Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Modern American in Sarasota


Focusing on the popular farm-to-table movement, chef Steve Phelps whips up innovative American creations such as American-harvested shrimp with grits lyonnaise (grits blended with caramelized onions, butter, eggs an…
Top Choice Bakery in Sarasota

Jim's Small Batch Bakery

Real small-batch, scratch baking makes Jim's a delicious stop for breakfast and lunch. All-butter hand-laminated croissants, candied bacon BLTs, creamy quiches and cups of soup for a dollar.
Southern US in Sarasota

Owen's Fish Camp

This ironically hip swamp shack downtown serves upscale versions of Florida-style Southern cuisine with an emphasis on seafood.
Performing Arts in Sarasota

PAL Sailor Circus

The only actual circus in Sarasota is performed by kids, and it's worth planning a trip around. The PAL Sailor Circus, founded in 1949, is truly unique: it's an extracurricular activity for Sarasota County students,…
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…
Seafood in Sarasota

Marina Jack's Restaurant

Anchoring the marina is this well-loved multilevel, multivenue eatery that offers something for everyone, but most especially that quintessential harbor-at-sunset ambience. Be serenaded by steel drums in the relaxed…
European in Sarasota

Antoine's Restaurant

Despite its inauspicious location (in a former KFC), Antoine's is a small, charming French bistro with a clubby vibe serving elegant dishes such as scallop risotto with a candied, tangerine sauce. But this isn't fad…
Bar in Sarasota

Jack Dusty

The Ritz-Carlton's new gold-trimmed restaurant features one of the sexiest drinking dens in town, with a central glass-and-stone bar, small plates of Mote Marina caviar and oysters, and terrace seating with water vi…