Sleep Inn & Suites Riverfront
5605 18TH Street E.
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone: (941) 721-4933
Fax: (941) 721-4934
Family outings or even spending time with friends have become a rarity with our busy life schedules. River Strand Golf & Country Club is a great retreat for all those weary of city hustle bustle. Surrounded by lush green trees and beautiful foliage everywhere, the golf course here has its holes strewn all over, making it a great game for enthusiasts. They also have a golf shop and a cafe so that you never run out of equipments or tire out. They also have an tennis lawn for all those who are not too fond of golf. And if you're looking to begin with the game there are trainers to help you learn it. Check website for more details.
Waterlefe Golf & River Club owes its lush beauty to Ted McAnli who is credited with having designed the course. This 18-hole course takes you on a scenic journey through the picturesque Manatee River and several well-preserved Conservation zones. Enjoy the challenging five tees as you traverse through the par 72 course at your own pace. The River Club, on the other hand, is home to various recreational facilities: dining, swimming and a fitness club where you can relax and have a gala time. The River Club is also an ideal venue to host private events and parties. Check website for more details.
Here is a course made specially for those who take golf very seriously. The Rolling Green Golf Club is made of large stretch of grass so that aiming the holes becomes a tad difficult in a few strikes. The place is lined with trees making it very pleasurable to spend time here. The Club also offers a practice pitch with instruction manuals at all levels. If you plan to visit the place, go a little early and dig into the breakfast menu that the in-house restaurant offers. The place also holds tournaments periodically, so that the visitors can witness a good game and the golfers can indulge in the pleasure of competition. Check website for tee timings and other details.
Awarded by the Golf Digest as being one of the best places to play, the Legacy Golf Club is a golf lover's dream course. This 18-hole golf course hosts many tournaments and competitions. But if you just want to try and perfect your shots before that big match, you can do it at the special practice course at this club. The club is also available for events. There is a Ranch Grille, Patio and an events lawn where your guests can savor on breakfasts and delicious lunches. To book your slot, please visit their website.
Ed Smith Stadium, which opened in 1989, is one of the famous landmarks of the city. It is the training grounds of the Sarasota Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. You can watch the live action of these talented teams. Children under three are allowed free entry, provided they don't occupy additional seat. Facilities include on-site parking and disabled access. So come by, for the city's most happening events are held here!
Travel with a working crab boat and get in on the action with Gus's Crabby Adventures. Sailing around Tampa Bay, get the chance to get your hands wet and learn about the art of stone crabbing and the local ecosystem all aboard this small fishing vessel. Back on shore, visit the cook shed and feast on your catch.
Sarasota Sailing Squadron is a non-profit organization and was founded in the 1930s. Adventurers will love the various types of sailing activities here. From recreational, cruising to racing and sailing courses, there is lots in the offing which is affordable as well as exciting. Besides this the club also hosts private events and is the home of the monthly Sailing Squadron Concerts. Featuring the best of folk and acoustic artists, this open air pavilion event is one of the anticipated events of the city.
The Golf Club at Cypress Creek is set amidst a verdant backdrop and has 18-challenging holes to choose from. 14 of these have water-hazards and make for a more exciting round of play. The lush green surroundings add to the visual feast and make for an exciting day out. The on-site restaurant will keep your hunger pangs at bay while the multitude of tournaments and championships at the course will keep golf lovers happy. Check website for more details and exact hours.
This pleasant park offers varied wilderness habitats sandwiched between a golf course, subdivisions, and the St. Pete skyline. You can bike through pine flatwoods dominating acres of palmetto or stroll a boardwalk through a willow marsh bordering Lake Maggiore. Swamp woodlands are richly diverse in trees, shrubs and what's hidden under and over them. Butterflies abound. You can also check out the gopher tortoise, protected by area scrubland. Guided tours are available, although some cost money, so it's best to bring cash. Rest stops along the way provide cold drinks. Admission: Adults $2, Children (3-16) $1; Under 3 free.
The Edison Keith Estate is a monumental site in the Sarasota region of Florida. Precisely located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail, it is also famously referred as the Phillippi Estate Park or the Phillippi Plantation. The park can be toured from 6 a to 12 p all 365 days round the year. Entry can be availed free of charge and the site offers nature trails, fisher piers, playground, gazebo picnic tables, restrooms, rose garden,parking and much more. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991.
Enjoy one of Florida's favorite pastimes at the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers. Touted as the world's longest pier for fishing, you have your choice of fishing from either the northern pier or the southern pier. Both locations have everything you need for a day of fishing including a pier fishing license included in the pass price. Each location has a bait shop open twenty-hours a day, everyday of the week, where you can find tackle, rods for rent, accessories, and buckets for your catch. Snacks, sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages are also available. Pack a lunch, bring a cooler and a comfortable chair, and fish as long as you like. The southern pier is located at 7901 US Hwy 19 South in Palmetto.- Vickie Ferguson
This Major League Baseball stadium is a classic 84-year-old building in the sunshine city of St. Petersburg. If you want to catch your favorite baseball stars spring training, then head for this stadium with your family. With a total of 6439 seats, including the grass, Progress Energy Park is a well-equipped sports center catering to ardent baseball fanatics. It is the home of Al Lang Field and is named after the 'father of baseball', Al Lang, who used to be a prominent Mayor of St. Petersburg. Other events like band competitions, antique and classic car shows and concerts have also taken place here.