Things To Do In Sarasota

$150 for a Gymnastics Party for Up to 12 Children at AcroFit Gymnastics Center ($250 Value)

AcroFit Gymnastics Center

Clark and Sawyer Intersection

Two instructors organize and lead children through games and gymnastics activities during a 1.5-hour party

$250 $120

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$49 for Four 30-Minute Piano or Keyboard Lessons at Sarasota Piano Keys Music Studio ($100 Value)

Sarasota Piano Keys Music Studio

Gulf Gate Estates-Osprey

In 30 minutes, instructors can instill piano basics or teach more complicated pieces depending on students' existing knowledge.

$100 $49

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Watercolor Painting Class with Wine and Cheese at Art & Photography School of Colleen Cassidy (Up to 53% Off)

Art & Photography School of Colleen Cassidy

Gillespie Park

Learn how to paint with watercolors from an experienced artist with a life-long passion for her craft; supplies, wine, and cheese provided

$40 $20

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30-Minute Couples Gondola Tour or Tour for Up to Eight People from Sarasota Gondola (Up to 67% Off)

Sarasota Gondola

South Sarasota

Singing gondolier Boris Tsatskin charms passengers with classic Italian tunes and peaceful tours of Phillippi Creek

$100 $39

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Crunch (72% Off)

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu / Crunch

Sarasota

From the merchant: Great way to learn something new, defend yourself, be in great shape, loose weight, fight for something great!!!!!!

$220 $62

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$40 for a Golf Enhancement Experience at Conaway Golf Instruction (Up to $120 Value)

Conaway Golf Instruction

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

Instructors adjust golf swings to fit a student’s unique traits while mapping out strategies to obtain on-the-course goals

$120 $40

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One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two People at Davis Training (Up to 86% Off)

Davis Training

Sarasota

Husband-wife team orchestrates 45 minutes of intense, full-body boot camp exercises

$180 $29

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$25 for $50 Groupon — AllStar Music Academy Inc

Allstar Music Academy Inc

Desoto Village

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$50 $25

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$25 for Two Private Dance Lessons and One Group Class at Empire Ballroom Studio (Up to $200 Value)

Empire Ballroom Studio

Rosemary District

Instructors with international experience lead classes that focus on fundamental skills and expressing yourself through dance

$200 $25

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$31 for $124 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Sarasota Kung Fu and Tai Chi

Sarasota Kung Fu And Tai Chi

sarasota

From the merchant: One month of unlimited kung fu, tai chi, yoga, and fitness classes

$124 $31

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Paddleboard Lesson with One or Two Hours of Paddling for One or Two at Siesta Key Paddleboards (Up to 68% Off)

Siesta Key Paddleboards

Sarasota

Students learn how to sit, kneel, and stand on a board before enjoying one or two hours of self-guided paddling

$60 $20

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Barn Tour and Riding Lesson for One or Two, or Three Riding Lessons for One at Valley Ridge Ranch (Up to 58% Off)

Valley Ridge Ranch

Myakka Valley Ranches

Tour a spacious, rustic horse barn and bond with four-legged friends during private riding lessons

$60 $29

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Two- to Three-Hour Sunset Boat Cruise for Up to Six ($375 Value)

Hook'um Charters

The Docks, Sarasota Hyatt Regency

A family-friendly charter whisk sightseers out to sea for gorgeous views of the skyline and ocean horizon at sunset

$375 $195

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Child or Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Membership at Wolf Pack Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 68% Off)

Wolf Pack Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Sarasota

Instructors walk students through the joint locks, chokes and take-downs that make Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu renowned among fighters

$95 $31

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Fused-Glass Vase-Making Workshop for One or Two Adults at Sarasota School of Glass (Up to 52% Off)

Sarasota School of Glass

Sarasota

Students learn glass-fusing techniques and choose from a variety of patterned glass to create a one-of-a-kind vase that they can take home

$75 $37

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12 or 24 One-Hour Boot-Camp Sessions at RC Fit Camp / RC Fitness (Up to 68% Off)

RC Fit Camp / RC Fitness

Sarasota

Boot-camp participants burn fat, build muscle tone, and gain stamina during intensive full-body workouts

$149 $48

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$16.99 for Outing for Four to Sarasota Children’s Garden (Up to 58% Value)

Sarasota Children's Garden

Gillespie Park

Two-acre interactive garden with wooden pirate ship, koi pond, topiaries & whimsical sculptures

$40 $16.99

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A Private Music Lesson from The Suzuki Institute (44% Off)

Suzuki Institute School Of Music, Inc.

