The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more.
One of Sarasota's hidden treasures. Plan on spending the entire day getting lost in the paintings and outside in the landscaped garden. Also, be sure to check out Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, a breathtaking 56 room mansion located on the Ringling Property. The Ringling Museum of Art is a must see when visiting Sarasota, Florida.
St. Armands Circle is an island shopping center separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay, unique in concept, history, and beauty. This circle of fine shops and restaurants is set in a tropical paradise. Great location to experience the Historic Sarasota!
At Mote Marine, you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
Siesta Key Beach was voted #1 Beach in the United States by Dr. Beach, known for its crystal blue waters and sand as soft as sugar. This is a must see for all ages when in Sarasota. The east side of this eight-mile long island is Florida’s intracoastal waterways and Sarasota Bay. It's a scenic trail for boaters of all kinds. On the west side is the beautiful Siesta Key Beach with its glorious white sandy beaches. Build sand castles, search for shells, soak up the Floridian sunshine and watch the sunset with a loved one.
Explore the world's most spectacular display of epiphytes and their canopy habitats. Our visitors see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from our educational programs.
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Come visit 30 beautiful bay-front acres centrally located in Sarasota County, Florida. Learn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound. Your family also will connect to Florida’s inspiring pioneers at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901
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Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. It flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands.
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The Legacy Trail between Sarasota to Venice covers 12 miles and runs along a former CSX Railroad corridor. The trail passes by lovely waterways and includes rest areas with benches and restrooms.
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