Recreational Activities

SPECIAL DAY FOUNDATION – A non-profit Organization in Florida
Providing Recreational Fishing-Boating Program


Recreational Fishing Program

Special Day Foundation provides recreational fishing and boating opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This allows them to enjoy the physical, therapeutic, and social value of nature-based activities. Our Recreational Fishing Program helps participants take a break from the stresses of daily life. It also gives them the opportunity to connect with the sights, sounds, and relaxation that comes from being outdoors.



The Benefits Of Outdoor Activities

Many participants will get to experience the thrill of casting a line, catching fish, or riding the waves on a boat – perhaps for the first time in their lives. In addition to fishing opportunities, the program also features boat tours. During these adventures, participants will enjoy the natural inland and coastal waterways of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Special needs adults and children, along with their family members and/or caregivers, are sure to enjoy this exhilarating and rewarding experience.

There’s no cost for participants and their families/caregivers to participate in our recreational fishing trips. This is possible thanks to our individual donors, foundation support, and dedicated staff.


Planning Your

Fishing/boating trips are conducted year-round and are available seven days a week to accommodate working families. Most outings are scheduled during the morning and last four hours or less. It’s also necessary to schedule your trip ahead of time. Each trip may consist of up to five people, with at least one being a special needs participant.

Family members/caregivers are responsible for bringing any medical equipment, medication, and supplies required for the care of the special needs participant. Please also be sure to bring any food or drink items required for the special needs person and the rest of your group during the duration of the trip.

It’s a good idea to have plenty of water, and don’t forget your sunscreen!



Boating Safety

The Captain is responsible for the operation of the boat and will assist with fishing equipment, as needed. It’s important for all participants to follow the Captain’s safety directives, including using life vests when instructed.

Special Day Foundation provides all fishing equipment, licenses, and bait. 

Please join us as we provide a fun, safe, and adventurous Special Day for the special needs person in your life! To schedule a fishing/boating trip, contact us at 941-225-3103 or email

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Fishing Program Locations

The Main Pickup location is the Boat Dock at Bradenton Beach marina unless otherwise specified during booking by boat captain.