Sarasota offers numerous public beaches
along the Gulf, stretching 35 miles, from Longboat Key to Englewood. These lovely beaches with their white sand, shells in abundance and jetties are ideal for fishing and snorkeling.
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota
The Museum features a “living” collection of over 100 automobiles, constantly being updated through acquisitions, exchanges with other car museums, and through donations of vehicles from collectors.
Mattison´s City Grille
1 North Lemon Avenue Downtown Sarasota
Casual outdoor dining smack in the middle of downtown Sarasota serving excellent food and featuring live music nightly.
Along First Street, between Whole Foods and Selby Public
Library is a block of distinctive shops including Jane Boutique,
WriteOn Sarasota, Petropolis, Simply Spoiled, Nuovo Salon,
and other tony destinations. Around the corner, next to
Pino's Restaurant, is Juno & Jove, a high-style lifestyle
boutique with clothing, accessories, and home furnishings
all created sustainably.
Welcome to Sarasota CityGuide
Your Guide to Attractions, Events, Shopping, Hotels and Dining in Sarasota Florida.
St. Armands Circle
Lido Key Sarasota
St. Armands Circle has sidewalk cafés and fine dining, boutique shopping, art galleries. St. Armands was originally designed by the circus magnate John Ringling. From the Circle, coconut palms stretch down to Lido Beach
, which reaches to South Lido Park, a great destination to explore nature trails, canoe, kayak, and picnic, with great views of the water.
Arts & Entertainment
Known as "Florida’s Cultural Coast," Sarasota offers world-class art and entertainment the entire family will enjoy. Kids will be thrilled to discover the city was once the winter home of John Ringling and his world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus.
Recognized as the official State Art Museum of Florida, the Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art.
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Experience the suncoast of Florida
Spend a lazy afternoon aboard a luxury yacht for an enjoyable sightseeing cruise on Tampa Bay. Unwind on board the spacious deck, while watching the spectacular scenery and the crystal waters below. Relax in comfort and listen to the Captain narrate the local points of interest.
Sarasota Sightseeing Tours
Downtown Sarasota every Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
Every Saturday morning before dawn, rain or shine, you can see intrepid entrepreneurs setting up their tents and displays along Lemon Avenue, from the "purple fountain" at Pineapple Ave all the way to Whole Foods Market at 1st Street in historic downtown Sarasota.
Mote Marin Laboratory Sarasota
Explore the secrets of the sea with touch pools, shark, dolphin, manatee and sea turtle exhibits and over 100 other species of marine life. Viewable working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory.
Selby Botanical Gardens
811 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota
Indoor and outdoor gardens with orchids and other exotic flora of the tropics. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sarasota Events -
Siesta Key Beach Sundays at Sunset
Enchanting sounds of drums fill the air at Siesta Key Beach almost every Sunday at Sunset. Come to dance or just to absorb the atmosphere.
Sarasota is a golfer's dream-come-true, with an in-town 45-hole municipal course and two others in Sarasota proper, as well as 7 more in nearby Bradenton, Venice, and University Park.
The city-owned Bobby Jones Golf Complex
includes three courses: an 18-hole American course, an 18-hole British course, and a 9-hole executive course.
Oak Ford Golf Country
contains (3) 9-hole courses, marked by lush foliage and several water features.
Gulf Gate Executive Golf Course
includes an 18-hole and a 9-hole course, set amongst the houses of the Gulf Gate
neighborhood, just south of the Stickney Point Bridge.