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Things to do in Sarasota

 

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The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Art Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of... more » Owner description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater. « less
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Ranked #2 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Gardens; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
A sprawling botanical garden.
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Ranked #3 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Historic Sites

Since remodeling was completed last February 2006, Ca d'Zan Mansion is an excellent educational and enjoyable place to spend the day in Sarasota close to the bay. Florida teachers... more »

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Ranked #4 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Operas
Owner description: Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the opera opera companies in the world. Season after season,... more » Owner description: Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the opera opera companies in the world. Season after season, Sarasota Opera presents world-class musicians and performances in the striking 1,119 seat Mediterranean style Sarasota Opera house. The fall season consists of one opera performed in October-November followed by the four opera Winter Opera Festival that runs all of February and March. Each season brings a mixture of classic favorites and rarely heard gems. All performances have simultaneous English translations above the stage and opera goers are encouraged to dress as they feel comfortable: suits and ties mix with khaki and jeans. Tickets start at only $19!! Come and experience the magic that is Sarasota Opera! « less
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Ranked #5 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Theaters; Performances
This theatre's rotating schedule allows for five different plays to be performed on the same weekend.
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Ranked #6 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
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Ranked #7 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Performances
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Ranked #8 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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Ranked #9 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Art Museums
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Ranked #10 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: State Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Scenic Drives

The park is a great day trip for families. The airboat trip on the lake is well worth it..you always get to see an alligator. The canopy walk is also one of those things the... more »

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Ranked #11 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the Gulf Coast region, bringing the best in... more » Owner description: Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is one of the major cultural resources in the Gulf Coast region, bringing the best in Contemporary plays, musicals, and comedy to the Sarasota community since 1973. An Equity theatre, the FST campus is a village of theatres – the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres,the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and the new John C. Court Cabaret. Opening in January 2014 will be the fifth venue, The Bowne Lab Theatre. Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact – providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging, we are the theatre where the street meets the elite, where everyone is welcome to come and engage in the art of theatre.FST has modeled itself on the strength of creating the best in contemporary theatre at an affordable price. Overall, FST serves over 160,000 attendees per year through its major programs: the Mainstage Series, the Cabaret Series, WRITE A PLAY, Education, and New Play Development. « less
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Ranked #12 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Aquariums
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Ranked #13 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Biking Trails
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Ranked #14 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Aquariums
Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this is home to a 135,000 gallon outdoor shark tank and many other marine species.
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Ranked #15 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #16 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Performances
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Ranked #17 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Beaches; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks
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Ranked #18 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Bird rescue, rehabilitation, and release. Birds that are not releasable are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning... more » Owner description: Bird rescue, rehabilitation, and release. Birds that are not releasable are given permanent homes in our Wild Bird Learning Center, where you can see up to 250 birds of 30 different species up close and personal every day. Family Friendly Pricing of $6 for adults, $4 for children age 4 to 12. Educational tours available upon prior request. (Former site of Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary) « less
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Ranked #19 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Comedy Clubs
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Ranked #20 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Performances; Art Museums; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Museums; History Museums
Sarasota is the winter home of the circus.
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Ranked #21 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Movie Theaters
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Ranked #22 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Symphonies
Owner description: For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region, and visitors from... more » Owner description: For more than 60 years, the Sarasota Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers from around the region, and visitors from around the world. 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.An arts leader in the community, the Sarasota Orchestra has a dual mission, dedicated to exquisite performance and first-class musical education. The Sarasota Orchestra's acclaimed music education program includes the 50-year-old Youth Orchestra, which features five ensembles – the most advanced of which, The Youth Philharmonic, made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. The Sarasota Orchestra also offers music lessons for students of all ages and abilities, sponsors multiple community-outreach programs and is the parent program of the Sarasota Music Festival. « less
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Ranked #23 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
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Ranked #24 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Bridges; Observation Decks/ Towers
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Ranked #25 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #26 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Theaters; Operas; Symphonies
A good place for cultural entertainment.
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Ranked #27 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Golf Courses
Stretching to 7,001 yards, this Ron Garl-design, 27-hole golf challenge was rated a “4-Star” layout by Golf Digest.
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Ranked #28 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Gardens; Zoos
Owner description: An Old Florida attraction since 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens allows visitors to experience things you won't find anywhere... more » Owner description: An Old Florida attraction since 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens allows visitors to experience things you won't find anywhere else. Feed free-roaming flamingos, watch parrots ride bicycles, catch lemurs at play, stare down a vulture, or pet a skunk. Be sure to visit the Flamingo Cafe for a refreshing lunch or snack. Enjoy one or more of our acclaimed animal shows. Annual events include Holiday Lights, select nights in December, and Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails, every year on Good Friday. « less
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Ranked #29 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Boat Tours
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Ranked #30 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Category: Specialty Museums
The SCCM has over 100 antique, classic, vintage, collectible and rare cars on display.
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