Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72,
Sarasota, FL USA 34241

Discover what makes the Myakka unique among America's freshwater lakes. Hear intriguing stories about the alligator, anhinga, and sandhill crane as you become acquainted with the variety of creatures that make their home here. These air-powered vessels venture into the shallow, grassy areas where traditional crafts of such size wouldn't dare to go. The leisurely ride is so safe and smooth you'll have no problem taking photographs to bring home.

Myakka Wild Life Tours

3715 Jaffa Dr
Sarasota, FL 34239

This well-controlled wildlife tour operates within Myakka River State Park and offers visitors a guided tour of the park's amazingly abundant wildlife. Best known for its thousands upon thousands of alligators in their natural habitat, Myakka Lake is a beautiful home to thousands of native and seasonal waterfowl. The lake tour puts visitors on a 73-person airboat; the somewhat less popular land tour covers many of the trails in the park. Both run $7 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12. The park closes at sundown; last tour is at 2:30 p.m.

Crowley Museum & Nature Center

16405 Myakka Road

Sarasota, FL 34240


Overlooking the Myakka River, this 190 acre wildlife sanctuary contains numerous features including native flora and fauna, a beautifully restored 1892 cracker house, a museum and pioneer cabin, a blacksmith shop, a sugarcane mill, nature trails, an observation tower, and a boardwalk traversing Maple Branch Swamp. Self-guided trail booklet available to all guests. Educational programs for the community schedlued weekly.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida is a not-for-profit institution fostering understanding and appreciation of tropical plants, especially epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants), through programs of research, conservation, education and display. Selby Gardens is perhaps best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids. The 9.5-acre bay front property is an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on over 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rain forests by Selby Gardens research staff. Seven greenhouses are the heart of botanical research and plant identification, for which Selby Gardens is internationally recognized.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

3701 Bay Shore Rd

Sarasota, FL 34234  
941-355-5305 · 877-861-6547

This ten-acre park, established in 1940, is one of Sarasota's best and most-visited family attractions. Its gardens feature palm trees, gurgling springs, and tropical plant life, along with plenty of trails for wandering about. Exotic birds and wildlife delight visitors of all ages, who regularly encounter flamingos, peacocks, egrets, prairie dogs, alligators, and large snakes. In addition, animal shows highlight birds of prey, reptiles, and much more. A café and gift shop are on the premises as well. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  


PAL Sailor Circus

PAL Sailor Circus Arena
2075 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, Florida 34239

(941) 361-6350

Only in Sarasota can you experience the "Greatest Little Show On Earth," the PAL Sailor Circus is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with the country's longest running Youth Circus.  With 8 shows beginning March 25 and running thru April 4, it's hard to imagine that the 120 performers in this spectacular Circus Show are Sarasota's own youth - they juggle, walk the high wire, do acrobatics, unicycle, flying trapeze and much more. 

Circus Sarasota

8251 Fifteenth Street East, Unit B

Sarasota, FL 34243-2705


Experience family entertainment at its best while attending this one ring, five star, European style big top international circus that presents world renowned circus superstars with affordable prices to all performances. Don't miss the family expirence, February 4 thru February 27 2005.

Marine Life

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.    

(941) 388-4441

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key West and field stations in Summerland Key and Charlotte Harbor. Florida's extensive coastline and marine and estuarine environments have enabled Mote scientists to build a platform of marine research conducted in the nearshore environment. At Mote you can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, interactive exhibits and viewable working labs.  Mote has sharks, dolphins, sea turtles as well as other sea creatures What started as a one-woman operation in 1955 by the now-famous shark researcher, Dr. Eugenie Clark, has evolved into seven research centers home to more than 230 staff members, including about 40 Ph.D. scientists who lead their respective fields. .  It is fun for all ages.

Sarasota Bay Explorers

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy

Sarasota, FL 34236  

Docked at the famous Mote Aquarium, the Sarasota Bay Explorers offer pontoon cruises around the bay area. The trips, which usually take about an hour and a half, are guided by a marine biologist and are as fun as they are informative. Sarasota Bay Explorers also offers guided kayak trips


Fishing and water sports are one of our top options for outdoors activities. Snook, tarpon, cobia, and jack cravelle are some of the catches in these waters. You can board any of the fishing yachts that will take you off-shore. You can always do some windsurfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling or ride motor scooters that you can rent at the beaches.

