OUTDOORS: Fun things to do
American Littoral Society: Group offers the following guided kayak and nature tours:
n Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point, Sarasota, kayak trip, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 18; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
n South Lido Park and Bird Key, Sarasota, kayak trip, 8:30-11 a.m. Aug. 19; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
n Sister Keys at Longboat Key, Sarasota, kayak trip, 9 a.m.-noon Aug.22; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
n Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point, Sarasota, kayak trip, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 25; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
n South Lido Park and Bird Key, Sarasota, kayak trip, 8:30-11 a.m. Aug. 26; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
n Waterways of Nokomis, kayak trip, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 29; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.
Reservations for all kayak trips are required. All equipment is included in the cost. A short training session will be provided before the trip. Participants are requested to bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Reservations: 941-966-7308.
Manatee County Audubon Society: Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto
Join the Manatee County Audubon Society on a field trip at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 14. No charge. Reservations: Lucette, 941-776-8424.
Emerson Point Preserve Nature Tours: Emerson Point Preserve, Snead Island
Master Gardeners conduct free tours at 9 a.m. on at least one Saturday and one Sunday each month. Tours are limited to 12 people, and reservations must be made through the Master Gardener office. A portion of the tour is handicap accessible. The office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-722-4524.
Sarasota Bay Explorers: Mote Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota
Now offering a new eco-tour, Nature Safari, with in-depth looks into the ecosystems of southwest Florida. View bird nests and watch for creatures of the bay. Observe bottlenose dolphins, manatees and sea turtles up close. Cruises run daily at 11 a.m., and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Regular tour rate is $26 adults, $22 children ages 4-12. Aquarium admission not included. Information: 941-388-4200.
Walk on the Wild Side Eco-Tours: 629 41st St., Sarasota
Guided canoeing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing tours throughout west central Florida. Half-day, full-day, moonlight and overnight trips. All equipment and transportation is provided and instruction is available. Tours start at $30 a person and are available 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Information: 941-351-6500.
Boat rides and charters: Captain Kim's, Anna Maria Island Historic Bridge Street Pier, Anna Maria Island.
Captain Kim's Boat Rides and Charters offers dolphin tours, historical tours, bird watching tours, sea shelling tours, hands-on eco tours, sightseeing rides, sand bar hopping, boat rides and charters. Hourly rates: $15 per person. Reservations and information: 941-920-3307 or www.kimscharters.com.
Anna Maria Island Segway Tours: Anna Maria Island
AMI Segway Tours takes visitors along the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway, exploring Leffis Key Boardwalk, Coquina Beach, Historic Bridge Street, Anna Maria City Pier and more. Tours, which are offered seven days a week, are limited to six guests and start at $30 a person. Ticket includes training, helmet, water and photo opportunities. Reservations required. Call 941-565-2082, visit zegwaybythebay.com or stop in at the Paradise Bagel Cafe, 3220 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Manatee Segway Tours: Downtown Bradenton
Manatee SegwayTours takes visitors ontours on the riverfrontand beyond in Bradenton. Snack and drink provided along with plenty ofphoto opportunities. Tour tickets start at $45 and includes training and helmets. For more information or to get on the waiting list, 941-224-8079or www.manateesegwaytours.com.
Segs by the Sea: 119 C Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
Segs by the Seaoffers scenic Segwaytours of Anna MariaIsland and thesurrounding beaches including Longboat Key.Tour options include one hour, 90 minutes, and two hours and cost $40-$60. Segway rentals are also available, including rentals of bikes, electric bikes, and stand-up paddle boards. Training and helmetsare included in all toursand rentals. Reservations are 8 a.m.-sunset.Information: 941-209-5970 or www.segsbythesea.com.