Other Sites Around Sarasota
- Venture into town to stroll Main Street with its small shops and eateries.
- Admire the vast collection of antique cars at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum.
- If you visit in March or early April, check out a Baltimore Orioles spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium.
- Do you remember a circus thrilling you as a child? Relive that happy experience at the Ringling Circus Museum, part of the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, or, simply called The Ringling. This complex includes Ca’ d’Zan, the Ringlings’ magnificent mansion home, as well as the Museum of Art, the Historic Asolo Theatre, and 66 acres of gardens.
- Visit the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which boasts 20,000 plants from around the globe. A conservatory is packed with opulent orchids, and the Children’s Rainforest Garden will interest youngsters and adults. Other garden areas are set aside to highlight bromeliads, epiphytes, butterflies, ferns, bamboos, and banyans.
- Follow the causeway across Sarasota Bay to posh St. Armands Circle and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. This world-class research facility shares its fascinating amenities with the public. Whether rehabbing sea turtles, rescuing dolphins, or conducting manatee research, Mote scientists provide exhibits and activities popular with all ages. Arrive early for a less-crowded visit.
- Unwind with a beach walk and relax on one of the white-sand borders of the barrier islands of Sarasota County, or swim in the usually calm water of the Gulf of Mexico. Kiteboarders skim the surface of fast-moving water and ascend into the air on Sundays at the southern tip of Lido Key. Although no lifeguards are on duty at South Lido Beach Park, weekends often find overflowed parking lots and people boating, picnicking, playing volleyball, fishing, and luxuriating in the superb views.