Casa Calm Guest House yoga and b&b near Sarasota, Florida
Things To Do

Hiking/Biking/Boating Preserves  •  Wineries  •  Horseback Riding  •  Beaches
Shopping  •  The Arts  •  Adventure  •  Golf  •  Baseball  •  Kids


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Myakka River State Park
Nature and Wildlife Preserves
      Myakka River State Park
      One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka River State Park is just ten minutes from us. It's the most popular day trip among our guests (and us). The park flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Wildlife viewing can be had from trails, boats, canoes, kayaks, and even from the treetops along a short canopy walkway. The park has an excellent system of hiking and bike trails (bike rentals are available). Pontoon boat tours leave every two hours starting at 9 AM and ending at 5 PM. They recommend arriving 30 minutes in advance for the boat tour. The park is open every day of the year from 8 AM until sunset. We're near their north entrance. General info is here.  For info on canoe, kayak, and bike rentals, see MyakkaOutpost.com.  For the park's restaurant menu, see Pink Gator Cafe.

      Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
      Stunning tropical conservatory and an oasis of tranquil gardens along the Sarasota Bay. 35 minutes from us. Selby.org

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      TreeUmph
      Crowley Museum and Nature Center
      An old Florida treasure where you get nature and history in one. The Crowley is 190 acres of scenic beauty featuring hiking trails, an extensive boardwalk leading to a lookout tower, pioneer structures, wildlife, farm animals, museum and more. 10 minutes from us. $5. CrowleyFL.org

      Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
      Small aquarium with big knowledge (it's a research lab). Best part is the boat tour of the mangroves. 35 minutes from us. mote.org

      Lido Mangrove Tunnels Kayak Tour
      Tour through the protected clear waters of the Sarasota Bay where you can see tropical birds, manatees, dolphins, and other sea life (no alligators... take the Myakka River kayak tour if you'd like to see alligators). Perfect for beginners and advanced. 40 minutes from us. Tour is 2.5 hours. KayakFL.com

      Emerson Point Preserve
      Located on Snead Island, 45 minutes from us, Emerson Point Preserve is one of our favorite places, owing to its diverse trails and beautiful views. The preserve offers hiking trails along the beach, through forested areas, on boardwalks, and to observation points. There are also bike, rollerblading, and canoe/kayak trails. On top of that, it's an archeological area with historic and prehistoric sites. You can't go wrong. Emerson Point Preserve

      Bearadise Ranch
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      Bearadise Ranch
      Ten minutes from Casa Calm lies a unique experience: Your own private tour of bears in a natural setting. Established in 1926, the Welde family's ranch provides a habitat for bears and a rare opportunity for animal lovers, where you can gain awareness and affection for these magnificent beings. Reservations required. Info here: Bearadise Ranch

      Oscar Scherer State Park
      Birds are abundant in this 1,381-acre park, from blue scrub jays to bald eagles. You can view the wildlife while hiking one of their 15 miles of trails, or by taking a leisurely paddle down South Creek, or while cooling off with a swim in Lake Osprey. 40 minutes from us. Oscar Scherer State Park

      Robinson Nature Preserve
      Over 600 acres of coastal preserve featuring hiking and bike paths, kayak and canoe waterways, bridges, mangrove forests, picnic area, children's playground, and a 53-foot-tall tower with a wide-open view of the Tampa Bay area. 45 minutes from us. RobinsonPreserve.com

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      Robinson Nature Preserve
      Nathan Benderson Park
      In addition to being a world-class rowing facility that hosts regattas, this 600-acre community park has hiking trails, a bike path, a fishing pier, a boat ramp, and a 500-acre lake. 25 minutes from us. worldclassrowing.com, bendersonpark

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Wineries
      Fiorelli Winery
      Located 10 minutes from us, Fiorelli Winery offers tours of their vineyards and complimentary wine tastings. On Saturday nights, they have a dining package "Wine and Dine in the Vines" – dinner, wine, and live music in the picturesque surroundings of their vineyards. Reservations required – it sells out. FiorelliWinery.com

      Henscratch Farms Vineyard, Winery and Country Store
      Well beyond wine, the Henscratch Farms country store has homemade preserves, sauces, syrups, salsas, pickles, ciders, raw honey from their hives, and infused grapeseed oil. You can pick your own strawberries, blueberries, muscadines and scuppernongs when in season. Enjoy live music while sipping their selections of wine. One hour of scenic country roads from us. HenscratchFarms.com
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Horses
      Casa Calm is located in horse country. We're surrounded by horse farms of every variety (i.e., breeding, training, therapeutic riding, recreational riding, lessons in dressage, jumping, barrel racing, trick riding, and playing polo). Here are some options.

