Travel & Outdoors

For the Love of the Sea Cow

Red Tide Is Affecting Manatees. What We Can Do to Help?

Red tide levels might have lessened for now, but the bloom is expected to persist. These gentle giants need our help.

03/21/2023 By Bethany Ritz

Digital Pirate

Rent Other People's Boats or Cash in on Yours With This App

Also known as "Airbnb for boats," the GetMyBoat app connects boat owners and water lovers with a few online clicks and by-the-hour renting.

03/15/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Smells Like Teen Spirit

A Huge List of Fun Things to Do and See With Teenagers

Spring break is upon us. It's easy to entertain little ones—and usually older loved ones, too—but what about teens?

03/13/2023 By Kim Doleatto

My Feet Hurt

I Ate My Way Around The World At Epcot. Here's What I Thought

Is the food any good at the happiest place on Earth?

02/01/2023 By Lauren Jackson

Flashback

Sarasota Sailing Regatta, 1961

With plenty of sailing events happening regularly here, here's a look back at a regatta from 1961.

01/27/2023 By Bethany Ritz

The Gift of Color

Selby Gardens’ Upcoming Exhibition Brings to Life the Vivid Designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature opens Sunday, Feb. 12.

01/25/2023 By Kay Kipling

Hope Floats

Local Angler Chasten Whitfield Takes Differently Abled Youth Fishing on Her New TV Show

Filming is almost complete on the inspiring show's second season.

01/23/2023 By Emma Moneuse

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Celebrate Florida Arbor Day With a Scavenger Hunt for Native Trees

The goal is to encourage residents to get outside and enjoy local parks while learning about tree species native to Florida and their benefits.

01/18/2023 By Bethany Ritz

Time Machine

Stroll Through Sarasota History With an Interactive Walking Tour

Compass Rose History Experiences is exploring the boom and bust of 1926 Sarasota and the resilience of the community during the Great Depression and World War II.

01/17/2023 By Kim Doleatto

Red Alert

How Bad Is Red Tide at Our Beaches?

The latest red tide reports might affect your weekend beach plans. Here's where it's safe to swim.

01/06/2023 By Isaac Eger

Top 10 in 2022

10 Great Reads From a Year Full of Them

Our editor-in-chief picks some of his favorite stories from 2022.

12/28/2022 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Beach Update

High Levels of Red Tide Are Present at Many Sarasota Beaches. So Where Is It Safe to Go?

Dead fish, scratchy throats and unpleasant smells have been reported at Sarasota County beaches. Here's where it's safe to swim.

12/02/2022 By Isaac Eger

Essential Intelligence

Mangroves Are Powerful Coastal Guardians

Beyond their inherent value as living organisms, mangrove trees are vital when it comes to protecting healthy waters and fisheries—and even human development.

11/12/2022 By Yasi Bahmanabadi

Sandy gallery

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Is Back

Professional and amateur sand masters at the 2022 international sand sculpting competition are primed to make jaws drops Nov. 12-14.

11/01/2022 By Kim Doleatto

Island Hopping

Virgin Islands National Park Is One of the Country's Least-Visited Parks. You Should Go.

There are many good reasons to visit this tropical paradise, aside from its pristine beaches and abundant coral reefs.

10/19/2022 By Matt McGowan

Wheelie Fun

Get Excited for Sarasota Bike Fest's Halloween Bike Parade

Get the bike gang back together for this family-friendly celebration of all things bicycle.

10/12/2022 By Lauren Jackson

Shopping Adventure

Vintage Marché in St. Petersburg Is a Vintage Shopping Utopia

Need a fun escape this weekend? (Don't we all?) This extravaganza of vintage treasures is just over the Skyway Bridge.

10/06/2022 By Susan Burns

Museum Day

Here Are the Local Museums Participating in the Smithsonian's 'Museum Day'

The annual event offers visitors free admission to local participating museums.

09/13/2022 By Megan McDonald

Beaches

How Seriously Should We Take No-Swim Advisories?

After a recent spate of no-swim advisories, we asked the Florida Department of Health what causes them and what precautions we need to take.

08/25/2022 By Bethany Ritz

Throwing Shade

Small Handmade 'Chick Huts' Help Our Beach Birds Stay Cool

The wooden huts, which offer shore birds a respite from the sun, are a gift from local bird enthusiast Sandy Ulrikson and her late husband Jerry.

08/19/2022 By Megan McDonald