Hotel & Local Activities

Click on one of the 4 icons below or scroll down to discover more about activities on the hotel grounds and in nearby areas

  • Water & Beach Fun
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Trails & Exploration
  • Relaxation & Entertainment

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Water Activities & Beach Fun

Sarasota Waterway Docks and Marinas

Backyard Access to Intracoastal Waterway

150 miles boater's paradise

The Sarasota IntraCoastal Waterway offers countless activities including:

  • Boat Rentals & Boat Slips
  • Charter Fishing Excursions
  • Kayaks & Paddleboard Rental
  • Fishing Rod & gear rentals

Renovated Heated Pool A Place To Be

Pool Facilities

New Tavertine pool & Clubhouse

Our newly renovated pool facilities allow guests to:

  • Hold private events at clubhouse
  • Shuffleboard & Swimming
  • Outdoor Barbeque and Firepits
  • Heated Pool allows for swimming at any temparture

Sarasota Beaches - public and private

Beach Fun

Direct Access to Private & Public Beaches

The Gulf of Mexico is just steps away allowing for fun beach activities such as:

  • Swimming, surfing, & body surfing
  • Shore fishing & Boat Rentals
  • Sunbathing & Relaxation
  • Bike Rentals & Pet-Friendly Beaches
  • Hunting for seashells, sharks, & sea turtles

Trail Activities & Exploration

Casey Key Activities


The Legacy Trail

Trail Guide

The Legacy Trail is the largest public recreation project ever constructed in Sarasota County. At more than 10 miles in length, the trail offers one of the best ways to experience what makes Sarasota County the jewel of Florida’s gulf coast.

Ventian Parkway Near A Place To Be Motel


Venetian Waterway Park

Trail Guide

The Venetian Waterway Park trail is 10 miles in length and follows along both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway. At the northern terminus, trail users can access historic downtown Venice

Activities Nearby A Place To Be Hotel


 Treetop Adventure Park

650-foot-long zip line

TreeUmph! Adventure Course is Southwest Florida’s first treetop adventure park for adults and children aged seven and up seeking a fun and exciting activity. Test your skills on wobbly bridges, swinging from ropes, or take a ride along a 650-foot-long ZIP line


Nature & Wildlife Activities

Oscar Scherer State Park

Commonly spotted wildife includes bobcats, Bald Eagles, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer, Eastern cotton-tail rabbits, raccoons and American alligators. Read Park Guide


Wingate Creek

Animals you may encounter while out hiking at Wingate Creek State Park include gopher tortoise, eastern coachwhip, wild turkey, red-tailed hawk, great-horned owl, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Florida mouse, and white-tailed deer. Find out More: Wingate Creek Guide


Lake Manatee

The lake offers excellent freshwater fishing, and anglers can fish from their boats or from the park's fishing docks. A boat ramp provides easy access to the lake for boating, canoeing and kayaking. Visit: Park's Website


Myakka River

Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. Visit: Park's Website


Charlotte Harbor Reserve

Most of the park is shallow water fringed by mangroves, providing amazing opportunities to view wading birds, manatees, dolphins and other wildlife. The park is best accessed by kayak or canoe. Visit: Reserve's Website


Don Pedro Island

Keep your eyes peeled for endangered species such as West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and American oystercatchers. With one mile of white sandy beach, enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and shelling on Don Pedro's Gulf side. Visit: Island's Website


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Relaxation & Entertainment

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  • Picturesque Wildlife & Scenery

    Many rooms also have a view of the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway with its wildlife and beautiful natural scenery. Moreover, guests can stroll through the Motel grounds and enjoy the newly enhanced lush landscaping

  • 3 Miles To Venice

    A Place To Be Motel is only 3 short miles from Venice, Florida. There is a wide assortment of restaurants and bars to satisfy your dining and cuisine preferences.

  • 12 miles to Sarasota City

    Take a short 12 mile ride to Sarasota City, where there is a pleurtha of local attractions, fine dining, and shopping.

  • Shopping & Outlets

    Feeling the need to shop? A Place To Be Motel's location offers ample shopping experiences ranging from outlets to locally made products.

  • Aquariums & Museums

    A Place To Be Motel is close to numerous popular Aquariums and countless museums.