Key Sailing

941-346-SAIL (7245)

Key is owned by Tim and Jan Solomon, who have been sailing Sarasota together since 1973. Jan has lived in Sarasota since 1960 and the veteran's bay front park at the marina is named after her father. The Solomons try to make each experience personal and unique for each guest, never sailing with more than 6 unless it is a private charter-private charters are affordable even for two. The Key Sailing motto is: "Clean Air, Fine Chocolates, and a few hours of peace on Earth."

Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures
Sarasota, Florida 34236

If you are looking for an outdoor adventure during your vacation to Sarasota, then look no further! Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures provides a wide variety of guided kayak eco tours that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an adventure of a lifetime. You can explore the natural beauty of Florida and venture through pristine ecosystems and breath-taking surroundings; all while looking for dolphins and manatees.  Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures provides a wide range of guided kayak eco tours (Lido Key, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and around the state of Florida) that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an adventure of a lifetime. Come and explore the natural beauty of Florida and venture through pristine habitats and natural ecosystems. Fully-guided, eco tours are customized for all ages, physical conditions and interests

Marina Jacks

2 Marina Plaza

Sarasota, FL 34236
Restaurant: 941-365-4232
Marina Phone: 941-955-9488

With direct, no bridge access to the Gulf and a deep water harbor, we are located in the heart of downtown Sarasota where the attractions and entertainment are unlimited.Visit our transient area and take in some of the many attractions in a few nights or secure one of our 316 annual slips for the year. The marina includes full amenities, fuel dock, ship’s store and ground transportation. The marina is host to Sarasota’s largest charter boat fleet including fishing, diving, sailing, cruising, and boat rentals. Sarasota’s downtown area & St. Armands Circle offers world-renowned shopping, dining, arts, architecture, museums, aquariums, and more. Marina Jack specializes in transient dockage and boating group accommodations to this popular spot with our 25 full time slips. Come visit one of the most popular destinations on the west coast.

Le Barge Tropical Cruises

2 Marina Plaza

Sarasota, FL 34236-8919

This cruise company provides sightseeing and dolphin watching cruises that are narrated by a marine biologist, as well as sunset cruises with live entertainment, special event cruises, and private charters. Reservations are suggested.

CB's Saltwater Outfitters

1249 Stickney Point Road

Sarasota, FL 34242


A complete tackle shop and Orvis endorsed outfitter that has been serving the Sarasota area since 1959. Items for sale include casual outdoor clothing, snorkeling equipment, beach supplies, and bicycle rentals and boat rentals. Guide service for fishing for snook, redfish, speckled trout, cobia, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, jack crevale, and giant tarpon in the bay, backcountry, and inshore Gulf is also available, as well as parasailing and sightseeing tours. Aquarius Parasail operates from this location.

Enterprise Sailing Charters

2 Marina Plaza

Sarasota, FL 34236


The Enterprise is the largest, safest with dry bulkheads and stablest sailing vessel in Sarasota. The Enterprise is a tall, two masted, thriple sail 41 foot sailboat manufactured by the Morgan Yacht Company, the Rolls Royce of Sailboats. The Enterprise, a 41-foot Morgan Out Island 415, is unique in that she is the only 415 Morgan Out Island ever constructed at the Morgan Yacht Factory under Coast Guard specifications for more than six passengers, making her the safest sailboat in Sarasota and truly one of a kind for private or corporate charter use.


Sarasota is a dream golf destination for amateurs and professionals. It's no wonder! It offers more than 1,000 holes at public, semi-private and private courses. Its fame began more than a hundred years ago when John Hamilton Gillespie, a Scottish colonist, built the first golf course in Florida here in Sarasota. The nine-hole course was located in the heart of today's downtown near today's Golf, Links and Gillespie Streets. Nowadays, there are more than 30 public, semi-private and private golf courses throughout the county. You can play in the historical Bobby Jones Golf Complex designed by famed architect Ronald Ross in 1927, or in private golf community at upscale Misty Creek Country Club built in 1989.  Four local courses are in the top 100 places to play in the whole state.

