Fun in the Sun

Looking for ways to play in, on, or around the water? From floating along a quiet river to fishing for mighty tarpon, this is the place to splashdown. Indeed, no other place in Florida comes close to equaling the combination of Siesta Key’s natural beauty and man-made wonders.

Lush, exotic foliage flourishes throughout the area, filling the surrounding scenery with brilliant colors and intoxicating scents. Glistening waterways wrap around the region’s miles of coastline, providing scenic lookouts and passageways for dolphins, manatees and other aquatic creatures. But mere relaxation is not enough for everyone. Thankfully, Sarasota has action-packed activities, attractions and sightseeing that can fill the vacation calendar of even the most devoted traveler.

Big Cat Habitat

You can come visit us and learn more about the animals we take in. More importantly you will be able to see all the beautiful animals and see what truly caring for these amazing creatures means.Read More »

The Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden & Art Center is a two acre garden that is both whimsical and enchanting.Read More »

Crowley Natural & Cultural History Center

There is a working blacksmithing shop and th pioneer museum depicts a general store. The museum exhibits a variety of historic objects, mostly from the Crowley family and the Old Miakka area. The Crowley Farm contains a herd of certified Florida “Cracker” cows, cracker ponies, a mule, pigs, chickens, an organic vineyard, an orchard, a kitchen garden and more.Read More »

Spanish Point

Connect with Florida’s intrepid pioneer homesteaders at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901Read More »

Old Myakka Preserve

This is good place to see gopher tortoises, swallowtail butterflies, and an assortment of song birds and wildflowers, such as spiderwort and beautyberry. The preserve has more than four miles of hiking trails, including the 1.5 mile Tim Cash Loop Trail.Read More »

Phillippi Estate Park

Phillippi Estate Park located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a scenic, 60-acre natural area park south of downtown Sarasota and east of Siesta Key. The park features environmental and historic attractions including the historic Edson Keith Mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Read More »

South Florida Museum

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation!  Here you will view Circus Magnate, John and Mable Ringling’s collection of Rolls Royce autos,John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz, and Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper.Read More »

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Connect with Florida’s intrepid pioneer homesteaders at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901Read More »

The Arts in Sarasota

A world-renowned acting company known for producing the highest quality professional theatre in true rotating repertory.
ACS continually puts on popular, culturally significant exhibitions, classes, workshops, artist demonstrations, lectures, discussions, critiques, receptions and special events. They are open to all ages and to all art forms.
The Arts Cultural Alliance is a member powered group passionate about building appreciation, participation and support for arts and culture.
The Banyan Theater produces award winning professional theater works during the summer.
Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact – providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances.
The Players Theatre is dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high quality, volunteer driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.
The Sarasota Folk Club is a Florida nonprofit organization keeping the traditions of Folk Music a living part of the Sarasota community
Performing in the historic restored Sarasota Opera House the The Sarasota Opera is an internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera.
The 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida.
Set along the bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 35 years.
The Sarasota Ballet is the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company
Nationally acclaimed community theatre offers shows year 'round in two theatres. Broadway musicals, classic and contemporary dramas, comedic plays, cabarets and concerts featuring name performers.

Great Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota

Feed the flamingos at this 10-acre wildlife mecca, where the pink Florida birds literally eat out of the palm of your hand. More than 150 animals, including birds of prey, primates and alligators also call this lush habitat home.
The new David F. Bolger Playspace at the Ringling Museum encourages children to play outdoors on the 66-acre bayfront campus (because let’s face it, energetic kids can only peruse the Peter Paul Rubens paintings in the inside galleries for so long). Tip: Visit the museum on “Free Mondays” and pay no admission fee.
The 1.5-mile Bradenton Riverwalk along the Manatee River has it all, from an amphitheater and fishing pier to a skate park and family fun zone with two playgrounds. Tip: Bring a volleyball, stake out one of the courts, start a game, work up a sweat and end the night with a low-key bag dinner by the water.
Pet a stingray and spy on a jellyfish before sailing off with the Sarasota Bay Explorers, a group that operates guided nautical eco-tours and nature safaris directly from Mote. Next door, Save Our Seabirds is filled with rescued Florida birds. Tip: From February to May, catch a free Sarasota Ski-A-Rees water show on a Sunday afternoon at the adjacent ski stadium.
Thrill to the grace and power of the Royal Lipizzan stallions, which spend the winter in Myakka City, at their practice sessions, Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., from December through early May. Refreshments and souvenirs available. Tip: Pack a picnic lunch and be sure to tour the stables for an even closer view of the legendary horses.
“The Greatest Little Show on Earth” hosts yearly youth productions by acrobatic students (ages 8 to 18). These performers have worked with stars like Nik Wallenda and the Platchov Duo to hone their spectacular skills
In the wildlife refuge at this Bradenton farm, a plethora of birds, animals and reptiles are rehabilitated before being released back into nature. Meet the inhabitants, and then feed the koi in the farm’s garden pond, take a tram tour of the orchards, and scoop up an orange-vanilla ice cream cone. Tip: Check out their events calendar online for news about Mixon’s various family-friendly festivals and Concerts in the Grove.
Puppy love, anyone? Snuggle a six-to-nine-week-old canine during a half-hour session at the Palmetto campus, where puppy hugging is available five days a week by reservation. Help these future guide dogs learn socialization, all while warming your own heart.
Jumpin Fun is a spectacular 26,000 square foot indoor trampoline park that serves the greater Sarasota and Bradenton areas. Supplying fun for the entire family, Jumpin Fun has something for everyone.
Swing into action on ziplines, hanging nets, bungee swings, swinging logs, and foot bridges at Southwest Florida's only elevated adventure course
While called a “trail,” it is not a “primitive” stone, gravel or dirt pathway, but paved, allowing not just cyclists, but walkers, hikers, joggers, roller skaters and roller bladers as well on this smooth surface.
Courses are taught in Sarasota Bay and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico

Fun for the Adults!

Darwin Brewing Company

Darwin Brewing Company brews artisan ales and lagers influenced by the flavors and spices of South America’s Andean and Amazonian Regions.

Darwin Brewing Company traces its roots back to January 2012 on a modest brewing system within the brewpub Darwin’s on 4th. Chef Darwin Santa Maria opened Darwin’s on 4th offering authentic Andean cuisine to the communities of Bradenton and Sarasota. As Darwin’s on 4th became known throughout the culinary world, Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal began crafting artisan brews to pair with the brewpub’s cuisine.

Through beer dinners, festivals, and word of mouth, Rosabal’s brews have become a staple of the burgeoning Florida craft beer landscape. In 2013, Rosabal expanded operations to DBC’s fifteen-barrel production facility, taproom, and beer garden in Bradenton, Florida.

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