Vacationers and visitors to Sarasota will quickly determine that there are two ways to enjoy the area. Visitors can either fill their days with the plethora of attractions and recreation available or they can lounge on the baby powder-like, white-sand beaches and do nothing at all.
If you fall into the first category, you'll no doubt be astounded by the opportunities that this lovely mid-sized city and the surrounding areas offers when it comes to finding things to do and see. From hiking through regional and local parks to strolling through museums to enjoying unique attractions only found in Sarasota, you'll find that it's easy to fill several days with activities without the need to travel more than a handful of miles from the city.
The city of Sarasota is home to several fun-to-visit attractions including the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Ca d'Zan Estate, and Circus Museum, which can take at least half-a-day or more to see properly. There's also the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, home to 70 species of animals; the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; the G. Wiz Hands-On Science Museum; historic Spanish Point; the Mote Aquarium; and the South Florida Museum. Nearby Myakka River State Park is a joy for nature lovers.
Sports: Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium is the spring training location for the Cincinnati Reds, so it's not unusual to find a flock of snowbirds in Sarasota who arrive just in time to enjoy the team's first unofficial games of the new season, usually in early March.
Culture: Sarasota has its own dinner theater – The Golden Apple – in existence since 1971 and presenting myriad Equity productions of well-known musicals. A buffet dinner is included. Not far away is the Banyan Theater on the campus of Florida State University. They present affordably priced plays throughout the year.
Beaches: If beaches are your main interest, many are located just minutes from downtown Sarasota. One of the most notable is Siesta Key, consistently voted by The Travel Channel™ as one of the top ten beaches in Florida, thanks to its soft baby powder sand and clean, warm waters. Other excellent beaches include those on nearby Longboat Key as well as Venice, Casey Key, and Englewood on Manasota Key. More Sarasota Beaches.
Regular events and festivals thoroughout the year. More Sarasota Annual Events.
Upcoming and scheduled events in and around Sarasota. More Sarasota Events.