Although Sarasota is located along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there is much more to do in the Florida town than sunbathe. For anyone looking for new and exciting things to do in Sarasota, Florida, here are some of the most popular attractions.
The beaches aren’t the only beautiful outdoors attractions in the Sarasota area. You can also explore the many bays and gardens located along the Florida coast. The Sarasota Jungle Gardens, which spans across ten acres, features both animals and gardens to provide the best of both worlds. The Sarasota Bay and the Marie Selby Botanical Garden are other non-beach areas that allow you to get some Florida sunshine.
Any antique lover will find paradise in the museums located in Sarasota. As home to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the second oldest classic car museum in the United States, you can check out the over one hundred vintage cars they have on display. The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. The only day that the museum is closed is on Christmas Day.
Sarasota is home to some very unique museums, including the John and Mabel Ringing Museum of Art, which celebrates all things “circus.” The John and Mabel Ringing Museum of Art has standard exhibits but also has performances and shows, which are dispersed among the many venues associated with the Ringling Museum name. Those venues include the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Ca’ d’Zan, the Historic Asolo Theater, the Education Center, and Bayfront Gardens.
Other popular museums in the Sarasota area include the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, the Manatee Village Historical Park, and the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy.
If you’re a baseball fan, particularly a fan of the Baltimore Orioles MLB team, you can catch a few early games in Sarasota, Florida. The Ed Smith Stadium is home to the Orioles during their spring training. While the Orioles are playing their regular season, the Ed Smith Stadium hosts minor league baseball games.
As a popular vacation destination, Sarasota has no shortage of high-quality golf courses and spas, allowing you to pamper yourself without the need to even leave your home city. One of the most popular resorts in the area is The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Here, you can receive full spa services like skin care, massages, and wellness activities. You can also take a professional golf lesson or just play a round at one of their two gulf-side courses, the Harbourside Course or Links on Longboat.
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