Fun in the Sun

Looking for ways to play in, on, or around the water? From floating along a quiet river to fishing for mighty tarpon, this is the place to splashdown. Indeed, no other place in Florida comes close to equaling the combination of Siesta Key’s natural beauty and man-made wonders.

Lush, exotic foliage flourishes throughout the area, filling the surrounding scenery with brilliant colors and intoxicating scents. Glistening waterways wrap around the region’s miles of coastline, providing scenic lookouts and passageways for dolphins, manatees and other aquatic creatures. But mere relaxation is not enough for everyone. Thankfully, Sarasota has action-packed activities, attractions and sightseeing that can fill the vacation calendar of even the most devoted traveler.

Big Cat Habitat

You can come visit us and learn more about the animals we take in. More importantly you will be able to see all the beautiful animals and see what truly caring for these amazing creatures means.Read More »

The Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden & Art Center is a two acre garden that is both whimsical and enchanting.Read More »

Crowley Natural & Cultural History Center

There is a working blacksmithing shop and th pioneer museum depicts a general store. The museum exhibits a variety of historic objects, mostly from the Crowley family and the Old Miakka area. The Crowley Farm contains a herd of certified Florida “Cracker” cows, cracker ponies, a mule, pigs, chickens, an organic vineyard, an orchard, a kitchen garden and more.Read More »

Spanish Point

Connect with Florida’s intrepid pioneer homesteaders at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901Read More »

Old Myakka Preserve

This is good place to see gopher tortoises, swallowtail butterflies, and an assortment of song birds and wildflowers, such as spiderwort and beautyberry. The preserve has more than four miles of hiking trails, including the 1.5 mile Tim Cash Loop Trail.Read More »

Phillippi Estate Park

Phillippi Estate Park located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a scenic, 60-acre natural area park south of downtown Sarasota and east of Siesta Key. The park features environmental and historic attractions including the historic Edson Keith Mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Read More »

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation!  Here you will view Circus Magnate, John and Mable Ringling’s collection of Rolls Royce autos,John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz, and Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper.Read More »

South Florida Museum

South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts.Read More »

The Arts in Sarasota

A world-renowned acting company known for producing the highest quality professional theatre in true rotating repertory.
ACS continually puts on popular, culturally significant exhibitions, classes, workshops, artist demonstrations, lectures, discussions, critiques, receptions and special events. They are open to all ages and to all art forms.
The Arts Cultural Alliance is a member powered group passionate about building appreciation, participation and support for arts and culture.
The Banyan Theater produces award winning professional theater works during the summer.
Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact – providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances.
The Players Theatre is dedicated to presenting a diverse and entertaining slate of high quality, volunteer driven theatrical experiences that educate, stimulate and enrich the entire community.
The Sarasota Folk Club is a Florida nonprofit organization keeping the traditions of Folk Music a living part of the Sarasota community
Performing in the historic restored Sarasota Opera House the The Sarasota Opera is an internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera.
The 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year, and thrives as the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida.
Set along the bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 35 years.
The Sarasota Ballet is the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company
Nationally acclaimed community theatre offers shows year 'round in two theatres. Broadway musicals, classic and contemporary dramas, comedic plays, cabarets and concerts featuring name performers.

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Fun for the Adults!

Darwin Brewing Company

Darwin Brewing Company brews artisan ales and lagers influenced by the flavors and spices of South America’s Andean and Amazonian Regions.

Darwin Brewing Company traces its roots back to January 2012 on a modest brewing system within the brewpub Darwin’s on 4th. Chef Darwin Santa Maria opened Darwin’s on 4th offering authentic Andean cuisine to the communities of Bradenton and Sarasota. As Darwin’s on 4th became known throughout the culinary world, Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal began crafting artisan brews to pair with the brewpub’s cuisine.

Through beer dinners, festivals, and word of mouth, Rosabal’s brews have become a staple of the burgeoning Florida craft beer landscape. In 2013, Rosabal expanded operations to DBC’s fifteen-barrel production facility, taproom, and beer garden in Bradenton, Florida.

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