City Center, 8.7 mi
5464 Lena Road
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Sarasota, Florida, is a lovely city on the Gulf of Mexico that's one hour south of Tampa. The area is known for both its cultural institutions and lovely beaches. Discover more about what you can expect when you plan a getaway to this warm city.
Sarasota was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today it's home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. As you tour the museum, you'll see over 10,000 objects of art, including a variety of photographs, prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures. The works range from ancient to contemporary, and they include artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Rosa Bonheur and Benjamin West.
After you've spent the day at the beach, head to Mote Marine Laboratory to learn about the animals that live under the waves. The aquarium is home to over 10,000 marine animals, including manatees, stingrays, sharks, turtles and hundreds of fish. Popular exhibits include Shark Zone, Creatures From the Reef and Otters and Their Waters.
When you're searching for a place to stay in Sarasota, there are plenty of options. You can choose one of the luxurious hotels directly on the beach for a pampering and relaxing getaway. If you prefer to save your money for other attractions, there are several affordable hotel options located in the heart of Sarasota.
If you want to fly to Sarasota, you'll land at Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport. If you prefer driving to the city, U.S. Route 41 and U.S. Route 301 both run directly through downtown Sarasota.