Keep the Family Entertained by Visiting these Family-Friendly Attractions Near Siesta Key

Thinking of planning your next vacation to Siesta Key? Worried about what your kids will be doing on vacation? Fear not! With everything from aquariums and jungle gardens to amusement centers and more, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions in Siesta Key. We will outline the top four amusements for families when visiting Siesta Key, all located near our most popular Siesta Key beach rentals!


Mote Marine Aquarium

The Mote Marine Aquarium is an excellent time for the whole family. The aquarium has over 100 species of marine animals that help showcase the working laboratories of the Aquarium. People love to come to see the resident sea turtles, along with the exhibits of energetic rivers otters, along with the crocodilians such as alligators and caimans. If you have children, the Mote Marine Aquarium is the place for you and your family.

Mote Marine Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

The Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a family-owned and operated business. The garden is home to more than 200 native animals including birds of prey, a variety of parrot species, alligators, flamingos, and so many other creatures from the Florida area. There are many notable features of the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, including daily bird and reptile shows that are fun and educational for all those attending.

For the younger attendees of the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, there is an onsite playground and a feeding tank for koi fish! For countless of hours of fun for your children, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens is the way to go. 

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road.

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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is an ever-growing large-animal rescue in eastern Sarasota County. You can feel good coming to the shelter, as all proceeds go towards feeding and caring of the animals. There are three large indoor/outdoor housing with an adjoining exercise habitat for the animals. Each of the habitats includes a swimming pool, toys, and palm trees to promote emotional enrichment that maintains optimal mental health for the animals. Looking to get more involved? The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary are always looking for new volunteers to join their collective. If your kids are looking to have fun and interact with animals, then the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is the place to go. 

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is located at 7101 Palmer Boulevard in Sarasota.

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Livingston’s Amusement Center

Lastly, there is the Livingston’s Amusement Center. Livingston’s Amusement Center is Sarasota’s most inviting entertainment experience with over 50,000 square feet of fun and amusement! Looking for something that your kids will enjoy? Livingston’s has installed a bumper car attraction in its spin zone. Kids looking to race cars and not crash into each other? There are also go-karts for the kids to use to race around the track. While your kids are busy with bumper cars, you can check out all of the pool tables that Livingston’s has to offer. Tables are only $3.95 an hour, so the kids can take as long as they like with the arcade and the bumper cars. If you are looking for a great night on the town, Livingston’s Amusement Center is a wonderful option for you and the family.

Livingston’s Amusement Center is located at 5947 Clark Center Avenue in Sarasota.

With everything from aquariums to gardens, sanctuaries, and amusement centers, Sarasota and Siesta Key offer something for everyone in your family. There are so many things to do in Siesta Key, you might find you have trouble fitting it all in! Contact us today to learn more about our Siesta Key condo rentals and start booking your getaway! 


Excelsior Condominiums
6263 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key
Sarasota, Florida 34242
Phone: (941)349-2001
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