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Hidden Gem Series: Exploring The Sarasota Children’s Garden

One of my favorite local attractions is The Sarasota Children’s Garden. It’s an amazing place where children can explore Mother Nature and let their imaginations run wild. My favorite time of year to go is when it’s a bit cooler out. 

The Details

Sarasota Children’s Garden
1670 10th Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Senior Admission: $9
Adult Admission: $10
Child Admission: $5 (under 3 are free)
Time spent at the park: 2-3 hours
Level of toddler satisfaction: A

Experiencing the Magic

We began our day walking up a pathway lined with luscious plants to pay for our admission. But before that, we had to stop at the wishing well.

I found out later she wished for a kitten…so no, this wishing well will not be making that happen!

Our next stop was the dress up room. There were so many costumes and accessories to choose from. We could have spent the entire day in there trying on outfits, but the magic of the garden was calling.

The giant red chair! This chair sits right next to the entrance of the garden. We take a picture in this chair every time we visit.

The Main Attraction:

There’s so much to see in the garden and the best part of it is that no two visits are ever the same. It’s sometimes hard to keep up with my girl; she bounces from one area to the next because she is so excited to explore!

Here are some of our favorites…

Hobbitville has kid-sized houses ready to be discovered.

On warmer days, the Rain Forest has misters for the kids to play in. My daughter loves these!

The Black Pearl is in the lagoon. You can steer the ship or walk the plank, or both!

No trip to the garden would be complete without saying Hi to Snuffy. Snuffy is the dragon that landed in The Children’s Garden and watches over it.

This was my daughter’s favorite spot this trip…Fruity Oops Mountain. Kids can climb the mountain of tires and then swing down using the rope swing. We spent a lot of time here!

If playing in the sand is your kiddo’s favorite thing, then you don’t want to miss the Octopus Garden. Who wouldn’t want to build sand castles with a purple octopus watching over?

And finally, the Fairy Garden. We loved checking under all of the whimsical mushrooms looking for some fairy friends.

Other Activities:

During this last visit, we also were treated to a story on the main stage, a bug scavenger hunt, and an activity led by the Garden’s staff. We spent over two and a half hours exploring. I just want to add, there are many more areas of the Garden to explore. Your kiddos will most likely have different areas that are their favorites. I encourage you to go experience the magic for yourself. Trust me, the imagination is contagious!

Know Before You Go:

  • Bring/wear bug spray: If your kiddo is a mosquito magnet like mine, you definitely want to go in cooler weather. The garden does have a supply of mosquito spray for you to use, but my favorite spray is by Fairy Tales and called Bug Bandit.
  • Parking: Parking for the garden is located slightly down the road in a dirt lot or on the street. The lot you can use is clearly marked. 

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