1. The Ringling
The Ringling preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. Home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater, The Ringling is much more than a museum, it is a destination for the whole family to enjoy.
Insider tip: Monday offers free admission to select areas.
Visit: The Ringling for more info
Parks are a great way to revitalize our spirits and get back in touch with the beauty nature has to offer. Myakka is famous for it’s diverse wildlife. You can see alligators and wading birds from the park drive year-round. In the winter, ducks and shorebirds feed in the shallows as bald eagles and ospreys fish from above. Sandhill cranes nest along the water’s edge. Twelve miles of the Wild and Scenic River flow through the park.
Insider tip: Renting one of the many cabins available is a great way to see everything while recharging your soul.
Visit: Myakkariver.org for more info
Enjoying it’s 57th season, the Sarasota Opera entices visitors with moving performances and has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit, as well as The Verdi Cycle producing the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi.
Insider tip: Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants nearby and make an evening worth remembering.
Visit: Sarasotaopera.org for more info
Let your inner Tarzan run wild at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. One of the oldest continuously operated attractions in Florida established in 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens evokes memories of Florida days gone by. Full of flora, fauna and fun, yet it remains current and exciting for today’s families, locals and tourists alike.
Insider tip: Don’t feed the animals, well except the Flamingos which is allowed.
If you haven’t seen a show at the Van Wezel than you surely haven’t seen the best that Sarasota has to offer. Voted #1 destination in Sarasota, the Van Wezel is home to the best in entertainment for all ages. Live concerts by today’s biggest artists, orchestra, educational programs and much more! This magnificent venue sits along the beautiful Sarasota bay greeting visitors with magnificent water views as well.
Insider tip: Relax by the water and enjoy the views from one of the many seating areas around the venue.
Visit: VanWezel.org for more info
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