If you go: Siesta Key

Lodging Most accommodations are rentals: condos, cottages, town houses and mom-and-pop hotels, many with small kitchens. Some require minimum stays, ranging from three nights to a week. Summer rates range from about $100 to $300 a night, tax and fees included.

Turtle Beach Campground, near the key's south end, is on the Gulf and features 40 sites for tent or RV camping. (scgov.net/turtlebeachcampground; 941-349-3839)

Info: siestakeychamber.com, 941-349-3800

Eating The roughly two dozen restaurants are independently owned and offer a wide variety — from sandwiches to seafood. Many offer children's menus or kid-friendly fare. A sampling:

Turtles Waterfront Restaurant and Bar: Casual waterfront dining. turtlesrestaurant.com; 941-346-2207

Siesta Key Oyster Bar: Family friendly with outside eating and a kids' menu. skob.com; 941-346-5443

Miguel's French Continental Cuisine: A local institution. miguelsrestaurant.net; 941-349-4024

Fun for kids Mote Marine Aquarium: Touch pools, shark, dolphin, manatee and sea turtle exhibits and more than 100 other species of marine life. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota; mote.org; 941-388-4441

G. Wiz — The Science Museum: Permanent interactive exhibits that test mental and physical skills. Also touring exhibits. 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota; gwiz.org; 941-906-1851

Crowley Museum and Nature Center: Nature preserve, pioneer history center and observation tower. 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota; cmncfl.org; 941-322-1000

Sarasota Jungle Gardens: Bird and reptile shows, winding trails, a tree house, play area on 10 acres. 3701 Bay Shore Road; Sarasota;

sarasotajunglegardens.com; 941-355-5305

Historic Spanish Point: Archaeology exhibits, pioneer homestead, gardens and nature trail. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey; historicspanishpoint.org; 941-966-5214

Water sports and rentals Siesta Key Marina: Boat and jet ski rental and parasailing. siestakeymarina.com; 941-349-1970

Turtle Beach Marina: Fishing charters, boat rental. 941-349-9449

Siesta Key Jet Ski: Jet ski rental. siestakeyjetski.com; 941-346-3000

Siesta Sports Rentals: Bikes, kayaks, three-wheeled scooter cars, motor scooters. Kayak tours. siestasportsrentals.com; 941-346-1797

Siesta Key Bike & Kayak: Beach bikes, road bikes, recumbent, tandems and single and double kayaks. Kayak tours. siestakeybikeandkayak.com; 941-346-0891

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