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What to Do in Sarasota, Florida

A Truly Walkable City- Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida, positioned a little over an hour from Orlando and a little south of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, is considered one of the top walking venues in Florida.  It is only a short walk from the scenic Bayfront Park to rows of antique shops and art galleries.  In this neighborhood is Selby Botanical Gardens.  There is a lot to do in Sarasota, but when not doing anything is on your schedule, you will find the gulf of Mexico beaches to offer relaxation and serenity.

Sarasota, Florida

If you will be going to a beach, Sarasota has one of the highest-rated in Siesta Key Beach.  It is constantly ranked with the top ten great beaches within the United States, and when you imagine Florida beaches this is the picture you usually draw.  First, the water is warmer and will be calmer than on the east coast.  Next there is the sand: it is white and very velvety, having a incredibly fine texture.  Plus the beaches here are especially wide enough so you won’t feel cramped.

Be Sure to take in Venice Beach

Just a little farther south down the coast is Venice Beach, and that has some pretty amazing coral reefs just from the coast roughly a quarter mile.  Should you want to do some undersea exploring, dive shops right around the beach can hook you up with the necessary gear and point you on where to go.

But if you choose to go to Sarasota, you should explore the art and culture area.  Here are several things to take in:

1.    The Ringling Museum of Art.  This museum has a first-rate collection of Rubens, plus memorabilia from an iconic era of American amusement, the Ringling Bros Circus.

2.    Sarasota music and dance scene.  Just a mile away will be the ballet company, symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized opera house in addition to numerous theaters.

3.    The Towles Court fine art neighborhood.  Here is a tightly packed area of shops, art galleries, live music and lively bars, plus some of the finest eating places within the vicinity.

4.    Golf.  Due to its perfect year-round local climate Sarasota has become a destination for golfers around the world.

5.    Sarasota Jungle Gardens.  A ten acres vacationer attraction since 1936, the Gardens has exotic plants from around the world as well as native varieties.  Check their site for bird and animal shows, along with unique holiday shows in December.

6.    Myakka River State Park.  This huge park of 37000 acres is actually one in the state’s oldest parks.  Situated just a little east of Sarasota, it has some excellent hiking trails.  Horseback riding and biking will be allowed on specifically designated trails and roads.  Perhaps the highlight in the park is Canopy Walkway, a suspension bridge and tower enabling guests to look at the forest canopy.

Sarasota allows you to relax about the beach or involve yourself in a multitude of natural as well as cultural options.

 

 

 

 

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