A nexus for the Gulf Coast and the Florida Keys, Sarasota is an ecological and scenic treasure.
No trip to Sarasota is complete, of course, without a visit to the beaches of Lido, Longboat, and Siesta Keys. Offering their own entertainment and flora and fauna, every Key is a gem for you to discover. Boutiques, restaurants, and spots to spread out and enjoy the sun abound in each unique location. For closer encounters with the fauna -- above and below ground -- the Mote Marine Aquarium has displays and marvels for the whole family, while Myakka River State Park offers a haven for birdwatching and alligator sightings, as well as a Canopy Walkway that’ll have you eye-to-eye with Gulf Coast critters. Give the macroview on your camera a try with a visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where the warm climate nurtures all kinds of species.
For time away from the beach, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art offers an unparalleled collection housed in an interesting old mansion. The Asolo Repertory Theatre within the complex can perform up to five plays per weekend, and you and the kids won’t want to miss the Sailor Circus -- the longest running youth circus in the country, and truly the “Greatest Little Show on Earth.” Serving all varieties of foods in locations that range from stands on the beach to white-napkin waterfront dining, Sarasota has dining options to suit any palette. Or, simply stock up on supplies at the Sarasota Farmers Market and enjoy a first-row sunset view as your day of sightseeing winds to a close.
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