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posted by: Haley's Motel on: December 14, 2018

Just because it’s the new year, it doesn’t mean there is nothing to do! All around the Anna Maria area, there are some exciting events that are happening to ring in the new year. So, grab a car and head down to Sarasota to check out these events. Most importantly, since the weather in Florida is still nice and warm, you won’t be needing to pack a parka to enjoy all the activities you can try in Florida!  

Hike and Scavenger Hunt

Why not start the new year off with a hike? At Oscar Scherer State Park, right at the border of Anna Maria Island and Sarasota, there will be a hike and scavenger hunt at the park! Starting bright and early, the free hike and scavenger hunt starts at 9:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm. You’ll need to bring your phone since you’ll be hiking the trails, finding the signs and then taking a photo of each of the signs until you find all 6.

Live Jazz

Nothing to ring in the new year off with some live music! Jazz at Two with The Dan Miller, Lew Delgatto Quartet will be playing live at the Universalist Church of Sarasota from 2:00 pm to 4:00 PM! If you are already a member of the Sarasota Jazz Club then you will get to save $10 but if not, the live jazz show will cost $20. Make sure to get your tickets before January 4th or else you won’t be able to enjoy the live jazz music.

Lakewood Ranch

On January 4th, make sure to check out the Lakewood Ranch! There will be music, wine and food from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm! There will also be activities for the family such as face painting and most importantly, you can bring your dogs to the Lakewood Ranch!
If you’re travelling down to Anna Maria Island in the New Year, make sure to stay at Haley’s Motel. It’s the perfect accommodation that is close to the water but far enough from the craziness that comes with Florida. Most importantly, there are many car rental places to rent from that make going to Sarasota super easy.