Bobby Jones Golf Complex

1000 Azinger Way

Sarasota, FL

(941) 365-4653

Bobby Jones Golf Complex is Sarasota's only municipal golf facility with 45 holes. This facility has two regulation eighteen hole courses and a nine hole executive course. The American Course is a shotmaker's course with water and trees frequently coming into play. The British Course is more open but features plenty of sand bunkers. The Executive Course can be quite difficult. Your approach shots must be accurate because the greens are very small. Walking is permitted after 1 PM during the peak season

Forest Lakes Golf Club

2401 Beneva Road

Sarasota, FL 34232-3611


Situated conveniently to downtown Sarasota, this semiprivate 18 hole golf course was designed by Roy Albert Anderson and is known as the "in town Golf Club." The course features Bermuda grass and an award-winning restaurant is on site.

Gulf Gate Executive Golf Club 
2550 Bispham Rd

Sarasota, FL

(941) 921-5515

Short courses but nonetheless challenging, 27 holes, par 57/58.

Stoneybrook Golf Club

8801 Stoneybrook Blvd

Sarasota, FL

(941) 918-9595

One of the newest gems on the Sarasota golf scene, this par 72 regulation course was designed by Arthur Hills, challenging and entertaining for both novice and pro. P.G.A. pros on staff. Daily clinics are offered October through April, and private lessons are available. Tee times two days in advance. Close to Sarasota Square Mall.

Serenoa Golf Club 
6773 Serenoa Dr

Sarasota, FL

(941) 925-2755

Serenoa Golf Club is a shotmaker's course. Water comes into play throughout the course, however, most of the fairways are open and rolling. The Sarasota golf course is surrounded by natural wetlands and marshlands. The signature hole is #2, a 375-yard, par 4, requiring a tee shot up a dogleg left fairway with water in play on both sides as you near the elevated green.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf
3815 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

A Miniature Golf Adventure. Come play the best in Florida adventure-style, mini golf amid rushing waters, mysterious caves, and waterfalls on mountainous tropical terrain for a truly unique Florida miniature golf experience!


Lido Key

Sarasota, FL 34236

The public beach at Libo Key is on the southern tip of the island, less than a mile from St. Armand's Circle. Here, you'll find a pavilion, picnic area, and ample public parking

Siesta Key

Sarasota, FL 34236 
941- 349-3800 · 866-831-7778

In the 1987 "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge," Siesta Key was granted the proud title of having the "whitest sand in the world." This is one of the most popular beaches in the Sarasota area, and it tends to get populated very early in the day. Lifeguards, volleyball courts, and a picnic area/playground are all found here.

Turtle Beach

8918 Midnight Pass Rd

Sarasota, FL 34242


Turtle Beach is located on Midnight Pass Road near the south end of Siesta Key. In the center of the park sits Blind Pass Lagoon which connects to Little Sarasota Bay. Boat ramps allow easy access to and from the bay.

Palmer Point Beach

6551 Midnight Pass Road

Siesta Key, FL 34242


Palmer Point Beach begins at the southern tip of Siesta Key and continues onto the north end of Casey Key. This beach will give you a feeling of privacy and seclusion. It is a beautiful, gentle sloping beach with a pristine dune system. The beach is a popular spot for boaters and people who like to walk along the shore from Turtle Beach. Two things to make note of if you are visiting; there are no Lifeguards on duty, and there are no facilities present.

Unique Animals

Royal Lipizzan Stallions

Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions

32755 Singletary Rd

Myakka City, FL  34251


Myakka City, Florida, is where the Royal Lipizzan Stallions are located from January through March. See the most rare and aristocratic horses in the world. The highly schooled animals exhibit complex maneuvers, leaps and plunges derived from defensive horsemanship created for war that pre-date the birth of Christ by some 400 years. These famous horses are trained at Colonel Herrman's Ranch in Manatee County. Visitors are welcome at the 1 1/2 hour training sessions,

Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. The pride of the Hapsburg Empire, the Lipizzan breed was first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza (now part of Yugoslavia).  Only a few hundred have ever existed at any one time. Indeed, it is a contemporary miracle of sorts that this precious bloodline is not extinct, having barely been saved by General George Patton from the Russian advance during World War II. The Lipizzans' celebrated escape was recounted in the Walt Disney movie, "Miracle of the White Stallions".

Winter Training Session/Show Times:
Thursdays and Fridays 3:00 p.m.     Saturdays 10:00 a.m.
Dress Rehearsals April 29 and 30 at 3:00 p.m. and May 1 at 10:00 a.m.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
7101 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34232

The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. Founded by Kay Rosaire who enjoys more than 30 years of experience working with and caring for exotic animals. Their goal is to educate the public by fostering appreciation for animals and stressing the importance of habitat preservation.


