Siesta Key Area Activities
Siesta Key, Florida, is not part of the Florida Keys! It's unique. As a matter of fact, itís located near Sarasota on the western side of the state, and is actually considered a barrier island. The area has three beaches that are all on the Gulf of Mexico, and if you are looking for a place to go thatís away from the hustle and bustle of the typical Florida tourist traps, then Siesta Key is for you. Try your hand at one of the many water sports on this tropical island with its award winning bright, white sand. Or simply attend one of the many events on the beach, or in the village. World-class volley ball tournaments, craft shows, art exhibits, and food and wine tastings are just a few of the many scheduled annual events. On Siesta Key, you are on island time, so slow down, unwind, and stroll thru our beautiful tropical village.
The Siesta Public Beach is one of the three beautiful beaches at Siesta Key, and the most popular. The waves are gentle, lapping at the crystal white sand that is 99% pure quartz which stays cool even in the heat of the midday sun. Siesta Key Beach has received numerous awards for the finest, whitest sand, and many people enjoy simply walking the beach and enjoying the sunset. This beach also offers visitors tennis and volleyball courts, playgrounds and picnic area, gazebos, and concession stands. There are beach wheelchairs available for anyone who needs them and there are plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
The Siesta Public Beach is the host of the Siesta Key Sunday drum circle. This is not a Native American drum circle; instead itís a group of people who play drums or other percussion instruments enjoying the rhythms they make in the warm evening sun. It usually starts about an hour before sunset with a handful of people and ends up with a large group. Dancers, jugglers, and street performers join in the fun, and there is at least one ceremonial fire lit during the event. Itís worth joining in just for the experience.
If you enjoy bird watching, then Siesta Key is a great place to catch some of the local birds that inhabit the area. There are plenty of birds other than just the standard seagulls. There are lots of wading birds to see, including the Great Egrets that grow to a height of three and a half feet and eat fish, frogs, insects, and even small mammals. They are used to the population and seem to ignore most people who cross their path. There are also fun little sandpipers to watch as they look for tasty morsels on the beach and wild parrots in all of our tropical, beachfront trees. These parrots nest in groups of twenty or more, so youíll know where they are when they decide to get a bit chatty.
For the people who enjoy the nightlife, you are going to want to check out Gilliganís Tropical Bar located in the Village. This bar has a great atmosphere where beach attire is acceptable at the minimum and collared shirts and shorts for the men at the maximum. It has a great Tiki atmosphere and if you happen to be staying in the Village, youíll never have to worry about getting a ticket for driving drunk. Enjoy a Pina Colada while sitting at this outside bar and soaking up the warm night air.
All phone numbers use the (941) area code unless otherwise stated.
Albritton Fruit Company Trolley Tours / 925-7155
Asolo Center for performing arts / 351-8000
Bobby Jones Golf Complex / 955-8097
Crowley Museum/Nature Center / 322-1000
Ed Smith Sports Stadium / 954-4101
FSU Center for Performing Arts / 351-8000
Historic Spanish Point / 966-5214
Municipal Auditorium / 954-4165
Mote Marine Aquarium / 388-2451
Myakka River State Park / 361-6511
Myakka River Wildlife Tours / 365-0100
Oscar Scherer State Park / 483-5956
Pirates Cove - Mini golf & video games / 755-4608
The Players of Sarasota / 365-2494
Ringling School of Continuing and Professional Education / 955-8866
Ringling Museum of Art / 359-5700
Sailors Circus / 361-6350
Sarasota Area Churches / Web
Sarasota Ballet / 351-8000
Sarasota Classic Car Museum / 355-6228
Sarasota County Fair Grounds / 966-6338
Sarasota County Parks & Recreation Facilities / Web
Sarasota Family YMCA, Inc. / 955-8194
Sarasota Golden Apple Theater / 366-5454
Sarasota Jungle Gardens / 355-5305
Sarasota Kennel Club / 355-7744 - Coupon
Sarasota Opera House / 953-7030
Selby Botanical Gardens / 366-5730
Senior Friendship Centers / 955-2122
Siesta Key Drum Circle / Web
State Parks / Web Site
S.W. Florida's Wineries / Web
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall / 953-3366
Venice Golden Apple Theater / 484-7711
Venice Little Theater / 488-1115
Warm Mineral Springs / 426-1692