7 Free Things to Do in Siesta Key and Sarasota, FL

Free things to do in Siesta Key go far beyond just enjoying 35 miles of beaches and emerald green waters. Located in Sarasota County, the Siesta Key area also has free parks, events, live entertainment and more. All at no cost. Read more.

Top 7 Free Things to Do in Siesta Key, Florida

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Get Ready to Groove

Top rated as a favorite Florida getaway, Siesta Key Beach lends itself to lots of free activities. Play in the sand, body surf, collect seashells, eat a picnic lunch, or relax and enjoy beautiful views.

On Sunday evenings, move to the drumming beat of the Siesta Key Drum Circle at Siesta Key Public Beach. Activities begin just before sunset and offer a different experience each time. The event is located a little south of the main pavilion, so follow your ears to this popular gathering.

Take a Gallery Walk

On the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m., let the Sarasota community entertain you. The First Friday Gallery Walk is among the top free things to do in Siesta Key and Sarasota. Browse for that perfect piece in one of the galleries, or enjoy a night of entertainment and live music. The Palm Avenue Arts Alliance can’t wait to sing, dance, stroll and serenade the community and its guests.

Watch a Cricket Match

Sit on a bench and watch a game of cricket. The Sarasota International Cricket Club plays year-round and is the only club in the U.S. that has a dedicated grounds for the sport. In order to play, guests must join, but making friends and meeting people are free perks.

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Relax at North Jetty

North Jetty Park, located on the southern tip of Casey Key, is regarded as one of the most peaceful spots in Siesta Key. Water lovers can fish, watch boats on the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as canoe and kayak.

Take a Stroll

Burns Court, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a group of 1920s bungalows turned into homes, shops and restaurants. The Burns Court Cinema also shows independent films, perfect for a date night or friend activity. While roaming around, stop by Burns Court Cafe for rest and relaxation.

Journey Along Tamiami Trail

Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway explores the culture, history and waters of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The drive runs along 70 miles, taking travelers to cities that include Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice and North Port. Make it a day trip, and stop at each of these cities to experience culture, attractions and recreation.

Explore Myakka State Forest

The frontage on the Myakka River is designated an Outstanding Florida Water and a Wild and Scenic River. Myakka State Forest welcomes everyone to bike, hike, bird-watch, camp, fish and paddle the river. Horseback riding is another popular thing to do, as there are 13 miles of horse riding trails. Proof of Coggins test are required.

Spend the Day at Oscar Scherer

For only the price of parking – about $5 per car – take the family to Oscar Scherer State Park. More than 1,300 acres invite guests to watch wildlife, play in the water, camp and join interactive exhibits. Water activities include swimming, snorkeling and fishing. On land, hit the trails, gather around a campfire circle and take kids to the playground.

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