Top 6 Things to Do in Siesta Key

Top 6 Things to Do in Siesta Key

  • Terri Thayer
  • 02/28/23

Siesta Key offers residents and visitors alike a range of year-round entertainment, both in and out of the oceanside surrounding the area. Whether you’re interested in lounging on the beach or getting adventurous, want to shop local, or explore the town after sunset, Siesta Key has you covered.

Visit the beach

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With some of the best shorelines in the state, visiting Siesta Key Beach is a must for people looking to fill a day with fun. Open all day, the expansive white sand shoreline provides accessible paths to the ocean’s gorgeous water to dip your feet or go for a swim. Those visiting can play a couple of rounds of tennis, pickleball, or volleyball at the courts, walk the paved trail, or visit the playground before setting up a picnic right on the beach. Beachgoers at sunset may spot the weekly sunset drum circle, showcasing the culture of Siesta Key.

Another great beach to visit in the area is Turtle Beach Park. Visitors can set up on the smaller beach or explore the mangrove lagoon via the kayak and boat launch. Beachgoers may spot the loggerhead sea turtles this beach is named after, as well as a variety of shorebirds and beach-nesting birds. Those who enjoy fishing can cast a line at the fishing pier, while the playground and picnicking areas are perfect for families.

See the dolphins

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This town features a range of marine wildlife in the area, making dolphin tours one of the most popular things to do in Siesta Key. Many touring companies in the area, such as Fun Boat Tours, provide a range of adventures. Located at the Siesta Key Marina, those interested in seeing the wildlife can book a Dolphin and Donuts tour in the morning, which travels south and provides views of dolphins, seasonal manatees, and aquatic birds.

Those who want to sleep in can reserve a time for the Dolphins and Drinks tour, which takes off after lunch. Boat goers travel north, through the intercoastal waterway, to Robert’s Bay mangrove islands. Alongside manatee and dolphin views, this tour stops by the rookery to view local aquatic birds. Fun Boat Tours offers a sunset cruise and adventures to nearby Anna Maria Island.

Snorkel Point of Rocks

A hidden gem, Point of Rocks is a secluded spot on the beach that garners visitor interest for its wildlife. Point of Rocks is located at the southern end of Crescent Beach and is composed of a half-mile of rock formations. In existence for about 4,300 years, this natural formation was thought to be pirates’ favorite spot to hide treasure. Today, it’s well-loved for its waters, great birdwatching, nature views, and snorkeling.

Beginner and expert snorkelers love Point of Rocks for its clear and calm surf. The shallow waters are easy to navigate, providing views of the underwater rock formations and all the marine life inhabiting them. It’s common to see schools of fish in various sizes, colors, and shapes, as well as sponges, algae, crabs, starfish, and more. Sometimes dolphins and manatees in the summer wander into the area as well.

Explore water sports

With several beaches surrounding this Florida island and neighboring towns, watersports are very popular things to do in Siesta Key. Companies like Parasail Siesta provide a range of adventures and equipment to visitors and residents alike. As its name suggests, one of the most popular adventures this company offers is parasailing, which provides a bird’s eye view of the scenic coastline. As Siesta Key’s original parasail location, visitors can expect a memorable and safe experience.

Those looking for a day on the water can book a sunset or daytime tour on their Tiki Pontoon. Reserve a private tour for a customizable experience, or enjoy the barstool seating for a sandbar party. Those looking for a great view of the horizon can travel to Sunset Point and watch the vibrant orange and reds bounce off the water. Guests interested in independent adventure can rent a range of boats or a golf cart to get around the island.

Shop at Siesta Key Village

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Siesta Key Village provides plenty of things to do in Siesta Key with its 100 stores and cafes. Visit boutique shops like Foxy Lady for high fashion from couture capitals worldwide. Or visit Island Trader Boutique, a shop stocked with popular brands perfect for the island’s eternal summer.

Dining spots like the homestyle cooking at Dutch Valley and the entertaining venue of Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key are popular with locals and vacationers alike. Siesta Key Village is also a regular spot to host festivals like Siesta Fiesta, as well as art shows during the season.

Enjoy the nightlife

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Nightlife right next to the water (and on the water) is vibrant in Siesta Key, with options like Cruisin’ Tikis, a bar boat located on Siesta Key North Bridge, available for reservations up to four hours. For more traditional nightlife options, spots like Sniki Tiki Tropical Bar in Captain Curt’s Oyster Bar offer visitors a welcoming outdoor venue with great drinks and live music on select evenings.

Those wanting to dance can visit club spots like The Beach Club, with its spacious dance floor and live music, or The Gator Club for a game of pool and karaoke on Wednesdays. There’s also a range of spots to find live music in the area. Whether interested in a calm night out over drinks or somewhere with an energetic crowd, Siesta Key has you covered.

Ready to enjoy Siesta Key?

There’s plenty to enjoy while in Siesta Key, and these are only six ways to enjoy a day's fun. When you’re ready to start your search for homes in the area, contact trusted local agent Terri Thayer to guide you through the process.

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