Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Sarasota

Ringling Museum Complex

The 66-acre winter estate of railroad, real-estate and circus baron John Ringling and his wife, Mable, is one of the Gulf Coast’s premier attractions and incorporates their personal collection of artworks in what is…
Park in Sarasota

Island Park

Sarasota's marina is notable for Island Park, an attractive green space poking into the harbor: it has a great playground and play fountain, restrooms, tree-shaded benches, a restaurant and tiki bar; and kayak, jet-…
Gardens in Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

If you visit just one botanical garden in Florida, choose Selby, which has the world's largest scientific collection of orchids and bromeliads – more than 20,000 species. Selby's genteel outdoor gardens are exceptio…
Museum in Sarasota

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

Dedicated to all things whimsical, this bright pink museum and its adjacent outdoor sculpture garden do not fail to inspire. Although exhibits rotate regularly, expect an abundance of hidden surprises, animal sculpt…
Marina in Sarasota

Marina Jack

Sarasota's plush deep-water marina is within walking distance of downtown and is well served with alfresco and fine-dining restaurants, numerous sightseeing cruises and private charters. Head here for boat rentals, …
Square in Sarasota

St Armands Circle

Conceived by John Ringling in the 1920s, St Armands Circle is an upscale outdoor mall surrounded by posh residences on St Armands Key. More so even than the downtown, this traffic circle is Sarasota's social center,…
Gallery in Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota

This community-oriented nonprofit gallery has four exhibition spaces that mix local and out-of-town artists. Hosts frequent events, including a lecture series featuring local artists talking about what informs their…
Statue in Sarasota

Unconditional Surrender

A short stroll north along the Island Park waterfront is this towering statue of WWII's most famous kiss.