If you are looking for something fun and unusual to do over the weekend, check out Sarasota Ski-A-Rees. They perform Free Water Ski Shows every Sunday at 2 PM from February 1, 2015 to May 10, 2015. This talented group has an awesome 5 man jump team, barefoot acts, ballet lines, swivel skiing, 4 tier pyramids and more. New skiers showcase their accomplishments 30 minutes prior to the main show. Located behind Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway. Free Admission.
March is a great time to take in a Spring Training baseball game in Sarasota. Catch some of your favorite teams including the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and more at the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium. To get ticket information or to learn more about the Orioles Spring Training schedule log on to their website at www.orioles.com/spring.
SUP! SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboard, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, Siesta Key is the perfect place to give it a try. With our calm water, light wind and shallow sand, this is a great location for your entire family to enjoy a few hours or even a day on a paddle board. There are several shops on Siesta Key that rent Paddle Boards. Our favorite is Siesta Paddle Sports. They offer a complimentary “getting started” video at their Siesta Key location. PFD’s, paddles and a safety whistle are also available with their paddle board rentals. Find them online at siestapaddlesports.com or call them at 941-404-4624 to reserve your paddle board today!
Build Your Own Sandcastle
Building a sandcastle is a fun activity for kids of all ages. If you are new to creating your own mansion in the sand, let us offer a few tips:
Choose a spot that is situated close to the water, but not so close that the waves may destroy it as the tide rises. You will want to work with wet sand, so dig a hole down to the water table and make it large enough to bring up buckets of water from the Gulf. You will need the sand to stay wet, so adding wet sand to the center of your construction site is a great way to start.
To build towers start with sand patties, placing larger ones on the bottom. As your tower reaches the right height make sure to seal the edges by pouring a small amount of water over the sides. You can shape your tower using cups and small buckets. Bring along tools such as plastic knives to add detail. If you really want to add some intricate design bring along a straw to blow away excess sand, and a spray bottle to keep the sand moist as you carve shapes into your castle. If you are looking for a more medieval design, squeeze wet sand through your hands and let it drip into piles.
Finish off your castle by adding a small wall around the outside of your area, to protect it from waves and passersby.
Siesta Key is a great place to join friends for a game of volleyball. The public beach has a number of courts, and is home to several state, regional and national tournaments throughout the year. The soft, cool sand is a great surface for play. There are picnic benches for spectators, so everyone can enjoy the game. Beach volleyball courts are located to the left of the main pavilion.