5 Must-Dos When You Visit Sarasota

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Sarasota offers world-class shopping, arts and culture and cuisine. When you visit, make sure you leave room for these gems.

1. Siesta Key Beach

Of course, the first thing to do when you step foot into Sarasota is to rush to our world-renowned beach. Siesta Key has been rated the nation's top beach for many years. Come dip your toes into the incredible, sugary white sand while dolphin sighting and sipping on a tropical drink! When you're done in the sun, check out the quaint village for shopping and cuisine. http://www.visitsarasota.org/beaches-places/siesta-key

2. The Ringling Museum

Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy not only the world-class art, but also the nation’s first circus museum, the Ringlings’ stunning winter residence and the incredible grounds all nuzzled along the shores of Sarasota Bay. Tour the stunning five-story, 36,000-square-foot opulence known as Ca’ d’Zan, or “House of John” in the Venetian dialect. For more information, go to https://www.ringling.org/.

3. Shop St. Armands

With over 100 shops and restaurants, there is truly something for everyone. From high fashion to kitschy beach shops, there is so much to do and see. Be sure to carve out an afternoon to stroll this beautiful and unique shopping destination.

4. Kayak through the Mangroves

Sarasota is home to an abundance of incredible trees and wildlife. You can take a guided tour through the mangroves, stunning trees situated on the salty coast of the Bay, while sharing space with the local dolphins and manatees. For more information, go to http://sealifekayak.com/.

5. Go on a Culinary Walking Tour

Sarasota has a really amazing foodie presence, and Key Culinary Tours is highlighting the best of the best. You can take theie flagship tour of St. Armands Circle to taste and stroll fantastic local favorites, or head to Palm Avenue, downtown, to peruse the art galleries while chatting with the owners and artists alike. Click HERE to book your tour.

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