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What’s New in Sarasota/Bradenton?

In Sarasota, Bradenton, and on the surrounding keys, there is always something fun to do while on vacation. However, if you’re a repeat visitor, you’re probably looking to try something different or to embark on a new experience. For help with finding new things to do, look no further than to Sunny Day Guide! Here are some of our new favorite things on the Florida Suncoast…

A Round of Applause…
Here’s something to clap about! Sarasota has been named the 3rd Happiest Seaside Town in the US by Coastal Living magazine. Beachgoing enthusiasts from around the  nation voted on nominated communities and Sarasota was a top favorite. Reasons cited for the victory included the mix of culture and (of course) the outstanding beaches on the gulf.

The Teeth Beneath
Curious about  the reptiles that swim in local rivers  and marshes? Then visit the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium for a new exhibit that is definitely worth checking out. “The Teeth Beneath” is a fascinating showcase of the reptiles that live in Florida’s natural waterways—and sometimes unfortunately in the occasional residential pool. See alligators, caimans, and crocodiles—one of which was even born at the Mote Aquarium. Learn about the differences between these mysterious reptiles, their relationship with humans, and about the conservation efforts to preserve them in the wild.

Escape the Toy Factory
The Escape Room craze is sweeping the nation. New rooms to experience are popping up everywhere and Sarasota is no exception. There are now three places where adventurers can embark on a mission of freedom. Visit the newest facility at the Parkway Shopping Center (corner of University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road) for a whole new experience!  Apply your keen intellect to master the path out of the “Toy Factory.” Afterwards, adults can venture into the Puzzle Bar for a victory cocktail (or to drown your sorrows if you had to be rescued…)

Culver’s Custard
Cool off with a refreshing scoop of creamy custard at Culver’s newest location in Bradenton, down the road from Holmes Beach on state Route 64. This nationwide chain from Wisconsin is rapidly growing in popularity and this location marks the 6th franchise in the Sarasota/Bradenton region. Their custard is made from Wisconsin dairy throughout each day to ensure that your dessert is fresh and delicious! Culver’s is more than just custard though. Enjoy sandwiches, dinner platters, salads or even one of their butterburgers before indulging in a frosty treat. Stop in for your favorite flavor combination or try their flavor of the day. Whatever you pick, you can’t  go wrong.

World Rowing Championships
Sarasota has thriving rowing clubs and many opportunities to participate in this team-based sport. So, it’s no surprise that the World Rowing Championships are coming to the region! If you’re in town September 23-October 1, you may want to purchase tickets to see these athletes compete on the water at Nathan Benderson Park. Teams from all over the world race against each other to medal in as many events as they can. In 2016, The FISA Championships were held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Great Britain is the defending overall champ, having taken 3 golds and 1 bronze from 3 different events. Can team USA surpass them on the home turf? Watch and find out! 

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