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The Sarasota Trolley travels around downtown Sarasota and a scenic route out to attractions such as St. Armands Circle, Lido Beach, Mote Marine and the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary on City Island. The Trolley runs Monday - Saturday with both a Main Street route and the scenic route.

 

G Wiz   (Gulf Coast Wonder & Imagination Zone)
1001 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-309-4949

This is a hands-on science and technology center downtown on Sarasota‚Äôs beautiful bay front. However, it is not simply a museum! It offers an array of interactive, hands-on exhibits, as well as educational programs for the community.  It is a place filled with new ideas and experiences, a world where science comes alive.
 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-366-5731

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. Selby Gardens is best known for its living collection of more than 6,000 orchids. Selby's 11 bay-front acres are an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on nearly 100 scientific expeditions to tropical rainforests by the Selby Gardens' research staff.

 

Mote Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34232
941-388-2451

Explore the soner of Mote Aquarium, 135,000 gallon shark exhibit, touch pools and much more.

 

Myakka River State Park
13207 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
941-365-0100

Florida's unspoiled wilderness is yours to enjoy aboard Myakka Wildlife Tours special Tram Safari.

 

Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
1708 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-4444

Florida's largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. Walking tours are available.

 

Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-358-3180

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is home to three spectacular attractions. Overlooking the beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay, the 66-acre estate is the legacy of John Ringling.

 

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
941-355-5305

Sarasota Jungle Gardens attractions include: Bird and Reptile Shows, Jungle Animals, Kiddie Jungle, Gardens of Christ, Shell Museum and a Gift Shop. Also, acres of beautiful gardens and nature trails.

  

South Florida Museum
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
941-746-4131

The South Florida Museum is dedicated to educating the community and visitors of all ages about the past, present and future of South Florida.

 

Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
941-365-2032

Arts education programs and exhibitions in the visual arts are the primary functions of Art Center Sarasota. The Exhibition Committee, composed 100 percent of practicing artists, plans an annual program of exhibits that will both meet our members' needs as well as have broad appeal to the general community. Our goal is to increase awareness and appreciation of art in all its forms. Artists featured in our exhibits are from the local community as well as from outside the area. Exhibition jurors are selected for their scope of knowledge and experience in the art world

 

The Lieberman Gallery
1991 Main Street, Suite 244
Sarasota, FL
388-1530
The Lieberman Gallery is a non-profit art "viewing" center dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and challenging works by artists living and working in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Don't miss the monthly artists' receptions, which are known to be fun and informative. Lieberman Gallery hours: 9AM to 9PM daily. Free

Beaches

 

Lido Key

Lido Beach
Lido Beach is located on Lido Key, one half mile southwest of St. Armand's Circle, on Ben Franklin Drive.

 

South Lido Park is located on Ben Franklin Drive at the southern tip of Lido Key. The park is bordered by four bodies of water; The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou.  At a separate facility at the north end of the park, visitors can enjoy a nature trail which includes scenic overlooks and boardwalks.
The southern beach portion of the park offers views of the skyline of downtown Sarasota and the Gulf. It features a picnic area shaded by Australian Pines.  Lido Beach also provides special needs visitors help via these free beach "wheelchairs." Be sure to look for one near the main guard tower.
 

 

Siesta Key

Siesta Beach

Sarasota's Siesta Key beach is known for having the whitest and finest sand in the world. Click on any of the local beaches in the map or the list on the right for more information.

 

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach has no lifeguards, but there is free parking, picnic tables, playground, showers and restrooms. It's not as popular as Siesta Beach, but the locals know that if you can't find a parking space at Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach will have plenty of space available.
Boaters can launch their boats into the lagoon and park their trailers while they enjoy a day on the water.

 

Palmer Point Beach
Palmer Point Beach begins at the southern tip of Siesta Key and continues onto the north end of Casey Key. The northern part of the beach was the former home of Mote Marine Laboratory. Since the closing of Midnight Pass in 1984, the beach allows uninterrupted walking all the way down Casey Key. The beach is a popular spot for boaters and people who walk there from Turtle Beach seeking some privacy.  There are no lifeguards and no facilities.

 

Longboat Key

Longboat Key has no public beach.  However, if you are staying at one of the resorts on the Key, you can enjoy soft white sand and shelling.

 

Spring Training

941-954-4464

Ed Smith Stadium

Although not in downtown, Ed Smith Stadium is just a short ride from any downtown location.. The minor league Boston Red Sox team plays summer baseball at Ed Smith Stadium as the Sarasota Red Sox.

Baseball is a Sarasota tradition dating back to 1924, when the New York Giants arrived. They were followed by the Red Sox and then the White Sox. Now,  the Cincinnati Reds take the field annually with games at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium. Pitchers and catchers report to the City of Sarasota Sports Complex in February. The Reds take on the Devil Rays for their Grapefruit League home opener March 4. Other highlights of the home schedule include visits by the Red Sox, Indians, and Yankees.