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Gulf Coast Family Activities

Discover Family-Friendly Activities on Captiva & Sanibel Island

A truly unforgettable family vacation in Florida

Experience the countless reasons South Seas Island Resort has become the renowned Florida family vacation destination. A multigenerational classic, the Resort offers families an infinite array of enjoyable Family Activities. Here, activities are designed specifically for both parents and children, offering endless opportunities to make memories to last a lifetime.

Family Portraits

Sebrie Images Photography captures beach portrait photography that goes beyond the traditional to become cherished art for the modern family.  Their talented photographers know all of the best locations at South Seas Island Resort and have a fun creative style that puts everyone at ease.  Relaxed natural poses, along with incomparable children’s portraiture skills, create exceptional imagery for guests.

Sebrie Images Photography offers full private sessions as well as mini portrait sessions.  Call to reserve your family portrait session today at (239) 826-5682  or, stop by their adorable boutique photography studio on property and meet the staff. The photographers would love to have the opportunity to get together with you and discuss how they can create the best portrait photography session possible.


Sanibel Sea School


Sanibel Sea School offers ocean exploration opportunities for kids and families!

There's always something new to discover with Sanibel Sea School, a marine conservation nonprofit specializing in meaningful, field-based ocean education. Go exploring with one of their knowledgeable marine educators to discover Captiva's shells, birds, and other incredible wildlife during regularly scheduled guided walks and programs for kids on the resort property.

Land or boat-based private programs can also be arranged for those who desire a more customized experience - topics include sharks, manatees, seahorses, mangroves, and more. Participants can also learn skills like snorkeling, surfing, and net fishing.

For more information about upcoming Sanibel Sea School programs at South Seas Island Resort, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/atyourresort#ssir.

For more information about Sanibel Sea School, please visit www.sanibelseaschool.org or follow the school on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sanibelseaschool


Explore the exotic creatures, hidden secrets and delightful discoveries of South Seas by uncovering fifteen Points of Discovery throughout the resort village’s 330-acre wildlife preserve.

Gather your camera and a ScoutAbout map and embark on the adventure of discovering leaping dolphins, lovable manatees, captivating sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, and more. At each of the fifteen Points of Discovery, you will mark the journey with custom wristbands. Once all wristbands are collected, present the map at Skully’s Family Interactive Center to become an official ScoutAbout member, earning a spot on the ScoutAbout Wall of Fame.

Follow us on Twitter to receive exclusive ScoutAbout hints, and don't forget to share all your best ScoutAbout photos on our facebook wall for the chance to become our next Scout of the Week. Pinterest and Instagram can be utilized to upload your photos of favorite moments using #ScoutAbout and #SouthSeas.

Click Here to view the ScoutAbout Map

Skully’s Family Interactive Center

Good Times, Great Fun!

Skully's Family Interactive Center, located at the North Pointe is home to the Activities Galley, Little Matey's Discovery Center, Skully's Arcade and ScoutAbout Headquarters. This recreational space provides fun for all ages in an atmosphere that promotes learning.

Turtle Tot Programs

Together, parents and toddlers learn and create themed crafts and activities guided by our creative Recreation staff. Programs are ideal for ages 12 months to 4 years. Parents must accompany children to these activities. Cost is free and is open daily at 9:00a.m.

Creative Corner

All ages are welcome to participate in the featured craft of the day. In the Activities Galley, you will create a masterpiece every day, painting coconuts, tye-dye T-shirts, nature pals, mosaics, and more! Check the Activities Calendar for times and fees.

Family and Social Programs

Families can enjoy fun activities throughout the day. Lawn Games, Poolside BINGO, Kite Making, Crab Racing, Log Rolling and more! The Go! Fish program is a catch and release program taught by resident fishing experts. Go! Fish teaches participants to respect the water and fish that live within it. This activity is a popular family program. Check Activities Calendar for times and fees.

Kids' Night Out

This night out is designed for kids ages 4 – 11 and is supervised by seasoned recreation professionals. Enjoy fun themed nights filled with crafts and games. Dinner & dessert is included. Check the Activities Calendar at our Sanibel Island hotel for dates and times.

Skully's Arcade

The arcade features a wide variety of coin-operated machines including virtual reality games, racing games, air hockey and more. Children under 12 years old should be accompanied by an adult 16 years of age or older.

Teen Programs

Wii Tournaments, Scavengoogle, Game Nights and more are a great way to meet new friends and have fun doing interactive activities.

It's Your Vacation...Just Escape. Discover why South Seas Island Resort has become a Top 10 Beach Resort for Families by Parents Magazine. Surround yourself with sun, sand, sea and sky for your next family vacation. Book your memorable experience online for Our Best Rates Guaranteed.