John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

This internationally acclaimed museum showcases a collection spanning more than five centuries. Baroque work from Hals, Velazquez, Rubens, and Poussinsuch are displayed, while the 19th century is well represented by the likes of Stevens, Bonheur, and Burne-Jones. Also on hand are collections of contemporary art, bronze replicas of antiquated sculptures, decorative arts, and historical circus artifacts. Free-guided tours are available, and there is a gift shops and café on-site

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

5500 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34230  

Founded in 1952, America's third oldest automobile museum provides an informative glimpse at the cultural impact of this wonderful machine. Exhibits include numerous audiovisual displays, fascinating artifacts, and more than a hundred vehicles. And if that's not enough, there's also an extensive collection of antique musical instruments, games, cameras, and Santa Clauses. Guided tours are available.

South Florida Museum

201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34206 

The South Florida Museum traces the state's geologic and cultural history, ranging from prehistoric fossils to the recreated dwellings of Florida's earliest Spanish settlers. The complex also boasts the Bishop Planetarium, where shows are given daily, and the Parker Manatee Aquarium

1001 Blvd of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236


Discover the cool side of science with a variety of interactive exhibits for the whole family to explore. This world-class science and technology center has hands-on interactions and makes learning fun for all ages. With three floors stacked with    mind-bending activities, it’s a great place for a rainy day.


Sarasota Opera
61 North Pineapple Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236

The Sarasota Opera House plays host to everything from opera, symphony and classical ballet to film festivals, popular music concerts, comedy shows and clowns. In addition to the theater, the Opera Complex includes a Pavilion with a spacious, multi-purpose banquet/performance facility; the Peterson Great Room, which can seat up to 390 people. Private meeting spaces, as well as private rehearsal rooms are part of the pavilion. The William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre seats 1164

Sarasota Orchestra

Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center
Sarasota Orchestra
709 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-3434
(866) 508-0611

For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region, and visitors from around the world. With Artistic Director Leif Bjaland and President and CEO Joseph McKenna at the helm, the 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. In 2008 the organization unveiled a new name and logo with a package that offers new series, new concerts and a whole new way to experience live music, along with the timeless classics.

Florida String Quartet

709 North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236-4047


This resident chamber ensemble performs music stemming from many different styles and origins, as well as sounds by renowned musicians, throughout the year.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida

5555 North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243



A professional resident company that offers seven world-class, eclectic productions from September to April each year including the traditional holiday favorite "The Nutcracker." Box Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. On performance days, the box office will be open at noon and remain open until intermission of the day's final performance.

Asolo Theatre Company

5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243



You can see four different plays in a single weekend by this professional company of actors that performs in classical rotating repertory form from November through June.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-7676

(941) 953-3368

Designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, this performance hall is located directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay and hosts over 120 world class performances each year including great music, dances, theater, comedies, Broadway musicals, symphony orchestras, and top national and international performers. An array of educational outreach programs are also available.

Florida Studio Theater

1241 North Palm Avenue

Sarasota, FL 34236


Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has been in operation in Sarasota since 1973.  During its history, FST has grown into a theatre with a budget of over $4 million and 20,000 subscribers a year, more than any theatre its size in the country. FST produces world premieres and contemporary works which have been produced on or off-Broadway within the last five years. FST was founded by an artist and continues to be led by artists, with actors, designers and writers in key leadership positions. FST understands that focusing on the artist creates a bond that extends beyond the fourth wall and out into the audience, and into the community beyond. FST produces theatre of intimacy on a grand scale: serving the largest subscriber base of any theatre its size in the nation, and reaching 160,000 attendees - one person at a time.

Burns Court

Sarasota Film Society

Burns Court

Sarasota, Fl

(941) 955-3456

Nestled away in downtown Sarasota, in the middle of historic Burns Square, is a small raspberry-colored theater that many people consider a landmark of the surrounding area.  After opening its doors in 1993, Burns Court Cinemas has continually proven to be the best place around to find first-run, hand-picked foreign language, independent, and art films.

