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Area Attractions.

  • From award-winning beaches to more than 150 parks, preserves and trails, discover nature throughout Sarasota and the area's charming keys.

    There's so much to explore any time of year.
  • A world-class rowing facility, one of Florida's best spring training stadiums and sporting venues for a variety of amateur sports teams will delight avid athletes and dedicated spectators.
  • Families will love touring a world-renowned marine laboratory and aquarium, browsing botanical gardens and even feeding flamingos from the palm of your hand at a classic "Old Florida" attraction.

Big Cat Habitat (3.2 miles)

  • 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-371-6377
  • We are a non-profit, 501c3 dedicated to providing a safe, permanent home to exotic and domestic animals in need.
  • Wed-Sun 12pm – 4pm.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (9.8 miles)

  • 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-388-4441
  • A 501(c)3 nonprofit aquarium with a stingray touch tank & shark tank plus manatees in the nearby mammal center.
  • Open 7 days a week (including holidays) 10am – 5pm daily.

Ed Smith Stadium (5.1 miles)

  • 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-893-6300
  • Spring training ground for the Baltimore Orioles. This major league facility features an 8,000-seat stadium, four additional onsite training fields with one practice half-field, five offsite training fields, a clubhouse and covered batting cages and pitching mounds.
  • See website for schedule.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (6.4 miles)

  • 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-366-5731
  • Showcase for thousands of tropical plants, plus a conservatory & garden museum, in a historic space.
  • Open daily 10am – 5pm

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf (8.6 miles)

  • 3815 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-351-6620
  • Mini-golf course featuring waterfalls, caves & live alligators that visitors can feed.
  • Open 365 days a year. 9am – 11pm.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (9.3 miles)

  • 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-359-5700
  • The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater.
  • Open daily 10am – 5pm (Thursdays until 8pm).

Sarasota Jungle Gardens (8.3 miles)

  • 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-355-5305
  • A wide variety of birds and animals – many of them rescued – includes Florida’s noted pink flamingos, parrots, crocodiles, lemurs, snakes and more. All nestled within 10 acres of lush, tropical landscaping connected by winding jungle trails. It’s one of the only places you can walk up to and feed free roaming flamingos.
  • Open daily 10am – 5pm.

LeBarge Tropical Cruises (6.7 miles)

  • 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-366-6116
  • Enjoy a narrated Sightseeing Cruise combining Sarasota’s abundant wildlife, a bit of history and spectacular shoreline homes, or a Dolphin Watch Cruise narrated by a naturalist/marine biologist. Sunset Cruise featuring live entertainment, dancing and a fabulous Gulf sunset. Two full bars and a light-fare menu available. Reservations recommended.
  • Open Daily. Call or see website for schedule.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course (17.1 miles)

  • 21805 E State Road 70, Bradenton, FL
  • Phone 941-322-2130
  • Elevated outdoor adventure park with climbing, suspension bridges & zip line courses for all levels.
  • Mon-Tue 8:30am – 11:30am, Wed (open March 28), Thu-Fri 8:30am – 11:30am, Sat-Sun 8am – 1:30pm.

Sarasota Kennel Club Dog Racing (8.9 miles)

  • 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-355-7744
  • Greyhound track with a poker room, a restaurant, a clubhouse & a greyhound adoption service.
  • Mon-Thu 9am – 2am, Fri-Sat 9am – 4am, Sun 12pm – 2am.

Historic Spanish Point (12.2 miles)

  • 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL
  • Phone 941-966-5214
  • Discover Sarasota’s premier archaeological site and history museum featuring prehistoric mounds, pioneer homesteads, nature trails, boat tours and Bertha Honore Palmer’s gardens.
  • Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.

Marina Jack II Cruises (6.6 miles)

  • 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-365-4232 x 5
  • Escape aboard the Marina Jack II! Join us for a relaxing sightseeing lunch or sunset dinner cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy delicious dining, outstanding views, and world- class service.
  • Call or check website for cruise schedule.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum (9.2 miles)

  • 5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-355-6228
  • The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation! Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are featured in our rotating exhibits throughout the museum.
  • Mon-Sun 9am – 6pm.

