The Cultural Capital of Florida, Sarasota is more than a day at the beach. From the circus – harkening back to the city’s colorful roots – to classic rock, blues, ballet, jazz, opera and theatre to art galleries, antique and designer shops galore, Sarasota is replete with all that embodies the good life. Experience a floral fantasy at Selby Gardens; meet giant sea creatures at Mote Marine Laboratory and explore John Ringling’s legacy at the John and Mable Ringling Estate. Children love G. Wiz, a marvelous hands-on science museum, as well as the exotic Sarasota Jungle Gardens, where they can safely get up close and personal with tropical birds and reptiles.
There are many enjoyable boat rides that leave from Marina Jack downtown. Tourists rave about Le Barge, a fun, palm-tree topped boat that inspires a sing-along and spontaneous dancing to live music. Alternately, Marina Jack II presents fine dining aboard an exquisitely elegant vessel. From casual, seaside eats and innovative cuisine to traditional classics, Sarasota’s culinary scene sizzles with quality. Choices of ethnic foods range from Chinese, Japanese and Thai to French, Italian and Peruvian.
Shoppers will discover everything from one-of-a-kind art to haute designer couture. Visit Palm and Pineapple Avenues, Towles Court Artist Colony, Historic Burns Square and the internationally renowned St. Armands Circle for world-class shopping as well as dining. Sarasota is the heart of all that embodies the good life. Once you’ve experienced it, we know you too will fall in love with our beautiful city by the bay.