Cool Down at these Sarasota Parks
SPONSORED BY: Sun N Fun Resort
With the heat turned up this summer, there is no better time to hit the beach, or one of the many splash parks in the area. Many of these parks are especially kid friendly for the little ones that have not yet learned to swim. So lets cool off and have some fun this summer!
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Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground features a splash park, an Olympic-size pool, dive-in movies, miniature gold, a mega slide and more! Located on Fruitville Road, purchase a Summer Family Fun Pass for four, or an individual Summer Day Pass.
Day passes Monday through Thursday are $7 while weekend passes are $9. Mega Slide Passes are $6 Monday - Thursday, $10 on Friday, and $12 on Saturday and Sunday.
Make a day of it: Sliding and scrambling can work up an appetite. You will love the restaurant on site, or head to nearby Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse for some barbecue and live music. Sit under the open-air tiki hut to nosh on everything from ribs and fried chicken to collard greens and cornbread. Or see what’s flying in and out of the Celery Fields, a 300-acre preserve where more than 200 species of birds have been spotted.
Potter Park Water Park
Cool off at the Sarasota Family YMCA Water Park, located on Potter Park Drive, for a day of family fun. Zip down the slides or a dip in the pool at this fun-filled water park. With certified lifeguards, waterslides, and concessions, this is a safe and fun place for all.
Get there at 10 a.m. to claim a spot Monday through Saturday and enjoy the day until 5 p.m. Sundays the water park is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For nonmembers of the Sarasota YMCA attendance is $12, but admission is free for members and kids aged 3 and under.
Make a day of it: Before hitting the slides, take a bike ride on the nearby Legacy Trail, a former railroad line turned biking and walking trail that stretches for more than 10 miles from Culverhouse Nature Park in Sarasota south to the Venice Train Depot. Parking is available just to the north of Potter Park (which the water park abuts) on McIntosh Road. If the kids haven’t burned off enough energy, there’s also a fun playground at Potter Park.
The Children’s Fountain in Bayfront Park
With the beautiful view of Sarasota Bay, The Children’s Fountain is an additional, enjoyable splash park for your kids. Located on Sarasota’s bayfront just west of downtown, your kids won’t get bored of the fountains, and you won’t get bored of the beautiful view.
Open during the summer from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., this place is excellent for kids who want the fun of playing in the water without having to know how to swim, or getting a mouthful of saltwater.
Make a day of it: Visit the well-equipped playground at Bayfront Park, then head to O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill for casual eats in a waterside setting. If you still haven’t had enough of the water, you can rent jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and aqua cycles from Bayfront Excursions, which has a rental location nearby. Or let someone else take the helm by booking a sightseeing or sunset excursion through LeBarge Tropical Cruises.
Serious swimmers, take note: Arlington Park and Aquatic Center in Sarasota is home to both a 50-meter lap pool and 25-yard instructional pool. You may be sharing the lanes with local swim teams, though; call to find out when they’re practicing. Day rates are $4 for adults and $2 for kids and seniors.
Make a day of it: Explore the rest of Arlington Park, which also includes tennis and basketball courts, a paved walking trail, playground, and picnic areas. The park is just west of the Pinecraft neighborhood, the center of Sarasota’s Amish community. Tuck into a slice of peanut butter cream pie at Yoder’s Restaurant and Amish Village, and then pick up some candles, apple butter, and other goodies at the gift shop and market.
Venice Children’s Fountain
Centennial Park occupies prime real estate in the heart of downtown Venice. Within that park you can find the city’s free Children’s Fountain; just follow the squeals of laughter you’ll hear as the little ones are splashing around. New canopy coverings help mom and dad stay cool while the kids play. The fountain is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; check it out at night when changing colored lights illuminate the spurts of water and create plenty of cool photo ops.
Sun N Fun is offering $5 day passes Monday - Friday and $10 on the weekend until October 20th! Visit www.SunNFunFL.com for more info.