Activities & Attractions
Tennis courts, horseback riding and a fully equipped fitness center with two Olympic size pools and a children’s water park are nearby. With 60 golf courses, Sarasota is a golf capitol. Whether you’re looking for a small public course to take the kids or a posh private course where you can swing in style, Sarasota offers it. The Concession, designed by Jack Nicklaus for the Ritz, is one of the most exclusive. The Founders Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is another nationally known name. Golf lovers, welcome to your haven.
Sarasota is synonymous with cultural sophistication and is home to the world-renowned Ringling Museum of Art, Selby Gardens and Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Center. In addition there is the G Wiz Children’s Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Historic Spanish Point & Native American Middens, Ringling Circus Museum, South Florida Museum & Manatee Aquarium, Crowley Museum and Nature Center and Big Cat Habitat, a donation supported local rescue center for lions, tigers, bears etc .
Other cultural attractions include the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Florida West Coast Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Florida State University Dance, Gloria Musicae, Key Chorale, Ca d’Zan Venetian Estate, numerous theaters, art galleries, and concerts. Yearly festivals in Sarasota include the Sarasota Film Festival, Baryshnikov Dance Festival, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Sarasota Blues and Music Festival, Florida Winefest and Auction, Medieval Fair and multiple art shows.
Sarasota is also an eco-destination with many local tours to choose from: dolphin watch cruises, guided nature walks, wildlife expeditions, guided kayak tours, and boating excursions led by marine biologists. Warm Mineral Springs, a registered historic site and an architecturally significant gem designed by Victor Lundy, is an internationally famous health destination that offers full spa and rejuvenation facilities with an organic café.
Since Paul Rudolph made the city famous as the home of The Sarasota School of Architecture many other architects have followed in his footsteps here. Architectural tours of mid-century icons are available intermittently and self-guided tour books are provided at the house.
Sarasota’s St. Armand’s Circle boasts a superb array of designer shops including both well known merchants as well as original boutiques. Dining options range from elegant gourmet dining to casual bistros and seaside fish shacks.
This paradise only seems secluded; in actuality the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport is a short 25-minute drive. Tampa airport and attractions are 45 minutes away while Walt Disney World and other Orlando destinations are 2 hours away.
But there is really no need to leave Casey Key. The numerous glass doors and windows fill the house with a sunny luster and cool salt breezes. Teak chairs and tables transform the beach into a cozy enclave for lounging, alfresco dining and sunset watching. Enjoy the company of dolphins, endangered sea turtles and tropical birds, right on your very own beach. By day go boating, swimming, fishing, and shelling. Then when evening comes, watch the fading sunset in undisturbed silence with just the soft spill of the waves.
Additional Information regarding Sarasota:
Visit Sarasota County (official website): www.visitsarasota.org
Arts and Culture Alliance of Sarasota County: www.sarasotaarts.org
Ticket Sarasota: www.ticketsarasota.com
Arts Sarasota: www.artssarasota.com
Simply Sarasota: www.simplysarasota.com