Sarasota, FL is a gulf coast city about 45 miles south of Tampa that offers beautiful public beaches, a variety of walking trails and good school systems, including the top ranked school in the state.
Sarasota offers all forms of year round outdoor activities including (but not limited to) golfing (over 50 golf courses in our area), boating, kayaking, water skiing, fishing, tennis, bird watching, lawn bowling, biking, hiking and when the waves are high enough, surfing.
Indoor activities include museums, operas, ballets, plays, art galleries, to name a few. Cultural activities centered around the theater can be found at places such as the Foreign Film Festival, the Asolo Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Lemon Bay Playhouse, or Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, affectionately known as the "Purple Cow" due to it's unique color, presents a variety of performances, big name entertainers and theater shows throughout the year. If you're searching for musical entertainment, you might try the Florida West Coast Symphony, Key Chorale, the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Sarasota Blues Society or the Sarasota Opera Association.
Sarasota also has the Ringling art museum, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Spanish Point among it's more unique attractions.
The best known beaches in Sarasota are located on Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key. Siesta Key beach has won several awards as top rated beach in the nation.
Sarasota offers a large range of dining options, from casual to fine dining. You'll find restaurants specializing in various international cuisine, including French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Cubin, Latin and Japanese, among others. You can take a dinner cruise at Marina Jack, enjoy Cuban cuisine at the Columbia on St. Armands Circle or grab a brew and catch a game at the Sports Page Bar & Grille.
Sarasota plays hosts to events throughout the year, including sea food festivals, art festivals, film festivals, craft fairs, classic car shows, off shore boat races, motorcycle poker runs, fishing tournaments, golf tournaments & more. Our new mall, University Town Center, just opened this month and offers 880,000 sq ft of shopping and dining. There's always something going on and something to do!
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