Here’s a handy guide for the top 10 things to see and do in Sarasota.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida, located in Sarasota, Florida. It was established in 1927 as the legacy of Mable and John Ringling for the people of Florida.
The Ringling’s’ dazzling palatial mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy.
Part whimsical botanical garden, part magical play land, this fun-filled gem is a pleasure for parents and children alike.
The combination of a traditional aquarium with fish and corals and a separate marine research center where you can see the manatees, sea turtles, and dolphins.
The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge,was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. Refuge is comprised of several islands, totaling approximately 46 acres. They are surrounded by the spring-fed waters of Kings Bay. Crystal River NWR is one of more than 540 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Come out for a day of outdoor play in the trees at Southwest Florida’s only elevated adventure course. Bring the family, get together with friends or grab a group from the office for an adrenaline-pumping activity that has something fun for everyone.
Explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids and bromeliads in this 8.5 acre tropical oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Discover an open air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants – including a living collection of more than 6,000 orchids -many collected in the wild by the Garden’s research and conservation scientists on more than 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rainforests.
Sarasota National Cemetery is a 295-acre United States National Cemetery located near Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it was the sixth national cemetery developed in Florida.
One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.
Ed Smith Stadium is a baseball field located in Sarasota, Florida. The stadium was built in 1989 to replace Payne Park as a Spring Training and Minor League Baseball site. The 2017 season marked the eighth consecutive Spring Training for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the seventh in the renovated Ed Smith Stadium. With its modern amenities mixed with historical Florida architecture, Ed Smith Stadium has truly become “Birdland South.” Since 2010, when the club’s Major League operations moved to Sarasota, more than 640,000 fans have enjoyed Spring Training baseball at Ed Smith Stadium.