The Fourth of July weekend in Sarasota begins with a bang, with fireworks from the Bayfront to Siesta Key and, ends with the rumble of the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix.
While getting rowdy at the various boat race or Independence Day events is a blast, Sarasota offers quieter alternatives keep on an even keel if your ears are ringing.
Celebrate your freedom from the frenzy of the Fourth — and stretch after being cooped up in the rain — with activities at these serene settings.
+ Hiking at Red Bug Slough Preserve
Walk miles of trails through a piece of natural Florida. Nothing says freedom like watching a family of otters play in this river.
+ Treat yourself at Massage Envy
Sore muscles from days of being stuck inside in this rainy weather? Or how about nagging neck pain from craning to watch the various fireworks displays on the Fourth of July? Settle in for a spa day this weekend.
+ Fishing at Ken Thompson Park
While most Sarasota fishing spots will be overrun with spectators during the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix, this quaint park should remain relatively serene. With a view of the downtown skyline and the smell of saltwater, peace and quiet come with a uniquely Sarasotan twist.
+ A quiet dinner date at Michael’s on East
The tinkle of piano keys and clinking of wine glasses could be welcome sounds ears still ringing from the Fourth of July fireworks.
+ Cycling on the Legacy Trail
Hit the bicycle trails for a quiet conversation with nature. Explore south Sarasota County for a few hours to escape the hubbub on the north end.
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