What to Do in Sarasota This Winter

November 8, 2019

Let’s face it: life is good for Floridians, even in the winter. That’s why so many people flock here from up north to escape the icy temperatures, or move here permanently to avoid ever having to shovel a driveway again. Because of our fantastic weather, there are plenty of Sarasota winter activities to keep residents and visitors entertained.

Go to the beach

That’s right—even in the winter, it’s always the perfect time to go to the beach in Sarasota. If you dress properly you can enjoy a lovely picnic while playing on the beach just as you would in the summer (although maybe without the water activities).

Sarasota beaches are the perfect place to watch the sunset. Head to Siesta Key Beach for beautiful views of the sun setting over the Gulf. The cold air means you’ll need to pack warm clothes and a blanket, but it also means the colors are even more vibrant. Lower humidity during cold temperatures means that there’s less water in the atmosphere, accounting for Sarasota’s stunning sunsets.

Just south of Sarasota, Venice’s beaches are known for being rich with sharks’ teeth. The area sits on a fossil layer that contains many fossils from prehistoric sharks. Fossil hunters can spend the afternoon shifting through the sand for treasures.

Pups enjoy a day on the beach, too. Sarasota County is home to four dog-friendly beaches where dogs can enjoy a day outdoors with new friends.

Enjoy nature

The Legacy Trail offers bicyclists and pedestrians a chance to enjoy fresh air and escape the hustle and bustle. The trail spans Sarasota and Charlotte counties through its 10-mile stretch. If you don’t have your own wheels, there are plenty of bike rental locations in Sarasota.

While you’re on the trail, you’ll be able to spot many interesting species of birds. Sarasota is an ideal destination if you’re an avid birder. Because so many birds head south for the winter, you can see birds you may not otherwise spot unless you were to travel to their summer habitats.

Experience fishing activities in Sarasota, FL

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you have to take a break from fishing. There are still plenty of fish to find in the Gulf and in Sarasota Bay. The colder temperatures mean that fish behave a bit differently, but an experienced fishing charter like Charter Boat Shark can help you find the best spots for a productive outing.

If you’re looking to keep the kids entertained during winter break and don’t want to head to the theme parks, try some fishing activities in Sarasota, FL. Newcomers to fishing will learn the basics and have a chance to ask a professional angler all their questions. Kids will have a memorable story to tell when they head back to school—and maybe even a trophy to show for it!

Even in the brutally cold mid-50s, there’s always plenty of Sarasota winter activities to enjoy. Whether you’re hiking the trails or fishing on the open seas, you can enjoy nature year-round in Sarasota.

If you’re looking to get out on the water this winter for a little fishing, reach out to Charter Boat Shark to schedule your trip!

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