As Florida gets back to normal, post-coronavirus, and welcomes tourists back to the state, the heat and humidity also come back. June is a perfect month for the beaches, water sports and other outdoor activities. By the afternoon, many people are looking for something refreshing and chilled to counterbalance a day out in the heat. Here are our top 5 places for something cool in Siesta Key.
1) Made in Rome Organic Gelato
5204 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242
Located in the Siesta Key Village, Made in Rome boasts the best Italian gelato you've ever tasted, and they may be right. As their name implies, their gelato is 100% pure certified organic – no hydrogenated fats, no colorants and no preservatives. They also serve Italian espressos and shakes. If you are feeling adventurous, try their Red Tide – chocolate with red peppers from Italy and a strawberry topping.
Daiquiri Deck – Siesta Key Village
5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242
For those wanting something for adults, the Daiquiri Deck has you covered. Frozen daiquiris and margaritas are their specialty and they have lots of flavors for anyone's taste. From tart to creamy to fruity to specialty shots, there’s plenty to choose from. They also make virgin frozen daiquiris for the kids. Daiquiri Deck also has a full menu of food items as well.
Big Olaf Creamery
5208 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242
Big Olaf prides itself on having the best homemade ice cream in Florida. While it's impossible to taste all of the ice cream shops in Florida (wouldn't be a bad job though) you would be hard-pressed to find a shop as good as Big Olaf. All of their ice creams and yogurts are hand mixed by local Amish craftsmen and churned in batch freezers. Only the finest high quality ingredients and premium grade A milk goes into their ice cream. Plus, they make all of their homemade waffle cones and fudge in house.
Siesta Key Oyster Bar (S.K.O.B.)
5238 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 34242
S.K.O.B. is the perfect place to take a break and soak up the tropical atmosphere. You can often enjoy live music and the food is excellent as well. However, this is also the place to enjoy a perfectly proportioned mojito, a signature drink that many people rave about. You can get plenty of other drinks here, but we highly recommend the mojito for first time visitors.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
219 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, FL 34242
This is another ice cream shop that you simply must try while in Siesta Key. Part of a national chain, the owners discovered a way to freeze ice cream using nothing other than liquid nitrogen. A wide range of ingredients can be selected by the customer and then blended by hand until nitrogen is released into the bowl as they stir. Trust us, Sub Zero is fun to watch and even more fun to eat.
This summer, enjoy all that Siesta Key has to offer, and when it's time to cool down with something delicious and refreshing, these 5 places are the perfect go-tos!