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…
Aquarium in Sarasota

Mote Marine Laboratory

The Mote bills itself as a research facility first and aquarium second, and has a large department dedicated to the study of sharks. Exhibits include a preserved giant squid (37ft long when caught) and a dramatic sh…
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. Emblematic of Florida, these plants are the …
Square in Sarasota

St Armands Circle

Conceived by John Ringling in the 1920s, St Armands Circle is essentially an upscale outdoor shopping mall surrounded by posh residences on St Armands Key. Yet even more than downtown, this traffic circle is Sarasot…
Waterfront 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, and numerous sight-seeing cruises and private charters. Head here for boat rent…
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, Wave…
Gallery in Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota

This community-oriented nonprofit gallery has four exhibition spaces that mix local and out-of-town artists. In winter, family days (per family $5) let kids get creative.
Statue in Sarasota

Unconditional Surrender

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