If Florida is known for anything besides its bold beaches, oranges and alligators, it is the heat. Anyone who has gone to Orlando during the summer for a drop-in at Disney World has felt the oppressive peak heat as it radiates off the asphalt.
Thankfully, Siesta Key is quite a bit cooler. The gulf breeze helps keeps things in check, and the indoor activities open up new options to escape the heat.
What are some activities you can enjoy on Siesta Key when the heat becomes a bit too much and you need the cool off indoors?
See a Movie or Theatre Show
Air-conditioning is like gold in the Florida summer. When the heat continues, you need a place to lounge without the sun. What better place than a movie theatre?
Cinebistro is a classy and casual dining experience in Sarasota, and only a short drive from the key. Burns Court Cinema specializes in art films, foreign showcases, and select first-run films for a more intimate and independent atmosphere. You can also stop by one of the big mainstream theatres, such as AMC, to catch the latest huge summer release.
Not feeling a movie on vacation? Sarasota and Siesta Key have an uproarious community theatre scene. The Players Center for Performing Arts is a mainstay and the Florida Studio Theatre features touring acts and huge shows in a luxury historic women’s club venue space.
Visit a Museum
You can soak in the brisk indoor air, and some local history, with a stop at one of the area’s premier museums. Nearby Mote Aquarium on City Island is a huge draw. It features an eclectic assortment of wildlife, cared for by a team of marine scientists.
Sarasota’s spectacular Classic Car Museum is an essential piece of the antique vehicle lineage. See over 100 vintage vehicles in a 60,000 square foot warehouse. Many vehicles rotate out, keeping the collection fresh after every visit.
See Local Art
One of the easiest ways to escape the summer heat is to visit a local art gallery. The most popular on the island is The Gallery on Siesta Key. Not only is The Gallery a brilliant showcase for spectacular local art that you can take home (or have shipped), but it is a place to interact with artists. Virtually every month, the gallery hosts a special local master. See the unique work and interact with the artist, who may be actively working the time you stop by!
Eat Some Ice Cream
A cold and sweet dessert treat is always a welcome way to get a break from the sun – perhaps the best!
Right on Ocean Blvd, the main artery running through the village, is Sub Zero Nitrogen, Big Olaf Creamery, and Ciao Gelato. The best thing about this is that each ice cream stop offers its own particular spin on the format, so you might set up a fun little “ice cream crawl” with your family or group to sample them all.
Sub Zero Nitrogen blasts the mixture of basic ice cream ingredients that you want with liquid nitrogen to make it right on the spot. You simply select what you want, added from scratch into a bowl, and watch the nitrogen exude through the air. Each blast adds a nice presence of cool fog into the parlor.
Big Olaf Creamery provides authentic and homemade delights, with a range of enticing toppings. It is a down-home and southern-styled ice cream experience.
Finally, Ciao Gelato exemplifies that big gelato boom happening now. Sit on the sidewalk chairs outside, under a cool hangar, and indulge in two or three-cup mixtures of creamy, silky and freshly made gelato.
Stop by for a double-whammy of escaping the heat and eating some delightful treats at one of the key’s many famed local ice cream shops.
Siesta Key is a special place to visit. Contact us for further details about the finest kinds of Siesta Key things to do when the sun is heating up the sidewalk, the ground is hot to the touch, and you just need a mild break from the bright sun.