Biking & Hiking
Boats & Kayaks
Circuses / Animal Acts
Dog Parks / Beaches
Free, Cheap & Chic
Relocate & Reinvent
Snorkeling / Scuba
Things To Do
Sarasota has so many wonderful things to enjoy – award
winning beaches, cultural events and Zagat rated dining but... let’s not forget... the beautiful traversable tranquil
We highly recommend you rent a watercraft from the downtown area and make friends with our dolphins, be amazed by our
magnificent manatees, nesting shore birds and mega mansions.
See Ringling’s Mansion by Water
Cruise by John and Mable Ringling’s mansion, the Ca d’Zan,
on Sarasota Bay. The afternoon sun has a way of glancing off its Venetian-style architecture in a magical way. If you
look toward the museum, you can also see the bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David. It is absolutely stunning!
Explore the Islands...
Travel across the bay to one of "the most upscale"
resort retreats in the U.S.; Longboat Key.
Head to the most northern point and go under a bridge linking Longboat to
Anna Maria Island. There, a spit of sand called
Beer Can Island appears on the gulf side. It is here that boaters drop anchor, swim, picnic and scour the shore
for sand dollars, horseshoe crabs, starfish and sea urchins.
If you prefer dining in comfort there are plenty of locations offering docking facilities. Just around the corner and
back on the bay side is Mar Vista. After a relaxing bite to eat, take some time to stroll the residential side streets and view
wild peacocks strutting their stuff. Another popular eatery is the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill which is due south.
Continue in a southern direction under the Ringling Bridge to Bird and
Siesta Keys and take a tour of the beautiful waterfront homes including... the celebrity dwellings of Jerry
Springer and Brian Johnson (AC/DC). Over the years - Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Tom Selleck, Michael Jordan and the
late Lucille Ball -- have drifted in and out.
For even more...viewing...
Casey Key where Stephen King and Martina Navratilova enjoy palatial retreats with their own private beaches.
For wild life viewing...
The waters around
South Lido Park are very calm with excellent visibility as kayakers glide through tranquil red and black mangrove
tunnels. The bays’ sea grasses attract manatees, dolphins and cormorants dive below your boat for a seafood feast and
where mangrove islands house a plethora of squawking cackling nesting birds.
Fitness & health
Shops, Spas, Salons
Attn. Intl. Visitors
(north to south)
Anna Maria Is.