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Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Beach (sometimes known as Siesta Key Beach) is a beach located on Siesta Key in the U.S. state of Florida.

Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz, most of which comes from the Appalachian Mountains. Over time the feldspar and mica have been removed from the rock, leaving almost pure quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. According to Harvard University geologists, it's estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, having its origin in the Appalachians and flowing down the rivers from the mountains until it eventually was deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

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Siesta Key Farmers Market

Siesta Key Farmers Market is a best kept secret. Great way to spend a vacation, seeing local artists and local businesses selling their products. It goes from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and most are closing up at 1:00 pm so come early and hangout and listen to the live music!

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The Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Recently named America's #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpturing contest has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. During four days in early November, they compete. The event is open to visitors who are amazed by these incredible creations. Throughout the event, visitors can enjoy food, music, dancing, and vendors selling crafts and more.

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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit, marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, with additional campuses in eastern Sarasota County, Boca Grande, Florida, and the Florida Keys. Founded in 1955 by Dr. Eugenie Clark in Placida, Florida, it was known as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory until 1967. The laboratory aims to advance marine science and education, supporting conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. A public aquarium and associated education program interpret its research for the public.

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Siesta Key Drum Circle

The community drum circle at Siesta Key Beach plays every Sunday in Sarasota, about 1 hour before sunset. It takes place, just south of the main pavilion on Siesta Public Beach. Witness a fun sunset ritual at the drum circle. Young and old enjoy the beat of the drums and the dancing the sun into the sea. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began spontaneously and now has a life of its own.

 

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Kayaking at Ted Sperling Park

Ted Sperling Park hosts one of the top rated kayak launches in the state, located at the north entrance to the park at 190 Taft Drive. Directly off the launch at the park is a vast system of mangrove forests and tunnels, easily navigated by beginners and experts to paddling. Manatees, dolphin, and other wildlife are commonly spotted by kayakers.

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