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Non-fishing charters/boat tours?

by suzer

Does anyone know of any boat tours and/or charters on Anna Maria Island or Longboat key that are NOT for fishing? Would like to just take a boat ride, maybe a sunset cruise. Thanks!

Re: Non-fishing charters/boat tours?

by SWS

You might want to check out Sarasota Bay Explorers at They offer a wonderful Nature cruise narrated by a biologist. Also LeBarge Tropical Cruises offers a fun Sunset cruise
Have Fun

Re: Non-fishing charters/boat tours?

by RachelH

If you go to the "charter boat" row at the marina in Sarasota, you will find a company that offers dolphin cruises (guaranteed to see dolphins in the bay or your money is refunded) and Sunset cruises. I can't recall the exact name of the company, but I remember the price being about $20...hope this is helpful

Travel Tips for Sarasota

Ahoy, Matey!

by sarahjayn

Sarasota is an excellent place to go sailing. Besides having usually cooperative winds, Sarasota Bay is absolutely beautiful. Just don't drift off, or you just might find yourself waking up in Cuba. There are plenty of places to rent from, or you can check with New College of Florida to get in on one of their Saturday Sailing Clinics that are open to the public. Also, once a year, New College Sailing Club holds a cardboard regatta (boats made of cardboard with drunken students inside). It's a sight.

Screw The Olive Garden

by sarahjayn about Primo Ristorante

Primo's is actual Italian food. If you are into mozzarella sticks and something called a "sampler", look elsewhere.
Like everything they serve, they make their own pasta here (apparently from angel's wings or something because this stuff is good) and they have real pride in creating meals, not just serving food. The owner / head chef, Maurizio, is a very nice man who actually cares about your response when he walks by your table and asks, "So, how is everything?"
There is some stereotypical "italianess" in the decor of the resturant - early American plastic fruit and pictures of "famous" Italians, complete with chubby angel frescos randomly on the walls, candles in "antique" sconces, white linen table cloths and full settings of crystal and silverware. I think that's all just part of the scene. Your Nana will think it's "beautiful."
Despite its older-generation ambiance, Primo's isn't stuffy, though. They are actually one of the cheaper resturants on US 41 that doens't serve its food in a bag with paper napkins. They have a lunch special everyday that is incredibly cheap, too. They make crazy good gnocchi and manicotti julian here.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

by mafootje

Hidden in Sarasota are these gardens, we accidently noticed the sign and decided to follow them.

We didn't expect to much, but we were pleasantly surprised. With beautiful gardens, birds and more. Sure a nice place to spend a few hours.

These gardens are made in what once was listed as an impenetrable swamp with bananas in it. In 1930 the first plans to develope this swamp into a botanical garden where made by David Breed Lindsay.

You can find here The "Birds of Prey" exhibition which is behind the Reptiles of The World exhibit. Here you can see avian predators, Red Tail Hawk and a Great Horned Owl which have been rescued by the Jungle Garden.

The De Soto Monument

by yooperprof

Poor De Soto! All those years spent looking for gold and riches, with so little success, and so much bloodshed in his wake. Like so many of those 16th century conqueror-explorers, he wasn't a very salutary individual, to say the least.

mote marine laboratory

by doug48

the mote marine laboratory is a interesting place to visit when in the sarasota area. this research center and aquarium focuses more on education than entertainment. they have exhibits on southwest florida marine life and shark and dolphin tanks. for those interested in nature and marine life the mote marine laboratory is a worth while place to visit.


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