Great Things to Do on Siesta Key

There is a jungle gym and swings for the kids and public tennis courts. If you would like to get away from most of the crowds, try Crescent Beach. It's a little bit more secluded and it still offers the amazing sand and azure waters. At the southern tip of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach, it's a sportier, "family play" beach experience.

This beach offers picnic areas, a playground, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit. There's also a boat launch and fishing is permitted in the nearby Blind Pass Lagoon. The sand on the beach tends to have more shells, making it perfect for beachcombers and shell collectors. Many find petrified sharks' teeth to take home and treasure.

The center of the Siesta Key is called "the village." It's packed full of restaurants and gift shops. It's the perfect place to sip on a tropical drink or enjoy an ice cream cone while watching people pass by. Live music and delicious seafood, all in walking distance of the beach and many Siesta Key hotels. When the sun sets, the restaurants transition to fun-filled nightlife arenas.

There are also a number of events that take place each year:

  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition (November)
  • Thunder by the Bay (January)
  • Sarasota County Fair (March)
  • Siesta Fiesta (April)
  • Suncoast Grand Prix Boat Races (July)
  • Siesta Key Fireworks (July)
  • Dig the Beach (May and June)


Up, Up, and Away! No experience required. Strap in to get ready to glide effortlessly, slowly and safely into the sky while cruising the coast of siesta beach to see a view of the lifetime. You'll get a gentle, dry takeoff and landing from the platform on the custom parasail-boat.

Siesta Key Drum Circle

Siesta Key Drum Circle

Every Sunday night before sunset you can sit and watch (or join in) the crowd of people and drums of all shapes and sizes as they start a continuous beat. Dancers, acrobats and kids with hula-hoops move to the music. People come from around the world to relax, beat the drums, watch the sun set and enjoy the interesting characters.

Check out some of the hot spots in Siesta Key. If you need a white, sandy beach, a cold beverage, or something to make the kids happy, read on!


While staying at your Siesta beach hotel there are literally over a hundred things to do and see.


A whole world of adventure is waiting for you!

  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Jet-skiing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Parasailing


Fantastic culinary delights!

  • Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Big Olaf Creamery of Siesta
  • Captain Curt's Crab & Oyster Bar
  • Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar
  • The Hub Baja Grill
  • Ophelia's On The Bay
  • The Old Salty Dog
  • Siesta Key Oyster Bar - S.K.O.B.
  • SunniBunni Frozen Yogurt & Organic Fruit


World-class shopping is just around the corner!

  • Beach Bazaar
  • Silver Shop
  • Foxy Lady
  • Sea Shanties

Drinks & Nightlife

Unwind at one of Siesta's after-dark hotspots.

  • Beach Club
  • Gilligan's
  • Daiquiri Deck
  • S.K.O.B.