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The following day we headed out on the US 27 for Bok Tower Gardens as we were interested to see the newly opened Hammock Hollow.
Located to the right of the restaurant area as you go in, it is nice ly tucked away so the tranquility around the Tower is not spoiled.
Hammock Hollow is amazing – including a snake shaped sandpit, water fountains to play in, a word garden, fairy gardent with dress up accessories and stage, hammocks, pine garden. With lots of shade, seating and picnic areas I think it will be very popular.
We also took.a turn along the main walk, through the wild garden and bog garden stopping briefly at the window on the pond.
We then headed to the Blue Palmetto Cafe for a lovely wrap and some beer battered fries.
After lunch we had a leisurely stroll up to the Tower, feeding the fish on the way.
Another excellent visit – highly recommended
We thought we’d have a change of scenery and with easy images coming to mind of cocktail drinking on fine white sand beaches we headed over to Sarasota on the Gulf coast.
Just 1 hr 40mins along the I4 and I75 and we arrived at our destination – the Hyatt Regency. We were able to check in early and then set off walking to funderstand somewhere nice to have lunch. It was hot, the traffic heavy and noisy with a lot of construction. After going round in a circle with sidewalks closed, our enthusiasm was fraying so we headed into the Ritz Calton to lunch as Jack Dusty’s overlooking the marina. A mojito and lunch later we felt better.
Unfortunately we heard that all the beaches along the Sarasota area were affected by Red Tide which is an algae that kills fish and affects humans breathing – it also stinks. The beaches are littered with dead fish. With this in mind we headed off to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens instead.
What a haven, not massive but absolutely beautifully maintained with lots of interesting gardens and play areas – greenhouses, waterfalls, tree hugging, mangroves and wildlife – we while away a couple of hours.
Then buoyed up we decided to risk it and head over to the shops, bars and restaurants of St Armands Circle. When we gor there we couldnt smell the red tide (although I was a little wheezy) and free parking was abundant. Reminding us a bit of Winter Park but in a circle with statues we had a little stroll and browse before heading back to the hotel.
We ended the day with room service and sitting out on the balcony looking back across the marina towards Jack Dusty’s.
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