      Myakka River Trail Rides
      Myakka River Ranch offers a wide variety of trail rides and lessons for everyone from beginners to advanced. Appropriate for kids of all ages. 20 minutes from us. MyakkaTrailRides.com

      Prospect Riding Center
      Therapeutic and recreational horseback activities. 5 minutes from us. Saddle up.... Prospect Riding Center

      Lipizzan Stallion Performances
      Catch Lippizzan stallions in action Thurs, Fri, Sat from December through April at Colonel Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Ranch, where the horses are trained and the shows take place for the public. 10 minutes from us. $5. hlipizzans.com

      Sarasota Polo Club
      Ever been to a polo match? Well, now's your chance. Located 15 minutes from us on 130 acres, matches at the Sarasota Polo Club are open to the public every Sunday at 1 PM from mid-December through mid-April. General admission is $12 per adult and free for children 12 and under. SarasotaPolo.com
Shopping
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      Towles Court

      Downtown Sarasota
      Big-city skyline with a charming small-town feel. Boutiques, art galleries, nightlife, and plenty of free parking. 30 minutes west of us. More info here: DsaSarasota.com, DowntownSarasota.com

      St. Armands Circle
      Adjacent to Lido Key, and right off the beach, St. Armands Key has a large selection of upscale shops and restaurants. Much fine dining, strolling, and window shopping to be had. Highly enjoyable. 35 minutes from us. StArmandsCircleAssoc.com

      Mall at University Town Center
      Manhattan comes to Sarasota. Shiny new mall with every store you could possibly desire. It's beautifully done and only 25 minutes from us. MallatUTC.com

      Towles Court
      Hidden artist colony in nice section of historic downtown Sarasota. Best to go during their monthly art walk, when you can tour the open studios, meet the artists, and enjoy live music. Good restaurants nearby. 30 minutes from us. TowlesCourt.com, TripAdvisor Info

      Red Barn
      Huge indoor air-conditioned flea market with over 600 booths of shopping, groceries, entertainment, and prepared foods. A unique experience. Check hours on website. 40 minutes from us. RedBarnFleaMarket.com

      Sarasota Farmers Market
      Every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM. Downtown Sarasota. SarasotaFarmersMarket.org

      Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market
      Every Wednesday, 3 - 7 PM, Dec through April, at the Sarasota Polo Grounds. Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market

      Ellenton Premium Outlets
      Over 100 outlets in one spot.  Ellenton Premium Outlet Stores is 25 minutes from us and includes Steve Madden, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, DKNY, Guess, Gap, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Ralph Lauren, Movado, Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue, and 100 more. For a full list, see PremiumOutlets.com

      Arcadia Antiques
      Built in the 1800s, the historic downtown district of Arcadia is lined with 24 antique shops, restaurants and other specialty stores. An outdoor antique fair is held on the fourth Saturday of every month. Located 30 minutes east of us, more info here: ArcadiaFlAntiques.com
The Arts
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      The Ringling
      Much more than just a circus museum, the Ringling estate has 66 acres of gardens, 28,000 works of art, special performances, and the Ca' d'Zan (a Mediterranean Revival mansion, which served as the winter home of circus owner, developer and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable). They chose the site for its vistas overlooking the Sarasota Bay. Located 35 minutes from us, the Ringling is rated the number-one attraction in Sarasota. Free admission on Mondays. Ringling.org

      Sarasota Opera
      Five-star rated opera company with performances housed in an ornate circa-1926 theater. The venue is on the intimate scale of European opera houses, with not a bad seat in the house. Located 35 minutes from us. Check their website for the current season offerings and tickets: SarasotaOpera.org

      Sarasota Ballet
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      Sarasota Ballet Co.

      Several ballet companies make Sarasota their home. For performace schedules, see their websites: Sarasota Ballet, Cuban Ballet, and Russian Ballet.

      Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
      Music concerts, Broadway shows, comedians, more. 30 minutes from us. See schedule of upcoming performances here: VanWezel.org

      The Dali Museum
      Unparalleled collection of Salvador Dali art on a waterfront setting in St. Petersburg. One hour from us. TheDali.org
Beaches
      The following beaches are a string of barrier islands off the Gulf of Mexico. For your use on any beach excursions, we have complimentary beach chairs, umbrella, towels, sunscreen, cooler, ice, and thermos.

      Lido Key
      The closest to our door, Lido Key is 35 minutes away and offers pristine beaches with lifeguards, trails, and a pool. Aside from being our favorite beach, Lido is best known for St. Armands Circle, a collection of 130 upscale shops and restaurants, providing for an enjoyable stroll, window gazing, dining, and maybe even a treat from their home-made chocolate, fudge or ice-cream shops. Free parking throughout.

      Siesta Key
      Rated the number-one beach in the country, Siesta Key is an eight-mile-long island consisting of homes, condos, shops, galleries and, of course, a public beach. Located 45 minutes from us.

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      Siesta Key
      Anna Maria Island
      Seven miles long, Anna Maria Island is known for its fishing piers, sugar-sand beaches (Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach), quaint strip of shops, restaurants and other family-owned businesses. Two spots worth checking out are Historic Bridge St (located on the mid to south end of the island) and Pine Avenue (on the north end of the island). Anna Maria Island is 45 minutes from us.

      Longboat Key
      12 miles of white sand beach. Need we say more. Like the other islands, it's called home to many residents. Located 40 minutes from us.

      St. Pete Beach
      20-mile-long barrier island located an hour north of us. Several neighborhoods to explore, ranging from the popular downtown area along Corey Avenue with its bars, shops and restaurants, to the quieter historic district of Pass-a-Grille on the south end of the island.

