Take the Anna Maria Free Trolley
Ditch the car and hop on the free trolley all along Anna Maria Island. Stop by Two Scoops for ice cream, play on the playground at Bayfront Park or walk the beach and look for dolphins. Trolley hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with stops every 20 minutes.
Visit Joan M. Durante Community Park
The highlight of a visit to Durante Park, one of Longboat Key’s few remaining undeveloped parcels, is the boardwalk, which winds through mangroves and other native vegetation and pops out to offer views of Sarasota Bay. 5555 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 316-1988, longboatkey.org
Grab a Bowling Ball
Visit Sarasota Lanes (starting at $4.25 a game) or AMF Gulf Gate Lanes for its Sunday Funday $3.29-a-game special. AMF also has kids’ league bowling at $10 a night, shoe rentals included. Sarasota Lanes, 2250 Fruitville Road, (941) 955-7629, sarasotalanes.com and Gulf Gate Lanes, 7221 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-4447
Hunt for Shark’s Teeth
Head to Nokomis, Manasota and Caspersen beaches to comb through the sand for these fossilized pointy teeth.
Be An Urban Cinderella
Roar! at The Ringling Museum
Enjoy story time and make art at the free, weekly Roar! program designed for preschoolers (but all are welcome). Registration allows for free admission to the museum, too. ringling.org