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Conference outings

Pre-Conference Kayak Trip, Sunday October 7th

Along with a professional guide from “Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures”, we will kayak through the South Lido Mangrove Tunnels. This is a popular local trip with an abundance of sea life. It goes over shallow, protected, bay waters with minimal influence from wind and currents. The path goes through a series of mangrove tunnels and lagoons that are abundant with a variety of crabs, sponges, starfish along the mangrove roots, and some of our tropical birds. At some point, we will travel just north to Otter Key, a large protected mangrove island, where it is possible to see manatee and dolphin. The tour is 2 .5- 3 hours long including some basic paddling instruction for those who need it. This is a great eco-tour for the beginner as well as advanced paddlers. You must register and pay for this outing separately, as it is not included in your conference registration.

  • Make your reservation directly with “Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures”:

    • (941) 504-6296
    • Mention that you are with Natalie Wiest and IAMSLIC on the South Lido Tour
  • $50 per person
  • All equipment and instruction included
  • Shuttles depart hotel lobby at 09:30, October 7th (courtesy of IAMSLIC local hosts)
  • Kayak trip departs from South Lido Park & Nature Center (10 minutes from hotel)
  • 2.5 to 3 hours of kayaking
  • Shuttle returns to hotel between 13:00 and 14:00
  • Be prepared to [possibly] get wet
  • Bring a snack, water, sunscreen and insect repellant

Once you have made your reservation with “Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures”, then email Natalie Wiest ( to let her know you will be joining the group. Natalie needs your name and email in order to coordinate the shuttle from and to the hotel. Just remember that you are in charge of your own reservation with “Almost Heaven”!

Conference Field Trip
Our conference field trip will be a Le Barge Sunset Cruise on Monday, October 8th. This field trip is include in all full-conference registrations and all Monday-only registrations. Guests will need to register separately. Join us for a fun close to the first day of the conference on this sunset cruise.  A no-host bar and snacks will be available for purchase.  See your conference program for a map.  The cruise departs less than a mile from the hotel, but shuttles will be available (courtesy of the local arrangements committee) for those who prefer not to walk.

Post-Conference Outings

The conference draws to a close Thursday, October 11th at 13:00. Our local hosts have coordinated a lot of optional post-conference outings to keep you busy that afternoon. Sign-up sheets will be available at the registration desk. Some of your options include:

  • John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Circus Mueum, C d’Zan Mansion, Historic Asolo Theatre and Rose Garden
  • Marie Selby Botanical Garden
  • Historic Spanish Point
  • Myakka State Park

Read more about these outings on the “Sarasota Attractions” portion of this website.