Sarasota

Violin, piano, or guitar lesson from an instructor with a doctorate in music education; ages 4 through adult

$34 $19

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Three or Five Private Pilates Reformer Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Pilates Plus (Up to 60% Off)

Pilates Plus

Sarasota

Pilates classes tone and strengthen the core while increasing flexibility; the schedule also includes kickboxing, Zumba, and barre classes

$225 $110

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Bill Shumate's career as a restaurateur began in 1964 when he opened a small burger shack that catered to the hearty appetites of University of Oklahoma students. After spending the next several decades opening and operating eateries, Shumate decided that his next venture should somehow honor his burger roots. He partnered with Joanie Corneil in 2006 and developed a concept choosing the name Square 1 Burgers to reflect this full-circle journey. Unlike that original restaurant, though, Square 1 Burgers grew over the years, eventually expanding to several locations throughout west central Florida.

Although the concept was intended to be a return to basics, Square 1 isn't constrained by traditional conventions. Patties of Meyer's all-natural red Angus beef, Kobe, lamb, ground buffalo, and portobello mushroom caps all appear between the buns, providing a wealth of options to consider before even thinking about toppings. This eclectic spirit is also apparent in the menu's selection of appetizers, which includes everything from sun-dried tomato and artichoke hummus to homemade double-dipped onion rings. Even the milkshakes made with Blue Bell ice cream seem like faithful renditions of an American classic at first. However, the grown-up versions with Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua or brandy, cr?me de cacao continue to demonstrate Square 1 Burgers' playful spirit.

5239 University Pkwy
University Park,
FL
US

The quote “Everything seems impossible … until it’s done!” adorns the walls of Apple Jelly Studios, inspiring the women within the private studio to achieve their fitness goals. Drawn together by a shared love of pole dancing, a quartet of women decided to spearhead the private studio, where they continue to teach dancing and fitness classes today alongside a handpicked crew of certified female instructors. Reflected in wall-to-wall mirrors, they teach students of all shapes and sizes to twirl around eight chrome poles during beginner, advanced, and intermediate pole-dancing and pole-trick classes, boosting confidence, toning muscles, and burning calories. Certified instructors also lead a variety of yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp classes upon the studio’s hardwood floors.

The studio rents its facilities out for private events, providing pole-dancing instruction, sultry red lighting, and a professional sound system for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and brazen knitting circles.

1221 S Tamiami Trl
Sarasota,
FL
US

Imagine for a moment diving into the ocean, resurfacing with not only memories of the sub-aquatic environment, but a full reel of photographs, too. Underwater photography is just one of the many courses offered at Scuba Quest, a family-owned company that has shown students how to safely explore the seas for more than 25 years.

Scuba Quest began as a single shop, but has since spread to six locations across the state of Florida. At each, the company’s NAUI-certified instructors lead refresher courses, beginner classes, and comprehensive certification programs. Rather than climbing into fish tanks while pet-store clerks are on break, Scuba Quest's students can put their new skills to the test in unfamiliar waters during the company’s exotic diving excursions around the globe.

1129 S Tamiami Trl
Sarasota,
FL
US

Art in the eyes of Cara Levitt isn't only about aesthetics––it's a powerful tool of personal expression that can be used to heal unseen emotional wounds. A board-certified art therapist with six years of experience working in the mental-health field, Levitt established Draw It Out Art Therapy to help visitors grapple with life's obstacles while learning to problem solve, regulate their emotions, and create original works of art as a tangible form of catharsis. Her programs for singles, groups, families, and children take on a variety of issues, including low self-esteem and anxiety, and encourage participants to redirect their energy into completing a number of projects such as paintings, worry jars, and piñatas made of papier-mâché pink slips.

200 S Washington Blvd
Sarasota,
FL
US

The spindly branches of mangrove trees dip into Sarasota waters, often creating channels just wide enough to admit one kayak. But despite the narrow nature of these waterways, the guides of I Kayak Sarasota—all Sarasota natives—navigate them with ease. They do this while leading kayakers on tours that uncover different aspects of the bay’s natural splendor without revealing its real secret—that it’s actually a giant’s bathtub. One tour showcases the mangrove tunnels where tourists might see manatees and dolphins, and the other grants guests views of the sunset from the middle of the bay. In addition, I Kayak Sarasota offers standup-paddleboard lessons, which incorporate balance and core fitness into wave-top adventures.

200 John Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota,
FL
US

Hearty brews from the local area, around the country, and all over the world take center stage at World of Beer Sarasota, with countless varieties on tap and hundreds of selections by the bottle. The selection is updated frequently, so each visit to World of Beer can mean discovering a new favorite brew. For those who aren't certified beerophiles, the modern brick-lined space also offers a selection of white and red wines. After grabbing a drink, patrons can head out to the outdoor patio to enjoy some of the bar's Rocky Patel cigars. In addition to serving the masses, World of Beer also hosts a constant stream of events, including ladies' nights, trivia nights, and performances from live bands.

8217 Tourist Center Dr
Bradenton,
FL
US