Summer solstice, also known as midsummer, is the astronomical start of the summer season. It’s the day with the longest period of sunlight, the sun shining highly above. This year, it’s set to start on June 21 at 5:13 a.m. EDT. If you’re in Sarasota this year, you’ll be in for an absolute treat, so break out the sunglasses and sunscreen to welcome summer in the great outdoors!
Go For a Dip
Nothing says “summer” more than going for a swim and wading in the cool, rippling waters of Sarasota’s pools. Pools are a family-friendly location, meaning that kids, adults, and the elderly are all able to join in the fun. Not a fan of swimming? It’s always alright to just watch from the poolside. With great conversation and an ice-cold daiquiri in your hand, the summer solstice will be the perfect way to start the season!
Sarasota is home to some of the most gorgeous pools in the country: Arlington Park Sarasota features chilled pools in the summertime in addition to the city park with various amenities present. Additionally, Lido Beach Pool & Pavilion is a great place to swim and watch the Gulf waves at the same time, as it’s located right on the beach.
Enjoy an Outdoor Picnic
Lay down the picnic blankets, because the summer solstice is the perfect day for a picnic with your friends and family. Who doesn’t enjoy a spread of summer foods on a comfortable, big blanket on the grass? Desserts in the form of fresh fruits and ice cream are sure to be a delicious refresher from the heat.
As you watch the first summer sunset with your loved ones, you’ll be reminiscing over midsummer all year long! Some picnic locations in Sarasota we recommend are Ken Thompson Park and Bayfront Park. Ken Thompson Park features tons of open space and picnic pavilions for you to lay your group to lay a blanket down upon, and Bayfront Park features plenty of picnic tables near the playground, making it a family-friendly time.
Kayaking on Sarasota’s Waters
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, making it a great choice to go on a long and lazy kayak exploration on the still waters of Sarasota’s stunning waterways. Kayaking is an effective form of exercise that doesn’t tire you out too fast, due to the leisurely manner of the activity. Hence, you can enjoy it with your friends and family of diverse age groups.
Enjoying the sunset of summer solstice surrounded by calm, quiet water is a picturesque moment that’s hard to forget. Bring your kayaking equipment to Robinson Preserve or the Ringling Causeway for a definitive Sarasota Kayaking experience!
Celebrating Every Day in Sarasota
Here at Aston Gardens At Pelican Pointe, every day is worth celebrating! If you’re an older adult in Sarasota or a loved one, you’ll be happy to learn that our retirement community is surrounded by even more area attractions to enjoy the summer solstice in. Learn more about our senior living options today!