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The Beach Is Just the Start in Sarasota

Some travelers cannot live on sun and sand alone. If you want a dose of culture to go with your outside time, you’ll find the perfect mix in Sarasota. In addition to the state’s famed outdoor recreation, Sarasota offers activities that range from lively community-focused experiences to a deep-rooted history of performance and circus arts. For a bit of everything, plan your trip to Sarasota around these five must-do cultural and outdoor activities.

Paddleboard in the Bay:

Meet Sarasota’s newest cultural hub: the Bay. Part restoration, part recreation, this 53-acre urban park located along Sarasota’s waterfront opened to the public in October 2022. The Bay features a living shoreline that replaced a crumbling seawall, plus accessible boardwalks and paths and a mangrove bayou that was restored by removing invasive plant species. The bayou is open to human-powered watercraft, so you can launch a kayak or paddleboard and explore the waterway. Ride and Paddle by Siesta Sport Rentals offers kayak and paddleboard rentals as well as guided paddling tours in the Bay. Read more…

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