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5 Exciting Winter Activities in Florida for Seniors and Their Families

by Sarasota Bay Club

If you're a senior looking to embrace the warmer winter weather in Florida, or if you want to introduce your family to exciting new hobbies, this article is for you! Let's explore some of the most exciting and engaging winter activities for seniors and family activities in Florida.

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1. Boat Tours

A winter boat tour is a great choice if you've ever wanted to take a boat ride along the coast. One of the best winter activities in Florida, you'll have access to some of the calmest water in the year. Many companies offer boat tours along the coast. You can visit their websites and find a tour that matches your interests. Some of the best areas to take a boat tour are Pinellas Park, Fort De Soto Park, and the St. Petersburg Harbor, all within approximately an hour's drive of Sarasota Bay Club. You'll want to bring a jacket or a blanket to stay warm while on the boat, as the water can be chilly.

2. Cycle the Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is a great way to experience nature during winter. The trail stretches from Sarasota to Venice, with a total length of approximately 18 miles. Most people feel the first third of the trail is the most scenic and diverse, offering tons of beautiful wildlife and nature to appreciate, but the entire trail has something to offer. Whether you own bicycles or rent them, this can be a beautiful way to spend a day outdoors with the family. By riding the trail during the winter months, you'll avoid the most brutal heat of the summer months. But you'll still want to take plenty of water and sunscreen.

3. Visit a Theme Park

If you're looking to embrace the winter and participate in exciting activities, visiting a theme park is a great idea. Depending on when you visit, you can take advantage of special winter promotions. Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando parks offer special deals and reduced prices for winter visitors. 

4. Go to a Museum

If you're looking to spend a day inside but want to do something different, you can visit a museum. Many museums in Florida offer discounted tickets to the public during the winter months. The advantage of going to museums during winter is that they are usually less busy. This means you can enjoy the museums at your own pace and not feel rushed.

There are many museums in Florida focusing on different topics, such as art, history, nature, and science. For example, right here in Sarasota, we have the Ringling Museum, which showcases the circus history of the area and has a stunning collection of Renaissance art. There's also the nearby Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

5. Visit Farmers' Markets

Farmers' markets are a great way to get outdoors and meet new people during the winter months. Farmers' markets are also a great way to support local businesses. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables that have been grown nearby. You can also take part in the social aspect of farmers' markets. Farmers' markets often include booths where you can listen to music, sample food, and even participate in yoga or meditation classes.

The winter season is a great time to bring your family together, whether they live in Florida or are just visiting. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery, spend time with your loved ones, and explore new areas. There are a variety of exciting activities to choose from, whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities. This list of winter activities is full of exciting things to do, so you're sure to find something you'll enjoy.

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