With so many choices in Sarasota, it was difficult to choose just five places to visit!
Siesta Key Beach
Does this one really need an explanation? It’s the NUMBER 1 beach in the United States because of its fine, white sand and turquoise water. In the summer sun, the sand doesn’t even get hot and won’t burn your feet. The gentle waves are great for swimming and the beach has showers and volleyball nets. Only a short walk away, you have all the shopping and food options you need at St. Armand’s Circle.
St. Armand’s Circle
Quite literally a circle, you can walk around St. Armand’s right after swimming at Siesta Key. There are many restaurants to choose from, ranging from fine dining to quick beach fare. The shopping selection will satisfy even the pickiest person on your Christmas list. There are big name stores like White House Black Market and local artisan shops as well. A must-visit is Kilwins for a scoop of ice cream and some fresh fudge to take home for later.
The Ringling Museum
If the Ringling Brothers can boast “The Greatest Show on Earth,” their then-home and now museum is the greatest museum in Florida. The museum is housed in a pink, Renaissance-style palace with 21 galleries enclosing a grand courtyard. The museum’s permanent collection includes iconic sculptures, a Skyspace, and ancient and medieval objects. Also known for hosting galas, the Ringling Museum will have you dancing around the ballroom dressed to the nines.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center was designed by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright and hosts over one hundred performances and events each year ranging from the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Ballet to the Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series. This season the Van Wezel has carried on the long tradition of presenting spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians, world-class symphony orchestras and a compelling mix of classical, modern and ethnic dance. There’s always something new to see at the Van Wezel.
Selby Botanical Gardens
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens sit on 15 acres and boast thousands of plants, art, research, and history. The living museum and children’s rainforest garden is located on Sarasota Bay and focuses on the research and conservation of epiphytes (also known as “air-plants” like orchids). Family and adult classes are offered throughout the year, including watercolor painting, yoga in the gardens, photography and much more.
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