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Things to do with small children??

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Things to do with small children??

Our family is considering visiting Venice/Sarasota area during Christmas. Does anyone have any ideas of things to do with three kids, ages 3, 5, and 8. We usually do the Disney thing every year, but it's getting old, thought we'd take a break from that this year.

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1. Re: Things to do with small children??

Our family enjoys the Englewood/Venice/Rotonda West area of Florida. We rent a vacation home with a heated pool. The homes are fully furnished with plenty of space for everyone.

If you rent a house you and the kids may be happy just to swim and play in your own bit of paradise. We find our kids just love unscheduled time to play and entertain themselves. We enjoy it too!

Many of the homes also have beach towels, coolers, chairs, toys etc for a short drive to the beach ( our favorite is Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island)

For some fun day trips - maybe in Punta Gorda -Babcock Wilderness they do eco tours and the kids would enjoy a swamp buggy ride. Or the Myaaka River State Park near Sarasota for a scenic drive and more.

Check out some websites pureflorida.com, ourrotondavilla.com, greatfamilyrentals.com for some ideas.

Have fun

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2. Re: Things to do with small children??

There are tons of things to do with kids.

A favorite is Myakka State Park which is east of I-75 and Clark Rd. (Rte 72)., Sarasota. There is a boat ride called the Gator Gal which cruises around looking at alligators and other wildlife. You can also rent bikes and canoes.

There is a museum in Sarasota called G-Wiz which is hands on science for kids.

There is Sarasota Jungle Gardens and much more.

Go to the Sarasota TA page and hit attractions for a long list.

Where are you staying during your trip?

What do your kids enjoy?

Looking for sharks teeth on the beach is always fun, too.


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3. Re: Things to do with small children??

If you are in the Sarasota area, the Mote Aquarium is a kid's dream. Lots of hands on, great people to educate everyone--adults included. You really get to see what sea life is around this area. Highly recommended--I'm a former teacher and I loved it!

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