Showcasing nothing but the best cinema has to offer, Burns Court is also home to many annual festivals and series which have become staple events for the Sarasota area.  One of the most popular, Cine-World, has striven to bring films from all different countries, cultures, and communities within the framework of a weeklong, extremely exciting and popular event.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre
3333 North Tamiami Trail
at the Trail Plaza
(next to the Jungle Gardens sign on US 41)
Sarasota, Florida 34234
(941) 925-FUNY (3869)

The Theatre was established in 1988. For ten years, it was located at the Holiday Inn Marina. There was a short run at The Big Kitchen on Clark Road, before the move to our current location in the nostalgic Teatro Theatre. The Theatre underwent almost a complete facelift and was redesigned to meet the specifications of McCurdy's. If you are a long time resident, you will notice that we kept some of the original architecture. The large front display, the statues in the courtyard, the statuettes and arches in the Theatre, and the chandelier over the exit are all from the old Teatro.

Farm Fresh

Jessica’s Organic Farm

4180 47th St

Sarasota FL 34235  


Whether grown in our own fields or imported from other farms, the food sold at Jessica's is Certified Organic. There are no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers on our organic produce. Your body will thank you, the planet will remember you

Mixons Fruit Farm

2712 26th Avenue East
Bradenton, Florida 34208-7427
(941) 748-5829 • 800-608-2525

Our family has been planting, growing, picking, packing and shipping the finest citrus grown in Florida for over 70 years. Since we control every aspect, we put our family tradition of excellence in each fruit we pack.

We invite you to come see where it all started….. Enjoy our memory making attraction expanded to include a Garden Oasis for Weddings and Events, Tropical Gardens and get lost in our Butterfly Maze. Ride the “Orange Blossom Express” Tram Tour with a stop at our Wildlife Rescue. Savor the taste of our “Orange Swirl” Ice Cream, homemade Fudge, fresh squeezed Orange and Grapefruit Juice and, of course, fresh Citrus Fruit. Stay with us for lunch in our Deli and a tasting of local Florida Wines.


Historic Spanish Point

337 North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34236

Overlooking the beautiful Little Sarasota Bay, this 30 acre site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is dedicated to preserving and interpreting 5,000 years of history. Visitors can go inside a prehistoric shell mound and enjoy formal gardens, nature trails, and a visitor's center while exploring this unique site.

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

3708 Patten Avenue
Ellenton, Florida 34222

(941) 723-4536

This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. It is believed that Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin, took refuge here after the fall of the Confederacy, until his safe passage to England could be secured. In 1925, the house and 16 acres were saved by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and donated to the state. Today, the mansion is furnished in the style of a successful mid-19th century plantation. Guided tours of the house are given six times a day, Thursday through Monday and there are picnic tables on the grounds. The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday; it is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year´s Day. Located in Ellenton on U.S. 301 East.


Baltimore Orioles Spring Training

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th Street

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 954-4101

Join us for 2010 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training at our new Florida home -- Ed Smith Stadium in beautiful Sarasota!


Florida Ever Glides

200 South Washington Blvd.
Suite #11
Sarasota, Florida 34236
In the historic Towles Court
Artist Colony

Phone (941) 363-9556

As the first tour company in the United States providing historic/scenic guided tours using Segway Personal Transporters (PT), Florida Ever-Glides is committed to providing an 'awesome experience' that brings together the past, present, and future of beautiful sunny Sarasota, Florida.  Our goal is to make this tour experience one you'll remember for a lifetime     

Modern Sarasota Architecture Tours


Did you know that Sarasota is known world-wide for its modern architecture, from the mid-century "Sarasota School of Architecture" period to today? Young visionary architects have been drawn to Sarasota since the early 1940's, wanting to build their dreams in this lush tropical environment. Many architects have early works here, including Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy, Bert Brosmith, Edward "Tim" Seibert, Gene Leedy, Mark Hampton, Jack West, William Rupp, William and Ralph Zimmerman, Frank Folsom Smith and Carl Abbott. Contemporary architects include Guy Peterson, Seibert Architects, Carl Abbott and Toshiko Mori. Modern Sarasota Architecture Tours are private, guided tours to see Sarasota's modern legacy throughout Sarasota and its beautiful barrier islands. Sometimes tours travel to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College or to study important work in other parts of Florida.

Modern Sarasota Architecture Tours are excellent for travelers interested in art, history, architecture and preservation. Individuals, couples and special group tours are available.


There's so many different interesting and fun things to do in the Sarasota area that it is difficult to choose which adventure to experience.

                                        Nature | Circus | Marine Life | Sailing | Golf | Beaches | Unique Animals

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