I’ll preface this post with the fact that I was born and raised on vacations to Siesta Key. Before I could even walk I was falling asleep in my kiddie raft under the Sarasota sun (of course with plenty of sunscreen on). Therefore, I have a lot of favorite places and things to do that could take forever to list out. So…I’m going to try my hardest to whittle my list to those top things to do.
When it comes to activities, Siesta has a ton to offer. I’m a nature lover at heart so one of my favorite things places to visit is the Point of Rocks (yes, I know it sounds like some mythical place). Links below will show you the exact location, but if you are on Siesta Key Beach point of rocks is south (if you’re at the public beach access point you’ve got probably 2-3 miles to walk to your left). The best time to visit is at low tide, as you have to climb along a wall that larger waves can make hard to cross (wear shoes because the rocks can be sharp!). If you’re unsure of when low tide is just do a quick google search and the 2 times should pop up. Once you reach the other side of the wall it’s seashell heaven. I always love finding a few hermit crabs and bringing them back to my end of the beach because they often get trapped in some of the rocks and end up dying.
I’d also highly recommend parasailing or taking a nice sunset cruise that leaves from Marina Jack. We’ve had a few great sails including dolphin sightings and views of beautiful homes on the bay. The image you’ll see above is from one of those stunning sea sunsets. If you’re looking to do some shopping and a nice dinner, St. Armands Circle is a short drive away and offers tons of unique stores, galleries, and delicious restaurants.
However, there’s also amazing food much closer to The Key. Captain Kurt’s Oyster and Crab Bar is a must visit for the family! Small place with ocean charm plus crab and clam chowder to die for! They’ve also got your traditional fries and burgers for those who aren’t as sea-loving. If you’re looking for a hearty meal at an amazing cost, you need to hop on over to Yoder’s Restaurant & Amish Village. While not seafood, they serve some fantastic homemade plates and pies…but just expect a line since the place is so popular. If you’re in a rush, you can always get some pie to go at their walk-up window. Looking for a nicer evening out with a waterfront view? Ophelia’s on The Bay is most definitely the way to go. While it’s a bit pricier the quality, customer service, and view make it completely worth your time and money. One final place that’s a favorite amongst my family is Phillipi Creek Oyster Bar. This place is waterfront, has an enormous menu, and cute perks for kids like meals in sandcastle buckets (it also won’t drain your wallet). Finally, Siesta Key Village has some cute shops and amazing ice cream (Big Olaf Creamery!) if you’re looking for shopping and restaurants that are a bit closer.
Well those are a few of my favorite Siesta things [insert The Sound of Music theme song here]. It’s truly a wonderful hidden gem of Florida and a timeless yet affordable vacation spot of mine.
Visit the aquarium..they do some awesome conservation work