The Florida summer getaway is as timeless as it gets, because the beaches are always fun, even if they’re a little crowded. But we’re especially suckers for the resorts that take things to another level with fantastic, creative experiences for kids of all ages, since any parent knows it’s almost impossible to keep the whole family pleased at one time. And the crown for this summer’s best experience might just belong to the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Already one of the best places to stay on Florida’s west coast, this resort is adding an element of education to the family fun, and for once that won’t make the kids groan. By partnering with the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, this Ritz will help guests learn about the Sunshine State’s marine life, allowing them to also give back and feel great about themselves when they return home and apply aloe to their sunburns.
The Deal: The Mote Marine experience is loaded with fun, beginning with a one-hour private beach walk with one of the experts from the Mote Marine Education Team. Tickets are also provided for the aquarium, where everyone will get up close and personal with sharks, manatees, otters, and sea turtles. Finally, guests will have the opportunity to take part in the Adopt an Animal program, so they’ll have their own critter to remember.
The Dates: Great news—this isn’t just a summer affair. Families can enjoy this experience through the end of the year, but we all know there’s no better time to visit than the hottest months. Especially June through October, or Florida’s turtle season, during which guests will enjoy the “Turtle Walk” and learn all about these incredible creatures.