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Quirky, fun, and “straight out of a postcard,” a visit to Floridays isn’t just a meal out–it’s an experience. The menu is full of southern flair, including fresh takes on favorites like fried green tomatoes, fish and grits, and the signature lobster gravy hush puppies. With stunning views of the Anna Maria Sound, a Tiki bar, indoor and outdoor seating, and one friendly hanging manatee, this eclectic spot is a crowd favorite and an refreshing change of pace for your next meal out.
This stunning seven-mile barrier island nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida peninsula boasts broad white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and a laid back lifestyle all its own. Kayak through the mangroves, fish the crystal clear waters, or swim in the calm shallows–there’s something to do here for the whole family.
Located on the mouth of the Tampa Bay, this incredible wildlife refuge also serves as a cultural and historical sanctuary for the area’s storied past. Designated on the National Register of Historic Places, the Egmont Key played an important role in Florida’s Seminole Indian Wars, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. It also functions as the delicate ecosystem for nesting sea turtles, tortoises, and over 30,000 nesting pairs of birds. Visitors to the park can enjoy a number of activities including wildlife watching, birding, boating, fishing, hiking, snorkeling, and boating.
This fascinating historical site commemorates the landing of Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto in 1539, which marked the beginning of European explorers’ discovery of what is now the southern United States. The park traces the implications of de Soto’s expedition on the Native Americans across the region across the subsequent decades of European colonization. Living history demonstrations at Camp Uzita depict what life was like in a recreation of the 16th century indigenous village and are well worth a visit. Guided kayak tours of the bay and surrounding waters are also available during the summer months.
Located off the coast of Sarasota and tucked between the Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Armand’s Circle is a charming locale famously established by circus magnate John Ringling. The Circle is known for its fabulous and refined continental marketplace which features an eclectic collection of boutiques, shops, restaurants, salons, and spas. For a fun and interesting detour, take a stroll the Circus Ring of Fame, located in Circle Park, which celebrates famous circus performers throughout history and will undoubtably add a little magic to your visit.
Tucked away in northwest Bradenton, this 682 acre nature preserve provides a wealth of recreational activities in a gorgeous natural setting. Composed of tidal marsh, preserved mangrove, and former agricultural lands, this restored coastal wetland habitat contains a multitude of animal and plant species. Visitors will enjoy walking, biking, and rollerblading the trails that wind through the preserve, kayaking or canoeing from one of the many launch points throughout the park, observing wildlife, or picnicking at one of the pavilions. Opportunities for managed fishing and group camping are also available, just be sure to check in with the park in advance for all the latest details.