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Siesta Key in Florida

Siesta Key is a small, relaxing beach town in Florida. Here you will visit museums, circus, musical performances, theaters, film festivals, botanical gardens and get acquainted with wildlife.

Story

Siesta Key was a desert barrier island off the coast of Sarasota until the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, the island was not even called Siesta Key. He was known by various names: like Clam Island, Little Sarasota Island or Sarasota Key.

Siesta Key Island Florida - Coastline Photo - American ButlerIn the middle of the XIX century several particularly hardy families built beach houses on the island and lived here year round. Most of the inhabitants were fishermen, but some had orange groves here. And one entrepreneur opened a fertilizer plant.

Siesta Key in those days had all the features of the lush tropics: dense vegetation and mosquito swarms, snakes of all varieties (including poisonous), sand fleas, wild cats and evil boars.

The island was not connected to the mainland, everything was transported across the Sarasota Bay by boat. In 1906, Captain Roberts and his wife turned their big guesthouse into a hotel.

The culinary prowess of Mrs. Roberts, who cooked for hotel guests, resulted in the Hollywood elite stopping to eat at The Roberts' Inn (also known as Siesta Inn).

A year after the opening of the hotel, Roberts and two of his partners formed the Siesta Land Company and renamed the island Siesta Key.

They actively advertised land and began to improve the island: they dug three canals and connected them to the bay, giving more of their sites direct access to the water.

After the Great Depression, development on Siesta Key slowed down. By the mid-1940s, the island’s population was only 300 people. By 1955, 75 outstanding artists lived on the island, among them: impressionist Sid Solomon, illustrator Thornton Utz and comicist Vincent Hamlin.

Today, 24,000 people live in Siesta Key, and about 350,000 visitors come here every year.

Tours

Siesta Key offers visitors a great choice for family holidays and excursions around the bay. Take part in sports activities, exploring wildlife and scenic cruises.

Siesta key watersports

Fishing trips on boats equipped with professional equipment, parasails, tours with dolphins, rental of water skis, boats and pleasure cruises during sunset.

The ringling museum

The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art is a museum founded in 1927, offering 21 galleries of European painting as well as American art. The art collection of the museum currently has more than 10,000 sculptures and paintings.

Myakka River State Park

The park has 58 square miles of swamps and forests. Enjoy the view of the wildlife from the boardwalk that stretches over the Myakka River. Scenic tours of the lake - daily in the two largest inflatable boats in the world. From December to May, safari tours in parks are organized for guests.

Parasail siesta

Experienced captains and crew have 70 years of parasailing experience and more than 100,000 flights with high safety. Discover a bird's eye view and enjoy parasailing over the bay!

Siesta Key Bike and Kayak

Kayak tour of South Lido shallow-water mangrove tunnels. Follow your guide to the famous Sarasota Bay in search of manatee or bottlenose dolphins.

Visit the beaches of Siesta Key with the help of American Butler travel agency!
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