We took Friday as a down day and sat around, read books and did some shopping in Sun City. Then Sat. we headed down the road to Sarasota. The mistake was to wait until the weekend. probably should have done it on Fri. We passed a city park driving through town that just called us in. Spent a little time there and continued down to the shore. Did we mention a lot of hotels previously? Well there is more here and they are all huge and building more.
The wharf and parks were full. Decided to try one parking lot and got lucky. Walked along the wharf and found an Arts and Craft Fair in the park.
Decided to leave the crowd and head for the islands again. First thing you come to across the bridge is Lido Key and its Go-Round park designed and built by the Ringling's of the circus fame. Did we say, get away from the crowd? It was bumper to bumper and not a parking place to be found. Well, we got lucky again and had a guy wanting out right next to us. Thank You.
We ate at the Surf Shack right next to where we park. We had a Shrimp Burger, A blacken Mahi Taco and Thai Peanut Shrimp Skillet. It was all very good, but the cole slaw was terrible. Then we walked around and window shopped. That's all we could afford. the T-shirts were around $40 each. Looked at real estate and a 1100sf condo with 2 bedrooms was $500,000.
We decided to continue up the islands. We ran into another Draw Bridge. After waiting for the bridge we ran into stop and go traffic another 5 miles up the road. Lots of people out exploring the islands just like us. We caught the next bridge back unto the mainland and headed home.