Sarasota Florida: An Ideal Destination for Snowbirds

The winter can be cold, long, and harsh. This reality drives many Northern Snowbirds to take flight (or drive in their RV) to somewhere sunnier and warmer for a much-needed Vitamin D fix.

Florida has long been a popular destination for Snowbirds looking to escape the winter as it is warm, beautiful and has lots to do without being too far away. Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Key West are some of the favorite Florida spots. However, Sarasota is gaining in popularity because of all it offers to snow-weary, Northern travelers.

What To Do in Sarasota

Sarasota is located on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. This popular destination has something to offer everyone with its balanced blend of rich history and modern attractions.

The Ringling is a highly renowned art museum located in Sarasota. The home of John Ringling, this museum pays tribute to the Ringling Brothers with its Art Museum, Circus Museum, Ca’d’Zan and Bayfront Gardens. Here, visitors take a step back into fame and fortune during the early 1900s. In addition to their fame for founding the circus, John and Mable Ringling acquired an impressive art collection. This museum is a must-see for any art fanatics or history buffs!

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provide an escape from bustling urban life. Here, you’ll escape into a beautiful, lush, natural oasis. This gem is located on the shores of Sarasota Bay and provides the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect while taking in breathtaking botanical scenery.  

The Myakka River State Park, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota National Cemetery, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary are some other popular attractions in Sarasota.

If you start to get tired from all the fun and exciting activities and attractions in Sarasota, you can unwind on Siesta Key Beach. This beach is recognized for its extremely white sands that stay cool even in the hot sun.

Where To Stay in Sarasota

As one of the top-rated resorts in the USA, Royal Coachman RV Resort will not disappoint. With some of the best amenities on site and its close distance to great beaches and local attractions, visitors tend to extend their stay here.

Hoping for convenience and excitement? Look no further than Winter Quarters Manatee RV Resort. This location is close to Sarasota’s beautiful beaches and exciting local attractions and culture.

Minutes from Sarasota, Ramblers Rest RV Resort is located along the Myakka River in Venice, Florida. This all-ages resort is perfect for vacationers who are looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay while remaining close enough to Sarasota’s top attractions.

Terra Ceia Village RV Resort is located on Florida’s west coast between Tampa and Sarasota. If you are looking for convenient access to a wide variety of tourist hot spots including Walt Disney World, Epcot Centre, Seaworld and Busch Gardens, then Terra Ceia is the ideal location for you.

Whether you stay in Sarasota or close by, the area offers great attractions, dining, entertainment and nightlife as well as unique activities such as catamaran tours. There truly is something for everyone here.

Trip It: The Ultimate Roadmap for Your Northeastern Adventure

Two weeks to explore the Northeastern U.S. might feel like a lot of time, but with so many things to do you may be wondering where to start, or how to pack it all in. To make the most of your time prioritize the top destinations. Start with a trip to the ocean, see the mountains, and of course end at the beach! With our roadmap, planning your two-week adventure has never been easier.

Days 1-4: Bar Harbor, Maine

Where to Stay

What better way to start your vacation than to camp on the ocean? Imagine being able to wake up to a beautiful, panoramic ocean view, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. At Mt. Desert Narrows RV Resort you can park your RV or pitch a tent right on the water. While you may not want to leave Mt. Desert Narrows RV Resort, if you do you’ll find Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are a short drive away.

Local Attractions

Acadia National Park

Maine’s rugged coastline is beautiful and diverse. This popular birder destination is home to a variety of plants and animals as well as the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. At Acadia National Park you can hike amongst the mountain’s granite peaks, bike along it’s historic trails, or relax and enjoy the ocean scenery.

Historic Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor has been a popular destination for vacationers for over a hundred years, but although the area is well known, it’s not overrun with tourists, so it’s perfect for anyone looking for a quiet island escape. Although the pace is relaxed in Bar Harbor, there’s lots to do on this famous island, including Seaside Cinema nights and Taste of Bar Harbor pub and restaurant tours scheduled throughout the summer.

If you’re planning to visit over Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, then book early – these are popular times of celebration on the island.

Day 5: Explore Manchester, New Hampshire

Once you’ve explored the Bar Harbor area, we suggest that you make the eight-hour drive to the Adirondacks in New York State. Whether you start this trek in the morning or afternoon, consider stopping in Manchester, New Hampshire (which is 4.5 hours from Bar Harbour) for either lunch or dinner.

While in Manchester, you can check out a local brewery (Stark Brewing Company, Third Colony Brewery and Winery and Candia Road Brewing Company are popular choices), or if you prefer to add some culture to your trip consider stopping in at the Currier Museum of Art or catch a show at the Palace Theatre before driving the remaining 3.5 hours to New York state.

Days 6-10: Explore the Adirondacks in New York State

Where to Stay

The Adirondacks are a geographically expansive area, so it can be difficult to figure out where to focus your time. We recommend Lake George. Surrounded by the six million-acre Adirondack Park, it’s no surprise that Lake George Escape is one of the top RV parks and camping getaways in New York State.

Located just 15 minutes from the Village of Lake George and Saratoga Springs, the park offers guests a passenger bus to these popular nearby destinations so you don’t need to worry about how you’ll get around. That is, if you want to check out the nearby attractions! You may prefer to stay in the park where you can spend your days swimming, fishing, canoeing or hiking, and your evenings sharing memories and making new ones while watching holiday fireworks displays.

As you can imagine, Lake George Escapes is a popular destination, especially during the holidays so you’ll need to book in advance if you’re planning to go over a long weekend. But if you want to explore the area and haven’t pre-booked your trip, try nearby Lake George Schroon Valley Resort. Here, you’ll have access to a full scope of camping options including RV sites, cabins and tent camping.

Located directly on the Schroon River, and nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks, Lake George Schroon Valley Resort is popular for its river pursuits including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and fishing.

Local Attractions  

No matter which park you choose to visit, we suggest taking a few days to explore these nearby attractions:

Adirondack Park

Designated in 1892 by the State of New York, Adirondack Park is a diverse mountain landscape that is home to waterways, forests and huge mountains. New York State owns 2.6 million acres of the park, making the region the largest publicly protected area in the United States.

Over 50 species of mammals live in the Adirondack Mountains, including moose, black bears, beavers, star-nosed moles, red and gray fox, bobcats, and river otters. If you love nature, then plan to spend some time here!

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is a bustling area with golf, horseback riding, and even hot air balloon rides! You’ll find amazing shopping, spas, dining and more here. If you love to watch horse racing, polo matches, or want to check out a farmer’s market, local winery or even a craft brewery then take a day or two to explore this area – there are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy at Saratoga Springs.

Days 10-14: Hit the Beach

If you’re looking for a drop dead gorgeous beach then Pulaski, New York is the place for you. Just a 3.5-hour drive from the Lake George area, Pulaski is located on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, which means you won’t have to travel south to experience a relaxing beach vacation!  

Stay at Brennan Beach RV Resort and you’ll have the unique experience of beach camping in New York where you can soak up the sun on the white, sandy shores or go for a refreshing swim. The sunsets here are one-of-a-kind. In fact, this RV park is so popular that during the peak months of July and August Brennan Beach RV Resort bookings are for a minimum of one week (so depending on when you’re traveling you may want to plan to extend your stay here and reduce your time elsewhere).

Whether you choose to follow this itinerary, or create one of your own, if you’re looking for tips about where and when to visit the Northeastern states, give our customer service team a call at 1-877-570-2267. They know all the ins-and-outs of the Northeastern United States and can give you the insider details and perspectives that will make your trip a memorable one.