Just about an hour south of Tampa and snuggled up against the Florida Gulf Coast is a beautiful seaside town know as Sarasota, Florida. The city is home to awe-inspiring art exhibits, drool worthy local cuisine, award winning attractions, and breathtaking sandy beaches. Plus, with many parks, gardens, and nature preserves filled with local wildlife it’s a destination that has something for everyone, no matter your interest.
Immerse yourself in the arts while visiting the Ringling Museum of Art. John Riling, the most famous co-creator of the world renown Ringling Brothers Circus, and his wife Mable, built the museum to house their incredible art collection and to help promote art appreciation. Today it is home to some of the finest art collections and houses several other attractions including the Circus Museum, the breathtaking winter home of the Ringling’s Ca’d’Zan, the Historic Asolo Theater, an education center, and the beautiful Bayfront Gardens. There’s no doubt that with so many offerings it’s nearly impossible to experience it all in one day, so for the art enthusiasts they offer a 3-day all access pass to explore the entire museum. Or for those who just want to see what it’s all about, head over on a Monday night where the Museum of Art and bayfront Gardens have free admission.
Exploring the Great Blue Sea
Sarasota is home to some incredible sea life and there’s no better place to get up close and personal with all the creatures in the nearby ocean than at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. As a non-profit and independently owned research institution, Mote brings together world-class marine scientists dedicated to the conservation of our oceans. Through their amazing work, visitors can tour the amazing aquarium and see exhibits housing all sorts of sea life like otters, manatees, the local bay’s fish, sharks, turtles, and much more!
Somewhere on a Boat
When you think of things to do in Sarasota, one of the top things that come to mind are beaches. Afterall, is it located right by Siesta Key which is known for its soft white sand and turquoise waters. If you’re looking to experience everything the Gulf Coast has to offer, then hopping on one of the many boat tours like those provided by Sarasota Boat Tours is your best bet! These tours will take you around to the very best sightseeing locations in the bay that are guaranteed to take your breath away.
It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere
Taking in the culture of a city isn’t always about seeing, it’s also about tasting the finest creations they have to offer. Local to Sarasota is the rum distilling company Siesta Key Rum. Come spend part of your day on one of their free 45-minute tours of the distillery. Afterward you can even stop by their tasting room where you can sample all their award-winning rums that perfectly encapsulate the flavor of Sarasota.
Don’t Forget to Catch a Show
Being heralded as an extraordinary performance center, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall hosts a diverse range of legendary artists to show off their extraordinary talent. Each year it offers around 100 events comprised of Broadway musicals, belly-aching comedians, national artists, musicians, and world-class symphony orchestras. No matter what you’re in the mood for, this venue is the best place to experience it all.
It’s no wonder that with so many great things to do in Sarasota, visitors turn into long term guests and residents. If you’re on the hunt for a new place to call home, we have two vibrant communities in the perfect location to explore Sarasota. Each community is filled with resort-style amenities like heated swimming pools, fitness centers, sports courts, and robust activity programs to fill your day. So, if you’re ready to move to paradise, check out everything Camelot Lakes Village and Camelot East Village has to offer!