Best Ocean Excursions in Bradenton and Sarasota

Living in Florida provides residents of Forest Properties with plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the year-round tropical climate. Naturally, living in Sarasota and Bradenton means spending time near the beach. If you’re looking to spruce up your beachfront activities with something other than volleyball or lounging in the sun, check out these ocean excursions in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas!

Snorkeling Excursions

Who said the best snorkeling is in the Caribbean? You won’t need to go far from your Ranch Lake Apartment! Grab your goggles for an underwater excursion as you explore shells, sand dollars, and local marine life with a snorkeling tour from Coastline Dolphin and Snorkeling Excursions.

Fishing Charters

All aboard for a memorable afternoon out at sea! Prepare your see legs for a maritime adventure with one of our favorite local fishing charters, such as:

  • Bradenton Fishing Charters: This charter offers 4, 6, and 8-hour fishing charters that include tackle, ice, and live bait, so be sure to bring your own sunscreen and hat!
  • Tailing Tales: This Sarasota charter focuses on providing light tackle inshore and nearshore fishing experiences in Sarasota and the lower Tampa Bay area, including Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, and Boca Grande. Charter rates are based on 1-2 people for 4, 6, or 8 hours.

Many charters offer in shore and near shore fishing trips that float above popular local catches, such as king fish, trout, and snappers, and many other species found in the Tampa Bay area. Keep your eyes open as you may spot a friendly dolphin, sea turtle, or manatee floating around in the bay during your fishing adventure. Don’t forget your camera to capture photos to display in your Audubon Cove Apartment!


Dolphin Sightseeing

As one of the most playful and friendly species in the local waters, consider adding a dolphin sightseeing excursion to your weekend plans. Bring the family along to learn about dolphins, their environment, and what they eat. Siesta Key Watersports is a great option that offers 2 to 2 1/2-hour sightseeing cruises (and a TON of other water activities, too!). Bradenton Beach Marina is another option that offers 90-minute dolphin eco-tours on a 40-foot smooth riding power catamaran.

Wildlife Boat Tours

When thinking about the great outdoors and negative wildlife in Florida, don’t forget about those local residents who live outside of the bay area. Hop on a Premier Wildlife Tour with Paradise Boat Tours in Sarasota Bay to explore the pristine intracoastal waterway is during a narrated 90 minute adventure. In fact, 95% of tours see dolphins, too!


Kid-Friendly Marine Wildlife Tours

Both kids and adults will enjoy a guided wildlife tour with Mote Marine Aquarium. Get ready for an afternoon of sunshine and learning with their one hour and 45-minute eco-tour that presents the opportunity to observe and learn about the area’s resident dolphins, manatees, native birds, and more. This is a great activity for families of The Lexington to take part in.

In addition, the Sea Life Encounter tour includes a short nature walk on and on and habited island. Sounds like there are plenty of photo ops and memories to create!

What’s your favorite waterfront excursion in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas of Florida? From paddle boarding to dolphin cruises, share your go-to activities with us on Facebook!

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