Sarasota Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Sarasota; our list of the best things to see, including Art Center Sarasota, The Ringling Estate and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
  • The best place in Sarasota: Art Center Sarasota

    Art Center Sarasota

    707 N Tamiami Trail
    Usually, 2 or 3 art exhibitions going on concurrently. Some pieces in gallery available for sale. Free, $3 Donation Requested.
    Rosemary District food nearby
  • The Ringling Estate

    The Ringling Estate

    5401 Bay Shore Road
    The Ringling Estate has recently finished a six-year restoration and expansion phase that restored all of the existing buildings and added four new buildings to the estate. Features of the 66-acre estate include the lush grounds and landscaping including Mable’s Rose Garden, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Cà d’Zan Mansion, the Tibbals Learning Center, and the Historic Asolo Theater located in the Visitor’s Pavilion. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, [2]. The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velàzquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Vernonese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more. Opened in October 1931, the Museum recently opened the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing in 2007, adding an additional 30,000 square feet of exhibition space. The Museum’s 21 galleries feature internationally renowned European, American and Asian art with masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Courtyard of the Museum of Art features casts of original statues including the towering David by Michelangelo. The Courtyard features two fountains - Fountain of Tortoises, one of three replicas from the Piazza Mattei in Rome, and the Oceanus Fountain, copied from the 16th century original by Giovanni Bologna in Florence’s Boboli Gardens.Circus Museum, [3]. Established in 1948, the Ringling Museum of the American Circus was the first museum of its kind to document the rich history of the circus. The Museum has a fine collection including rare handbills, posters and art prints, circus paper, business records, wardrobe, performing props, as well as all types of circus equipment, including beautifully carved parade wagons. Located in the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center, The Howard Bros. Circus Model is a replica of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1919 – 1938. Complete with eight main tents, 152 wagons, 1,300 circus performers and workers, more than 800 animals and a 59-car train, the model is built in ¾-inch-to-the-foot scale replica and occupies 3,800 square feet.Cà d’Zan, [4]. The Ringlings' dazzling palatial mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy. Described as “the last of the Gilded Age mansions” to be built in America, Cà d’Zan has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. With its Venetian Gothic architecture, the mansion is a combination of the grandeur of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, combined with the gothic grace of Cà d’Oro and Sarasota Bay serves as the Grand Canal.The Historic Asolo Theater, [5]. An 18th-century treasure in a 21st-century venue, the Historic Asolo Theater is a work of art in its own right. The palace playhouse was created in Asolo, Italy to honor the 15th-century exiled Queen of Cyprus. In the late 1940s, the theater was brought to the Ringling Estate and served as the first stage for many of the community’s most recognized performance organizations. Today the theater features a diverse performance schedule including theatre, dance, film, music, and lectures.
    Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores eat nearby
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    811 South Palm Avenue
    Adults $12, Children 6-11 $6.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar

    Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar

    300 John Ringling Blvd
    Lido Key
  • Ed Smith Stadium

    2700 12th Street
    The spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles. If you are in the Venice area between February and March, catch a preseason game for between $5 and $12. Bring the entire family for an evening of baseball.
    Park East eat nearby
  • Sarasota Classic Car Museum

    5500 North Tamiami Trail
    Daily 9AM-6PM. Adults $9.50, Seniors $7.65, ages 13-17 $5.75, ages 6-12 $4.
    Indian Beach-Sapphire Shores restaurants nearby
  • The Mote Marine Lab Aquarium

    Ken Thompson Pkwy
    Adults $15, ages 4-12 $10.
    Lido Shores food nearby
  • A. Parker's Books, Inc., ABAA

    1488 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    10-5 Mon-Sat; Rare Bookroom Open by Chance or Appointment; Sundays by Chance or Appointment. Free Browsing. Incorporated in 1980, A. Parker's Books has been located in downtown Sarasota, Florida for over thirty years. They have consistently offered one of the finest selections of rare and antiquarian books in the Southeast and provide Library Design and Collection Development among their services. Their knowledgeable staff and their high level of integrity are demonstrated and monitored by their professional memberships in the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association (FABA), Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). More than a decade ago, they merged their stock with a neighboring bookstore, Book Bazaar, Inc. Their Sarasota storefront has since housed two distinct shops; A. Parker's Books, Inc., continues to specialize in antiquarian, rare and finely bound books and maintains a rare book room which is the highlight of many visits to the store, while Book Bazaar, Inc., fills the majority of the space with an array of used, out-of-print and scholarly books.
  • Marina Jack