Livingston’s Amusement Center (6.9 miles)

  • 5947 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-925-7665
  • A 50,000-sq.-ft. amusement center with go-karts, billiards & more plus a full bar with pub grub.
  • Mon-Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 12pm – 2am, Sun 12pm – 1am.

Center for Architecture Sarasota (5.9 miles)

  • 265 S Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-350-5430
  • Center for Architecture provides weekly architectural trolley tours on Thursday mornings from October-May, lectures, films, home and walking tours, gallery exhibits, and programs designed to engage the public about architecture and design in Sarasota.
  • Tue-Fri 12pm – 5pm, Sat 10am – 2pm.

The Circus Arts Conservatory Sarasota (5.9 miles)

  • 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-225-8810
  • Join us as we celebrate the rich circus heritage of Southwest Florida, with edge-of-your seat entertainment for “children of all ages.”
  • Call or see website for schedule.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy (7.4 miles)

  • 2121 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-364-3399
  • The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy is dedicated to the creative human spirit and raising the importance of Whimsical Art. This extraordinary Museum represents a growing collection of works of artistic and whimsical importance by mostly living artists. Marietta, an artist herself and a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, is passionate about having female artists displayed equally among the Museum’s collection of artwork.
  • Thu-Sat 1pm – 4pm (Nov-May).

Sarasota National Cemetery (9.9 miles)

  • 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-922-7200
  • Sarasota National Cemetery was established in 2007 to serve as a resting place for the country’s veterans. This 295-acre cemetery has space for about 18,200 gravesites, with 15,200 crypts, 9,000 inground spots, and almost 7,200 aboveground niches for ashes. The cemetery also has a public information and administration center complex.
  • Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (6.6 miles)

  • 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-953-3368
  • The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is an architectural landmark and popular venue for comedy, dance, music, and theater performances.
  • Box Office: Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 4pm.

Westcoast Black Theater (6.1 miles)

  • 1646 10th Way, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-366-1505
  • Mission: “To produce shows that promote and celebrate the African-American experience, attract diverse audiences, support and develop African-American artists, and build the self-esteem of African-American youth.”
  • Show Times: Tue-Sat 2pm and 8pm.

Sarasota Opera House (6.1 miles)

  • 61 N Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-328-1300
  • Housed in an ornate circa-1926 theater, this facility mounts familiar & unusual opera productions.
  • Call or see website for schedule.

Save Our Seabirds (10 miles)

  • 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL
  • Phone 941-388-3010
  • We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured wild birds while educating our community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats.
  • Open daily 10am – 5pm.

Mixon Fruit Farms (15 miles)

  • 2525 27th Street E, Bradenton, FL
  • Phone 941-748-5829
  • Voted Florida’s #1 grove destination, Mixon Fruit Farms has been here for over 76 years. We have a large gift shop full of gifts, Florida souvenirs, wines with sampling daily, honey, dressing, jellies, unique jewelry, and more. Pick up some fresh fruit and juice, orange swirl ice cream and homemade fudge. Ride the Orange Blossom Tram through the grove with a stop at the Wildlife Rescue.
  • Mon-Sat 10am – 3pm.

Dakin Dairy Farms (15.5 miles)

  • 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City, FL
  • Phone 941-322-2802
  • Family-run dairy farm offering tours fall to spring, year-round market & cafe, & seasonal events.
  • Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 4pm.

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Beaches, Parks & Preserves


  • Lido Key Beach (9.2 miles)
  • Sarasota Beach (13.3 miles)
  • Longboat Key Beaches (14.3 miles)
  • Crescent Beach (11.5 miles)
  • Siesta Key Beach (12.8 miles)
  • Turtle Beach (13.6 miles)
  • Venice Beach (18.6 miles)
  • Coquina Beach (20.5 miles)
  • Anna Maria Island Beach (30.9 miles)
  • Bradenton Beach (24.4 miles)
  • Manatee Public Beach (30.4 miles)


  • Celery Fields (1.9 miles)
  • Colonial Oaks Park (2.7 miles)
  • Nathan Benderson Park (3.2 miles)
  • Payne Park (5.2 miles)
  • Bayfront Park (6.8 miles)
  • Myakka River State Park (14.1 miles)
  • South Lido County Park (10 miles)

Salt, Sand & Sun.