in Sarasota and around Florida, we have access to major league teams in action at the best Spring Training venues in the country. Get up close, and have a fantastic day out at one of the many local ballparks.
- Baltimore Orioles, Sarasota
- Atlanta Braves, North Port
- Pittsburgh Pirates, Bradenton
- Tampa Bay Rays, Port Charlotte
- New York Yankees, Tampa
- Philadelphia Phillies, Clearwater
- Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin
- Boston Red Sox, Fort Myers
- Minnesota Twins, Fort Myers
- New York Mets, Port St. Lucie
- Detroit Tigers, Lakeland
- Miami Marlins, Jupiter
- St. Louis Cardinals, Jupiter
- Washington Nats, West Palm Beach
- Houston Astros, West Palm Beach
*For more info Check out: Play Ball! The Guide to MLB Spring Training in Florida!
SPRINGTIME BLOOMS AT SELBY GARDENS
When people think of spring flowers, they tend to think of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, azaleas, or cherry blossoms. However, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, they’re all about epiphytes or plants that grow on other plants and trees. Take a relaxing stroll or spend a morning or afternoon exploring the entire campus. We recommend bringing a camera to capture the beautiful surroundings during your visit. Don’t miss this thing to do in Sarasota this Spring.
A FUN DAY OF BLUEBERRY PICKING!
Springtime in Florida brings cooler temp and balmy breezes, but it also delivers an abundance of cool-weather crops. Florida Springtime harvest is all about blueberries! Florida blueberries start ripening in March and should be available to consumers through May as long as weather conditions cooperate. Near the end of the season, local farms offer U-Pick. During u-pick season you can go right out into our field and pick your own crops. Be sure to follow your favorite farm and schedule a trip for the whole family! My favorite local farms are Hunsaders Farm & Albritton Fruit Farms.
DISCOVER LEGACY TRAIL
Take in a family ride along Sarasota’s famous, Legacy Trail! Beginning at the Historic Venice Train Depot and continuing for 10.8 miles through Sarasota. The trail will be extended all the way to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota, for a total of 18.1 miles by 2022. The trail is open from 6 a.m. to sundown year-round. You can enter the trail at seven different trailhead access points, all with free parking. Most of the trail is exposed to full sunshine, however, there are shaded rest spots and drinking fountains about every mile. And bring your furry friends, as the trail is pet-friendly!
KAYAK THROUGH A MANGROVE TUNNEL
Paddle with us through otherworldly mangrove tunnels, which are home to a plethora of birds and all sorts of marine life. Keep a lookout on the open water portion of the tour for a chance to encounter manatees or bottlenose dolphins up close!
VISIT A NATURAL SPRING
The Warm Mineral Springs is a water-filled sinkhole located in North Port, Florida, a mile north of U.S. 41. The primary water supply is a spring vent deep beneath the pool’s water surface. Warm Mineral Springs is the only warm water mineral spring in the State of Florida. Enjoy a Picnic in the Park.
Gear up the whole family for a climbing adventure through the trees.
Get in sync with nature and experience challenging terrain and hundreds of aerial adventure games. Here you can fly through a dense forest from tree to tree on crazy-fun obstacles that defy gravity. Love every single moment spent with your friends and family as you experience one of the most unique attractions in Florida.
Visit Myakka River State Park
The Myakka River State Park canopy walkway takes you on a walk in the treetops.
If you’re an adventurer you can challenge yourself and head out on 39 miles of hiking trails. Myakka River State Park has some of the best birding around. At the Birdwalk, a boardwalk extending into Upper Myakka Lake, friendly expert birders man this spot on winter mornings, locating birds in their scopes and helping visitors identify them. Stop in The Pink Gator cafe, it makes a great lunchtime stop, with sandwiches, craft beers, and free wifi.