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Where To Take Your Sulky Teen For a Fabulous Sarasota Vacation

| Sande Caplin |

Sarasota is best known as a snowbird’s paradise, hosting every year countless migrating retirees who are drawn because of the pleasantly warm climate. But there are many teenagers in the area, as well, who are mostly 18 and under, and you’ll find them hanging out in the mall or the movie theaters.  In case you’re wondering, there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep them busy without Mom and Dad supervising.

You can drop your kid off at SunniBunni, a favorite smoothie spot for teens, located at sn, 5816 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, FL 34233.  And there’s the Stardust Skate Center at 2571 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 365-6888. Or there’s Hollywood 20 Theater at 1993 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Call for features and times at Phone:(941) 365-2000.  

 The popular Westfield Sarasota Mall is a real draw for your young fashionista..  This mall is an endless playground with favorites like Forever 21 and Hot Topic, as well as a movie theater.  Also, there’s an ice-skating rink, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and an arcade filled with games.

More fun-filled hours can be spent at Livingston’s Amusement Center, at 5947 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota, Fl which has go-kart racing, rock climbing and an arcade.  For dessert or ice cream lovers there is a Cold Stone Creamery.

If you’re interested in keeping the family closer together, there are family resorts that cater to keeping your children busy and entertained while you laze by the pool.   Log onto for arts and crafts and Kids Night Out, where the kids can have a Pajama-rama party and a Beach Bonfire Bash. Call them at 941-309-2000.

Sun-n-FunAnother fun choice is Sun-N-Fun that has a children’s splash pool, poolside movies, mini golf and family-friendly activities like “Funtoberfest” and “Everything Chocolate Weekend.”  Log onto for more details and a program of activities all contact them by phone at 941-371-2505.

Your teen getting sulky with nothing to keep them busy?  At Lido Beach Resort you’ll find 300 feet of private beach, volleyball courts, and three poolside Jacuzzis.  Kids can actually eat for free from their own special menus! You can contact them at 941-388-2161.

Snowbird ParadiseYou’re on vacation, and isn’t that the time to indulge in a slice of fudge or a scoop of great ice cream at Kilwin’s Find out more by calling them at 941-388-3200 or drive down to St. Armand’s Circle.  You might want to grab some excellent pizza at  that is a mini tavern with mini-golf and the best pizza and goodies. Call them at 941-377-9300.  Of course our kids think we’re all a drag and totally embarrassing, but some of these great choices for extra fun can create a vacation that will be fondly remembered for years to come.

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