Spring Break in Sarasota

This year’s spring break began with snow both in DC and at home. The frigid, gloomy weather only has me continuing to reminisce about last year’s spring break trip so I decided to share how I spent my time in Sarasota, FL last April. It was such a fun trip and managed to be jam-packed yet relaxing!

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On our first night there, we took a walk down to the beach to watch the sunset. We only stayed for a couple of minutes because we were exhausted, but it felt nice to get some fresh air and feel the sand between my toes. The following day, we visited Selby Gardens and spent the afternoon walking around. I had so much fun climbing trees, looking at tropical flowers, walking around, and especially chatting with my Grandpa and Mom. We even had lunch in the peaceful gardens; it was so good.

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Our favorite activity on this trip was driving around the coast and trying to find cool beaches. Although we ended up at the local one most of the time, it was fun to discover different spots.  I spotted an interesting looking beach from an overpass bridge near Longboat Key and pulled off the road immediately. The beach was so cool and covered in old trees and driftwood! My Mom and I almost got trapped by the tide coming back but it was worth it!

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Another activity we frequently did on this trip was drive around Sarasota and visit the state parks. We first visited Oscar Sherer State Park to walk around and explore. It was fun to walk around and climb trees, but without a bike, this park was not somewhere that I could spend a lot of time. On our way out, I discovered an old trestle which was extremely exciting because I’m obsessed with trestles.

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The following day, we road-tripped to Myakka River State Park. We climbed above and through the canopy, saw alligators, and frolicked in trees. It was fun to drive through the park and see how the Florida forest differed from that in Rhode Island. Highlights of the day included getting stuck in a tree and seeing a mommy alligator with its baby!

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Before I knew it, my time in FL had ended and I watched our final sunset through the car window. It was absolutely breathtaking. The next morning, we made a quick visit to the Ringling Gardens before getting on a plane and heading home. It was such a fun trip and I’m dying to go back and see my Grandparents.

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