How many times have you said, “Next year we’ll camp in Florida?” Two hundred miles northwest of Miami and less than two hours’ drive southwest of Orlando, Sarasota is the perfect place to get your feet wet in Florida family RV camping. And the kids will love you for it! Here are three ways to thrill the kids when you make Sarasota your family’s RV camping destination.
Run Away to the Circus!
John and Mabel Ringling, the couple who helped introduce America to the circus, once lived in a fabulous mansion on Sarasota Bay. Now a part of “The Ringling”, a public attraction that includes a circus museum, the Ringling mansion, a world-class art museum and a dizzying collection of all things circus, this stop is a must for families camping in Sarasota.
Wander the grounds and experience this beloved destination as you learn about John Ringling’s fascinating life and the circus whose winter home was once Sarasota.
Hit the Beach!
Florida’s Gulf Coast is nowhere more spectacular than on Sarasota Bay, where six islands (“keys”) sit in the sparkling water, waiting to enchant your family. The white sand beaches on the keys off Sarasota offer RV camping families endless days of fun. Build sand castles, splash in the surf and search for shells with the little ones, while older kids tour the shoreline on stand up paddle boards. No matter what your family loves to do at the beach, you’ll find a place to do it along Sarasota Bay.
Sarasota Beach Hot Tips: Turtle Beach, run by Sarasota County, has a full-service RV campground and the chance to see the sea turtles that give this beach its name. You’ll also want to visit celebrated Siesta Key Beach to find out why it’s one of the most popular in America.
Go on a Gator Safari!
Reserve a campsite at Myakka River State Park and open the door to outdoor adventures the whole family will enjoy. From searching for alligators from the safety of an enclosed airboat tour to a walk among the treetops on the park’s Canopy Walkway, this state park offers enough excitement for an entire camping vacation.
Families who love to explore from the water will find dozens of special places to canoe or kayak along the shores of two lakes and the river within the park’s boundaries. Set up camp at the park and then plan to hike, paddle and tour your way through the wonders of nature.
Ready to discover Sarasota and Florida’s spectacular Gulf Coast on your next family camping vacation? All it takes is a Florida RV rental and a sense of adventure. With so many ways to thrill the kids in Sarasota, get ready to hear them say, “This was the best vacation ever!”