As residents of Florida, we’re no strangers to the relentless heat and the desire to escape into cool and inviting interiors. Fortunately for those living in or visiting Sarasota, the city boasts an array of indoor activities perfect for family fun days. Here’s our curated list of ten indoor activities in Sarasota where you can beat the heat:

      1. The Ringling Art Museum: Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, The Ringling is not just a visual feast of art, but it also offers a peek into the history of the renowned Ringling family. The galleries are cool and perfect for a summer outing.
      2. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium: A working aquarium at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, it’s both educational and entertaining. Meet various aquatic animals and engage in interactive exhibits for a wholesome family day out.
      3. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre: Laughter is the best medicine, they say. Sit back and enjoy a fun comedy show at 1923 Ringling Blvd, while relishing in the cool atmosphere of the theatre.
      4. Sarasota Lanes: Get competitive with a family bowling game at 2250 Fruitville Road. Not only is it a fun activity, but bowling alleys are also usually well air-conditioned, offering a reprieve from the heat.
      5. Asolo Repertory Theatre: Dive deep into the world of musicals, dramas, and plays at this beautifully decorated theater located at 5555 N Tamiami Trl.
      6. AMC Sarasota 12: Catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster in full digital video and sound. Some films are also available in 3D and IMAX formats, offering an immersive movie-watching experience.
      7. Burns Court Cinema: For those who have an inclination towards indie and foreign films, this cinema at 506 Burns Ln is the place to be. Enjoy a movie along with a drink, as they serve both beer and wine.
      8. Beach Club Siesta Key: Located at 5151 Ocean Blvd, this club offers a chance to enjoy live music and dance, all in a cool, indoor setting.
      9. Parkway 8 Cinema: If you’re looking for a discount movie theater with first-run films, head to 6300 N Lockwood Ridge Road. Affordable entertainment, and yes, lots of air conditioning.
      10. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall: Experience diverse performances, from musicians to comedians, in the heart of Sarasota at 777 N Tamiami Trl.

No need to let the Floridian heat put a damper on your family fun days. Sarasota offers a wealth of indoor activities that promise not just a great time, but also a welcome escape from the soaring temperatures outside. So gather your family, choose your favorite spot (or spots) from our list, and dive into the cool comfort of Sarasota’s indoor treasures!

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