If you are living in a downtown Sarasota apartment, you are already familiar with the sun and beauty that fills this Florida city. You may, however, want to get to know the city better by exploring some of its best sights and sounds.
The following are some of the best things we think Sarasota has to offer. Ranging from a walk outside to high art, these options offer something for everyone.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
When it comes to Sarasota, many may think of sun and sand first, but this city is actually home to many top-of-the-line cultural landmarks. One of the most popular is John and Mable Ringling Museum. The official art museum of the state of Florida, the Ringling Museum features over 10,000 artifacts and 21 galleries.
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
In the mood for some fresh air and shady walks? The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are situated on 15 acres around the former home of Marie Selby and her husband. Take a break at the Gardens’ café and enjoy the elaborate cypress trees across the property.
A little known secret in Sarasota is that traveling by kayak is your best bet for exploring our lush waterways and mangrove trees.
These small, maneuverable crafts make it easy for you to tour parts of Sarasota you might not otherwise see. One of our favorite guide shops is I Kayak Sarasota. Start exploring the shady canals of Sarasota in a small group, then head out into Sarasota Bay to see if you can spot a dolphin or manatee.
Siesta Key Beach
A beach comprised of 99 percent quartz, Siesta Key Beach redefines the luxury of a white sand setting. Filtered down from the Appalachian mountains over millions of years, the sands on this stunner of a beach make it a unique place in Sarasota. Not only are the white sands visually stunning, they also stay cool no matter how hot it gets outside.
Point of Rocks
If you are already at Siesta Key, you may want to check out Point of Rocks as well. Thanks to its calm and warm water, Point of Rocks is a popular snorkeling spot for Sarasota locals in the know. Look for a gravel path near 6900 Point of Rocks Road and follow it to paradise.
Sarasota Opera House
Are you a fan of opera? Get your dose of culture at the Sarasota Opera House. Built in the Mediterranean Revival style, this opera house features a stunning interior reminiscent of a Venetian palace. The opera house hosts performances of both classic and contemporary opera, providing entertainment for any opera fan.
St. Armand’s Circle
Care to spend your free time indulging in some shopping? St Armand’s Circle, located on St. Armand’s Key, features 130 boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. The picturesque setting is ideal for window shopping, too, if you just want to get a stroll in.
Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy
Are you on the lookout for some culture but want a little fun thrown in? The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy features colorful outdoor installations and sculptures that lift the spirits and can engage anyone. The museum’s self-described mission is to “create an environment to inspire” by promoting art of “whimsical” importance. Who can say no to that?
Sarasota has a wide range of outdoor and cultural sites that can brighten up any day of the week. Are you a fan of the sights and sounds of Sarasota? Let us know your own favorite spots in our favorite Florida city below.