Top 3 Things to do Outdoors on Manasota Key

Manasota Key offers a plethora of outdoor activities for those who are looking to stay busy during their visit. The nature in the area is stunning, and the variety of things to do are endless. Here are our Top Three Things to do Outdoors on Manasota Key.

3. Bird Watching

Birding is one of the best kept secrets of Manasota Key, and the wannaB inn is a perfect spot to get access to the multitude of species that call this area home. This birding hotspot provides access to many bird species, which means regardless of your experience level, you’ll be able to spot something new, or even a personal favorite.

Bird List

Bird watching enthusiasts should be on the look out for:

  • Bald Eagles
  • Egrets
  • Herons
  • Northern Gannett
  • Plovers
  • Sanderlings
  • Willets
  • And much more!


Regardless of whether you’re new to birding or an experienced pro, the local Audubon Societies are a valuable resource when bird watching in the area. There are three local Audubon Societies within reasonable distance from the wannaB inn including:

2.  Stand Up Paddleboarding

Standup Paddleboarding or SUP has easily become the favorite activity of our many guests. The ability to take advantage of Lemon Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the intracoastals has people grabbing their paddleboard to enjoy the flat water or surf options.

Paddleboard Rentals

If you don’t own a SUP or just want to give the sport a try, there are a variety of service providers in the area.

1.  Fishing

Fishing is a time-honored tradition at the wannaB inn as guests have been enjoying the waters of Lemon Bay and the Gulf of Mexico that surround us for decades. If you love fishing as much as we do, then you will love your time with us.

Manasota Key Fishing

The fishing on Manasota Key is varied and plentiful, and having access to both the Gulf of Mexico, Lemon Bay, and the intracoastal waterways provides our guests with endless options.

Inshore Fishing

Florida is famous for many different types of fish and the inshore fishing options on Manasota Key provides access an incredible selection. Whether you’re enjoying fishing Lemon Bay or casting from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico you should be on the lookout for:

  • Flounder
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Black Drum

Offshore or Deep Sea Fishing

If you’re looking to get out on the water for your fishing endeavours, you’re in for a great experience. The wannaB inn offers boat slip rentals right at the property complete with trailer parking and boat ramp. If you’re not bringing your own boat, fishing boats can be rented from a few nearby businesses:

Once you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for our favourites: Grouper, Amberjack, Sailfish, and Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi).

Taking a Fishing Charter

If you want to take your Manasota Key fishing experience to a new level, we recommend taking advantage of a fishing charter. Being out on the water battling behemoths like the Cobia, King Mackerel, Black Fin Tuna, or even Sharks is an event you’ll never forget. There are many great charters available such as:

If you’re looking for more information on outdoor activities to do during your stay with us, please contact us at 941 474 3431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As always, current with all of our updates on social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.