    Bayfront Dr
    Marina Plaza on the waterfront, Phone:(941) 365-4232. Keep your feet on the land while dining at the Marina Jack Restaurant or take off for an evening around Sarasota Bay on the Marina Jack Dinner Boat. Located on Sarasota Bay, the restaurant offers theatre seating so that everyone can enjoy a view of the waterfront. There is also the Portside Patio Bar for light meals or a drink before dinner. The Dinner Boat is an hour and a half lunch cruise or a two-hour dinner cruise. Plenty of temporarily marina slips available.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium

    201 10th Street West
    Open Jan-Apr and July M-Sa 10AM-5PM; Sun noon-5PM. Rest of the year Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su noon-5PM. Home of the oldest manatee born in captivity and other wonderful aquatic animals and also includes a Native American collection and a Spanish courtyard containing replicas of 16th-century buildings. This is a great place to spend the day with the entire family. From U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) take Manatee Av. west to 10th St. W. and turn right. Admission is $9.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6 students with ID, $5 children 5-12, free for children 4 and under.
    Park East food nearby
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens

    3701 Bay Shore Road
    There are 5 shows at the gardens in addition to the grounds themselves which are filled with many interesting plants. As with most early attractions, they offer some animal shows and a chance to see some rare plants, many of which are of extraordinary size. This attraction is a rare opportunity to see what Florida was like in the tourist boom of the early 1900's.
    Bayou Oaks eat nearby
  • Michael's on East

    Michael's on East

    1212 S East Ave
    Michael's On East - Inspired Cuisine for More Than 25 Years!
    Arlington Park
  • Mattison's City Grille

    Mattison's City Grille

    1 N Lemon Ave
    Mattison’s™ is a local, chef-owned restaurant group offering outstanding service, quality ingredients, and creative menu options while supporting the community, regional farmers, and culinary suppliers.
  • Kilwins


    312 John Ringling Blvd
    Since 1947 Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana having earned a reputation for providing high quality products and excellent service. Our heritage was built on the simple premise of creating our products from the finest ingredients and providing customers with great service. Today we continue the tradition by uniquely combining high quality products with a warm friendly customer experie
    Lido Key
  • Two Senoritas

    Two Senoritas

    1355 Main St
    Winner of the 2009 Readers Poll of the Tournament of Tacos by Creative Loafing. Best Tacos in Sarasota...Come by and try the Tacos al Pastor
  • Libby's


    1917 S Osprey Ave
    We are an award winning, family owned, neighborhood restaurant with an upbeat yet come as you are attitude. Our Modern American Cuisine focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients and interesting preparations with influences from around the world.
    Hudson Bayou
  • Square 1 Burgers & Bar

    Square 1 Burgers & Bar

    1737 S Tamiami Trail
    Tampa Bay's best burgers! Our eclectic hamburger menu includes 100% Angus burgers, chicken, turkey, and vegetarian.
    Arlington Park
  • Der Dutchman Resturant

    Der Dutchman Resturant

    3713 Bahia Vista St
    Der Dutchman Sarasota
  • Station 400

    Station 400

    400 N Lemon Ave
  • Empress Garden Chinese Restaurant

    6090 N Lockwood Ridge Rd
  • The Breakfast House

    1817 Fruitville Road
    Breakfast and lunch.
    Original Gillespie Park
  • The Table

    1934 Hillview St
  • Yoder's Restaurant

    3434 Bahia Vista St
    Nationally-known Amish restaurant.
  • Cafe Epicure

    1298 N Palm Ave
    Italian upscale casual.
  • Main Street Bar and Sandwich Shop

    1944 Main Street
  • Cafe Amici

    1371 Main St
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Sarasota uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.