My Sarasota ...

Sarasota's Gulf Coast is a world-class destination for visitors seeking relaxation in the sun. But, it's more than just a tourist hotspot to those who call Sarasota home. It offers small-town charm in a metro setting with amenities often found only in larger cities. Its reputation as an arts and culture capital of the southeast comes from its array of museums and arts organizations for a city of its size. Not only does the University of South Florida, Sarasota Campus call Sarasota home, the New College of Florida (renowned for its quality education as an honors school) and the world-famous Ringling School of Art and Design make Sarasota a notable "university town."

Beaches on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Venice (known to beachcombers for prehistoric sharks' teeth) in the Sarasota/Manatee area—often referred to as "Manasota"—provide nearby escapes to the region's tropical paradise.

Sarasota County features two state parks—Myakka River, one of Florida's largest, and Oscar Scherer Park as well as a number of other attractions in close proximity.

World-class shopping and dining opportunities abound throughout Sarasota and its beach communities. St Armands Circle, originally conceptualized by John Ringling, is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. In addition to high-end shopping malls, Sarasota is home to a downtown area with many boutiques, local restaurants and delis, weekly farmers' markets, and annual events like the Sarasota Film Festival and The Off-Shore Grand Prix.

Visit Sarasota

The Sarasota Convention and visitors Center is called Visit Sarasota. Visit Sarasota is a comprehensive resource for information about the area, including history, maps, events calendars, and travel guides. Visit them online or at their location at North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) and 6th Street.

Links

The Arts

Art Center Manatee
Art Center Sarasota
Asolo Theater
Bradenton Blues Festival
Circus Sarasota
Florida Studio Theater
Jazz Club of Sarasota
La Musica
Manatee Players (Bradenton)
Munchtime Musicales
Perlman Music Program
Sarasota Ballet of Florida
Sarasota Concert Association
Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota Film Society
Sarasota Music Festival
Sarasota Opera
Sarasota Orchestra
The Players, Sarasota
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Village of the Arts (Bradenton)

Attractions

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Busch Gardens Tampa
Crosley Estate
Crowley Museum & Nature Center
(Salvador) DALI Museum (St. Pete)
De Soto National Memorial (Bradenton)
Florida Aquarium (Tampa)
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez
Florida International Museum (St. Pete)
Historic Spanish Point
Lowry Park Zoo (Tampa)
Manatee County Agricultural Museum
Manatee County Historical Records Library
Manatee Village Historical Park
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marietta Museum of Art & Whinsy
Mote Marine Laboratory
Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) (Tampa)
Palmetto Historical Park
Ringling Museums
Sarasota Farmers Market
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)
Save Our Seabirds (SOS)
S. Florida Museum & Planetarium (Bradenton)
St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts (St. Pete)

UF|IFAS|Sarasota County Extension

Government

City of Sarasota
Sarasota County Government
Sarasota County Schools

Area Hospitals

Blake Medical Center, Bradenton
Doctors Hospital, Sarasota
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton
Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota

Recreation

Meadows Country Club Golf & Tennis
Florida State Parks
Gulf Coast Beaches
Myakka River State Park
National Parks in Florida
Oscar Scherer State Park
Sarasota County Parks

Sports

Bradenton Marauders (Pirates AA MiLB)
Orioles Spring Training
Pirates Spring Training
Rowing & Events at Nathan Benderson Park
Sarasota Polo Club
Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Show Team
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Lightening
Tampa Bay Rays
University of South Florida Football

Suncoast Life

VISIT SARASOTA
Chamber of Commerce
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
Sarasota Dining
Sarasota-Manatee Originals (dining discounts)
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Magazine
Sarasota Observer
SRQ Magazine
Tampa International Airport (TPA)