Sarasota Things to Do

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  • 1. Ringling Museum

    This is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. We arrived at the Ringling Museum on a Thursday which is their day to stay open until 8 PM and we still didn't see it all. We took a guided tour...

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  • 2. Mote Marine Aquarium

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Mote Marine Aquarium is part of Mote Marine Laboratory, a facility for the study of local marine biology. The staff, therefore, is freakishly knowledgeable. It's also a really good place to see...

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  • 3. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the former grounds of the historic Selby estate, is located on the edge of downtown and Sarasota Bay. Starting with the short movie, we learn that Selby Gardens...

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  • 4. Jungle Gardens

    4 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful garden with lots of animals and little animal shows. We spent a wonderful afternoon here. The plants are amazing and I enjoyed the various animal shows. Incudes: + Birds of Prey exhibit...

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  • 5. Siesta Key Beach

    Siesta Key is one of a string of barrier islands, called keys, along Florida's west coast. Siesta Key is just a few miles south of Sarasota and only a quarter mile or so from the southern tip of Lido...

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  • 6. G Wiz Museum

    We spent about 3 hours here in May 2007, and could have spent a few more easily. This museum is full of hands-on exhibits for kids (from simple building blocks for the younger kids to magnetic...

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  • 7. St Armand Circle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    located on lido key is st. armands circle. st. armands is the most visited part of sarasota by out of town tourists. the circle was designed by the circus magnate john ringling and is lined with...

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  • 8. Circus Museum

    The Circus Museum delightfully Celebrates American circus history and its relationship to Sarasota. Everyone loves a circus and the museum brings back the child in us. Viewing the colossal parade...

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  • 9. Anna Maria Island

    100 Years of History of Anna Maria Island encapsulated at the Historical Museum and Belle Haven Cottage. Come see and learn all there is to know about the island and more. Groups and families welcome....

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  • 10. Car Museum

    Is bigger than you'd think. Has over 100 cars from: Auburn, Bentley, Cadillac station wagon (one of only 5 ever made), DeLorean, Edsel, Ferrari, etc. Vintage, classic, muscle, exotic cars The Museum...

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  • 11. Myakka River State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely fab! Just started a tree-top walk that is just wonderful. One of the oldest and largest state parks, has 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Great birdlife...

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  • 12. Opera House

    This is an amazing old Oprah house and well worth a tour The tour allows you to explore the interior of the Mertz Theatre and learn the fascinating history of how an authentic 1903 Opera House built...

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  • 13. Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary

    The pelican man’s bird sanctuary rehabs injured birds of all types. The facility is quite large and has beautifully manicured grounds. Walking through the grounds is quite relaxing and I really...

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  • 14. Warm Mineral Springs

    The Springs are located south of Sarasota – they are warm, mineral-rich, natural spring said to have therapeutic properties. The spring pumps out nine million gallons of 87° F water a day and has...

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  • 15. Tee it up at University Park

    University Park Country Club located on the northern border of Sarasota. The Pro Shop has an excellent selection of clothing so we do some shopping before...

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  • 16. LeBarge Tropical Cruises -Funky Sightseeing!

    A two-hour LeBarge sightseeing tour is next on the schedule. Funky mermaids, live palm trees and a tiki bar create a fun atmosphere on the upper deck. As we...

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  • 17. Ca d'Zan Mansion -Step into the Golden Era

    The Ca d'Zan Mansion is a fantastic tour. Learn all about the infamous couple, John and Mable Ringling. Our tour included the private rooms section and was...

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  • 18. Chalk Festival brings street art to 3D life

    I attended my 1st Sarasota Chalk Festival in November 2012 and it was a 10 day event featuring the art form known as street painting where pavement is the...

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  • 19. Special events extraordinaire @ Chill Lounge

    ChillLounge is a event held in Sarasota on a regular basis and usually at unique venues and only for adults 21 and over.Some of the venues are indoors and some...

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  • 20. Catch an Orioles game at Ed Smith Stadium

    Ed Smith Stadium, not far from downtown Sarasota, is a great place to see a ball game. The stadium was recently remodeled, and it has all the features of a...

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  • 21. Historic Spanish Point - quite a surprise!

    I found this place to be quite a little gem. Again, as anything sarasota-focused, it's accessible for all ages and abilities. This is not a hike nor a jungle...

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  • 22. Sarasota Courthouse

    Sarasota County was established in 1921 when Manatee County was split. The courthouse was designed by architect Dwight James Baum in a style described as "a...

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  • 23. Central Cocoanut Historic District

    The Central-Cocoanut Historic District was designated is a U.S. historic district on June 17, 2005. It is located in Sarasota, along Cocoanut Avenue, between...

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  • 24. Lido Key & St. Armand's Key

    Lido Key is a barrier island just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Sarasota, Florida. Lido Key features sandy beaches, numerous resorts, and a nice area of...

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  • 25. City of Sarasota Island Park

    Island Park is actually a peninsula off downtown Sarasota that is very popular due to its location and activities available. Located right along the water, it...

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