Area Information – Local Attractions
Known internationally as the Cultural Capital of Florida, Sarasota offers a wide range of entertainment venues that are available year round. The Ringling Museum of Art and its recently renovated Ca d’Zan provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the Ringling Circus and to imagine the opulent lifestyle John and Mable Ringling maintained during the 1920’s. Visitors can enjoy opera, ballet, popular shows and drama at many theaters downtown. Classical music lovers will appreciate the Sarasota Orchestra. Always enjoyable, for visitors and locals alike, are the free jazz concerts performed at various parks throughout the year. Pack a lunch, bring a chair, and you’re set.
The Mote Marine Laboratory is always exciting and interesting to learn about ongoing marine research, to observe the dolphin hospital and see how well these beautiful mammals are cared for before being allowed back into the sea. Jungle Gardens is Sarasota’s zoo. Its stunning collection of exotic birds, flowers and animals will thrill visitors. And, if you’re looking for an opportunity to observe world-renowned orchids, unusual plants and magnificent 100-year-old banyan trees overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay, then a visit to Selby Gardens is definitely a must.