Things To Do Sarasota

From fun watersports in the Gulf, to people watching in the city, Sarasota really does have it all. Be sure to visit the Ringling, Florida's State Art Muesum where you can find exhibitions and events all year long.

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Things To Do Sarasota

A local population of over 120 bottlenose dolphins is the reason why nature tours are the most popular activity to partake in when staying in Sarasota. Alternatively experience the wildlife on show from the comfort of your kayak or sailing vessel for a more eco friendly adventure.

All activities in and around the city are inviting for families, but in particular Circus Sarasota impresses with acrobatics, bravery, and enthralling shows all year round. Travelling inland and you will find the enormity of Myakka River State Park, offering educational tours through a diverse landscape that thrives in exciting wildlife and natural features.
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With its 66 acres of artwork and attractions, the Ringling Museum Complex has something for every tourist. Two of the most popular features ...

Lido Beach Sarasota

Escape to the sugary white sands and spectacular blue waters of Lido Beach; a great beach destination for all the family. Whether you’...

Theatre & Concerts

Treat yourself to a classy night out at Van Wezel, in Sarasota. The 1,741 performing arts hall has been designed to showcase the best in mus...

Nature & Parks

Experience a bit of the old Florida at the undeveloped, natural parklands in Myakka River State Park. An oasis amid the busy tourist spot...


The boutique shopping district of St. Armands Circle offers plenty of choice for all shoppers as well as waterfront views, which can be a...

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Just below Tampa is the beautiful town of Sarasota. Looking out over the Gulf of Mexico, this place is somewhat of a coastal paradise, with peaceful beaches as well as plentiful kayak and fishing excursions around for your enjoyment.  

Families will have a ball here, and holidaymakers of all sorts are bound to have a good time what with an excellent array of fine dining options for foodies, and plenty of retail therapy for seasoned shoppers. There’s also a brilliant cultural scene here too, with local attractions including the Ringling Museum and the Venice Arts Centre.  

Barrier Islands  
If you’re an island-hopper then you should be over the moon with Sarasota’s local surroundings. Just off the coast lies a chain of barrier islands including Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Venice Beach.  

You’ll find a unique character to each island. Want a slice of tranquil privacy? Then Casey Key is your best bet. Want to enjoy some golf or tennis in a high-end sports resort? Longboat Key has got you covered. 

Each island is an intimate piece of paradise traversable within hours which is perfect for catching a glimpse of each in just one day if you wanted a crash course of the Sarasota Keys.  

History & Art 
Amid the gorgeous Floridian heat, the white-sand beaches and stellar views of the Gulf, you can expect Sarasota to have more than its fair share of cultural offerings. The Ringling Museum makes for a great day out, as it showcases the finest artwork, carved statues and artisanal work from notable creatives of the past century.  

If you want to enjoy a slice of ‘old-world’ Florida, then you should certainly consider a day trip to Sarasota’s Crowley Museum and Nature Center. This place gives you an insight into the life of American pioneers who settled in Florida, offering education on life back then and the chance to meet local wildlife, including farm pigs, deer, and cattle. 

Here you can also get involved in an array of boardwalks, children and adult programmes, birding trails, and even some guided camping.  

Sarasota’s beautiful weather makes it an excellent location for a spot of golf. From PGA standard for those feeling ambitious to golf academies to help improve your technique, this part of Florida has a lot to offer for holidaymakers looking to tee-off on the sun-drenched courses. 

There’s a plentiful selection of courses around Sarasota offering something for players of all abilities, as well as providing picturesque backdrops for your session. If you want a big challenge for big rewards then Bent Tree Country Club, the home of the LPGA’s Sarasota Classic golf tournament, is great for putting even the most seasoned of players to the test. Or, try out Laurel Oak which features deep bunkers, generous fairways, and an excellent collection of risk-reward shots that’ll have you smiling for the rest of your holiday.  

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