      Manasota Key
      An hour away, but a hidden gem. Just over the bridge to the island of Manasota Key lies Englewood Beach, with a boardwalk, restrooms, and nearby restaurants and shops. A couple of miles south of Englewood Beach lies the more secluded Stump Pass Beach State Park, where you can hike the trails in an area where tortoises and egrets call home. North of Englewood is Blind Pass Beach, where you might find some fossilized shark teeth along the shore. Blind Pass includes a nature trail that meanders through mangroves and sand dunes. Farther north, Manasota Beach offers tranquility and a popular snorkeling area.

      Boca Grande
      Located on Gasparilla island, Boca Grande is further (1.2 hours from us), but a favorite among guests who pass through our place. Boca Grande has managed to maintain idyllic old-Florida appeal with its charming historic small town, hiking and biking paths, sugar-sand beaches, beautiful blue water, and world-class fishing. (When we visited the beach, we saw a manatee.) Cayo Costa State Park is located off the island with access by boat or ferry. It offers miles of stunning beaches, acres of pine forests, and water that is rich with sea life.
Fun and Adventure
      TreeUmph!
      Located five minutes from us, ziplines are just the beginning in this elevated adventure park. Check their website for the many amazing courses. The pics alone will have you grinning ear to ear. TreeUmph.com

      Skydiving
      Not that we've tried it, but here you go.... Skydive Sarasota, SW Florida Skydive Club,
Baseball
      Catch any of the following Major League teams in spring training during March.   Minor League games take place at the ballparks below from April through August:

      Baltimore Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota (30 minutes from us).

      Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton (30 minutes from us).

      NY Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa (1 hour from us). Spring-training schedule and info: steinbrennerfield.com,

      Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater (1.25 hours from us).

      Toronto Blue Jays at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin – a beautiful town to visit in itself (1.5 hours from us).

      Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Park in Port Charlotte (1 hour from us).

      Major League info: floridagrapefruitleague.com

      Minor League info: milb.com
Golf
      Rosedale Golf and Country Club
      Rated the number-one golf course in the area. Tennis and dining also available. 20 minutes from us. RosedaleCountryClub.com

      The Links at Greenfield Plantation
      Affordable and a championship course. Large aqua range with floating targets so you can hone your accuracy. Bar and grill on site. 25 minutes from us. GreenfieldPlantationGolf.com

      The River Club
      In addition to the 18-hole course, amenities include a restaurant, pro shop, golf lessons, driving range, tennis courts, pool and lounge/banquet facilities. 20 minutes from us. RiverClubGC.com

      River Run Golf Links
      Reasonably priced. Nice grounds. Those who go say they would go again. 30 minutes from us. RiverRunGolfLinks.com

      Tatum Ridge Golf Links
      A Scottish-style links course with preserved wetlands and 11 lakes in a natural setting. Includes restaurant, pro shop and instruction. 20 minutes from us. TatumRidgeGolfLinks.com

      The Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch
      An upscale 18-hole championship golf course, with dining. 20 minutes away. LegacyGolfClub.com
Kids
      All of the excursions on this page – except perhaps the winery and opera – have activities perfect for kids, from playgrounds to petting zoos, plus a few sandcastles in between. Here are a couple more....

      Livingston's Amusements
      50,000-square-foot arcade center in Sarasota with go-karts, billiards, bazooka ball, bumper cars, video games, ticket games, a full bar and pub grub. 30 minutes from us. LivingstonsAmusements.com

      The Fish Hole – Miniature Golf
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      An 18-hole miniature golf course with a fish theme throughout, including a moving water wheel and a 3,000-gallon pond filled with brightly colored Koi fish. Kids can get fish food from the feeders to keep themselves busy between holes. The Fish Hole has two locations in the area. The one nearest to us is 20 minutes away in Lakewood Ranch: TheFishHole.com

      Petting Zoos, Playgrounds and Farms

      Hunsader Farms
      An adorable experience for kids (and adults) that's just 10 minutes from us. In addition to picking your own fruits and veggies, Hunsader offers a large petting zoo, playground, picnic area, country store, ice cream shop, antique shop and, in the fall, a pumpkin festival. Closed summer. HunsaderFarms.com

      Dakin Dairy Farms
      Less than ten minutes from our door, Dakin is a sustainable family-run farm with some great attractions for kids. Oct through May, Wed through Sun, Dakin offers daily $15 tours in which children take a hayride deep into the farm, bottle feed a calf, and witness all of the following:
      • butter making
      • milk traveling from cow to bottle
      • a pig race
      • and a cow train ride.
      In the fall, they have a six-acre corn maze open Mon though Sat. They also have a market, cafe and gift shop open to the public year round. DakinDairyFarms.com

      Fruitville Grove
      Family-owned market open year round and seven days a week (those two things are a novelty around here), offering organic produce (another big deal), animals (i.e., horses, goats, chickens, etc.), a spacious playground, Amish-made goods, cheeses, jams, and a pumpkin festival in the fall. 20 minutes from us. FruitvilleGrove.com

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